Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
The end of the year is creeping closer and this is the time when we start to make our resolutions and resolve to do better next year.
What if you wouldn’t have to resolve anything at all? What if you could just dream about what you would like to see manifest in your life and these dreams would come true?
I know that this sounds crazy and airy fairy but this is exactly what happened to me.
After a number of medical emergencies it appeared that my life was coming to an end. Laying in the emergency hospital room I contemplated futile things. So futile, that I’m embarrassed to repeat it.
After I pulled through, I decided that this simply was not good enough.
What if I were to stop sweating the small stuff?
Yes, it was true that I could not get up from bed for more than a few minutes at a time, but hey, the sun still came up every morning and set every night. And I was alive enough to notice this.
So what if my arms and shoulders got tired after typing for a little while? At least I could type, and my old little laptop was still holding up.
What if the noise from neighbour’s lawnmowers was so distracting that I couldn’t focus? The fancy orange earplugs from Bunnings did a great job in keeping the noise out. Combined with the Bilsom ear muffs I managed to create my own little writers retreat.
The noise, lights, heat and any movement were overwhelming to me, but I was still around and with the help of my daughters everything eventually became manageable. We found earplugs which helped minimise the noise and curtains to block out all light and movements from outside. A fan to cool the air and comfy cushions that supported my back as well as my head and arms. Bit by bit I stopped sweating the small stuff.
Do The Best You Can
Sure it was upsetting that I couldn’t ‘do’ much, but I decided that ‘doing the best I can,’ is good enough for me.
It is not only good enough for me but it really is all anyone can do. It is useless to fret and sweat about the things we cannot do (any more).
Make Every Moment Count
What each of us can do however, is make every moment count. In the past I may have been distracted when my children were talking to me and showing off their handiwork. Nowadays I make sure that I am present and in the moment when I admire their creations and listen to their adventures.
‘You won first prize at the archery competition? Wow! No, really; WOW! Let’s celebrate.’
‘You received an award at work for being the most exceptional employee? That is outstanding! I am so proud of you!’
From now on I make every moment count. For a lot of the time I was not capable of much other than dreaming about what I would like to see manifest in my life. I prayed and dreamed and built massive castles in the sky. Because that was all I was able to do.
The other day I read in Scott Allan’s book Drive Your Destiny about “research where Russian scientists conducted experiments on the training methods of four groups of athletes:
The fourth group had the best result overall, outperforming the competition in the Olympics.”
I am living proof that the mental training works. Physical training wasn’t really on the menu. I spent my days dreaming to my heart’s content about what I would like to see manifest; and here we are 5 books later.
All that my castles in the air were lacking, was solid ground underneath them. That foundational work is now in process. I call it, reverse-engineering your life.
Give It Your Best Shot
When you’re writing down your New Year’s resolutions, don’t worry if all your ducks aren’t in a row yet, don’t sweat the small stuff; dream away, write down what your ideal life looks like and then give it your best shot. Science has your back.
For inspiration and to get you going, you can download one of my earlier WordPress posts How To Live Your Best Life Possible? which shows you HOW TO CREATE A TEMPLATE FOR EFFORTLESS SUCCESS IN THREE EASY STEPS and courtesy of BEMBU, you can read 100 New Year’s Resolutions & Resources To Help Stick With Them.
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