Having just spent the last three weeks on vacation, it wasn’t too hard to get me to relax and take in the view!
But with the Tour de France sadly over, and now back to my beautiful island, I’d been asked by one of my clients to share some more photos of my remote Scottish location on Facebook.
That got me thinking and so first I put together a little video slide show which you’ll soon see over on my page or my YouTube channel but secondly it reminded me of why we take a holiday and the importance of learning how to relax and appreciate what we have.
Stop and smell the coffee
‘Hang on,’ you might say, ‘Hang on just a cotton picking minute, isn’t this just ‘stop and smell the coffee’ from a different angle?’
Fair question, and here’s a fair answer – yep, it sure is, but that doesn’t make it any less valid!
We all know about ‘stop and smell the coffee,’ because we can relate to the idea of being too busy to appreciate things. We all know about it, and yet we rarely do anything about it!
That’s why I thought was well worth this little nudge, a wee reminder not only about the value of relaxation, but also the value of appreciation.
In our fast-paced and cynical world, these things are often thought of as luxuries, a frivolous waste of time.
In fact, not only are they NOT a waste of time, in my view they are essentials that we need to schedule time for.
Stop moaning and striving
It could be argued, (and I do), that the reason we don’t schedule time to relax, and we don’t fully appreciate what we have, is a double edged reason – firstly we are too busy moaning, and secondly we are too busy striving to get things done.
Striving is all well and good, but only up to a point, right?
If we are striving towards a goal, somewhere at the base of that goal will be a motivation of
freedom of some sort, but if the striving takes us away from soaking up and appreciating our abundance, isn’t that counter productive?
Moaning? Well, that’s not so good either, because moaning is just a mental way that we tell ourselves will make things different instead of taking action!
Wouldn’t it be better to do a lot less moaning, and combine that with deliberately setting time aside to relax, take a step back, slow down and fully look around to see what we already have around us right now?
Look at what you have
It could be a trip to the coast to watch the sunset paint colours across the sky as in my photo or it could be done right where you are – in fact – why not do it, do it right now…!
If you’re reading this, you’ll probably be online on a device of some sort.
That means you have the use of electricity and access to the internet, which is a wealth of knowledge unimaginable just a few short years ago.
- Do you have good health?
- Do you have a roof over your head?
- Do you have food on the table?
- Do you have the opportunity to earn?
- Do you have clothes to keep you warm?
We often take these things for granted, and although it’s easy to do, we really should be aware of the abundance it all adds up to.
Live a life of abundance
If we tap into this idea, and start to view things in a more appreciative way, then the ripples
will, well, ripple, out across our life.
We’ll view other people differently, we’ll view our actions differently.
It really can be a game changer, because attitude change drives change of action,
and that’s what drives change of results.
So, that’s why I say we should relax sometimes and take in the view.
If you really have to schedule a specific time slot for it, then go ahead and schedule!
Don’t feel guilty about it, it’s not a guilty pleasure but an important ingredient to a fulfilled life.
It can be done by taking a little trip outside – to the seaside, or the park, or the woods, to go somewhere to calmly soak up some joy. No matter how big a deadline I have, I always make time for a short walk along my wild Scottish beach. It’s great for calming everything down and for getting things in perspective.
If your circumstances don’t easily allow little trips out though, does that mean you can’t follow this idea?
No, not by a long shot.
It can also be done at any time, at any place, simply by opening up our mind to what is right in front of us right now. I can tell you it really works, and it feels great.
Go on. Try it. Relax and experience that feeling of abundance.
Your Black Belt Success Coach
PS:Having been away on vacation I haven’t missed getting cold called by telemarketers who pretend that they’re making ‘customer service’ calls trying sell me another TV or internet package. As I’m now into marketing myself, I shouldn’t be bothered by this and I do applaud their effort at times, but as a consumer, it’s usually just super annoying.
Yes, harassed! And as I’m often on the receiving end of cold prospecting calls, I can totally relate to it. Which is why I LOVE attraction marketing. As a consumer, I’d much rather answer an ad, be the first one to initiate contact and see a sales presentation that I WANT to hear, instead of being bothered by something I may have no interest in.
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