How many people do you know who take the time every day to think about how they want their day to go? What their desired outcomes are?
As a coach and trainer, desired outcome is always on my mind. Recently though I realized how little I actually employ this in my own life. Embarrassing! Reading The Diamond Cutter, I learned about the importance of starting every day with silent time.
Tibetan wise men call this penga tang, meaning “shooting an arrow.” Spending a few quiet moments in the morning prepares your thoughts and sets the tone for the entire day. Geshe Michael Roach calls this practice essential for creating complete personal and business success.
The practice is easy: chose a quiet place, and every day, first spend a short time emptying your mind by focusing on your breath, then turn your thoughts toward something that keeps you from achieving your desired outcome.
In this place of silent time you get to look at the problem from a neutral place, not getting caught up in any emotions around it. Actually, being neutral, it stops being a problem. This may take some self-control, but keep guiding your mind back to the situation itself, not the circumstances. Now you get to look at the situation and you have the opportunity to create a new perspective and a new strategy around reaching your desired outcome.
You are in a conscious place that has the tremendous capacity to change your present situation, and also your future because now you are training your brain to approach similar situations in a different way.
Caution: this may lead to changing your desired outcome. When you change your perspectives around challenging situations, they may turn into exciting opportunities. Think Big! And Dream even BIGGER.