WHAT APPEARS TO BE
It’s 7:30 a.m. The workday is beginning and you’re stressed. You barely have the energy to get out of your chair, let alone run the to-do list marathon. And this on top of the one hundred #1 priorities you have to complete.
Sound familiar? If so, you suffer from an affliction called Monkey Mind. This ailment cripples people, organizations and families, and ultimately costs billions.
WHAT MIGHT BE
The percentage of engaged workers stands at 28% (Gallup). Of this remaining percentage, how many are highly productive and operating with a “quiet mind™”? Very few is what we hear.
Why? Because of the Monkey Mind. Like a child who watches hours of television and is conditioned to operate with a short attention span, our high-tech world and pressing business issues, when combined with the lack of discipline in our focus, create a storm in our heads, leaving us stressed out and overwhelmed.
WHAT CAN BE
A friend once said, “I was at the beach, relaxed, and realized something that changed my life: It wasn’t the beach that relaxed me, it was how I navigated my thoughts while at the beach that did it. So I brought that approach back to work with me. I’ve never had Monkey Mind again.”
Here are four steps to locking up your Monkey Mind:
- Acknowledge that things are as they are. To fight what already is is a costly battle.
- Ask yourself, “How can I take responsibility right now?”
- Realize that you are autonomous; your thoughts and actions are NOT a condition of the circumstances around you.
- Dance! Because you determine your own worth, is there any reason why you shouldn’t live and operate the way you want to?
Taking these four steps impacts productivity immediately, and delivers something we intended to keep our entire life: joy.
What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.