Remember in my last post where I talked about using second-guessing as impulse control? If not you should take a look at my last post to help jog your memory. For those of you who do remember this and have been keeping up with me, welcome back! Thanks for your support. Anyway enough of the sappy stuff, it is time to get back to our scheduled program.
At some point in our lives, we all become impulsively driven to accept the first offer that comes our way, thinking it will provide some sort of relief. I know most of you if not all believe that this is true because you have been in a boring job that is not advancing you as you’d like or have been completely jobless waiting to get hired. In these positions or something similar, we manifest a form of energy that allows our impulsive nature to thrive and eventually take control. Thus, it causes us to jump at the first opportunity that presents itself. Even the ones that turn out to be the worst possible choice.
However, I believe that we should get in the right headspace before jumping at these opportunities because some of them require us to follow through. For example, jumping at the first job opportunity just to feel purpose instead of a state of loss. Yet, how does one get in the right headspace? Or is there a right and wrong?
In my opinion, the best way to curve impulsive energy is to meditate, which allows you to sit with yourself as well as explore what is going on. It’s not an easy task to just sit down in silence with yourself but that’s where guided meditation apps like headspace come in! These apps serve as a guide to clearing the mind and regaining perspective, which in turn allows you to question a decision before you make it. Now, I am not saying that its good to be questioning every decision as many of you know but for larger decisions like a job contract, lifestyle change etc … it is a great tool.
A good example of this comes from my own experience, I was always quick to take the first opportunity all the time. Especially when I wanted to change my career path because of the impulsive energy controlling me. It always ends up leading me into professional positions that were not for me but there was no way out due to contracts being signed amongst the fear of being jobless.
However, a new series released on headspace that focused on mindful decision making and it changed everything. Every day for over two weeks the series taught me ways to step out of situations and evaluate them without any type of pull or push. Thus, opening my eyes to self-evaluation, a skill that not only got me to where I am today (entrepreneur) but became essential to my well being!
I am so grateful that this skill was taught to me in conjunction with coming to my attention at the right time. Not only did it save me from going down the same path over and over again but prompted me to clean up other aspects of my life.
Give it a Try
Mediation may not bear the same fruit for you as it has for me but it might be a good starting point for you. Moreover, it may teach you skills that are essential to your professional life in conjunction with the personal one.
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