Being 100% in what you’re in

An important dimension in achieving an optimum work-life balance is about using your energies effectively, bringing your mental, physical and emotional energies to bear on the task or activity in hand. The more you are able to be 100% in what you are doing, thinking or feeling at any one time the better the usage of our energy systems.   If half of you is distracted by home or family thoughts when you’re at work, or vice versa, you’re not fully committed to what you are doing.

Being 100% doesn’t necessarily mean being at peak energy, for you simply can’t be at peak all the time. It does mean bringing your concentration, belief, focus, mind and alertness to whatever you are doing and not giving way to distractions – whether those distractions come from external or internal sources. People such as mountaineers and pilots know this as it is well understood that distractions can be fatal.

When your energies are aligned in one direction, it brings focus and clarity, and it can actually generate more energy rather than leaving you depleted.  

The opposite is a state of dispersion – where you have too many things vying for attention leaving you distracted, confused and potentially unable to concentrate on anything at all.

So how do you develop the capacity to be 100% and not let your energies become dispersed? There are many aspects to this, but here are two starters for consideration:

First, keep a tidy mind. Like a desk the mind can become over cluttered. This either happens when you take on too much at one time, or if you leave too many things unfinished or resolved.  The smaller your queue of unfinished business, the better able you will be to concentrate on the current priority.

Second, train your awareness and concentration.  There is a practice that can help you do this, and which can help take your mind away from dispersed background thoughts and worries. It’s an exercise taught in advanced police driving. Rather than simply driving, the idea is you give a running commentary on all that you observe – the road and road signs, conditions, traffic, potential obstacles and so on.  This helps train and sharpen awareness – clearly essential when police have to drive at speed.

Good luck.


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