The launch of Thrive Global by Arianna Huffington reflects a global movement to prioritize well-being in our workplaces and in our lives. Today, science and technology increasingly provide means for each of us to become healthier and happier. Yet, our busyness often sabotages our attempts to actually do the things that lead to our well-being.
The key to thriving in work and life is to choose to create the daily changes that will move you beyond all that holds you back and closer to all you desire. This may sound like wishful thinking, but increasingly science is showing us that conscious thinking can turn our wishes into reality.
You Are Not Alone— But You Alone Can Make Choices To Thrive!
At a time when a majority of employees are unhappy at work; stressed about money, work, family and health; and when one of the questions most asked on Google is, “Why am I always tired?,” you are not alone in asking yourself, “What do I need to do to thrive in my life?”
Consider a 2013 International Gallop Survey that found only 13% of workers internationally felt a “sense of passion for their work, and a deep connection to their employer.” Further, the report found that 63% are “not engaged … they sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.” In addition, a 2015 report by the American Psychological Association, Stress In America — Paying With Our Health, showed that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of adults felt stressed about money; nearly one-third of Americans (32 percent) said their finances or lack of money prevented them from living a healthy lifestyle.”
Amidst such troubling and too familiar findings, we cannot give up and allow external factors to dictate our ability to thrive. We must put our own personal power into practice and break this cycle with our daily choices, starting with small and simple steps each day that lead to our greatest and most purposeful visions for our lives.
Start With A Clear Purpose That Inspires You To Live Fully.
Rabbi Noah Weinberg teaches, “If you don’t know what you’re living for, you haven’t yet lived.”
Creating your Life Vision Affirmation and embedding your vision into your daily consciousness can help transform your vision into reality. As you are more fully connected to that for which you are living, you will be more compelled to make choices each day to live more fully.
Here’s a simple approach to creating your Life Vision Affirmation:
Answer the following three questions and then insert your answers into the Life Vision Affirmation statement below to complete your vision statement:
(1) Which three feelings do you most want to feel each day? (e.g. peace, love, joy, happiness).
(2) In which two ways do you most want to affect the world? (e.g. teach, heal, empower, inspire, heal).
(3) What short statement would describe the world you would most like to create? (e.g. “A world in which all people have equal opportunity to gain an education and live their dreams”).
Insert your answers into the following Life Vision Affirmation statement:
“I feel (1) _________________, _____________________, and ___________________,
as I (2) _______________________ and ___________________ myself and others to create a world in which
(3) ____________________________________________________________ .”
Each day, ideally in the morning and evening, read this statement to yourself. After 30 days, combining the practices below, your vision is likely to be increasingly manifesting in your life.
Make Choices That Place Your Happiness In Your Own Hands.
The Dalai Lama gives us wise encouragement,“The key to my own happiness, my own good future, is within my own hands. I must not miss that opportunity.”
Fortunately, we can combine our faith, belief, and hope with science to enable us to thrive and achieve our greatest and most purposeful visions for our lives. Science is increasingly showing us that we can re-train our brains and our beings to cultivate happiness and fulfillment, despite stressful and busy external environments in which we work and live.
A few key concepts from the world of neuroscience enlighten us as to how we can change our lives if we change the way we work our brains.
Start By Committing To The Smallest Thing You Can Do Each Day.
One of the secrets to thriving in life and moving from where you are to where you want to be is to identify the smallest thing you can do today. Ask yourself “What is the smallest thing I can do today to thrive?” If you can do something greater, great — do it, but make sure it is something that you can accomplish.
Prophet Muhammad taught, “No two things have been combined better than knowledge and patience.” So, as you proceed, use the knowledge of tools and techniques to re-train your brain, and be patient with yourself as you practice.
The following is a list of examples of daily practices and reminders. Consider using this as an introductory menu, and then build on it, with knowledge and patience. Choose just one thing today, then another tomorrow, and keep making a choice for yourself each day:
Believe. Be Clear. Take Charge. Never Give Up.
When I was traveling in India several years ago, I came across a stone tablet carved with a teaching from the Buddha. I keep this quote top-of-mind every day to help me focus on all that is essential, and to remain in my most powerful mindfulness. Perhaps you will find it helpful, also. “Those who know the essential to be essential, and the unessential to be unessential, dwelling in right thoughts, do arrive at the essential.”
So, as you choose your path to thrive in your work and your life, look around and within you for all of the tools and resources available to you. Be clear on your vision. Take charge and make your best choices. Focus on the essential. Do the smallest thing each day. For more tools and resources, stay tuned to Thrive Global on Medium and at www.ThriveGlobal.com.
Remember, faith, hope, love, and science are all on your side to help you thrive!
Originally published at medium.com