Here it is, the beginning of another new year. With this change comes a renewed desire to create goals that we’d like to pursue each January. That being true for me too, I’m commencing with a series of challenges starting Monday, January 5th, 2015. Mindset Mondays will now appear on my blog, each Monday throughout the year. I plan to write about things that help to provide me (and hopefully you) with inspiration at the beginning of each week. Often times, motivation can be low on Mondays which can cause our mindset to not be in the best of places as we start the week.
On Mondays, we often default to unproductive habits of thinking that have us start the week off with a groan wishing that it was the end of the week already. I’d like to change that or at least offer up the option to try out something new in the form of my Mindset Mondays challenge.
Below is a poem that used to hang on the wall in my mother’s home in Mississauga, Ontario Canada, the house where I grew up. To be honest, I never really paid attention to it, but at some point in my adult life I began to take notice of it. So much so that I now know it by heart. My husband also shared it on his blog here. Obviously it has taken on a special significance in my life. The poem ‘Desiderata’ was written in 1927 by Max Erhmann and in Latin translates into ‘desired things’.
For my first Mindset Monday, take a moment to read the poem carefully and pick a line of the poem that resonates with you the most at this point in your life. Perhaps it resonates with you because the line itself is something you struggle to do. Or maybe the line is something that you strongly agree with and try to put into practice already. Whatever it is that lights up for you, use it to create a personal mindset for an enriched week.
At this moment I’ve chosen ‘listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story’, Have you ever noticed how sometimes you may be talking to a colleague, your partner or friend and know that they are not listening. They are distracted or preoccupied with their own thoughts and aren’t giving you the gift of their presence. I’m as guilty as they are of not listening at times. It’s something I’m not proud of and want to improve upon by setting an intention at the beginning of this week to do so.
I’d like to focus on the 'listen to others' part of the line, ‘listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story’, into an intention for the week by creating my own checklist to improve as a listener.
My aim is to give my children, my husband, my students, my colleagues, and other people I come into contact with the gift of my presence. I hope that by choosing this mindset I’ll be able to anchor my focus on paying attention and actively listening to others. My Monday Mindset this week is to be open and receptive to listening well. To be of service to others with my ears, mind and heart.
Strive to adjust your mindset, breathe fully and be present.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily