Life can certainly confound you. Whether it is the nightly news, cantankerous relatives or incompetent bosses, you feel your blood pressure rise with each episode. Could you use some simple tools to use when you’re feeling stressed, discouraged or angry about something you have no power to change?
Try the 1-2-3 method using R-R-C. Remember these 3 steps to shift ‘consciousness’ — to move your mind through mental quicksand toward empowered uplifting thoughts. Getting stuck in the anger and stress is not productive. Paying attention to stress, discouragement or anger responses is important information to prompt you toward action. Here are three steps. R.R.C. Easy because you already have this.
- Reframe. Pause and ask yourself, “What am I grateful for?” “What is good about this?” There is something to be grateful for in every moment, in every situation. There are things to learn within every challenge.Buddhist’s call it ‘Beginner’s mind.’ “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
- Revive. Remember past success, past happiness. Feel what that was like, and transfer that feeling to this moment.
- Compose. What is the version of your best self in this situation? Who do you want to be right now? Then re-calibrate into the best you. Consummate professional. Loving individual. Empathic co-inhabitant of planet earth. Courageous human. You’ve got this.