In Ryan Holiday’s fantastic read Stillness is the Key, he takes aim at the importance of focus as a life skill that we all need to better develop within ourselves. By allowing more stillness in our life, we are able to improve our ability to filter out the inconsequential from the essential.
Our ability to identify and take hold of the essential provides us with a clearer lens through which to see our life. And in having this clear vision, we can live with much more intentionality and precision.
It is very easy to be bogged down by the inconsequential in our life.
The inconsequential tomorrow may turn into the essential a few days down the road, but being present, in this moment, allows us to determine what is absolutely essential in our life now and build our actions around this lever.
It’s about prioritizing our actions based on what is essential and forgetting everything else. Especially our inner doubt, judgement, criticism, and fear, for it is these things which command far too much of our attention when we let them take control.
Stillness allows us to access our inner capacity to thrive and to scan for the evidence of past success. This is an essential life skill to possess. Stillness allows us to make inconsequential our negative inner narrative and replace it with the essentials needed to thrive.
By not giving command to our self-doubt, we eventually lessen the impact it has, making it all but inconsequential in our life. However, this whole journey begins with stillness and building our ability to filter out the inconsequential from the essential.
Try more stillness in your life to help create the time and space needed to sit with these ideas.
Where do you fall on the spectrum of knowing or not knowing the difference between the inconsequential and the essential?
And how do you structure your daily actions around knowing the difference between the two?
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.