One of the greatest assets you need in your space as a person and a business leader is a peace of mind. When your peace is disturbed several things are disturbed. What exactly is the meaning of protect your peace of mind? Protecting your peace of mind means retaining a healthy environment for self-care, self-love, and self-growth with regard to your state of mind.
The important question then is how do you protect your peace of mind. Let us have this conversation and share some thoughts;
#1. Let go of things you can’t control.
There are two things in business and in life, things that are not within your control, and those that are within your control. It is a waste of energy and an expensive cost on your peace to concentrate on what is not within your control. You have no control over your past, but you have control over your future. You have no control over what people think about you, but you have control over what you think. Focus on the controllables, and this will liberate you from pressure.
There are so many things that are within your control.
What is within your control?
This is the question that ordinarily follows. There are so many things that are actually within your control, and I want you to begin to focus on these controllables. I have listed some things that are actually within your control. I have expanded on some and left some.
- Your Beliefs – You are a product of your belief systems. You need to work on what you believe. If you allow yourself to believe that you are not going anywhere, that will be your truth. Create better belief systems.
- Your attitude – It has often been said that your attitude determines your altitude. Even the great psychologist William James observed after several years of study, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
- Your thoughts – Solomon says, “Be careful how you think your life is shaped by your thoughts.” (Proverbs 4:23 – GNT). What are you thinking currently about the direction of your business? That is within your control. You can improve your thoughts.
The elephant and the rope
A certain man was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.
Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.
The trainer replied; “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.
As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
Elephants have very strong memory. They grow with the memories of the past attempts to break away. The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.
The minds of the elephants settled on the thinking that they could not do anything to free themselves.
The secret to turning around your life is turning around your way of thinking. The mind needs to be reconditioned for success and growth.
You can turn around your business state, through turning around how you think. You are what you think! Solomon says, “For as he thinks in his heart” (Proverbs 23:7). The word “heart” does not refer to a physical organ that pumps blood, it refers to the mind.
Former United States President Franklin Roosevelt once remarked, “Men are not prisoners of fate but prisoners of their own minds” How so true! Your mind has the power to imprison you. If you do not control your mind, it will control you. No wonder, why Solomon remarked, “be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts.” (Proverbs 4:23). You cannot change your life until you change thoughts. You are your thoughts. There is nothing as powerful as a person with a changed mindset. Everything starts in the mind. Every big business starts in the mind. Every invention starts in the mind. Every financial breakthrough starts in the mind. Your mind is powerful, it can create and it can destroy you. You can change your clothes, your name, your address, your mobile phone, but if you do not change your thoughts, you will still be in the same place. Mind what you allow yourself to think.
In the next article we are going to continue on the next key that will help you protect your peace of mind.
Arthur Marara is a corporate law attorney, keynote speaker, corporate and personal branding speaker commanding the stage with his delightful humour, raw energy, and wealth of life experiences. He is a financial wellness expert and is passionate about addressing the issues of wellness, strategy and personal and professional development. Arthur is the author of “Toys for Adults” a thought provoking book on entrepreneurship, and “No one is Coming” a book that seeks to equip leaders to take charge. Send your feedback to [email protected] or Visit his website www.arthurmarara.com or contact him on WhatsApp: +263780055152 or call +263772467255.