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Five Lessons I Learned From Disconnecting That Can Be Applied On A Daily Basis

Written by: Adrian Holguin, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


It has been a while since I haven’t disconnected a little, and I have been focusing on some issues. Disconnecting to reconnect is true, as they say. These days, I have sought emotional and spiritual connection, and as a result, I have lived some experiences that have provided me with many good things. Over the past three weeks, I've finished three books, attended a Coldplay concert, and taken a trip with my life partner. As a result of all of this, I have taken away five things from these three weeks and the extraordinary experiences I had.

People capturing the beautiful fireworks display.

1. Keep your focus on yourself: There are a lot of things to do for everyone. Life is always busy with work, family, friends, and hobbies. Our desire to be and comply with everyone often results from fear of rejection or feeling excluded by the groups we belong to. There are times when we can overexert ourselves and commit to the calendar at impossible times, or we need to let go of more important things or people, such as ourselves, in order to do that. It is good to say no from time to time, especially if you feel stressed or overwhelmed with everything you have to do at the moment, especially if you're feeling overburdened. It is important that you take a break, and say no so that you can refocus on yourself again, rethink things, recharge your batteries, and move forward with your life. The most important person in your life is you, so you owe it to yourself to take care of yourself.

2. Embrace the experience of life: I intend not to go into too much detail on this point, because it is quite trite, and much has already been said about it, but my main point is to live the experience of life as fully as possible. At the end of the day, the sum total of your life can be summed up in 24 hours a day where you normally sleep for at least six to eight hours a night. These have been challenging and complex times for me personally and for the majority of people in general. Just when we thought that things were going to improve with the end of the pandemic, they just got worse, so it is not unusual for us to feel discouraged, overwhelmed, or even nostalgic, and in order to change perspective, we must do so. During this time, as I told you, I had a planned trip, which at times I hesitated to take because of the setbacks I was experiencing at work. There is no doubt that it would have been very easy to give up on that trip and stay in the country to sort things out, which would have taken me away from an experience that might have hardly been repeated in the future. As I considered the situation, I changed my perspective and decided that I would use it as an opportunity to disconnect and gain new energy, put a stop to my normal life, and take advantage of the opportunity. I am so glad I made the decision to do so. I reaffirmed this teaching at the Coldplay concert, Chris Martin asked the crowd to put down their cellphones and stop filming or taking photos so that we could live in the present moment and feel what was happening around us with the people we have around us. Embrace the experience you are having right now.

3. Discovered, change of perspective: I mentioned at the beginning that these three weeks were full of discoveries, including a wonderful phrase from Dr. Mario Alonso Puig. "The true act of discovery is not to find new lands, but to view the lands with new eyes." Change of perspective. As individuals, we have the option of seeing the glass as half full or half empty, or we can take action and utilize it to our advantage. It is up to us to determine how we will deal with the circumstances or the problems we encounter. The process must be trusted, work must be done, and sometimes it is necessary to let go. It is through the change of perspective that we are able to discover new ways to face our problems, but most importantly, to find solutions to them.

4. Communication at its best: A person's ability to communicate does not equate to their ability to communicate effectively. It is important to recognize that one communicates not only through words but also through body language. The posture you adopt, the way you use your hands, and the field of vision you have. Although you may believe that everything is fine, if you are walking hunched over or with your head down, you will not feel comfortable. The thoughts and feelings you have in your mind and inside sooner or later will be externalized. For this reason, if you are thinking of being happy, or feeling good, remember to reflect on it with your body. Keep your head high, your shoulders back, your chest up, and your step firm. If you are the first person to believe what you are thinking, then the rest will follow your lead. Everything is a means of communication.

5. Be Grateful: It is still one of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my life. This feeling is extremely useful in difficult times, and you should strengthen it more than ever before. The main reason to do it is it brings peace to your mind and heart, especially if you are having difficulties. When you are grateful for what you already have, the things that you do not have seem closer to your reach, or you can lose the anxiety about the things that you do not have. You may not have received a salary raise yet, but you should be grateful that you have a job, and the raise will take a little longer, but it will come if you maintain good behavior. Being able to wake up to a new day, watch the sunrise, and hear the voices of your loved ones should be enough to give thanks for. The fact that you can do this every day is really liberating. It helps you take a lot of weight off your shoulders.

No matter what you are going through, all the lessons above can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Start doing them or keep doing them if you're going through a good period of your life or if you're going through a tough time. The important thing here is to take action. Don't settle down and not take anything for granted. It all starts in the mind and the incredible power that resides in your brain.

"Change your thoughts, change your life.”

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Adrian Holguin, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Adrian Holguin is a leading industry executive and thought leader. Holguin has developed long-term growth strategies for companies in order to increase their revenue. Holguin has collaborated with top executives to understand their demands, develop practical solutions, implement procedures to address your problems, and develop innovations and transformation strategies that create value. Throughout his career, Holguin has worked for international corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies in the food industry. He is dedicated to helping individuals change their mindset so that they can achieve everything that they desire in life. "Change your thoughts, change your life" is his karma.



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