As working professionals, we work hard and give to others all day. When we are advised togeteight hours of sleep, but don't, it can make us feel guilty. We wish we knew how toshutoff our devices in the evening, how to keep ourselves from trading an hour ofproductivityfor sleep, or how to turn ... Views:1342
We are interrupted on average 7x/hour and waste approximately 2.1 hours a day on distractions. You’ve probably been thinking that since interruptions originate with another person, they need to be the one to stop it – but you have more control than you think. I’m putting together a resource ... Views:2198
After 3 ½ hours of jumping, thumping, and pumping at a Bruce Springsteen concert last week, lyrics to his song “Wrecking Ball” kept looping in my head:
“If you think it’s your time,
then step to the line,
C’mon take your best shot…
let me see what you’ve got!
Bring on your wrecking ... Views:1954
“What if they think my comment isn’t smart?”
“Is the answer to my question in the materials they distributed or explained in a prior meeting?”
“I don’t think I have as much experience as they think I do, I better not state my idea with conviction - this way I have an out if my ... Views:1992
Remember that middle-school essay writing tradition: “What I did on my Summer Vacation?” Today’s blog is my adult version of that exercise: What I learned at Summer Camp 2012 – An Easier Way to Achieve Your Goals.
Did you think I was kidding about the summer camp part? I did actually spend a ... Views:1994
Over the last few months, I gave a number of trainings at companies like Procter and Gamble, Pfizer, and GE so I had a chance to talk to a lot of business professionals like you. One of the themes I heard was the importance of turning obstacles into opportunity. According to Accenture (2010), ... Views:2262
Elite athletes, such as the two champions who recently stayed at peak performance for a five-hour tennis match, demonstrate an optimal natural pattern to their exertion. It is a Sprint/Recovery pattern, in which you focus intensely and then recover and replenish your energy by doing something ... Views:3471
Do you ever have the experience where you are worried what is going to happen in the future? It’s not anything specific, or maybe it’s many specific challenges that are all adding up. You might even know your anxiety is ‘irrational’ but that doesn’t help!
Here are two approaches you can use ... Views:3365
Does your ‘to do’ list feel like the never-ending stream of clowns getting out of a Volkswagen?
Conventional wisdom suggests that to reduce your overwhelm you should ‘Prioritize’. But your challenge is that Everything Seems Urgent.
Below is the formula to win in situations of ‘too much to ... Views:3419
Are you too hard on yourself?
Do people tell you they really like you, or think you are great at what you do – but still inside you think you are ‘not enough’
Do you criticize yourself to try to motivate yourself, but really all it does is stress you out and get in the way of ... Views:5843
There are plenty of aggravations these days that are out of your control. The effects of the economy, and other people’s flaws are obvious examples.
But for many of the problems that eat up your time and energy, you may have a hand in causing them yourself. This is not blame, this is good ... Views:2977
You know not to think the obvious kinds of negative thoughts. Thoughts like “I am not as smart as my counterparts” or “I can’t…” Those are easily identified as thoughts to remove from your mental diet. Here are 3 other kinds of ‘empty calories’ thoughts. Cut them out immediately!
1. ... Views:2618
The end of summer is over. What has the highlight of your summer been? Sure, go on…relive that moment now.
For me it happened last week while in the San Francisco Bay Area after doing a training on Influence and Friction-Free Relationships for a company. I took off a handful of days to go ... Views:4033
My client’s boss said to me about my client: We had a plan in place to move forward with pricing. She was in the situation and just went with the idea that came to her mind. “She needs to think instead of react.”
My sister in law told me about her day last week as a pre-school teacher: “I ... Views:2375
There are always 3 strategies you can use to tackle any stressful situation:
Problem Perception Physiology
Usually you might only think about trying to “change the problem”, and if you can’t do that then you might think you have to just put up with it. This framework shows you that ... Views:2117
Usually people are “difficult” because they are going about getting their needs met in the only way they know how. They have very specific (and we might think “overly rigid”) ways of feeling powerful and having esteem; they focus narrowly on controlling things, situations, and people so that ... Views:4927
You have an awkward interaction with your friend…Do you blame her and wait for an apology, or do you proactively reach out to ‘own’ your part in it?
Your assistant does your marketing promotion wrong. Do you get irritated at her or do you calm yourself down before asking her to help you ... Views:5076