March Theme:  Mindfulness 

  • Mission #10: Your Mindful Morning (March 7th)
  • Mission #11: Your Mindful Commute (March 14th)
  • Mission #12: Your Mindful Mealtime (March 21st)
  • Mission #13: Your Mindful Evening (March 28th)

Make 3 Changes™ Monday Mission #11: Your Mindful Commute

Our cars have become much more than just a vehicle to get us from one place to another. This space, which many of us spend upwards of 20 hours a week in, seems to have adapted into a multi-tasking Mecca. It’s a restaurant, a coffee shop, a phone booth, a salon, a make-up studio, a storage closet, a tour bus, a night club, a karaoke bar, a concert stage, a beat laboratory, a newsroom and a mobile office.

Earlier this morning I created a little facebook focus group and asked you to share some of the things you do in the car while driving during your commute or during your travel time. Of the 25 responses I received, noone mentioned actually keeping their eyes, ears and mind on the ACT of driving their 4,000 pound machine down a busy highway.

Now, before you think I’m letting myself off the hook or pretending that I don’t do the same things, let’s be clear – I am guilty of all of the above.   Particularly the performance related pieces.

And there’s something else I’m guilty of…. anger & negativity. I am a nice person. I am a positive and optimistic person. I pride myself on giving people the benefit of the doubt and assuming positive intent. Cut me off on the sidewalk? I’ll scoot out of your way, extend you grace and wish you well. Cut me off on the highway and I am capable of turning into Yosemite Samantha – a foul-mouthed mean girl complete with facial expressions and hand gestures. Never in a million years would I speak to another person the way I do when someone behaves badly on the road. (Hanging my head low right now) What’s up with that???

This is something I am interested in changing for myself.

It occurs to me that my commute is a prime opportunity to claim some of the presence, some of the purpose and some of the mindfulness I am inviting into my life.

It occurs to me that in the same way I’ve been able to change my responses to the various challenges and opportunities life presents, I am capable of changing how I respond to my fellow drivers on the road.

This becomes an even bigger mission for those of you with children in your car. These children are watching you. They are learning from you.

Are you modeling the behavior you will expect of them when they get the keys to a 4,000 pound machine? That question usually gets a pretty intense response.

How mindful are you about your commute?

  • What if you were to become more mindful during the act of driving?
  • What if you were able to be more present for the act of driving?
  • What if you were able to just drive during your drive time?
  • How could being more mindful, more deliberate and more present during your drive time impact you? Others on the road? Others in the car?

Mission 11: Your Mindful Commute

Your mission this week is to become more mindful during your commute.  Whatever that means to you!

Whether it’s making it a point to put your phone in the back seat and not text/check facebook/call others during your drive time OR like me, working on being a kinder, gentler driver – just pick something that challenges you to be a little better, a little more present, a little more focused.

Make 3 Changes™

What 3 Changes are you willing to make for a more mindful commute?  They don’t have to be BIG changes. Here are a few examples for you.

  1. Get clear about the PURPOSE of your drive time. Is it time to eat breakfast, check email, respond to texts and put on your makeup, fix your hair? How could you set your morning up so you can do the things that need to be done in the place/time better designed for those activities?
  2. Pay attention to the road, the route. Drink it in. Take a different route and enjoy the experience.
  3. Connect. With yourself in quiet reflection? With the others in the car?

Commit to the changes you want to make.

Write them down! Post them where you’ll see them. Give them your attention.  Ask for accountability. Experience the satisfaction that comes from living and leading, on purpose.

Declare & Share!  Let me know what you came up with and how you did!  Check the facebook page this week for additional resources and inspiration to help make your commute more mindful. Experience how doing so can make a difference in your life, the lives of those you love and the lives of those you lead!

What is Make 3 Changes?

Make 3 Changes™ is a framework designed to help leaders move forward during times of change, challenge and opportunity.  For more information about the Make 3 Changes™ framework and how you can use it to navigate changes in your world with more clarity, confidence and commitment, email whitney@whitneybishop.com

 What are the Make 3 Changes Monday Missions?

These weekly missions are designed to get you thinking differently about various aspects of your life.  Each month will feature several missions within a theme, helping you to build awareness, create alignment and take action.  It is my hope they provide you with the tools you need to create positive and lasting change in your life, the lives of those you love, those you lead and those you serve.  Thanks for being here at the start of it.  Always open to feedback about your experience.  Let’s have some fun and make some changes!

Whitney Bishop

Whitney Bishop

Whitney Bishop is a Change Agent who creates transformative experiences for people who are ready to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. In her work with teams and private clients, she offers guidance, encouragement, accountability and support. Are you ready to discover the power of possibility and make breakthroughs that will change your life? Visit whitneybishop.com to begin your journey.
Whitney Bishop

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