"A Recipe For Success" is the eighteenth in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories. My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.
If you're anything like me you'll have had your share of setbacks in life. Disappointments too. No sweat, it's par for the course. You're most likely well aware that it's not the difficulties you encounter along the way that matter, it's how you deal with them. Crying over spilt milk gets you nowhere – finding a new supply is the answer. And finding new ways to confront events and situations is indeed a recipe for doing well in life.
In that word 'recipe' lies my approach to living life in a happy frame of mind. A recipe of course implies a formula to be repeated; a process to run with over and over again. So with me. But while my recipe is consistant in concept, what goes into the mix varies with circumstance. I try quite deliberately to find novel approaches to each situation facing me. In this way I'm unpredictable to others but alert and keen within myself. I know that giving my imagination free rein can lead to magical outcomes.
How do I go about igniting my innovative flame? How do I get myself into the inventive frame of mind required? This is where my magic recipe for sucess comes into play. The formula which I employ is actually remarkably simple but may be the opposite of what you expect.
My strategy is not to immerse myself in addressing the point at issue, searching for ways to overcome it. No, rather I remove myself from the situation and forget about it altogether! I take myself away completely, both physically and mentally. Sounds contrary perhaps? How do you resolve things by ignoring them? But it works like a charm.
My favoured course is to escape to the mountains. There I wander and absorb the clear air, nature and tranquility. Note the word 'wander'. Therein lies my second 'secret'. I don't set an agenda such as scaling a certain peak, reaching a specific destination or doing so within a particular time. Neither do I put my mind to work on a concentrated task. I simply wander and let the day take me where it will. In this way I am totally relaxed and become completely detached from all else save the wondrous beauty abundant around me. In this almost trance-like state my spirit soars and my imagination breaks free. Unshackled from the impediment of circumstances which create difficulty, the solutions float in to view in their own good time and with easy clarity.
So, my recipe to dealing with setbacks and difficulties is -
Withdraw from the situation
Wander, don't strain
Not only does my approach provide great results, it's easy and stress-free too. It enhances general well-being. There's also a wonderful bonus, magical in fact! It is this -
Once you establish this strategy as your default system in meeting the demands of day-to-day life and the situations thrown up by it, disagreeable occurrences requiring of your attention arise less frequently. In fact bad stuff can diminish to the point of almost disappearing completely.
Conversely, you're likely to experience a substantial uptick in pleasant situations occuring; circumstances which are positive and fun to confront. And how do you face these happy dilemmas? By following my same recipe as for troublesome ones of course. Withdraw, wander, wait. It's a magic recipe for success - in all scenarios!
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.
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