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Welcome to this edition of the Take Charge of Change podcast. In the podcast, I will out- line seven strategies that will help you to plan for a great 2017.
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Resolve any unfinished personal issues this month. If 2017 is going to be amazing, you’ll need to drive it forward in a focused manner. Unresolved issues sap energy and create a distraction. Take action to resolve conflicts with people who support you. Look inward to determine where you have conflicted with yourself. Set time aside to consider, commit and be accountable for your preferred future
Take stock of all your opportunities. As soon as the year starts, you’ll likely get right into daily work patterns that went on hiatus during the holidays. If buried in the day to day, you may gloss over great opportunities only visible from a high level. Use the holiday down time to reflect, and to make a list of every potential opportunity that can improve your life and business.
List three obstacles you can reasonably eliminate. Many of life’s obstacles aren’t complicated or even difficult to overcome, but they do require focus and commitment. Start by honestly assessing 2016 to determine who or what got in the way of your success. Chances are a few of these same obstacles are threatening your happiness in 2017 as well. Pick three that you can work on over the next 90 days and get a jump on them. Start with the obstacles where you have the most control: your bad habits.
List five people you are committed to meet. Somewhere out there are people who can help you. They may be role models, mentors, referral sources or even new partners. These people can help take your performance and rewards to a whole new level. The only reason they don’t do it now is that you haven’t built a relationship of mutual value.
Identify critical skills to master. Most of us are the happiest learning. Learning a challenging skill boosts confidence and creates a sense of accomplishment. Figure out a couple of new skills that will increase your profile and usefulness to those around you. Budget the time in 2017 to ensure you have the necessary hours to make it happen.
Schedule calendar time in January with those you value the most. Everyone is busy during the holidays. End-of-year commitments, holiday parties, and travel to see family can all keep people from having quality one-on-one time. There are people in your life who bring you joy, learning, and growth. Time with them is precious and sparse. Reach out to them today and get a January lunch on the calendar before year-end.
Plan an Amazing New Year’s Eve. There’s a good reason New Year’s Eve is the only holiday celebrated by nearly everyone on the same day worldwide, regardless of nationality, race or religion. It is a celebration of new beginnings.
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How’s your focus? In this edition of the Take Charge of Change podcast, we will explore the importance of focus for professional and personal success.
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In large measure focus defines the success rate of change or the goal achievement that we will experience in life. Our ability to marshal attention has a huge impact on our life success and our ability to use our skills and talents. Some of the first formal studies on focus took place during the second world war. One of the first findings was that radar operators had the ability to stay vigilant and alert for many hours, even if they were experiencing sleep deprivation – as long as their motivation was high. If The motivation was low, they nodded off very quickly. The link between attention and focus ripples through almost everything we seek to accomplish. Typically, we only notice the endpoints of attention, not what’s happening during attention. Our attention is engaged in a myriad of activities: comprehension, memory, learning, sensing how were feeling, reading the emotions of others, and interacting with others smoothly. Attention is under appreciated and usually goes unnoticed. And yet, attention has a huge impact on our total experience of life.
So what are some ways you can marshal your attention? Here are a few ideas to get you started with your list.
Make sure that you’re getting enough rest. Nothing destroys our ability to pay attention and to focus then burning the candle at both ends.
If you haven’t done this for a long time, book some time in your calendar to get refocused on your life purpose, your vision for the future and critical missions in your life. If you believe strongly in something, you will experience an increased ability to focus
Practice the principle of oscillation. Be a student of you. Understand those times of the day that your focusing powers are at the maximum. Make sure you book high leverage activities into these times. Take periodic breaks through your day to increase your energy and focusing ability. It could be an afternoon workout, a walk around the block or simply deep breathing
At the beginning of each day learn to focus your mental and emotional energy by reflecting on the most important projects and tasks that you need to accomplish through the day. Throughout the day be sure to review this list to maintain your attention and at the end of each day reflect on your accomplishments and jot down those tasks that you need to work on the following day. This simple habit will help to improve your focusing powers immeasurably
There are many other strategies to pursue, but hopefully, these ideas will get you started. To take a deep dive into the strategy, be sure to download the free e-book the resilient professional. And reach out to us if you would like to begin a conversation about how we can deliver customized training for your teams.
In this edition of the Take Charge of Change podcast, we will discuss why creating technology and media free zones is critical to your personal and professional success.
The thousand channel universe, social media, and technology are all crying out for attention. Many social scientists and psychologists would argue that the human brain was never meant to function in a 24/7 news and information age. There may be positives attached to these technologies, but there are significant negatives as well. There are much-needed cognitive practices and strategies that we need to learn to ensure that we are not derailed intellectually, emotionally and relation-ally during this exploding information and technology age.
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Let’s talk about the impact of media. Your brain has a couple of small, almond-shaped structures called the amygdala. The amygdala’s primary role is to attune us to potential danger. It’s a part of the brain that triggers the fight or flight response. That part of the brain that gets you ready to run from the tiger. Unfortunately, the amygdala has a tough time differentiating between real threats and perceived threats. Because of this, it’s important to understand the connection between the microchip, technology, the proliferation of information, the drive for viewership by the media and how these factors and can lead to overwhelm and diminished capacity.
Media’s job is to perpetuate anxiety in our lives on a day-to-day basis so that we will pay attention to the news information that they are churning out. News outlets know we pay way more attention to the negative stuff. Much of this information is not relevant to our day-to-day lives. In fact, we could ignore it for weeks or months without it having a significant impact on our lives. However, when we expose ourselves to this media content, we drive the amygdala into action. As the amygdala is activated, one of the results is the diminished capacity of the prefrontal cortex, the logical thinking and planning part of our brain. We begin to experience increased surges of adrenaline throughout the body; we lose our ability to see the broad range of options needed to make good quality decisions, and our focus begins to narrow. Decision-making and compromised reasoning skills!
So, what are some strategies you can use to fight this secret war that is waging against your peace of mind?
First – Question Quantity
Ask yourself the question, “Am I consuming too much media?” If you are like many people, media and technology have likely become constant companions. You wake up to the radio, there’s news on your smartphone, you hear it on your drive to work, you unconsciously view news sites on your computer, it’s on the radio again during dinner, it’s on the TV or your computer during the evening. Your brain and its poor little amygdala don’t stand a chance! Low-grade anxiety will likely arrive, and your view of the world will become negatively skewed, and your overall health is degraded. So step one, look at ways of reducing media consumption.
Second – Create Media Free Zones
Consider media free zones. As a start, get all media out of the bedrooms. Make the bedroom a sanctuary from all the crazy noise out there. No computers, smartphones or iPads. Replace these things with great books. Quality sleep is critical. Without it, your mental, physical, emotional and professional life will suffer.
Third. – Keep Dinner Tech-Free
Make the dinner table a media and technology free zone. That doesn’t mean you don’t talk about current affairs. In fact, that would be a great idea. It prompts you to discuss current events in a more substantive way than the five-second sound bites offered by the media, and it’s a great way to build those meaningful relationships. When you go out for dinner, keep the phone in your jacket. The calls and messages can wait.
Forth – Work More Wisely
At work, consider media free zones. Start having meetings and discussions that involve no technology. This approach will lead to less distraction, and maybe your discussions will be more productive. When in a presentation put the phone away. Show some courtesy to the presenter, and maybe you’ll learn something. When in a board meeting leave your phone in your office. Direct your full attention to the discussion. Maybe you’ll learn something and make a contribution.
Fifth – People First
In your conversations with people, make it a point to ignore the technology. The e-mails and calls will still be there when you’ve completed the interaction. Nothing affirms people more than placing your entire focus on them when in conversation. When going out for dinner, eating meals with family or going out for coffee with a friend put the phone away. Break your habit of having to get your dopamine fix by being on your phone all the time. Use these times to focus on people and relationships – not the phone
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