Mindsets

Learning to Like Mondays!

If you’ve read my blog, or my first book, you know that I used to struggle with Mondays. That is until a wise person told me that “if I hate Mondays ten I hate 1/7th of my life”.

That’s a big chunk of my life to throw away, so now every Monday I create little challenges for myself to make the day more fun.

Last week I challenged myself to ouse the phrase “In accordance with the prophecy” at the end of a sentence at least three times. I made it to two, but the reactions I got were priceless!

You’re welcome to join me next week for my next Monday challenge, but whatever you do – make Mondays fun!

 

 

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By |September 2nd, 2014|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

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By |November 23rd, 2013|Blog, Business, Mindsets, Starters® Stories|1 Comment

To My Fallen Friend

 

Yesterday was the birthday of my good friend Chuck Hamshaw, who passed away unexpectedly of a heart condition several months ago. Chuck would have been 52.

I’m reminded that we never know how long we’ll have to spend with the ones we care about, but as long as we celebrate their lives and remember what they taught us, then they’ll live forever in our memories and our deeds.

Chuck – here’s what you taught me – 1) Take time for others. No matter how busy you are, remember to say hello and to spend a minute with the important others in your life, 2) BE playful – find fun wherever and whenever appropriate, 3) Be adventurous – take risks, play hard, do things.

Thank you Chuck. I miss you buddy:)

By |November 22nd, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

Don’t Live a Ground-Hog Day Life

(Quick disclaimer – I actually enjoy what I do for a living – which makes this realization much more profound for me)

This morning I awakened to that feeling of work-week deja vu. Getting up at the same time, fixing the same morning coffee, and anticipating another day I expected to be the mirror image of yesterday and the day before. Worse yet, acknowledging that I have two more of these ‘repeater days’ left before I’m free (on the weekend).

Life’s meant to be lived, celebrated and most of all savored and enjoyed. I reminded myself of that, and purposed myself to make today memorable.

I thought I’d share this thought for any of you who may find yourself in a “groundhog day” groove as well.

Go do something exceptional today. Make today memorable.

By |November 20th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

The Important Counter-Balance to Goal Setting

The pursuit of goalS, without the proper understandings and counter-balances, is purely reckless.

This article does a great job explaining why!

“In some ways both Santa Clause and The Secret have done us a disservice. Both focused on wishing something would happen and either through the process of writing it down and/or visualization, it is supposed to magically appear. Many management and self-help gurus cite research, reportedly done at Harvard or Yale universities, which describes why only 3% of Harvard MBAs make 10 times as much money as the other 97%–because they write down their goals. The problem with this claim is that no such research study exists.”

WELL DONE RAY B. WILLIAMS!

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201104/why-goal-setting-doesnt-work

 

 

By |November 16th, 2013|Blog, Business, Mindsets|0 Comments

(Almost) Everything in Life is Negotiable

On a particular Friday I awakened feeling stressed. And a little bit grumpy.  I had two looming deadlines ahead, and it meant I would spend the weekend in front of my computer working. Not relaxing, not playing. Working.

NOT OK.

It’s not like me to miss a deadline (let alone two), but having spent the month of October traveling to India, Canada and Ohio I simply had no time to work on these projects until the final days before they were due.

Rather than grumpily trudging through the weekend, I made two phone calls. I explained my situation and asked for help and understanding.

Both calls resulted in me being  given 30 day’s extensions. There wasn’t even a problem, the extra time was given gladly.

Had I not tried, I would have lost the weekend. More importantly I would have resented having lost this time.

Life is short. Time is not meant to be resented – but celebrated.

I was reminded that most things in life aren’t pre-destined. They’re negotiable.

Rather than seeing the eventualities I learned (again) to look for the possibilities.

 

 

By |November 11th, 2013|Blog, Business, Mindsets|0 Comments

Tina Brown – Master of Re-Invention

I couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you Tina Brown for the inspiration!

Successful reinvention is “all about continuing to ask yourself what you’re best at, and what you want, and then going for that,” she said in a phone interview Monday afternoon from her office at The Daily Beast. “It’s about not being distracted from it, or fearful of it. It has to go with some instinct you’ve not gratified at other times in your life, and it has to come from really deep inside.”

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By |July 15th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets, Starters® Stories|0 Comments

Voices

It starts with a single drop of water. You follow its trail downward until it reaches a theater stage below where the conductor stands. It moves through him, and then at once is dispersed in a wave of energy across the floor. The movement of the now electrified water imitates the dance of aquatic creatures under a luminescent bay. When the visualized energy reaches the back of the stage, it begins its climb upward. It illuminates row upon row of video monitors.

In each, a face. And from each face, a voice. 

Eric Whitacre is a composer of classic music. One day a friend stumbled on a YouTube video that’d been posted by Britlin Losee for him. It was of her singing the soprano part to one of his compositions.

That’s simply how it began.

An idea formed, and he pursued it. He blogged regularly, each entry explained his vision. He hoped to gather together 50 participants to join his Virtual Choir. He created a dedicated YouTube channel and Google Hangouts where he posted singing lessons. He recorded himself conducting the movements and voices that would combine to create the visualization of his song. He asked those who wished to join his virtual choir to record themselves singing a voice to one of his selected compositions.

That was then.

This is now, and Eric’s third Virtual Choir video is called “Water Night”. It contains 3,746 individual videos – all singing in one of six choral voices. Contributors represent 73 different countries.

For most of another man’s life he’d wanted to express himself vocally in a choir along with others. Being legally blind prevented him from joining, as he could never get close enough to see the conductor’s prompting

Now he sits directly in […]

By |June 1st, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

Get Some Rest!

 If you want to develop better instincts, improve your habits.

Relational memory defines our mind’s ability to process multiple, simultaneous sources of stimulus and find meaningful connections between them. Calling on stores of memories such as sights, sounds, smells, emotions, scents and scenes gives us the ability to ‘know’ something without actually understanding how we know it. (Think hunches and intuition.)

Michael Torrice, author of the article “Remembering Without Knowing It”, asks you to try the following trick at home. Have a friend remove an object from a room that you are very familiar with – and then see if you can uncover what object they took away. There is an extremely high likelihood, according to Torrice, that your eyes will naturally fixate on the spot where the missing item used to be. Even if your mind hasn’t identified the missing item, your brain knows what (and where) it was.

Little is still known about the process the mind uses to gather relational memory from its multiple sources, but this does not diminish the proof that it occurs.

Studies performed by cognitive neurologists Hannula and Ranganath, of the University of California, used magnetic resonance imaging to measure changes occurring in the brain when volunteers participated in their picture-pairing study. Volunteers were shown 216 pairs of pictures, each grouped a person’s face with a scene (such as the Grand Canyon).

Amazingly, even when the subject picked the incorrect face, their hippocampus was notably more active when their eyes were looking at the correct face. In these cases, the mind ‘knew’, but the correlation wasn’t made consciously.

Hannula and Ranganath also observed that when the volunteers actually made correct choices, their pre-fontal cortex lit up significantly. This helped them to surmise that relational […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Mindsets|0 Comments

The Big Hairy, Scary Monster

‘Lights out’ was the scariest part of the day for me growing up. When my parents called those two dreaded words, I knew ‘he’ was waiting.  Just under the bed.

I’d stand with my little hand on the light-switch staring at my target landing spot on the bed. Then, once I’d worked up enough courage, I’d flick the switch off. Simultaneous to this I was in full sprint across the bedroom floor, preparing to perform an aerodynamic bed-dive.

As long as I was airborne within a few feet of the bed, ‘he’ (the big hairy scary monster living under my bed at night) couldn’t get me. ‘He’ ruled my bedroom floor at night, but was confined to a space under my bed. As long as my feet never touched the floor at night I was safe.

Now that I’m grown I realize that there are still Big Hairy, Scary Monsters around.  They hide in different places and specialize in tormenting adults.They may be hidden in the bosses office, the cubicle next to us, in our kid’s teacher’s desks,  or even in our teenager’s bedrooms. They can be anywhere.

They don’t grab us in the dark (like my childhood monster did), these adult-breed monsters rule in very different ways. The Big Hairy, Scary Monsters that haunt adults are the fears we haven’t yet faced, the problems we shy away from confronting and the situations and people we avoid for fear of the outcome.

It’s time we slay these monsters. Step one in the process is to ‘give them a name.’

Monster recognition is half of the battle.

 

By |January 11th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments