How Do You Want To Show Up?
Everything around us is spinning out of control. Life as we know it has come to a screeching halt. Most of us are working from home and are socially distancing ourselves from others. I don't know about you, but the very thought that there is a shortage of toilet paper sends my emotions over the edge.
This time is crazy and chaotic and scary. And it's a GIFT! In the middle of the chaos, what will your role be? How will you love your neighbors? What will you do with the GIFT of time that you have been given? How will you show up?
Right now, with the world, as it is, there is only one thing that you are in complete control of, and that is your thoughts. How do you want to show up to what is going on around you?
I don't want you to look back on this moment in time and feel bad about how you showed up to the chaos. I don't want you to walk away feeling like you could or should have done things differently. When you think differently, you take different actions, and life turns out differently.
How do you want to show up?
If there was ever a time for self-leadership it is now. Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing YOUR thinking, feelings, and actions to achieve YOUR objectives (the life you want to live).
Self-leadership emerges from awareness. Awareness is the foundation of change. When you have self-awareness, you can choose if you'd like to create something other than what you are currently experiencing.
How do you show up today during the chaos?
Everything is made up of energy. There are two types of energy.
Negative & Positive
Negative energy is draining and resisting. This type of energy can provide you with an energetic boost in a stressful situation. However, it also gives you a limited view of the situation and this reduces the choices available to you.
Positive energy is constructive, fueling, and healing. This kind of energy helps move you forward and achieve positive, long-term successful results.
Your energy and how you experience life is determined by your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors. Remember the definition of self-leadership?
NOT ALL THOUGHTS ARE EQUAL
Your thoughts can have a negative or positive effect on you.
Negative thoughts bring your energy down and limit your sense of options.
Positive thoughts elevate your energy and give you access to a sense of freedom, choice, power, and fulfillment.
Every thought you entertain has an energetic consequence.
How do you intentionally influence your thoughts, feelings, and actions? By understanding the following model.
Your thoughts influence your feelings which, in turn, affects your actions.
Think about a situation where you have felt less than thrilled with how you reacted.
What was your core thought about it?
How did that thought make you feel?
That feeling in turn made you do_______?
Now, think about that same situation.
What core thought would you have liked to have about the situation?
How did that thought make you feel?
That feeling, in turn, would have made you do______?
Change your thoughts, change your life. If you can understand where those thoughts and perceptions come from, you can change the way you show up.
There is a gap between what happens and how you respond to it. Most people are not aware that this is happening in a split-second. However, the more aware you are, you can slow down the response time and be more intentional with your choice.
This process helps you take responsibility for your actions and to be at choice. Make this process your new habit by doing this over and over with each situation you encounter.
How will YOU Show up differently?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What is the thought I’m having about this situation?
Why am I having it right now?
What is the real reason I’m triggered?
How is this making me feel?
How am I acting because of it?
What thought do I want to have about this situation?
Please stay safe and take care of yourselves and those that need extra help during these difficult times.
Make today amazing because you are amazing!