Energy Goes Where the Attention Flows

I stumbled upon this quote and it really stuck with me — “Energy goes where the attention flows”. In the past year, this past month especially, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my priorities.

I challenge you to write out your priorities and for the next week document how much time you spend working on them versus the habits that you are trying to phase out (e.g. over-thinking, excessive social media, watching tv). Conceptualizing how much time you spend doing what allows you to evaluate how you spend your days.

We are creatures of habit; we give our time and attention to the things that matter most. Changing your mindset and creating positive habits will only benefit you. Next time you find yourself stuck with anxiety, over-thinking, procrastinating or just in a bad mindset, remind yourself that energy goes where the attention flows. The longer you spend in that negative mindset, the more energy you waste. Take that energy and expend it into something positive.

 

Featured Image by the talented Daniel Watts, he is also on Instagram.

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Positive Habits Tracker

For me, there is a huge satisfaction when creating and checking things off my to-do list. The act of thinking of the tasks, drawing the list, and prioritizing forces you to process the information and get it done. In fact, studies show that taking notes long-hand allows you to remember information better versus just hearing or seeing it.

This morning, in addition to my daily agenda, I wrote up a daily habit tracker for the next 21 days. I decided to focus on two areas: personal and professional growth. For some other ideas, you can focus on health, social media, fitness, cleaning, blogging, or business.

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To create your own, think of some positive habits you’d like to adopt. For some inspiration, check out my ideas here—I’ll be adding more as they come to mind. Then, create a grid or use a quad-ruled notebook (I picked mine up from target). I suggest starting with 21 or 30 days because it takes at least 21 days to make or break a habit!

Adding positive habits forces you to go into a value-creation mode.  I hope you find this article inspirational. Comment your positive habit ideas below! It is all about the small changes.

 

Defining the Flow State of Mind: Effortless Concentration and Enjoyment

Flowing is the mental state when our best work emerges without struggle; also known as being “in the zone”. It is complete concentration, involvement, and enjoyment where nothing else matters. When flowing, we get to experience our own effortless power.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the founders of “positive psychology” and the creator of the Flow Model Theory. This model represents the emotional state someone can be while undertaking a task or activity. Click the link on the model for an in-depth explanation of his theory.  Also, check out Csikszentmihalyi’s Ted Talks episode.flow-model-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-toolshero

Mental state in terms of challenge level and skill level, according to Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model. Credit to https://www.toolshero.com/personal-happiness/flow-model-csikszentmihalyi/

I find my flow while dancing, hula-hooping, writing, creating art, and practicing yoga. How and when do you find your flow? Let me know in the comments below.

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My Focus for 2018

My phrase for 2017 was “planting the seeds and sprouting”; between discovering and beginning praxis, developing my jewelry and art business, and my immense personal growth, it was a big year for me. However, I have even bigger plans for 2018 — this year’s phrase is “growth and blooming”.

My focus for 2018 is the continuation of my personal and professional growth. Come June, I will start my apprenticeship and my career. I’m excited to see how it will evolve. I also hope to have 100 sales for my Etsy shop. In the short term, I am dedicating time to productivity like blogging, research, and reading and spending less time watching tv and procrastinating.

I am a huge advocate of health and wellness; I plan to blog health, wellness, positivity, or yoga related articles once per week. With that being said, I also want to grow my yoga practice and nail a hand-stand by the end of the year.

Overall, I plan on persisting the value-creation mindset and prioritizing positive habits. I know this is going to be a year of exponential growth for me and I’m stoked to see the outcome. What are your goals and plans for this year? Comment Below!

Just Think About Forward

In order to innovate, you have to think forward. Focus on today and what you can do to better yourself tomorrow; dwelling on the past will only halt your progress.  This article is inspired by a quote from Issac Morehouse, “Just think about forward”. He said this during one of our Praxis calls and it stuck with me.

The Praxis mindset is centered on constantly evolving and creating value. Improvement is the key to success — I like to wake up every day and think of 3 things I can do to better my situation. Today’s solutions are to:

  1. Spend 20 minutes on building my LinkedIn
  2. Watch one webinar on building Sales Skills
  3. Create one New Piece of Jewelry for my Etsy Shop

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Are you thinking forward? What are three things you are doing to better yourself today?

The Status Quo Sucks

A year ago, I was unsure of and unhappy with my college plan — then, I discovered the Praxis program. After researching the program and reading motivated, positive reviews back to back, I decided to drop out of college and pursue Praxis. My life took a 360 after my acceptance. I decided that the status quo sucks!

The Praxis program starts with a 6-month boot camp to build and hone in on your skills. Then, you work an apprenticeship to expand your skills. With Praxis, you learn by doing. This mindset is key to your success with this program

Why should you pursue a degree that doesn’t guarantee a job? Why not expedite the college education and avoid paying off loans for 20 years? With Praxis, you can be creating value and growing with a start-up business right now.

The self-motivated, positive, and value-creation mindset that Praxians share definitely breaks the mold. Without going against the status quo, I would have never found Praxis. Innovation is the key to long-lasting success, you can’t get that with the status quo; be bold, be different and always question.

5 Things I’ve Learned as a Server 

Although my time in the restaurant industry is temporary, I learned so many valuable skills. I am a firm believer that every experience is a good experience,  it is up to you to perceive the value.

Finding Calm WITHIN the storm

It is Friday night, you have 18 heads currently. Table 56 needs a coke refill, the Manhattan to table 58, table 59 needs entrée orders, and oh, the check to 60. In the middle of the dinner rush, you are multi-tasking while under pressure AND keeping a smile on your face.

For me, it’s a few deep, conscious breaths, focusing on my intentions. This can be done anytime, anywhere. Now, I catch myself doing it habitually. It helps me focus and be more present; therefore, handling the task at hand with ease.

Conscious breathwork actually has many health benefits including increased clarity and focus, lower blood pressure, and may even benefit your immune system — researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina found that the group who performed breathing exercises had significantly lower levels of three cytokines that are associated with inflammation and stress in their saliva compared to the control group. Their findings are published here.

Communication

In order to work in customer service, you have to be personable; your people skills dictate your tips. I have always been more reserved but serving tables taught me the right balance. It is essential to be well-spoken and confident but also friendly and humorous.

Being a good communicator is essential for a lot of careers. It is a skillset worth focussing on and polishing as you grow in your career. Professionalism is always my priority but personality and a little wit can go a long way.

Patience

Patience is very important in any industry and in life in general.

Somedays are going to be slow days, the kitchen may have to re-fire your well-done steak, or your last table camps out an hour after they are finished. Things frequently don’t go as planned.

I like the phrase “good things come to those who wait”. One time, it was a slow winter night. I was just serving my second table. Then, randomly, I got a walk-in 8 top. They were incredibly friendly and left me the largest tip I have received to date. Sometimes we act like a dog with a bone; it is important to savor life and appreciate the journey. You never know what may come your way.

Smiling through the negativity

There are bitter customers and co-workers will have bad days or maybe someone spills orange juice all over you – Laugh it out and let it go.

I keep in mind that we are only responsible for our reactions, not other’s actions. Carrying positive energy with you is contagious and always prevails.

When it comes to a dispute, I always ask myself, will this actually matter tomorrow? What about in an hour? This exercise funnels how you are expending your energy.

Being early is always a good thing

Time is money, simple as that. So many times, I’ve come into work early and BOOM, three tables walk-in; boosting my sales and tips for that night. It also gives you time for a buffer – personally, I enjoy this time to prepare and get myself in the zone. I usually practice the specials for the evening and double check my section.

Taking the extra step is always worth it, plus it looks great to managers. Arriving early to work also sets a precedent for being timely in general. When it comes to growing in your long-term career, being a “Last-Minute Larry” can give you a negative reputation. When you are early, it proves that you are accountable; in turn, it proves that you have value.

The restaurant industry is fast paced and fun, yet it is rigorous and hard-as-nails. Everything I learned made my experience valuable and I’m grateful for everything I learned.