061 How Habit, Hockey and Focus Make Terry Lancaster a Mindful Guy

February 29, 2016

Terry Lancaster is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author of the best selling book, BETTER! Self Help For The Rest Of Us. Through his business, Instant Events, Terry focuses his energy specifically on automotive advertising and has concentrated onthis segment of the market for over twenty years. Terry practices mindfulness as as a way to stay focused in his life. Through his speaking and writing, Terry helps his followers understand how to achieve their dreams through manageable goals and achievable steps. He helps people build better lives, using two simple strategies: habit and focus.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has effected my emotions greatly, because my emotions used to run wildly. I never expressed my anger violently, I wasn't a screamer and yeller, but I could get angry and hold on to it for weeks. This was a huge detriment to my personal life, my family life and my married life. I'd get angry with my wife and be angry for three or four weeks, to the point where I forgot what I was angry about. Now that I'm in charge of what's going on between my ear-holes, I can recognize my anger. I can express my anger if it needs to be expressed, and hopefully let it go. Then when it starts popping back in my head, I can remind myself, I'm not angry anymore; shut up.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • I count my breaths. That is my mindfulness meditation every day. I sit down, I take a deep breath in through my nose, and out through my mouth, and that's '1'. I try to do one hundred breaths a day. If I'm about to step into a situation, do a speech, do a podcast, I close my eyes, take one quick deep breath to fully center myself and be fully present. I can do that in one breath now, because I practiced doing it every day. That's a super power.

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Advice for Newbie

You can't get where you're going unless you start where you are. So just start. Take a few minutes to take a few deep breaths. To become aware of what's going on inside your head, when you start replaying the same arguments like when a guy cuts you off on the interstate and you're mad about it, but it's still going through your mind twenty minutes later, or two days later and you're formulating the perfect come backs for him and what you should have said to that guy and what you're going to say the next time. Learn to recognize these thoughts that are bouncing around in your head and they're accomplishing nothing. They're just echos. Tell them to shut up.

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