Good Morning Kings & Queens,
I’m totally having a man with two brains morning –
In my left brain, I am all about “this is the busiest season of the year”, “making hay while the sun shines.”
In my right brain, I’m all about “relax, rejuvenate & enjoy life.”
We have to find the BALANCE. These are undeniably the 4 months where we probably make 50% of our annual income. We need to be out there pounding the pavement, reeling in the big projects, the big months. Supersonic Sales. Pulling in Self Gen’s and Referrals like our life depends on it (which if this is our only business – it does). Making friends, customers, sales, breaking records, closing deals, leaping tall buildings in a single bound… because seriously, if not now, when?
However, there is only one way to accomplish all this … with a “Relaxed Mental Attitude.” We cannot work, love & play at peak performance if we are waking up in the morning and already on our last nerve, getting ready to start our next 16 hour day. We must find that “pet a dog & smell a flower” moment in each and every day. A couple ways to achieve this might be:
Taking regular time off the grid is a sign of a high EQ because it helps us to keep our stress under control and to live in the moment. When we make ourselves available to our work 24/7, we expose ourselves to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing ourselves offline and even—gulp!—turning off our phone gives our body and mind a break. Studies have shown that something as simple as an e-mail break can lower stress levels. Technology enables constant communication and the expectation that we should be available 24/7. It is extremely difficult to enjoy a stress-free moment outside of work when an e-mail that will change our train of thought and get us thinking (read: stressing) about work can drop onto our phone at any moment.
We Appreciate What We Have
Taking time to contemplate what we’re grateful for isn’t merely the right thing to do; it also improves our mood because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.
“Constant vigilance” - Alastor Moody
“Hakuna Matada” - Timon and Pumbaa
(FYI: "Hakuna matata" is a Swahili phrase; literally translated, it roughly means "No problems".
It is formed by the words hakuna (there is not here) and matata (plural form of problem).
Its meaning is akin to "don't worry, be happy".)
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