“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin
As we begin a new week and prepare for the next mountain to climb, whether it’s a heavy work load, school assignments piling up, or just a large burden we are holding on to, just thinking about it or how much we have to do is enough to make anyone want to crawl back under the covers and go right back to sleep, hoping it will just take care of itself and go away. However, we all know that it won’t get done until we face it. This is the energy that forces us to find the courage, strength, and motivation to get the job done. If we don’t, it will nag our subconscious mind, reminding us that we have this task to complete, which leads to toxic feelings of worry, stress, anxiety and fear from not getting it done.
Dr. Chopra (2013) reminds us if we want to live in balance, free from anxiety, judgment and worry, we must find it in ourselves to change our state of mind in how we look at what it is we have to do (Chopra, 2013). For example, rather than thinking about that mountain we have to climb, we can think about the journey one step at a time, and become mindful of really enjoying the adventure of it. No matter what the tasks are, it is up to us to find a way to accomplish them and if we can do so from a positive light, accepting the situation for what it is, it can also provide us a unique opportunity to learn, to grow, and even share our experiences with others so they too will understand they have the means to achieve all their goals, if they are open to seeing them through different eyes.
When I worked at EMI America in Hollywood, we released a song by Bobby McFerrin called Don’t Worry Be Happy. This song contains a simple philosophy, but one that is powerful enough to move mountains. So as you begin your day, take a moment to realize that in this instance, everything is as it should be and that any worries we have, are in constant motion and temporary. When we take a few moments to find a way to connect with our hearts through positive means, we can begin to feel more lighthearted and then when we are ready to tackle our burdens, and they don’t seem like such impossible tasks. This is because we are in a better state of mind to face them. In other words, when we move through life and approach every day challenges with a light heart and humor, for example, it makes it easier for us to navigate through challenging circumstances with more balance and ease. In short, when we are in a better state of mind, we are more capable of managing fears and overcoming obstacles from unexpected circumstances when they arise.
So if you are starting off the week feeling stressed, unorganized, and overwhelmed, change your state of mind, and don’t worry, be happy that you have it in you to succeed! To help change your state of mind, take a moment for instance, to reminisce about good times, or look at pictures that make you smile. Park further away at the office just to enjoy a longer walk and really notice the environment around you, or take a few moments with someone who really warms your heart. When we schedule more time to experience things that bring us joy, laughter, and love, we become more confident. That is when we are more equipped to face that which we fear and accomplish whatever we set out to achieve.
In the meantime … Don’t worry … Be happy!
Bring on the joy and have a great week everyone!
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Chopra, D. (2013). Creating Abndance. Retrieved February 24, 2014, from chopracentermeditation.com: https://chopracentermeditation.com