Are you sad? That’s because something is absent from your life. Are you anxious? Then there is uncertainty about whether you will get what you desire. Do you get angry often? It’s when what you value is in danger. Are you envious? It could be because someone else has what you desire.
This means if you want to be happy, then instead of desiring or avoiding what is out of your control, you should focus on what is within your control — your judgment, your character, your mind. So, most of your negative emotions will fade away.
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Someone will say: ‘But even my thinking is not in my control entirely, externals influence it…’ Agreed, many external things influence your behavior like, the way your parents raised you, or the culture around you, and so on; but as soon as you understand that you have the power to influence and alter your deep beliefs, the power comes to you. Call it mental programming, subconscious patterns you can change it. It might be hard, but it’s not impossible. And would you rather remain in the miserable state or over.
Pausing gives you time to stop and think before you act. Doing so can prevent you from doing things you'll later regret.
If you feel your emotions getting out of control, take a pause. If possible, go for a short walk. Once you calm down, return and decide how to move forward.
Time blocking your schedule
• Know your high-level priorities and goals.
• Start creating blocks for your time outside of work (morning routines, time with family/friends etc.)
• Schedule your most meaningful work for when your energy and attention naturally peak.
• Add blocks for reactive tasks each day (emails, calls, meetings).
• Write down your daily to-do list (for work, home, and family/social) and fill it in.
Leaders spend many hours trying to shape and influence external factors such as processes, people, and targets.
Surprisingly, leaders would see better results if they spent more time focusing on self-leadership. Self-leadership consists of four elements: self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-management, and self-growth.
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