#098: How to Regain Interior Margin Through the Practice of Stillness [Podcast]

We live in a crazy noisy world. It’s like there’s a war on stillness. You can’t go anywhere without being subjected to an unrelenting stream of voices, music, sounds, and noise.

This is an assault on our soul. It robs us of our energy and our focus. We spend our days endlessly distracted by trivial things instead of paying attention to those things that matter most.

The key to regaining our sanity is to practice the ancient art of stillness.

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While I don’t have enough experience on this subject to speak authoritatively, maybe that is a benefit. I have forgotten what it is like to be ‟a beginner.”

So in that spirit, let me offer a few suggestions for how you can practice stillness in your own journey and reclaim some interior margin.

  1. Schedule a time.
  2. Find a place.
  3. Set a timer.
  4. Relax your body.
  5. Quiet your mind.
  6. Be present.
  7. Learn to return.

Perhaps the most important thing is just to start. It’s easy to blow the discipline of stillness off as something you don’t have time for. Don’t. The busier you are the more important it is.

You need this in your life more than you know. Even if you can only set aside five minutes a day, do it. And if you miss a day or two, don’t beat yourself up. Just start again.

Listener Questions

  1. Jon D. Harrison asked, “What advice do you have have for those who are abandoning an old platform and transitioning to a new one?”
  2. Laura Crosby asked, “How do you decide whether or not to monetize your blog? How much of a platform do you need before it is possible? How do you pick services that are consistent with your values?”
  3. Paul Jolicoeur asked, “How can I leverage my blog and social media channels to find employment opportunities in Portland?”
  4. Tiffany Black asked, “ How can I shift my compensation from being paid a flat rate to being paid for my ideas?”

Special Announcements

  1. I am just a few episodes away from episode #100—which is for me a massive milestone. I want to make that a special episode. Among other things, I am going to give away autographed copies of my book to anyone who leaves a question for me and I use it in he episode. Again, you can go to http://michaelhyatt.com/question to leave a message.
  2. I also want to tease you a bit with what I have planned for the next 100 shows. I am changing the format up completely. I believe this is going to take the show to an entirely new level. In fact, I have brought in someone to help with the show who is very special to me—someone I really admire and respect. I’ll tell you a little more next week, but I just want you to know it’s coming.
  3. We are just launching our promotion for the Platform Conference, which will be held at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort and Spa in Colorado Springs, November 9–11, 2014.

    Speakers include Ken Davis, Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield, Crystal Paine, Stu McLaren, Ray Edwards, Cliff Ravenscraft, Michele Cushatt, Ray Edwards, Casey Graham, and me.

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Tip of the Week

Do you hate email? I know I do. Even with a commitment to inbox zero, I struggle to keep up.

Last week, I was trying to understand this, and I realized that 90 percent of my messages come from my teammates. That’s fine, because I want to be available to them, but it was out of control.

  • I was copied on conversations I didn’t need to be part of.
  • I could never find anything, even when using Mail’s search function.
  • It just felt overwhelming and cumbersome.

My friend, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, suggested we give Slack a try. It is like group messaging on steroids. It’s kind of like Basecamp, but instead of being project-centered it is more conversation centered.

We decided to give it a try for a day. We loved it. I got about 20 email messages all day, which was huge. All the conversations were happening inside Slack.

The cool thing is you can use it to share images, files, links—basically anything. You organize everything around ‟channels.” You can then subscribe to the channels that interest you.

It’s really slick. I suggest you give it a try with the people you communicate with on a regular basis, whether those are inside your company or out.

Episode Resources

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Question: Have you ever practiced stillness? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what is keeping you from starting?

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