Often short tools are considered less significant than tools that cover several pages, but this is not always the case.
On page 42 of 101 Tools Life Coaches Use you will find two sentences suggesting that before you start the day, you spend 5 minutes observing your thoughts.
This might not sound very important, but then the most profound things are simple, aren’t they?
Starting On The ‘Right Foot’
Have you ever heard someone say, “She must’ve got out of the wrong side of bed this morning!”
This indicates that how you start your day, determines how your day will go and how it will finish.
How you start the day sets the tone for the day.
(Being a night owl, mornings are tough for me, and like Bill Clinton I don’t feel awake until 11am!)
I find that spending some time collecting myself before I begin my work, puts “gas in my tank,” and sets me up for the inevitable challenges the day will bring.
But this wasn’t my idea.
A Monks Perspective
I spent time with a Tibetan monk some years ago.
He had done a private meditation retreat in India for 10 consecutive years.
I asked him once how he started his day.
He told me that before he did anything, including saying his prayers or meditating, he sat down with a cup of tea and collected his thoughts.
That answer sure surprised me!
The “Creating Sacred Space” tool forms part of three contemplative tools including “21 Breaths” and “3 Minutes of Relaxation”.
Wishing you the best start-to-your-days!
Harley M Storey
CEO, Executive Coach
"The Life Coach Toolman!"