“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.”
“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?
“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.
Focusing on one thing almost always creates a ripple effect of improvement; after all, if you’re training to run a marathon, the last thing you want to do is waste all that hard work by eating poorly and not recovering properly.
“We hear every day from people who took charge of their drinking using Dry January, and who feel healthier and happier as a result.”
The key words are “took charge.” When you decide to improve something — when you decide to improve anything — the act of taking charge of one area of your life naturally extends to other areas of your life.
What can you swear off for a month? And what positive side-effects will that have on you?
“Just about everyone wants to cultivate better habits. The problem is, very few of us want to do the work to make those habits a reality. We hope they will magically develop, that one day we’ll just wake up (early, without even considering the snooze button) and head straight to the gym. Then we’ll have a healthy breakfast and sit right down with that creative project we’ve been putting off for months. At some point our desire to smoke or lie or complain will mysteriously disappear too.”
Around the world you’ll find scientifically identified pockets of happy people ranging in size from neighborhoods to entire countries. Researcher Dan Buettner spent years studying them to find out what makes them so special, and how others can emulate their success in the happiness department.
Limiting your workweek, avoiding long commutes, not skipping vacation, enjoying Happy Hour, and having the right boss are the factors that Buettner says have the most impact. Letting go of one of these traits in your company can have detrimental effects on the productivity, efficiency, and thus the results of the company.
What are the traits that are driving your current levels of stress? Of the lack thereof? Let us know!