“Change is no longer just an event or process — it’s a skill. Not too long ago, change happened less frequently. And when it did occur, employees often panicked in response as they focused on simply surviving the change. Imagine people on a beach building sand castles and then a big wave of change comes and sucks them out to sea, spins them around, and then spits them back onto the sand. The scramble was on to get everyone to calm down enough so they could get back to working in the sand. One and done. At least for a while.”
“Things are different today. Technology, the economy and globalization have created constant and rapid change, with folks being sucked out to sea and spun around on the regular. The problem is they are upset with all this wave action and waiting to get tossed back to the sand. What we all need to realize — and embrace — is there is no more beach. We are in the ocean. We need to stop worrying about our precious beach sand and get good at surfing the waves.”
It’s no longer a surprise that the Millenial Generation has a different way of handling things than the previous generations. One of the trademarks of Millenials is the high number of burnouts. How did that come to be? And even more important: How can that be stopped?
“As […] business became more efficient, better at turning a profit, the next generation needed to be positioned to compete. We couldn’t just show up with a diploma and expect to get and keep a job that would allow us to retire at 55. In a marked shift from the generations before, millennials needed to optimize ourselves to be the very best workers possible.”
“And that process began very early. In Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, Malcolm Harris lays out the myriad ways in which our generation has been trained, tailored, primed, and optimized for the workplace — first in school, then through secondary education — starting as very young children. “Risk management used to be a business practice,” Harris writes, “now it’s our dominant child-rearing strategy.” Depending on your age, this idea applies to what our parents did or didn’t allow us to do (play on “dangerous” playground structures, go out without cellphones, drive without an adult in the car) and how they allowed us to do the things we did do (learn, explore, eat, play).”
“TED speaker Damon Brown wrote in Inc. that writing things down helps us filter our thoughts, remember ideas and insights, and articulate the abstract.” That’s why Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Sheryal Sandberg all use pen and paper to help them organize their thoughts and their days.
Neuroscience tells us that when you write something down, your brain creates an extra link that’ll help you remember. Additionally, it increases your clarity of thought, when you actually write those thoughts down. You cannot go into a stream of consciousness style rant on these pages, so you’ll have to streamline those thoughts.
You know it. We know it. Your people know it. Your mindset, attitude, and your subconscious beliefs determine your actions and your results. “In sales and in life, attitude is greatest single predictor of how far and fast you will climb. In other words, attitude = altitude. Make the choice today to use your attitude to go straight to the top.”
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A list of various small (and not so small) habits you could incorporate into your daily lives. Not all work for you per se, but some just might. What could be the positive consequences? What benefits could you get from, say, 8-9 hours of sleep per night? Or a new (better?) application of the 80/20 rule?
“Goals only matter and help when supported by properly executed systems. The quality of your life is determined by the consistency of your actions. The trajectory is more important than the current position. Especially yours. The best way to change who you are is to change what you do. You ARE what you DO. Your success is a result of your daily actions. You always get what you repeatedly do.
“The moment you get effortlessly lost in work goes by any number of names: focus, concentration, escapism, flow, and countless others. It’s the point where you’re able to blur the world around you and calibrate your brain to pay attention to one single task. It’s your sweet spot. It’s when you Get Things Done. Your entire cognitive effort is concentrated on one task and when you’re in that moment the outside world disappears.”
This is a good state to be in. However, for most people, it is not a ‘normal’ state. Click here to discover what you can do to train your brain to get into it.