Let me be realistic with you, you need to create a vision for your life and business. Your vision must be compelling to you! Ensure that it’s something easy you can stick to, even if it’s just short term. You need to have regular goals and long term goals. Your vision should align with your values and passions. This will enable you to wake up with purpose each morning, ready to tackle the day and achieve your goals, even if it’s just one step at a time.
This vision will help you to overcome any obstacle that happens to pop up in the way of your path to righteousness. It will help you to stay focused and on the right track. Whether you’re already employed at a job, or you’re working for yourself. Even if you’re trying to align yourself with what’s happening in your personal life, the vision should apply across the board. You need to have an exciting vision in order for you to truly feel like you have purpose in life.
With that excitement comes another challenge. How do you contain your excitement and align your goals so that they don’t end up overwhelming you with long nights and weekends working? I know that the feeling of overwhelm from finding direction and balance in life can be a good thing and also a bad thing. If you truly find the right thing and get your focus in line, it can create a level of “good” stress.
Which will fuel your motivation and keep your passionate towards bettering yourself. The problem with this is that too much too quickly can result in unnecessary stress in the form of a tight stomach, a more heavily beating heart, and so much more. Have you ever actually taken notice to the way that your body reacts to your different forms of excitement or stress, whether good or bad?
Some of the energy is good, but it needs to be channelled in the right ways and then utilized only when you need it to give you that extra boost. Alright, so with all of that said, the following tactic is an incredibly powerful way to actually channel that energy. Our focus here should already be to create positive stress and levels of excitement.
So now you should channel that energy to become more productive and reduce the general “wear and tear” that this sense of excitement can have on your body. So, what does this special trick consist of? Simple breathing technique. Now before you laugh, which isn’t a bad thing, just bare with me here. When we feel stressed, our breathing usually becomes shallower. We tend to start breathing faster and less deep, and then ultimately only use roughly 20% of the oxygen in our lungs.
The result here is actually two-fold:
- You only circulate a very limited amount of the oxygen that’s in your body.
- Your body goes into “defense mode” because of the shallower breathing which is often a signal of danger to our natural instincts.
To combat that scenario from fully taking over, you can simply try to stop what you’re doing for just a few seconds. From there, just start breathing deep full breaths by inhaling slowly and rising (or puffing) your belly or chest out.
Put your hand on the top of your stomach and feel as it rises up and down. Breathe deeply, and slowly for about 10 seconds or so. Doing this sends signals to the body that the “coast is clear” and everything is okay.
This will allow you to hopefully take better control of the situation before it gets the better of you. In turn, you’ll be able to maintain in your high-productivity zone of focus and direction. The zone in which you can actually clearly think and act rationally towards situations. At this point you may be thinking about how stupidly easy this is. And yes, it is!
Since you know what the “10 second tactic” now consists of, let’s practice it right now just for review.
- With your hand (or hands) on your stomach, breathe in. Take a deep, long and full breath.
- Watch your hands as they rise up with each breath you inhale.
- Then, watch your hand as it lowers with your exhalation. Let the air out of your lungs without losing your level of relaxation.
- Take another deep breath, and let it out again.
- Once more: in and out. Relax while you do this. Clear your mind.
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