Edge Sharpening 101
- Read books focused on emotional, spiritual and professional development. if you don’t read books, start reading for 10 minutes a day in a silent place. (increase to 60 minutes a day within 90 days – blogs and social media do not count).
- Curb negative discussion. Everywhere. At home, at work, with friends. Eliminate it. Negative discussion drains your emotional strength and deflates your output. It also reinforces a negative mindset and thought process.
- Push positive thoughts, actions, and discussion. Your mindset controls your actions. Coming to a challenge with a positive outlook is far better than coming to the same challenge in a negative, already defeated, mindset. Learn, yes learn to be positive.
- Take action and do things. Make the call, write the letter, extend the olive branch, create the missing chapter, fix the broken process. Do it. And increase how often you do things. Nothing happens until you take action.
- Network and reconnect. Most likely your lifelong friends, coworkers, and family members are of no use to a committed life of edge sharpening. It’s probable many of them are sheepwalking too. Do not go with their flow. Network and reconnect with people who are advancing emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and or physically. Find new friends to have healthy conversations that lift you up instead of pull/keep you down.
- Turn off the noise (or at least change the channel). Talk radio and Pundit TV can be substituted with an audio book or paperback. Long chats with negative influences can be shortened and eliminated. The point is to see things that make you zone out, come down, or don’t give you joy or knowledge as an area to focus on and bring in a positive influence.
- Stretch. Every day. The edge sharpening efforts are uncomfortable but they are fruitful. Lean into the challenge and expect to stretch a little. If you aren’t stretching, you aren’t growing.
Don’t weasel out. These are things you can control and you owe it to yourself to have a healthier and happy life. These things are part of your basic tools to improve the 24 hour cycles you repeat daily. If you can pick one or two of these and start there, you’re doing better than most.
Promise me you’ll stop complaining and start doing. Promise you’ll start sharpening your edges.
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