Just finished reading The Aging Mythby Joseph Chang, PhD, (now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) on the latest in what both science and nature reveal
about how we can influence the health of our cells – and ultimately our quality of life – as we age.
What I love about the book is that woven throughout is Dr. Joe’s love of life and his passion for
people to be able to live it fully.
In the midst of a busy week – ever had one of those? – I quickly jotted down four steps (as a reminder to myself and others) to refocus, re-energize, & move forward now, and here they are:
1) Step back for a moment from what you’re doing – stand up, take a few deep breaths, go for a walk – often simply interrupting your pattern, particularly with movement, can bring fresh energy and a renewed perspective and re-alignment of priorities
2) Focus on what you CAN do. Often we get so overwhelmed by what we’re not doing that a part of us just shuts down…whereas if we simply take the next step we CAN take – the process of simply moving forward feels good and “unlocks” the feeling of being stuck, thus turning into feel-good, forward-moving momentum.
3) Give thanks – find something to appreciate. You’ll immediately feel better and have fresh energy for re-engaging with life.
4) Re-focus with intentional questions – what do you really want? What are three things you can choose to put in place right now to move toward what you want? If you’re feeling badly about something that’s not getting done – or perhaps a relationship or area of your life or business that’s not getting attention right now – rather than continuing to feel badly, simply ask yourself, “is this important to me?” and if so, “what’s a step I can take to start sowing in this area this week?
(For more on this, see The Power of 10 Minutes a Day)
Now to really anchor and apply what you just read, how about choosing one of the four and practicing it for a moment right now?