By Jared Nichols. October 17, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Last newsletter, I wrote about the need for quiet reflection in life: how easy it is to lose sight of our true selves and our worthy goals without these intentional moments. The beauty of these moments is they also provide an opportunity to recognize all the gifts we currently possess. When the mind is overly busy, it is constantly searching for deficits, problems to solve, and issues to resolve. A residual habit from our more primitive days as humans, we tend to stay on alert for the next sign of trouble, always waiting for “the other shoe to drop.”
The mind becomes preoccupied with the “what ifs” and fails to see what is.
I talk a lot about the importance of being conscious and alert of what is on the horizon; however, there is a difference between being conscious and being anxious. In fact, negativity and anxiety only impede conscious awareness. The mind becomes preoccupied with the “what-ifs” and fails to see what is. We miss opportunities to use untapped resources and discover hidden assets, wasting our energy on fears that never materialize. If we instead focus our energy on acknowledging the beauty of the moment, the generosity of others, and the many many gifts that life lays at our feet, we have in return a lot more to offer others. With such a positive focus of our energy, even the most difficult moments become opportunities for the growth and expansion of our inner resources and the further development of character.
When was the last time you received a gift? For me, it was this morning when my son took the time to share with me what he was learning in his homeschool math class. Honestly, I wasn’t fully aware at that moment that I was receiving a gift, but upon reflection I don’t know what else to call it. But now that I’m thinking about it, perhaps the last gift I received was the cool breeze just now through my office window or the quiet of this very moment, interrupted only by the tapping of my fingers on the keyboard.
ABOUT JARED NICHOLS
Jared Nichols is a deep futures strategist, executive advisor, speaker, and coach. He provides the tools to help leaders and organizations gain competitive advantage, seize new market opportunities, drive in new revenue, and increase profits. As one of the few people in the world to hold a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight, Jared is sought out by leaders, organizations, and entrepreneurs to help them identify and create their long-term successful future.
Jared’s insight and expertise is utilized across a wide variety of sectors and industries from Fortune 500 companies to government municipalities, entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as some of his most recent work in Hollywood with accomplished actors, writers, and producers, helping them reinvent themselves and discover new areas for growth both inside and outside the bounds of their industry. Jared also sits on the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association with a focus on equipping SME’s with the ability to anticipate change and influence public policy in favor of small business growth. As a highly prolific author, Jared has published over 50 articles and is the author of Rethinking Your Next Quarter (Century): How to Create Continuous Growth and Ensure Future Relevance, Rethinking Reinvention, Leading the 21st Century: The CEO’s Guide to Thriving in a Volatile and Uncertain Future, and Four Futures for the 21st Century Non-Profit. Jared is also a musician, composer, competitive cyclist, and trail runner living in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and their two sons.