Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.
How good are you at being prepared?
Yesterday Dan and I prepared and went to a kite festival, not knowing what to expect.
For it was for both of us our first time attending one.
Planning for a month and when we got there the wind was barely blowing.
So, as the adults and kids where flying their kites, very few made it higher than the mountains.
However, we all made the day of it.
Now, it is time to plan for this week ahead.
Are you extremely self-disciplined and ready for every contingency or are you more of a go with the flow type and consider being prepared as a useless concept?
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail —
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion, confidence, connection, transitioning and motivation.
Today the word is preparation.
Did you know being prepared enhances self-discipline.
Having a routine or habit, not the discipline to control or regulate, although forming a good habit is a form of self-control and regulation.
When we routinely prepare ourselves for the predictable or unexpected events in our lives, we enhance our own self-discipline.
Dan and my opinion, self-discipline is one of the foundations to living a happy life.
The act of becoming prepared means that we discipline ourselves to make the time to prepare.
We get over the feeling of I do not feel like doing this now, so we put off procrastination, we dump the excuses and we become mindful with what we are doing.
Did you know, being prepared enhances our strategic thinking?
Well, it does!
If you are like me, as you are preparing for that meeting, vacation, or dinner with a friend you are having an internal dialogue with yourself.
You may be thinking of the meeting agenda, or the presentation you must give, you may be thinking of what you need to prepare for your vacation all the tasks you need to complete, what to pack in your suitcase, check your travel insurance and more.
Did you know being prepared increases our flexibility?
Well, it does!
If you are self-disciplined and open to thinking strategically there is a possibility that your thought processes will expand with fluidity and flexibility.
Not everyone who is self-disciplined and thinks strategically is able to be flexible in his or her behavior, but this is a skill that we develop.
So, think about it.
As you work through different scenarios, you will prepare for different outcomes.
Just like yesterday at the kite festival.
By preparing to be flexible, we are also building a critical trait to have, namely resilience.
The more complex the task, the higher degree of strategic thinking is required.
None of us is born master strategic thinkers; it is a skill that is born through practice and experience.
Regardless of what you are preparing for, you can perfect this skill.
Unbelievably as you look out your window each day before you dress, your brain has already thought a thousand strategic thoughts in preparation for getting you to your destination appropriately clothed, dry, on time and in one piece.
We may not always recognize our thoughts as being strategic, but each act of preparation is perfecting these skills.
And yes, being prepared develops our resilience.
Resilience is that ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.
As we develop all our other skills, we often spend little time developing that of resilience.
Unless you have done the preparation, thought it through, evaluated all the known scenarios you will always be shocked by the unforeseen or by failure.
It is in preparation that we develop our mental resilience, and it is through failure that we develop a life of resilience.
We all know that not every plan leads to success, and it is through failure that we reach success, but often being unprepared leads to a bitter taste in the mouth.
Having resilience allows us to stand up eight times after we have been knocked down seven and to continue on our course, making adjustments and realignments.
So, take a moment to consider how you going to prepare for this coming we
As you prepare think about these questions, will you be missing out on some wonderful opportunities because you are not preparing yourself sufficiently?
Do you always repeat the same mistakes because you resist preparation?
Dan and I encourage you to think about this post on preparation.
Consider if you can implement the different ways in your life in a consistent and sustainable way.
RECAP OF THE WEEK
HAPPY EASTER - The great gift of Easter is hope.
Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Passion is the key that opens the door to joy and abundance.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Everything is connected and connection is everything.
Sometimes God brings times of transition to create transformation.
It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, which bring about the most lasting change.
As Dan and I start a new year; we will be posting daily 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
THERE IS TIME TO BE MINDFUL EVERY DAY.
Take the time to still your mind and find your breath.
Connect with the oxygen flowing through your body.
Notice any areas that feel tense and the thoughts that appear.
Appreciate your body for its intricate design and important functions.
Start your day being mindfully grateful for your body.
From this place, you can enter your day with an open mind and heart, ready to show up in your greatest capacity.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Embracing the Day
Each day is a new beginning.
Each day is a reminder of renewal.
Each day is a gift and opportunity to be a more fully present!
Use this guided mindfulness meditation session in the morning or anytime throughout the day to help you find peace, comfort, joy, and possibility in each new day.
Free your body and mind to find self-healing and self-care through this short meditation.
You can transcend anxiety, find Zen, and be renewed!
If you would like to follow with us; hash tag words #walk, #meditation #Qigong on the right of the main blog page.
Until Monday, the best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.
DAN AND I WISH YOU A PEACEFUL SUNDAY.