Today we continue our series on energy, intelligence, imagination, an love. Why these four traits? Read THIS.
I believe in hard work. I believe that there are rarely shortcuts, magic cures, or “4 F’s to better health!”
However, today I want to offer you two simple steps that will greatly improve your life. Two steps that will increase your intelligence and wisdom, strengthen your relationships, and improve your standing in the world.
Sound good? But wait! There’s more.
What if I told you that I am offering these steps to you free of charge? That’s right! You don’t even pay shipping!
Here they are.
Step 1: Take a breath.
Step 2: Ask WHY.
Take a breath. Ask why.
Let’s parse each one.
- Take a breath. I was watching a show the other day and heard a line that I don’t think I will ever have to say in my life, “Go ahead and shoot! I drop this and we all die.” I don’t know anyone whose life is so fast-paced that they don’t even have time to take a breath before making a decision. Take a breath. Take a moment to reflect on your situation, how you got there, and where you hope to go.
- Ask WHY. WHY is a word that drives parents of toddlers crazy. And why does it drive parents crazy? Because it’s powerful. Why am I sad? Why do I want to comment on that post? Why do I want to throat punch that person? Why do I want to eat this whole pizza? When we ask WHY about our situation, our emotions, our response, our anticipated decision, we get to the core of what is going on with our body, mind, and soul. When we deal with the core issues, then we can move forward in our lives with more control and intention.
Life is not easy, but often simple. We have a great capacity to make it more complicated. Taking a breath and asking why – checking our emotion, perspective and desired outcome – can simplify our lives more than we might imagine.