YOUR MEMORY CAN KILL YOU!
No, huh? Memory can kill? Of course it can! STOP reading for a minute and recall your biggest life upset… go ahead, but just for a minute. That’s all you need to get the idea. The more we dwell on past events and behaviors and thoughts, the deeper we dig into the world of neurosis, and the sicker emotionally and physically that we make ourselves.
Memories serve a purpose when they are used productively in the present moment. Recalling something pleasant can actually soothe the neurological system. Recalling a mistake can help us make a corrective adjustment to a current course of behavior or activity and help ensure greater odds for success.
But when we get ourselves lost in our memory banks, even in the process of engaging positive past experiences, it’s as easy to slip out of the reality of the present moment as it is to take off a glove. The difference is that removing a glove has some conscious awareness attached. Focusing on a memory can easily suck us into a tunnel of no return.
You think this is not about you? Think again. All of us have an inherent instinct to recall past events, thoughts, actions, experiences a few times a day. Some of us are actually paid to do this and build careers around it: archeologists, CPAs, historians, history teachers, researchers, scientists, therapists, and detectives all come to mind.
And doesn’t everyone fantasize about something that was once great and, conversely, about something that was once terrible?
So what do we do with all this awareness and how does it relate to entrepreneurial leadership?
What we need to do –to be maximally productive at work and in life– is to consciously use past memories as tools for enhancing present moments and for planning future events. And then stop. When a memory goes beyond present-moment consciousness, it can cause accidents and illness. It’s just like worrying about the future! Both cause stress, actually: DIStress!
Okay, so now that that’s sitting on the table, what do we do to make our memories work for us instead of against us? And how can we help those we are responsible for servicing with leadership? Work harder at staying focused and more tuned in to the present moment as much as possible. Keep our sights set on what is happening right now in front of us.
And what are the best tools for accomplishing that?
1) Deep breathing (it need not be conspicuous!) and
2) Regular exercise (it need not be strenuous!) and
3) Eating foods and food portions that have genuine (vs. advertised) nutritional value (it need not be a 24/7 dictate!) and
4) Sleeping enough to wake up feeling rested and alert and
5) Anchor your soul in a faith-based harbor!
Is that so hard? Well, if we choose for it to be hard, it certainly will be. But since all behavior is a choice, we can instead choose for it to be easy. Think like an entrepreneur about your self as well as about your ideas. Be innovative. Challenge. Rise to the occasion. These aren’t just guidelines for building businesses and professional practices. They’re guidelines for life!
Because without a solid foundation of being focused on the here-and-now present moment as much as possible, we will –like an abandoned enterprise– quickly become then and there.
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