Sunday 23 October 2016

Power to change: Enda's tips

Published 18/11/2015 | 02:30

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

1 Have a really good, natural reflection on where you are now. Before you can change anything, you have to have an honest conversation with yourself and face the truth. Where are you now versus where you want to be? Challenge yourself. Are you happy? Are you fit? Have you much energy? Have you got a sense of fulfilment? Are you really flourishing? Are you getting the most out of yourself? Are you getting even close to your potential? Are you lazy? Are you proactive? Are you reactive? So have this conversation with yourself and it's a really good idea to write it all down.

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2 Identify where you want to go. What would you like to achieve with the end in mind? When we are 90 or 105, and we die and are brought to the chapel and there are people there who have been our children and our grandchildren, what are they saying about us? What have we achieved in our lives? Is it just we were in good physical shape or is it that we have inspired people with our life? Is it that we have been really successful in business or that we have been really successful as a mum? So what does the end look like and have we lived our values? Then we need to narrow that down and think about our mission in life and that takes a long time and a lot of soul-searching to find. What do you want out of your life and have you even thought about it? Research tells us many people will spend more time planning their holidays than they do planning their life. So we need to reflect on where we want to go in life

3 Then you need to start to think about a plan and I don't mean a 25-year plan, it should be a super short-term plan. What are you going to do in the next day? What are you going to do in the next week? What are you going to do in the next month that helps you move towards your mission? Maybe it is simply that you are going to start to walk for an hour a day in nature, leaving all technology behind you.

4 Get busy really incorporating those daily rituals which are helping you to move towards the health, fitness, well-being and performance goals you aspire to. They don't have to be massive rituals. Let's say you get up in the morning at 5.30am and you spend 30 minutes mind-calming by meditation and after that you write down your two or three goals for the day. After that, you do 15 minutes of gentle yoga, then you have a shower and then sit and eat breakfast in a nice calm way before you switch on the TV or the radio or Whatsapp or Twitter and so on. In a very fast-paced, complex, challenging and demanding environment, it is really important that we bring ourselves back to that central place, by calming the mind. Performance and our health and fitness, they are all connected. It's not just about doing a 10k race or going to a personal trainer; it's about how your health and fitness set you up and create a platform in terms of how successful you are and how much energy you have, because energy is the currency for high performance across all aspects of your life.

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