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Unfulfilled Potential...Could Be A Big Waste

posted 13 Jun 2011, 19:41 by Neal Lynch   [ updated 13 Jun 2011, 20:07 ]
How Much Investment Are You Putting Into Releasing Your Potential?

Three weeks ago a friend of mine invited me to his Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies Program. I learned through the evening that being a Buddhist is not simply a matter of accepting a belief system or memorizing doctrines. To be a Buddhist is to practice Buddhism. The practice is very simple but it can take a lifetime of practice to achieve enlightenment. Walking meditation, sitting meditation, bowing and clasping one’s hands together. There’s not a lot more to it than that but the simple act of practicing over a period of time apparently can have quite profound effects. However, at my first ever Football Coaching Course I was told “Practice Makes Permanent But Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” so the way we practice is very important too!

We all know that practice is important. We achieve sporting prowess, academic success or professional competence through practice. We all have achieved through a combination of talent, practice and perseverance. However, have you noticed that if you stop practicing for a small amount of time things start falling away at a rapid pace? Build up a great body in the gym over two years, get distracted for a couple of months and how quickly that fitness and tone disappears.

The message I’ve learnt in life is that continual practice in whatever is essential or important to us is a given. The same is true about you and your holistic wellbeing. Think about your body or your work…. you may be going to the gym. You may be challenging yourself to a new role or accepting more responsibility. However there is a lot more to life than work and exercise. Are you practicing in other areas of your life, such as Spiritually, Ethically, in your Relationships? 

Here’s an exercise for you to practice in areas that we, at Paragon Coaching, believe are essential aspects of your life. A minimum of 10 minutes daily can literally enhance everything and will make your life happier, more fun, relationships healthier and simple better. 

1) Body – Exercise, stretch, walk, swim
2) Mind – Read, study, write a journal. 
3) Spirit – Meditate, talk to a spiritual person like a priest, monk or yogi.
4) Shadow – Spend 30mins working on the biggest issue of the week.
5) Ethics – Name the ethics that you believe in and explain to a trusted friend how you live up (or not) to them. 
6) Relationships – Write down your close relationships and assess them.
7) Work – Am I where I want to be? Am I enjoying my work? What are my skills and abilities?
8) Emotions – What level of Emotional Intelligence do I possess? Am I aware of / do I understand my emotions?

Practising these aspects of your life with a goal in mind will truly help bring happiness and joy to your life. Give it a go...think how you can practice to improve your life.