Each one of us has a preconceived idea of what being happy means; for me, being happy is feeling calm, being at peace with myself, relaxed and, above everything, being present.
.by Elena H. Ghazale / Executive Coach
Lately I’ve been immersing myself in an intense environment. When this happens, I start to get irritated easily, everything bothers me and I’m not able to progress in what is really important to me. Sounds familiar to you?
The first thing I do in these moments is analysing the situation. I ask myself: what am I giving my time to? What am I seeing on social media and television? What books am I reading? Who am I hanging out with? To my surprise, I almost always realize that I contracted the «virus». This phenomenon I am talking about is quite common and it is known as «Emotional Contagion».
It is our innate ability to absorb the energy of what we are turning our attention to. Sometimes we do not even realize it, we just get caught up in this loop and we start spinning around it as if it has to be like that.
As it happens to me, if sometimes you feel you are immersed in an unpleasant situation that is sapping your energy and makes you succumb to conformism… what do you think about these two exercises to raise your awareness?
First of all, try to fill in this Wheel of Life by giving a real score from 1 to 10 according to the way you feel in relation to each of the 8 aspects that keep us balanced. If you think you need to change one concept for another that you believe it is more important, cross it out and write your new one on it.
The points to be analysed are: romance, fun or recreation, physical environment, carrier, personal development or growth, the finances you count on, health, and your family and friends.
Once you finish rating every aspects, connect the points to see which shape your wheel has. Starting from that, focus on one or two of the aspects with low scores and let’s try to change them!
How? That’s the second activity.
To do this exercise, which will help you change your result, you need to gain control of the first hour of your morning. It’s very easy, let’s divide 1 hour into 3 equal parts of 20 minutes.
1. In the first 20 minutes let’s exercise a bit. Do whatever you prefer: walking, jumping, running, swimming, weight training… (Thanks to exercising you produce endorphins, responsible for very pleasant sensations in our brain).
2. In the next 20 minutes, dig into the aspect that needs to be improved. For example: if I don’t like my job and I rated it a 3, every morning I’m going to spend 20 minutes writing a good CV, searching new job offers, applying for them, etc.
3. In the last 20 minutes of your hour, relax and make a list of the things you feel grateful for and visualize the day you’ll have, exactly the way you want it to be.
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ABOUT ELENA H. GHAZALE
Elena H. Ghazale graduated in International Commerce and Marketing, and in Protocol and Institutional Relations.
She has been living in Fuerteventura for several years now, but she was born in Gran Canaria during the age of the boom of the 80s, that inspired her passion for business and travels. After returning to Spain in 2010, she decided to start her advanced studies on human brain and thought, getting a Master’s degree in Executive Coaching and kept on training with the leading exponents in this field, such as Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor and Lorrie MacGilvray. She is now executive coach for several companies and schools, working as a direct extension of their internal resources, helping them develop their leadership abilities, and set and reach their goals.
On the other hand and through her company – Trans-Coaching –, Elena enjoys teaching her own programmes of personal growth and she managed to transform «the present moment» of many people thanks to the techniques and tools she shares during her workshops and seminars.
Una Cita Contigo is a book and a programme at the same time, created with the aim of taking coaching closer to everybody’s daily life and with just one goal in mind: «To provide and support plenitude».