It’s probably the most important thing you can do every day. And if you’re in the business of serving people as I am, it’s simply essential.
What am I talking about?
Keeping your personal energy up. Being happy and staying focused on what’s good and what’s working … and what’s possible. In other words, it’s important to keep your “vibration” elevated.
It’s not always so easy to do. There are plenty of things you can focus on that’ll bring you down and lower your vibration. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that if you don’t make it a point of maintaining a positive vibe, mentally and emotionally, on a moment to moment and day to day basis, the bad news the world has to offer and the negativity of certain people around you will affect how you feel and sap your energy.
That’s not good on a simple personal level, but it’s really not good when your job is to help other people discover the potential in themselves, harness their personal power, and achieve great things, so I’m very aware of the impact negative energy has on me.
The bottom line: It’s important to consciously choose what you give your attention to and stay focused on the life-affirming aspects of daily living.
In a lot of ways, making choices of what to focus on during your day is a lot like making choices about what to watch on TV. There are lots of different channels and lots of different shows. Some programs lift you up. Some bring you down.
So, say you have the choice between tuning into the Olympics … or Jerry Springer. Which will you choose? Will you tune into the uplifting program that celebrates human potential, the rewards of intense dedication, and the joy of being the best you can be, or the one that makes you think we’re doomed as a species?
In this same vein, I’ve found that when I’m around grumpy people, it doesn’t take long before my energy slips and I start to feel bummed. This is a big deal for me, because I really tend to take on other people’s energy and it’s very draining. So, I simply choose to stay away from negative, toxic people, and spend my time around people who lift me up … folks who are glass-half-full kind of people.
It’s a choice to be a mostly upbeat person. And Lord knows, it takes practice. But once you go there often enough and regularly enough, it becomes a habit, and even when you’re in a bad mood and your vibration is at a low ebb, it doesn’t take very long to get out of the negative vibe and back into the positive.
There’s a great story that illustrates this point better than I ever could. It’s called, The Pig of Happiness, by Edward Monkton. It’s one of those simple, short, illustrated books that takes about a minute to read, but the message is beautiful.
One thing sets this pig apart … his distaste for the mumbling and grumbling that is the natural way with pigs. In his words …
“I shall become an EXTRAORDINARY PIG! From now on I shall stand for everything that is light and beautiful and true and wonderful. I shall see the best in everyone and the best in everything. I shall become … The Pig of Happiness!”
Click here for Edward Monkton’s The Pig of Happiness. Don’t worry. It’s short! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoiIYlww8M4
So, what kind of pig are you? Are you a mumbler and a grumbler or are you a happy pig? And if you’re a happy pig, how did you get that way, and, more importantly, how do you stay that way? Let me know.