April: 5 Ways to Build on Open-Minded Awareness

April is derived from the Latin aperire, “to open”, referring to the time of the year when flowers and trees open, baby birds’ hatch, and spring awakens.

1. Declutter

One of the best ways “to open” on the physical plane is to declutter and cleanse your physical environment. Clutter is a roadblock to finding things you need.

Once you declutter and organize your physical environment, you often notice a parallel process on the psychological level. You start to notice an unclogging of old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits. You create more room for inspiration, clarity and creativity.

ACTION: Create visual rest by decluttering – decide what you need and don’t need. Then organize the keepers and toss, recycle, or donate anything you’ve haven’t used in more than year.

2. Break Routine

Does routine run your life? Sometimes you unknowingly limit your work/life balance out of fear of embracing something new and unknown. You frequent the same restaurant, same job and stay in the same circle of friends. Perhaps holding onto familiar feels comfortable, but it restricts you

ACTION: Welcome change into your life. Take a different route home from work, try a new restaurant or at least a new dish at your usual place.

3. Dare to Adventure

If you live each day with an open heart, as a first-time experience, something magical happens. Life takes on a shimmering glow. You have a renewed outlook, a deeper appreciation for yourself, and a richer satisfaction out of life.

ACTION: Feel compassion for others, perhaps you ignored or took for granted. Rediscover each new day as a song to sing and an adventure to dare instead a grind to endure.

4. Check your Transmission

Work addiction isn’t contagious, but it has damping effects that are transmitted to those who live with us. Children of workaholics pick up the message that they can’t measure up or that something is wrong with them because they’re valued for their performance, not for who they are. With parental expectations out of reach, they internalize failure as their own inadequacy. Many end up addicted to work.

ACTION: Listen to what your loved ones have to say, find out what they’ve been up to, and let them know how much they mean to you. Make a dinner date together, initiate long walks and heart-to-heart talks, or plan a fun and special trip to repair broken bonds.

5. Delegate

You can learn to delegate to perform optimally. Beneath the inability to delegate is a fear that something is being taken away from you, the fear of loss of control over the outcome. It’s important to reframe the art of delegating.

ACTION: Don’t think of delegating as passing off work you don’t want to do or that asking for help is a sign of weakness or incompetence. Look at delegating as an opportunity to stretch and improve yourself – to be a creative collaborator and good team player. As you learn to let go, you encourage coworkers to stretch their skills.

Credits: B. Robinson’s book, Turn off Your Job and Turn on Your Life – I wanted to share my 5 takeaways on awareness and being open minded.    

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