In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective. - Dalai Lama
We love it when our life just flows, when everything clicks and we have a vibrancy and joy that is unmatched. We feel unstoppable. But then it happens—your life gets stuck, your mojo is gone, you start to feel sluggish, scattered, overwhelmed, and anxious, like you’re caught on a treadmill going nowhere. The worst is that you can’t even begin to think about how to pull yourself out of this paralyzed state. The Dalai Lama is 100% right when he mentions PERSPECTIVE, but when you are so far in the dark, how can you possibly open your eyes to the light?
It takes two steps.
- SURRENDER TO WHAT IS. In order to move on, you must accept where you are. You may not like it and you may feel very uncomfortable, but this shift in attitude will release the judgment and criticism that keeps you stuck. The motivation to move forward comes from being kind to yourself. This is not always easy—in fact, in today’s society, it is downright difficult. This is where Step #2 comes into play.
- CHANGE YOUR STATE OF BEING. When we lose perspective and can’t see out of our tunnel, we often seek comfort and turn to negative behaviors or ways of being that do not serve our highest self. We sabotage ourselves. I know—I have been there.
So how do change your state of being? I’ve discovered an easy way to do it—to give myself a lift and shine some new perspective onto my situation. Even though your challenges may not go away completely, when you practice what I call TEN MINUTES OF TEN, you will find the strength and motivation to RISE UP and take on life with grace, courage, and positive energy.
Ten Minutes of Ten
TEN MINUTES OF TEN is quite simple. When I was stuck and unable to motivate myself to seek answers, I came up with a formula that saved the day. It allowed me to RISE UP AND GET THE FLOW AND VIBRANCY back in my life! Plus, it gives you a few extra perks, like happiness and health for your body, mind and spirit. This technique also comes in handy if you just need a new perspective on a situation you’re dealing with.
I’ve found that taking the first step is often the hardest part of making any kind of progress. Momentum builds on momentum, and when you have no motion, you’re stuck at a dead stop.
When I came up with this, I was in a bad spot. I knew I needed to take action—I knew I needed to change my state. I figured if I could JUST DO TEN MINUTES of ten things I enjoyed, then just maybe I would get out of my slump.
You know what? IT WORKED!
For example, I could NOT motivate myself to do a long bike ride, or even a 20-minute ride. So I did just ten minutes. I immediately felt a sense of control again, and the light began to shine. Being out in the fresh air and sunshine made me smile. So I made a list of ten things that I would love to do, things that, if I accomplished them, would bring a sense of productivity, energy, well-being, and satisfaction to my day. The whole idea of “ten minutes” was that I knew I could do AT LEAST TEN MINUTES. You can, too!
You have the time and strength to do just TEN. Pick ten activities of your choosing and do ten minutes of each. You can split it through the day or do it in all one grand event. I found splitting my ten minutes of ten in half worked for me. The idea is to change your state of being so that you can gain a healthier perspective on your situation and energize your mind, body, and spirit.
Here’s my list of ten.
- Read the Bible.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Clean my closet.
- Plan my nutrition menu for the next day.
- Do yoga.
- Go for a walk.
- Watch the ocean waves at the beach.
- Put on my favorite music and dance around.
- Call a friend. I Picked a TEN FOR TEN buddy, whom I would call and say, “I need TEN!” My friend knew the deal, and we talked for ten minutes about whatever we wanted and then said goodbye.
A very popular term today in the world of fitness and athletics is interval training. This is interval training, applied to life! A quick burst of joy-filled activity gives you energy, momentum, clarity, focus, wellness, peace, respect for yourself, confidence, and so much more. So the next time you feel your life hitting a wall and you need a lift, make your list of TEN and let it lift you up so you can climb that wall and march on to the LIFE YOU KNOW YOU WERE BORN TO LIVE!
With Love and Hope,