It's interesting to me that the new Apple Watch is being billed as the product that will help us all to better "stay in the moment". It will allow us to be more attentive to our families and friends. It will enable us to lift up our heads from the iPhone screen and interact with the world around us more. What a fantastic marketing message. I nearly bought it... In reality, the only way to disconnect from technology and "be in the moment" is to actually disconnect from technology and BE in the moment. Not to add new technology to the arsenal. If you decide to buy the Apple Watch, do so on its own merit. If you want to start staying in the moment, here's what you can do right now - without adding a costly piece of electronics to your wardrobe; Turn your phone off. Use the Do Not Disturb function. Set up Favorites and change your call screening sections. Put your phone away or leave it on your desk when going to lunch. Turn it on vibrate. Put it on the table face down and don't pick it up. There, just saved you $500. You're welcome:) Here's a link to the article I based these comments on.
He walked by my tradeshow booth in Rio de Janeiro, his stride clearly compromised by Cerebral Palsy. I watched as he made his way through the crowded corridor towards the escalator. He reached the top of the moving stairs, and was made to wait as at least six people pushed their way in front of him. Eventually he stepped onto the escalator, I watched as he rode downward and out of sight. It struck me that no one in that crowded corridor had acknowledged him. Nor did those who rushed in front of him. Once on the escalator he stood silently in his descent surrounded by the busy buzz of show attendees. Yet it was as though he stood completely alone. The Invisible Man. Though I never saw him again during the event, I see him in my mind's eye stepping on that escalator. And I imagine how bright his day could have been if someone would simply have said hello and talked to him for a moment. And I made myself a promise not to let others be invisible to me.
Topics: Make Today Right. Never Stop Creating a Better Version of Yourself. Our minds are re-programmable. This is both a blessing and a curse. When we great each new day we have an opportunity to choose. Will today be productive? Will it be a ground-hog day, just a repeat of the last? This is a decision we make, either consciously or by default. When we consciously choose, our day is ours to guide and control. We decide where it takes us and can build upon that choice in the days that follow. When we make the default choice we allow our day to unfold as it will. I choose to awaken to possibilities today. I choose to do at least one thing to broaden my perspective - either by learning a new skill or reading an interesting article about something unfamiliar to me. I choose to be happy today. And most of all, I choose to make a better version of myself in everything I do today.
Topics - Editing down life. Untethering from “things”. Less possessions = more happiness. Somewhere between Buenos Aires, Bogota and Miami I must have dropped my phone. I noticed the upper screen was cracked on my return flight to San Diego. I was playing a hidden object game called Secret Society, and when I located the last object it rested just below a spider-web crack I hadn’t previously seen. Not the first time I’d cracked the glass on my phone. Actually it was the third this year. I decided while deplaning that I’d spent enough money fixing screens this year. That I would live with the cracks and keep using the broken phone. After being home for three days and seeing more than enough Apple commercials, I re-entered negotiations with myself. I weighed the $100 screen fix versus the upgrade to an iPhone 6. As is my way, the iPhone 6 won. To be honest, the negotiations didn’t last long. Under a minute I’d guess. Once I finished setting it up my new phone, my cracked iPhone 4s was retired to my bedroom, officially becoming a $400 alarm clock. It sat on top of my previous alarm clock, a $250 iPhone 3. Casting a shadow from above them was my iPad 1 - which was retired when I bought the lighter, faster iPad 2 Mini. Together, a $1,200 suite of high priced alarm clocks lay to the left of my bed. I knick-named the area my Apple Graveyard. I then impulsively decided to make it an equal opportunity area. I brought in a few more products to show them where they’d all likely wind up one day. A great big pile of outdated and expensive technology [...]
Some eight years ago I began chewing Nicorette gum in an attempt to quick my nicotine habits. Instead I developed a nicorette gum habit. Usually two 4 mg pieces at a time, even before bedtime. Usually 20+ pieces a day. Yesterday, around 3 pm I realized that I hadn't yet chewed any gum since I awakened that morning. Literally, a little voice inside said "you can quit today." So that's what I did. I experienced this same "little voice phenomenon" 3 ½ years ago when I quit taking prescription pain medication. I was expecting wild withdrawals, instead I simply stopped. My inner voice told me it was time, and in fact it was right. If you have a habit you'd like to break, tell yourself now that one day soon you'll hear your own "little voice." And when you hear that voice, promise yourself that you'll listen.
"I am grateful". Hear your mind's voice say it, then take a moment to consider all the reasons why you should be grateful. ...to have a voice that others can hear, to have a thought that you can share, to have a friend that you can call. ...to have a life that is yours to guide, to have access to words and music that inspires, and to have the gift of today and the promise of it becoming whatever you choose it to be. When life's little surprises arrive, remind yourself..."I am grateful".
I had the great honor of being invited as a guest blogger for my friend Jose Cofino's website Beyond ALS. Jose is a true Second Starter, please read his story when you visit the site via this link; http://www.beyondals.org/article/5862-beyond-survival-thriving-after-adversity Thank you Jose for asking me! Truly an honor!
From Dan Brown to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs (these are my personal favorites) – real life is the three-part symphony played out in the pages of your favorite novel. There’s a reason why we’re drawn to characters in print. See if any of this sounds familiar to you… Act 1 – the main character is faced with conflict or change. They attempt to resist it. Then something happens to throw everything off balance, causing the main character to act. They enter into a quest or journey. Act 2 – The main character faces challenges and struggles. The narrative shifts alternately between hope and disappointment. Often there is a reversal of fortunes, one that presents the main character with unexpected peril or loss. Act 3 – The main character overcomes all setbacks and challenges. They succeed, ultimately becoming a better person as a result. We are all the main characters in our own stories. Those around us witness our lives and tell our stories. Whether the story they tell is one of victory or defeat, accomplishment or loss, success or failure depends upon us. What choice do YOU make?
Thank you John Medina for making this so clear. When we eat, food is converted to glucose - the body's fuel. The conversion process creates waste. This waste includes electrons which, left to their own devices, would collide with other electrons - creating of one of the most toxic agents known to mankind - free radicals. When we breathe we oxygenate our blood. Oxygen acts as a sponge, soaking up the excess electrons and removing them (through the conversion to carbon dioxide) before they can create cancer-causing free radicals. The brain, while occupying only 2% of our total body weight, consumes at least 20% of the glucose we produce by eating. This means the brain requires 20% of our oxygen supply in order to "sponge it" clean. Aerobic exercise increases blood flow and (therefore) oxygenation of the blood. More oxygen, cleansing of electron waste. Better clarity of mind. This is one of the many ways exercise contributes to better brain function. For more - read Brain Rules by John Medina. It's a page turner.
It's normal to find yourself fighting through resistance and adversity to achieve an audacious goal. What isn't normal is the feeling that your entire journey has been made swimming upstream. If the entire time you spend in pursuit of your goal feels like you're pushing a boulder uphill, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate your goal.