What are the two most powerful methods of avoiding burnout and maintaining clarity while building your business?
Gratitude and forgiveness.
Today is going to be a two-fer. So not only will you get one tip, but you will get two. And I will get straight to it because these are crucial, not just for avoiding burnout and maintaining clarity while building a business, but really avoiding burnout in life and maintaining clarity in life in general.
They are two very powerful principles.
Principle 1: Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude
You may have heard that phrase. You may think it’s sounds frou-frou. I’m here to tell you, that’s BS. It is not at all frou-frou, in fact it is super important to maintain an attitude of gratitude and here’s why.
Have you ever been around someone that is complaining about everything or anything in their life? Or do you have that person at work that just comes in, they complain, oh, my work is this, the boss is this, da da da, right?
How do you feel about those people?
You don’t want to be around them.
We do not want to be around people that are going to be bringing us down. Misery loves company and people will try and suck you into that crap. And I am here to tell you, you can tell those people to go away and leave you alone because you want to maintain a positive attitude.
One of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude is to be grateful for all of the things that you have in life. As an example, or a way to practice this is the 6-Phase Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani, the CEO of Mindvalley. This is something I have mentioned before and I highly recommend you do. It’s much more than just a meditation. It’s a 21-minute practice that I suggest you do each morning, I do it each morning.
One of those phases is thinking of five to ten things you are grateful for that occurred within the past 24 hours. It could be something as small as a wonderful cup of coffee that you had, or a pleasant conversation, or good service at a restaurant. You think of five to ten things that you’re grateful for.
The things you are grateful for will multiply in your life.
I can list on any given morning, 15, 20 things. Some are things that we typically take for granted. One, as an example, is my ability to do these videos. The people that made the camera that allows me to record me and share these lessons with you. The original creators of the internet that allow us to do all of the things that we have today. Just the gratitude, the amount of things that we have to be grateful for is really infinite. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude, number one.
Principle 2: Practice Forgiveness
Here’s your bonus tip – practice forgiveness.
I’ve met a lot of people that walk around upset at people, circumstances, events, for a very long time. They are effectively living in the past because when they remind themselves of these events, and they get upset, that isn’t happening right now, but your body doesn’t know that, your brain doesn’t know that. You are bringing it up, you are triggering those emotions over again as if that thing is happening again in the present moment, and that’s not true.
Walking around with a lot of that stuff, I will tell you from personal experience, is not good. It’s not good emotionally. It’s not good for the people around you. It’s extremely unhealthy. You have to get rid of that stuff. And the best way to get rid of a lot of that stuff is to practice forgiveness, and not just practice forgiveness of the people that you believe did you harm.
When I am practicing forgiveness, unless I am directly saying “I forgive you” to somebody, then what I am thinking in my mind is, I forgive this person. I visualize this person in front of me and I think to myself, “I forgive you for any slight, real or imagined, that I feel you have done to me.” And I forgive the person for that.
I then ask for their forgiveness. Again, this is all mental, not in people space. I ask for their forgiveness for any harm or any wrong that I have done to them. I apologize for that and then I ask for their forgiveness. And I feel that forgiveness come to me.
Forgiveness is also one of the six phases of the 6-Phase Meditation from Vishen Lakhiani, CEO or Mindvalley. I really, really suggest that you check that meditation out.
The One, Two Punch of Gratitude and Forgiveness
The combination of these, practicing an attitude of gratitude, being grateful for all of those things in your life, no matter how small. It could be anything, anything that you typically take for granted – your ability to walk, your ability to see, your ability for your body to allow you to do all the wonderful things that you do during the day. Be grateful for all of that.
And then practice forgiveness. Practice and seek forgiveness. By putting these practices into place in your life, you will absolutely be a much happier person, you are less inclined to burn out, you will maintain clarity because you don’t have a bunch of crap sitting in your head, just running like a a film that’s constantly on repeat, running over and over and over again, so that you feel those very negative emotions. You get rid of all that stuff. You’re a much more positive and happy person so you can maintain the clarity of where it is you’re going. And again, you’re much more likely to get to the goals that you are looking to achieve in your life, in your business, in all aspects of yourself.