It's 5am on Monday morning and I have been lying awake in bed for 20 minutes. The thought of throwing back the covers and hitting the ground running keeps me hostage under the blanket.
For a somewhat optimistic person, I started the day with a flurry of negative energy. The thought of attacking the never ending 'to do list' was flooding my mind with dread and I was beginning to write the day off.
Being a business owner is demanding. For me (and a lot of other business owners out there I'm sure), it's incredibly difficult to not think about my business. From cashflow to growth, to marketing to adding value, to workflow to staff, the mental energy expended, I'm sure could power New York city.
It feels like I am bombarded with messages everyday about "living in the present" and "being mindful" which does nothing but make me feel guilty about my choice to be self employed. Ironically, I chose to be self employed to have more time and choice in how I spend my days, rather than being stuck in an office from 9 -5 and although I have that, I still often choose to work in the hope that tomorrow my day will be clear.
Like most of us, I am doing the best I can in balancing my family with my business and my health but every so often, I need to check in with myself to bring things back into perspective and this was one of those days.
This kind of thinking couldn't be fixed with a glass of wine or writing down my thoughts, I needed to bring in the big guns or more so, big float pods. The most effective solution for me is to lock myself into a giant cocoon, deprived of all sensory information and go man on man with my over functioning mind.
As I lay there, floating on what felt like a cloud, contemplating what all the fuss is about, I realised that these thoughts invading my mind are irrational and toxic and they only got bigger and bigger every day that I tried to ignore them.
So, instead I'm entertaining them.....
One of the most effective tips for managing your negative thoughts is from Tim Ferriss. He recommends you dig deep into this thought, question what are these fears based on?, then, what is the absolute worst result from this fear? and finally (and most importantly), ask yourself "could you recover from that?".
Unless its death, you will probably find that yes, in most cases you can recover from the worst case scenario. All of these negative thoughts that were over powering my mind and productivity were suddenly reduced to just thoughts. Just a floating bubble that popped into my head.
Going through this journey has taught me a very valuable lesson, your mind has the power to make or break you and unless your Ghandi, you are likely to have negative thoughts for the rest of your life. So learn how to manage your thoughts, explore their origins and most of all, take the time to reset.
Today, I'm am ready to smash it again! but I have a feeling that a floating pod membership is going to come in real handy before the year is through.
P.S. Floating tip - go to the loo beforehand (even if you don't think you need to). It's incredibly hard to relax and hold your bladder.....