One of the books I am reading this week is Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings”. In his book he speaks of…
“Turning the Mundane into the Sacred.”
Jackson specifically applies it to the basketball court. However, I started thinking about this principle in terms of everyday business and life. Your business (and your life for that matter) may at times turn into a routine, almost primitive set of soul numbing behaviors. Bear in mind it doesn’t have to, but sometimes it just happens.
Be keenly aware of how you move through your day with these tips:
• Say hello to everyone you see. This simple act creates a great deal of variety in that you never know what kind of response you are going to receive. It breaks the monotony of focusing only on yourself and/or your problems.
• Smile as you greet people and look them in the eyes. Here’s a novel idea…smile. It takes 26 muscles to smile and 62 muscles to frown. Less effort, better results. Who doesn’t want that?
• Have an uplifting tone in your voice on phone calls. The tone of your voice can make or break a conversation over the phone. The minute you pick up the phone, body language disappears, and your tone of voice and the words you use become the entire story.
• Say thank you to every customer, prospect or co-worker. This simple act of appreciation allows your work to be sacred and and turns your day into an adventure. Do you realize how surprised people are when you genuinely express appreciation?
• Listen intently for 30 seconds to the other person in your conversations before you ever utter a word. Focus exclusively on what the other person is saying in your conversation. Imagine you have a blank canvas in your mind and you are having it painted only by the other person’s words. Avoid the rebuttal mentality. In other words, don’t think about what you are going to say next. Just listen.
• Ask someone how they are doing…and mean it. Has anyone ever asked you how you are doing and once you tell them, they proceed with telling you all about their plight in life? It happens all the time. If you are going to ask the question, expect to respond to the answer of the other person.
• Step outside of your routine today and do something slightly different. Eat at a different sandwich shoppe. Drive to work on a different route. Don’t Facebook as much, or Facebook a little bit more. Just do something different to experience the variety of life.
• Send one “Hey, what’s up?” email to an acquaintance for no reason at all. Surprise yourself and someone else by sending them an email or text out of the blue. Ask how they are doing and then apply that bullet point above.
• Listen to some baroque music…click here for a sample. This one will challenge most of you, especially if you are a fan of Pit Bull, Metallica, or Tobey Keith. Research it. You will find that baroque music has stimulus effect on the mind, allowing more creative thought processes.
Understand that everything you do has a consequence. The energy we give out is what we get back. Your internal thoughts become your external realities. Every action that you take is a result of a deep seated thought process you regularly engage in. If you are experiencing success and happiness, that is because you believe you earned it. If you are experiencing frustration, it is because you deeply believe you deserve it. Don’t be a victim. Take control of your own destiny by managing your thought patterns.
The actions listed above help set into motion an energy of good thought patterns. They turn the mundane into the sacred.
It is all sacred. It is all WHO YOU ARE.
Wishing you sacredness today,
Ps. Other books I am reading right now include:
Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
The Bible by The Universe (well specifically the book of John)