There are just some things in work and life that feel forced and the effort significant. It causes you to pause and ask – “is this the best way forward?” Don’t get me wrong – hard work and effort are hallmarks of leaders, however mindful leaders create the space to reflect and surround himself/herself with people to help identify easier, more effortless paths forward.
It’s like the canoe ride with the rise of the wind – with a simple make shift sail you can glide through the water effortlessly. So simple, inexpensive and creative – a paddle, tarp and string – shifts your paddling experience from one of effort to one of ease. The same destination but a ride that is much more enjoyable and creative causing others to say, “Hey, why didn’t I think of that?”
We live such wonderfully planned lives…plans keep us on track, organized and providing a sense of accomplishment and feeling of productivity. So what about spontaneity? Where does that fit in our fast paced, planned lives? I’ve always been someone who is curious about what is “just around that next corner?” I certainly am not an expert at dropping what I am doing for spontaneity, but when I do, I often come back renewed and with a different perspective. Today – give spontaneity a try and take a few minutes to pop your head around the next corner – put your day’s plan on hold and see where this new adventure takes you. It may be exactly what is needed to give you a fresh new outlook.
Part of uncovering your true self is paying attention to what you need and unapologetically, simply attending to these needs. Setting boundaries to create space to breath, think and respond before overcommitting and becoming overwhelmed allows time to pay attention. It is in these moments that we become aware, settling our mind of judgement and experiencing compassion for ourselves and others. Not easy but so worth it.