The mindset of a ninja offers us some very useful ways to approach our work. Over the next several months we will introduce you to each of the Think Productive Ninjas. All reflective of a characteristic to nurture and improve upon to become more productive in our day to day lives. We aim to help you boost productivity, reduce stress and remain calm by embracing your inner ninja.
The Mindfulness Ninja is all about asking yourself good questions, being more aware and avoiding stress. Meditation, prayer and mindfulness are great ways to work out what your brain is processing, and bring subconscious thoughts and feelings to the surface. Are you a good listener? (To yourself and to others.)
Our minds are our most important tool. Being emotionally intelligent and self-aware are important for so many reasons, not least because they equip you to take action.
Plato, a Classical Greek philosopher, once said that the beginning of wisdom is in the definition of terms, so how do you define inner peace?
The definition that we have used for many years is “inner peace is having serenity, balance and harmony in our lives achieved through the appropriate control of events”.
Real peace of mind comes through balance and control, and using our most precious resources, our energy, attention and time.
Time management is an oxymoron, you cannot manage time you can only manage yourself. Can you put an extra hour in the day? Can you make a minute shorter or longer? No.
Everything in life is an event
Sometimes on training courses we ask delegates ‘what time is it?’ Easy question, but then we say ‘let me ask you a different question but use the same words, ‘time. what is it?’’ Big question! Several hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton said that time was absolute; that it occurs whether the universe is here or not. On the other hand, Einstein stated that nothing is absolute, everything is relative. He furthered this by suggesting that “time is just the occurrence of events in sequence one after the other’ – a rather fancy way of saying if nothing ever happened we would have no sense of time.
Everything in life is an event; getting out of bed this morning was an event, getting to work was an event, picking up the phone was an event. Big event? Big problem. Time is just the occurrence of all these events in sequence one after the other.
Have you ever heard anybody say ‘I’ve lost control of my life’? We have likely all said this at some point in time. The question is, what are we really saying when we talk about ‘losing control of our lives’? We say we’ve lost control of the events that make up our lives.
As human beings, we are reactive. We do what everybody else thinks we should do, and when this feels out of our own control, it doesn’t feel very nice.
What’s your next event?
What’s the next event you’ll get involved with? Ask yourself, is my next event an email? Is my next event a phone call? Or is it a face-to-face meeting? Whatever the event may be, we need to continue asking ourselves the Key self audit question before we do anything, ‘what is the best use of my time’? Then stop and listen internally for the answer. Listen to your conscience, and then act.
So, if you feel that you’re not experiencing a sense of serenity, balance and harmony within your life right now, and you’d like to get into the driver’s seat (moving from reactive mode to proactive mode), then feel free to give us a call, we can help!
Content credit: Jim Hetherton
All it takes is 10 Mindfull Minutes
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)