The beginning of the week always feels like a brand new start.
The best time to turn over a new leaf.
Time to get going with gusto!
But good intentions do not always make it through to Tuesday morning, and if they do, by Wednesday we’ve usually lost our focus.
Perhaps you’ve been feeling like this for a while? As Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.’
You might have a few projects ticking over, a few things you’d like to challenge yourself on or personal issues to address. They might not be big things: a few pounds to lose before the summer, some unused items to put onto ebay, friends you have been meaning to catch up with. Or perhaps you’re in a rut, feeling demoralised or a bit down?
In a world of smartphones, 24/7 news and digital technology, it can also become easy to slip into something psychologist Daniel Goleman calls ‘neural buzz’, where the volume of messages, alerts and information demanding our attention cloud our ability to focus on any one task. It can be hard to switch off over a weekend and focus on outside life when our phones buzz constantly at any hour of the day or night, and work emails can be reached at the touch of a button.
In daily life, it’s so easy to slip into routines and ruts and keep things simply ‘ticking over’, and for some people there is safety behind this familiarity. But we’ve all heard the saying; ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans’, so if you’re using the familiarity of your routine as an excuse – and it’s an easy one to hide behind – why not choose this week to start evaluating your thinking habits, the reasons behind your routines and to identify some changes you might need to make?
People often approach a Thrive Programme Consultant with a specific issue (depression, fear of flying, sexual problems, OCD, insomnia to name a few) but as they complete the programme they notice that not only has the problem been resolved but they begin to enjoy a host of other advantages. These include a renewed sense of verve and focus, a clearer (“empty”) head, better sleep and a confidence to allow the ‘song inside’ to come out. And this is thriving!
What the Thrive Programme teaches is how to manage your own thinking and outlook on life. Keeping negative thoughts to a minimum and taking power and control over your own attitude and decisions enables us all to live happier and healthier lives, and to handle whatever situations arise, both at work and home. So if you’re ‘feeling fuzzy’, why not take the decision today to take control and to change your life?
If you’d like to know more, get in touch or pick up a copy of The Thrive Programme workbook on Amazon.