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Emptying the Pot
“Learn to empty your mind.”
This was a quote I heard a few decades ago but it didn’t really sink in until I started my wellness coaching business. Having to be “on” all the time, make decisions that can have a lasting effect, and also be the face of the brand is both invigorating and at times . . . exhausting.
When speaking to prospective clients there was a need to immediately convert the sale. When guest appearing on podcasts, I would be overly careful that I didn’t slip in the “sort of” and “you know” and instead, fill it with industry standard vernacular. When interviewing celebrities, Fortune 100 executives, and various business owners for my syndicated column, the desire was to come across as polished as possible. I was successful at these attempts, but was it really adding to my happiness factor?
In the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi streaming series on Disney+, there was a wonderful quote that the main protagonist states to his young padawan learner:
“Your need for victory, Anakin, it blinds you.”
This quote struck me deeply. Am I only seeking the richness of the reward? The end result? Is the need to constantly keep the mind busy a way to skirt the real issue at hand?
When feeling into my “three brains” on this particular issue, my heart 💓 recalls the following quote that I once read on the FITTR fitness community.
“Like this cup, your mind is also overflowing with too much information.
Knowledge is learning something every day.
Wisdom is letting go and unlearning something every day.”
So in essence, if we don’t empty our pot, how can we truly fill it with something good? I would love to hear your attempts at emptying the pot. Comment below.
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Every Monday morning at 10 AM EST I will post a powerful prompt and follow it wherever it leads. The aim is to resource all "three brains" — head 🧠, heart 💓, and gut 🤰 — in hopes of connecting the dots to those sticky parts in our nature that matter.
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