Karl Staib of DigToFly guides you on how to actually enjoy a traffic jam.
Episode 1954: How to Actually Enjoy a Traffic Jam by Karl Staib of Dig To Fly on How To Improve Your Patience
Karl Staib is an author that seeks out growth at every turn. It's why he writes. He wants to process his thoughts and emotions, learn from them and share them with the world. He grew up in a little town in Pennsylvania called Pipersiville. He moved to Austin, TX in this mid twenties and now he is living in San Antonio with his wife and two boys. If you enjoy his writing, he courages you to reach out to him at DigToFly.com. He wants to hear about how you've learned to grow from your own struggles. When his father passed it was focusing on gratitude that helped him get through one of the most difficult times in his life. It taught him the importance of bringing gratitude to every single situation. Whether it's a difficult situation like his father's death or amazing one like drinking ice cold tea by the river with his son. That's why he wants to bring more gratitude into the workplace. His work inside a fortune 500 company that regularly ranks in top 10 for best place to work has shown him the importance of gratitude and how it increases productivity and communication. If you want to learn more just go to DigToFly.com. He is also a big fan of traveling, meditation, Yoga, hikes in lush terrain and his family.
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how to actually enjoy a traffic jam by Karl, stable, dig to fly dot com. One sitting in traffic would
to focus on the focus on how late you are to focus on how frustrating traffic is
focus on how lucky you are to be stuck in traffic with amazing music. At your fingertips. You focus on the beautiful trees on the side of the road.
the focus on how much you need to switch careers. Do you focus on the power of being
the call anyone you want, while you are stuck in traffic throne
finish amount of things to focus your thoughts on. If you can focus on being grateful for your current situation, it makes
anything else a little easier. This practice is chow.
ring, and I still struggle with a looking within your mindset, determines your happiness when you can appreciate the power of
perspective. Then you can start to work on improving your perspective. For example, our take out for my family. I went I pick it up. They didn't have the order as US
they are trying to be kind and patient. I could feel myself getting angry a four year old was with me and he was hungry and getting cranky.
What are you doing? My forty old asked me we have to we for our food. I replied why? Because I didn't make it
food after making. While we wait, I stay
to see how long it will take. The woman can see my frustration as you too
play just a few more minutes? I look at my phone to see what time I called to place the order it was almost an hour ago. Then I check to see what time the restaurant closes. I knew it close early on a Monday. That's when I realized my mistake,
I called the wrong restaurant there's another restaurant with the same name, five miles away. I felt so embarrassed can't believe I made the mistake. I've done this before and I forgot to double check to make sure I had the right restaurant. I sat back down and just like that. My anger vanished from pure frustration to
we'd embarrassment. My internal aim went from being angry at them. Messing up my order to be embarrassed,
to figure out how to hide it does so quickly. Our mindset can change if we are willing to be open to new info
mission. I could have pulled in old mindset trick and blame the up. I was using and not being smart enough to find the restaurant closest to my location or could be mad at the restaurant. For not done
checking that I had the right location. Instead, I did what I had been afraid to do. I went up and apologize
and told the woman. It was my fault. She smiled
then said there was no problem, also grateful that she was kind about my mistake each moment. I realized how my gratitude practice has changed. How I handle situations are much more open to
meeting, my fault. This is allowed me to enjoy my mistakes. Joseph
months ago? I would have hidden from this mistake how to put the blame.
On somebody else. Gratitude helps me refocus my internal aim.
instead of letting my inner bully. Shame me I'm grateful to explore the feelings without judgment or fear. The key is depreciate every feeling for what is trying to
for me, then take my internal aim. I can run with the anger or sadness, and sometimes I do, but in the past I wasn't making a conscious choice whether to do this or not. When my father was passing mind needed to grief, I want
to explore these feelings deeper. Other times I may be feeling some minor frustration was my son that I want to appreciate in practice letting go up. It's my choice. It's your choice, but it does take practice, start small
when you say to work on your mindset and begin peeling away the layers of how you think in what you could do to improve. Then the fun begins now believe anyone should stop
stop focusing on improving their mindset for a whole hour each day. So too much too soon. You want to work up toward it. I might have practice really started working for me when I started keeping a garage
your journal it. Let me see that there was opportunity for gratefulness in every situation, including a traffic jam instead of love,
My negative thoughts overwhelm me. We take back the power
To choose your outlook rather than letting the traffic jam due to your feelings, does the first step towards Amy. Your thoughts were
do you want them to go instead of following old saw patterns desire, you can feel joyful instead of
stated, but you ve, seemingly random, slowdown tall about practising every day
stock at a red light or slow down due to construction. This,
your opportunity to work on Amy or focus in a more positive direction, the more you practice feel
these feelings when you're stuck in traffic being thankful will for them than refocus on the good things that you do have in your current situation. The easier it gets was really cool is, as you practice, enjoying traffic you'll. Have you
ups and downs, but then one day a clicks and you'll get a glimpse of internal freedom. This is
amazing experience does give you like a newly form
super power, because now you're able to put your focus on enjoying a difficult situation, a traffic jam
you just listen to the postal had actually enjoy a traffic jam by Karl stay above dig to fly dot com. They had a coral another great example of how quickly our mood pan emotions can change just with a quick realisation that it wasn't the restaurants fault but his own. Now that's a case were actually was his fault and if it wasn't sure he has the right to be disappointed, but again ass. A choice in this
the important to understand that you can let a restaurant or person nor unfortunate circumstance ruin your day. But that is your choice. It doesn't really have to if you had a terrible day, full of traffic being late to work having the boss be upset with you, my restaurant messing up your order, but then right after all that the one thing you are wishing for came true. Would you still feel that you had a bad day unlikely and it doesn't mean we should rely on something outside of ourselves to make us happy or rely on a wish coming true. That just illustrates that, with a blink of an eye we can change. So really is up to you to determine your happiness and emotions. Like you said it is a practice, though, so, stick with it and try to remember it s, probably the hardest part, so that have a great rest of your day. Thank you for listening sticking around until the end of a great weakened. If we listened in real time and I'll see you tomorrow, as usual, where optimal life awaits
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