BY STAN KONTOS
Over the years, I have coached and mentored hundreds of people from all walks of life, different types of businesses, and professions. And one thing I have learnt is there are patterns of behavior we can easily fall into due to our environmental influence. One of the things we need to be careful of living in a Western lifestyle is hurry disease, the need to keep doing things efficiently and over working ourselves.
If you ever get the chance to visit Ikaria, a Greek Island renowned for having some of the longest living people in the world, you will soon discover that stress is minimal. People sleep in until late morning, the shops don’t open until 12 noon! You catch up with friends every afternoon for a chin wag and a glass of wine, and you always get a siesta every afternoon (usually 30-90 minutes).
What a contrast to the stress levels we endure in Western civilised society – at least 1/3 of adults do not sleep well, have to drive through traffic, hurry to get to meetings on time, gobble down our lunch, fight our circadian rhythms to stay awake with a coffee in the afternoon so we do not fall asleep at our desk and push through the day so we can get home and get onto our laptops only to do more work!
It is time to set aside time for yourself, time to reflect, meditate and bring more peace into your life. I encourage you to begin thinking about how you can incorporate a little of the “Ikarian life” into your life here in your Western world. Perhaps you can take 15 to 30 minutes out each day to meditate, or schedule half a day each week to review your goals and aspirations and ensure you are on track, or develop a regular group of friends to enjoy human interactions outside of your business/work (a walking group, a tennis group, a cycling group, and so forth).
Let this year be the year you bring more balance into your life and realise that a long, healthy life needs the foundation of peace, rest, reflection and human interaction at a deeper level.
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Live with passion , purpose and of course always aim to be at peace.
His areas of passion include:
- Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
- Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
- Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
- Leadership Development
- Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment
Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.
Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.
Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.
Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.