This week I want to talk to you about the one strategy to have a flourishing mindset.
Just one, really? What could be the “One” strategy you can implement to have a flourishing mindset?
It’s really pretty simple. It is simple in construct but it can be harder to implement because it’s challenging in today’s hyper connected, always on and get more done, faster, cheaper and better world. Here’s my one strategy…get a fabulous nights sleep.
Ladies and gentlemen, I talk to people everyday that say they are exhausted. They say they are overwhelmed and have more worry, more anxiety, more apprehension about the world of work and that their to-do list is growing exponentially. In turn, the level of anxiety they feel is interrupting their sleep.
I heard a sleep doctor, Doctor David Chang say this, “the quality of your life throughout the sixteen, seventeen or eighteen hours that you are awake is directly linked to the quality of life you lead while you’re asleep.”
Let me put this in my terms: who I am while I’m awake dictates who I am while I’m asleep.
Generally, when busy executives have a negative mindset it is not because of a character flaw nor is it because they are less than. It could very well be that they are exhausted. So let me suggest that if you want to have a fabulous nights sleep and to feel well rested, don’t focus on the sleep…focus on your waking hours. Are you focused on the things you are grateful for? Or, are you focused on what you are frustrated by? What gets the majority of your attention while awake will also get the majority of your subconscious attention while you sleep.
If you are frustrated, can you reduce the frustration either by re-framing it or delegating it? Can you finds ways to reduce your frustration and in turn focus on what there is to be grateful for? When you reduce your level of frustration you focus on the things that are working and take that with you into your sleep life.
So, this week ladies and gentlemen, look at the sixteen or seventeen hours that you’re awake and determine where you are flourishing. Because if you’re not flourishing while you’re awake you’re not going to flourish when you’re asleep.