This month’s theme is proactive and a way to be more proactive is to choose mental toughness. According to a recent article in Success Magazine written by Emotional Intelligence expert Travis Bradberry, there are 15 qualities of mentally tough people. Here are 5 of my favorites:
How many times have we all heard this common response or even given the response ourselves? It’s overused, overdone, and unfortunately completely accurate for many. We are constantly bombarded with noise, distractions, competing priorities, too many demands, and for many of us; the desire to do it all perfectly.
It’s the holidays and many of us are operating in overdrive. As if our busy lives weren’t hectic enough, add the stress of holiday/end of year celebrations, decorating our homes, band concerts, mailing out holiday cards, shopping for presents, and you have a recipe for being very, very stressed out. What can you do to bring a sense of calm to your day?
In my journey to increase my own mindfulness, I’ve been exploring different methods. Walking meditation is one that has intrigued me, as it combines mindfulness with movement. Recently on a trip to Ireland, I found myself walking a track called The Cliff Walk, around the edges of a town called Howth.
Jia Jiang had this problem with rejection. He found himself struggling because this fear got in his way. Rather than let it continue to hold him back, he decided to conduct a 100 day experiment where he would deliberately go out and seek rejection. He came up with a list of seemingly ridiculous things to ask people that they would say no to. What he hoped for was tougher skin and a strategy to deal with rejection.
Meditation has moved from something a few specialists did to becoming a mainstream phenomenon. I’m not sure when I made the shift myself in wanting to check it out. It might have been when a colleague shared his experience with daily meditation to get his head clear, or perhaps when watching the students learn the art of Buddhist mediation at a mountaintop monastery in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Nevertheless, I recently found myself opening to the idea of meditation.
A very disturbing message in last week's WSJ noted that all women's longevity is stagnating in the U.S. and white women's longevity is actually declining. We are the only developed country with this type of trend. France, Germany, UK, Canada, and others are experiencing declines of mortality rates in the 45-54 age group. In the US we are on the opposite trend and women's mortality rates have been on the rise since the year 2000. Even more disturbing are the top causes of death--drug and alcohol overdose, suicide, and chronic liver disease. WSJ: Rising Death Rate
Bring peace into the chaos and soon the noise diminishes, the scattered minds ease and the light breaks through.