The Truth About Being Like Water And Calm Your Day

Mr Bruce Lee has saw and did many amazing things in his life, and I love his take on life with his words here….’Be like water’

Not sure about you, things generally do not go to plan at my place… we try damn hard…and bang…from left field, something comes in to kick the plan off centre.

As many of you know, Paul and I have five amazing boys, back in days gone past, washing was simple, cleaning up was simple, and we had only ourselves to think of.

Those days are long gone, and now I, like you have many hats to wear every day.  Coach, police officer, delegator, bank manager, cook, cleaner, referee, politician and taxi driver…all before 9 am.

Chaos is the new norm and learning to adapt was not something I was gifted with naturally.

What I do know, when you have many hats, family, business, work, and life, adapting to change is a must to get the results you are looking for.  Without it, overwhelm and stress will sky rocket.

Being static in a dynamic and ever-changing environment is a recipe for disaster, time to adapt.

BE LIKE WATER…LITERALLY

Simply, be like water, to cope with change. Water is gentle, adaptable, and a powerful fluid.

If you can’t adapt, you won’t succeed. Tough words I know.

Being adaptable means learning new things, developing skills you never thought you would need, overcoming a fear or two…whatever it is for you.

Empty your mind of what is causing you problems.

I am often asked, how to juggle so many things in life….two words…be adaptable.

Start with the knowing what is important, this may be time, money, or making that change in your career you have been talking for the past two years.

Consistently meet the minimum requirement every day to reach what is important.

What do you do if your day, week or perhaps the month do not work out as you have planned…be adaptable.

One way to do this is what I call the ’10 minute Opt Out’

 

THE TEN MINUTE OPT OUT

Get everything out of your head and onto paper.

Work stuff, career stuff, family stuff, appointments, nagging thoughts that you’ve missed something. 

Everything. Get it out where you can see it and deal with it.

Spend 5 minutes going through your opt-out results.

Schedule tasks that need doing into your diary or calendar, so you can forget about them knowing they have time allocated.

Get rid of anything that is taking up space in your brain unnecessarily.

See what you can delegate to others (guess what? You are NOT the only person capable of cleaning out the spare room and other people can help you…).

Anything you can do in under 2 minutes, just DO it. There and then.

It’s what is known as the 3DS approach- Ditch, Delegate, Do It or Schedule.

If you have any BIG jobs on your schedule list, break them down into their smallest possible parts.

A CPD learning module is not one job, it’s DOZENS of tiny jobs – researching, reading, writing answers, filling in workbooks, watching a video, being a part of a professional forum – it’s LOADS of small parts that can be tackled, one at a time. Do this with every task that looks too big to handle.

Do this with every task that looks too big to handle.

 Work life balance is a bit of a misnomer, there are times when WORK is the primary focus and then there are times when LIFE is the focus.

To think it will be 50 / 50 is just not possible.

Be like water…when its work, be work.  When it’s life…make it about life and NOT bring work into it.

Adapt to the changes, work around the challenges with a consistent minimum approach.  I write in pencil for this very reason, I can erase what I don’t need and replace it with what is going to work.

I write in pencil for this very reason, I can erase what I don’t need and replace it with what is going to work.

As the lyrics from the Katy Perry song ‘Roar’….

‘You held me down, but I got up

Already brushing off the dust

You hear my voice; you hear that sound

Like thunder gonna shake the ground’

 

Be like water,… move over, under and around whatever comes your way and get on with it.

Have an amazing week.

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By |2017-02-08T19:45:56+00:00February 8th, 2017|Learn Smart, Live Life|
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