Lately, I have been reading a lot about mindfulness and stress. I was also lucky enough to serve as a Wellness Coach for the Living + Community on Google + in August. I have learned so much about the effects of the mind on your overall mental and physical wellness. In short, the mind controls everything. If you say you cannot do something, it will be very hard for your to achieve it because you have told your mind that it is not possible. Conversely, if you say that you can do whatever you want to do, you will have a greater chance of being successful.
Obviously, this is within reason. I have never run a marathon, so I cannot wake up tomorrow and successfully run a marathon if I tell myself that I can. But I may be able to reach a distance that I have never reached before because I am telling myself that I am capable of running long distances. (Note: for me a long distance could be 5 miles…)
Along the same lines, I stumbled upon a book that put a different twist on this concept. . Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield (Affiliate link!). Another blogger had mentioned the author in a recent post, and then I got the chance to learn more about Mr. Pressfield on the OWNNetwork series that interviews celebrities, thought provokers, life-changers, ect. The book sounded really interesting, so I purchased it before the episode even finished.
The general topic is that we all have this vision of ourselves as a professional in whatever arena suits our fancy, but instead of going for it, we live our lives in a shadow career as an amateur. Most of the time, this is due to fear of the unknown, fear of success, fear of losing friends or family, or some other version of fear that we allow to take over and prevent us from doing what we would really like to be doing. The professional can even be a simple goal of losing weight, changing careers, starting a blog, or writing an e-book.
I am about half way through the book, and I am really enjoying it! Steven Pressfield is an honest writer who likes to be candid with his readers. I have enjoyed this book since I feel like I am having a conversation as I read along. I’ll be sure to update you when I finish the book. I am really interested to discover what my own “professional” is supposed to look like. I don’t feel that I am in a “shadow career” at the moment… but I do acknowledge that I have A LOT of interests outside of my regular 9-5 at the Dream Job.
What does the term “mindfulness” mean to you?
I just want to say a massive THANK YOU for all of the condolences and comments on the last post. Death is never easy, and given the circumstances, I took this one pretty hard. Knowing that I have support from my blog readers definitely helps out.