April 10, 2003.
"The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person."
Norman Vincent Peale
Whenever you feel the pressing need to take an extended break, which we all do from time to time, you might want to think about hanging out a Gone Fishing sign. Going fishing can be a very relaxing, calming, restful activity where your tired mind is put at ease and your worn out body is allowed to rest. You sit down with your trusty old fishing pole and cast your line into the water.
While some people take their fishing very seriously, I'm talking more in terms of a leisurely fishing excursion where relaxation and rest are more important than actually catching something. This type of relaxed, laid back approach does not require a 100% heart and soul participation. Instead, it affords you an unencumbered opportunity to relax your mind and provides you a quiet, peaceful, undisturbed few moments to recharge your internal batteries.
"No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive."
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Just for a moment, I would like you to picture how good it would feel to totally unwind and let your mind go, freeing it to chase whatever it wants for a few moments. It feels great, doesn't it?
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."
Spending a few minutes every day at your favorite fishing hole can prove to be quite therapeutic. Dont worry, I'm not suggesting that you leave your work behind and spend your day down at the lake. No, instead I am suggesting that you go fishing in your mind for a moment or two throughout your busy day. You could do that, couldn't you?
When the going gets a little tough and you desperately need a few minutes to regroup, why not mentally go fishing for a few minutes? By hanging out the gone fishing sign and spending a few peaceful minutes by yourself in quiet reflection, you can relax and recharge your batteries.
You'll discover that a spending an occasional few minutes of peace and quiet in a tranquil, serene setting, whenever and wherever you need it, can work absolute wonders.
"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."
This habit of envisioning yourself going fishing (or engaging in any other activity that totally relaxes you) allows you to free your mind and body just when it is needed the most. A few moments spent here and there on these mind and body relaxation exercises will produce amazing results.
You will discover that when you take a few moments to go fishing, youll come back much happier, much more efficient and much more effective than before. You will feel better and perform better because you are mentally and physically recharged. So go ahead and go fishing every day and youll soon see a big difference in every facet of your life. And who knows, you might even land the catch of the day.
The Bottom Line: Once you get in the healthy habit of "going fishing" whenever you need a few moments to yourself, your productivity will soon zoom through the roof.
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