Have you been looking after your well-being while working from home during these harsh times? It is a busy time at the moment, but are you taking the time to look after your well-being? Everyone is under more pressure than usual, as they are working harder with less, and there is the added fear of one of your family or friends getting sick.
The stock market is in free fall, the whole tourism industry has shut down, and there’s a nasty storm brewing right now in the markets.
You have probably lost one or all of your income streams recently, and you’re finding it challenging to find new opportunities. And just for good measure, your cash flow has dried up, and the pressure is building up.
Even if you’re among the lucky few, not so negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re still suffering fro the drought, floods or fires. Either way, we must dig deep and think strategically about the new future which awaits us all. Let the story of the two wolves inspire you to take the action which will drive your and your family forward.
The famous story of the two wolves.
“A Cherokee elder was teaching his young grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me”, he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too”.
The boy thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win”?
The elder simply replied, “The one you feed”. Tsalagi Tale
Two Wolves is an old Cherokee Indian legend and illustrates the most critical battle of our lives, the one between our good and evil thoughts.
Don’t let negative thoughts overpower you during harsh times.
Our negative thoughts create anxiety, anger, resentment, jealousy and an array of emotions. Negative thinking is a logical consequence, and this way of thinking becomes incessant. It can lead to depression and self-destructive behaviour like addictions, derailing you from what you want most in life.
Negative thinking saps your energy, erodes your self-confidence and can put you in a bad mood. Indeed, many would agree our thoughts come and go so quickly it seems impossible to notice them. Still, with awareness, along with an attitude of self-compassion, we can redirect our negative thoughts to more positive ones.
Your thoughts are often your own worst enemy if you let them. Think about how you may be ‘feeding’ your negative thoughts and allowing them to rule your mind. And therefore your actions
So, the next time you have a negative view in harsh times, ask yourself, “What is this thought going to do for me”? You will find the answer is disempowering. A positive thought can immediately make you feel more empowered as you focus on something good in your life, as you start to practice gratitude.
Often people think of motivation as fixed within us, you either have it, or you don’t. Experience shows we all have motivation inside of us; we just need to understand it and harness it. We can improve it like any other skill, building it like a muscle.
Key Message: We can create greater peace, confidence and a more positive outlook by learning how to manage our thoughts. After all, you can win this battle because you have the power of choice.
“Don’t become a slave to your business; a worry-free business can be a reality with a little dose of planning. Peter Sergeant