Thursday, September 10, 2009
On Tuesday of this week, I got a brain flash. I decided to keep a running list throughout the day of what I was actually doing. So much of the time, I beat the crap out of myself for the things I don't accomplish. It's funny how the human mind works, isn't it? Generally speaking, we focus in first on our negative attributes while the good things inside of us are screaming for a shred of recognition. I was really pleased with myself at the end of the day on Tuesday. I really had managed to accomplish quite a bit. I did the same thing yesterday but made a conscious effort to observe how much time was spent "doing things". Was there anything that I was avoiding? Was I spending to much time just keeping myself busy with "things to do"? I've been listening to Martha Beck and she has a method of looking at our tasks for the day and rating them on a scale of -10 to +10. When you find a negative rating, it's something that doesn't feel good to you at all. That's when you decide about the 3 B's: Bag it, barter it or better it. Example: you have to take out the trash, which you HATE doing. Do you bag it and decide to never take trash out again? Do you ask your mate to barter with you; maybe he/she would take out the trash in exchange for you doing something for them? Do you find a way to make trash removal a better experience? So, my task for myself now is to look at how I'm spending my time and looking at the negative things that I am avoiding. My intention is to get right on top of those unpleasant things and turn them around for myself. I truly believe that we all have the ability to turn around an unpleasant situation or task by changing the way we approach it. Living life with a positive spin is so much more fulfilling.