Thursday May14, 2015 #725
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
It seems that with every year that goes by, we find ways to increase the number of things we are trying to do, using technology, our own initiative, and the pressure of a world that demands we do more. However this easily turns in to 12 hour days and/or 7 day work weeks. It would be naïve to think that most people can just slow down, but you can choose to control aspects of your day or week. While you may not be able to unplug from the fast pace of most of today’s careers, you can choose to carve out time to allow for quiet reflection and enjoyment of moments with key people in your life, and pursuits that bring you joy. Even if it is 30 minutes of reading or exercise, or walking on the beach with your partner or child – your mental and physical well-being depend on unplugging and being present to recharge and allow joy to seep into your consciousness.
Tuesday May 12, 2015 #724
“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
Too many live in dread of what could go wrong in their lives. Those who tend to this way of thinking are not helped by the endless stream of negative news on the intranet, the TV, and even from family and friends. Even generally positive people can be impacted by this barrage. You do, however, have the power to ignore most of this and pay attention to positive individuals and stories. That same intranet is also filled with countless sites devoted to positive stories and news. You just have to go looking – they don’t get the attention of a public conditioned to look for and find negativity everywhere. Make the effort to surround yourself with positive people (they are all around you if you pay attention!) and make a personal commitment to turn off the negativity on popular media and seek instead the many sources of positive and inspiring people and news. Focus on the positive and you will most likely find it. Focus on the negative and you will likely find that as well. It is truly your choice the vast majority of the time.
Thursday May 7, 2015 #723
“The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.”
~James Russell Lowell
In this constantly evolving world in which we live, we must have the character strength to allow new information and changing circumstances to challenge our opinions and beliefs. Your position needn’t change, but by not listening and at least considering your opinions through critical thinking, you are robbing yourself the opportunity to learn, grow and adapt.
Tuesday May 5, 2015 #722
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
Given the infectious ability of modern social and other media to create public perceptions of people, events, and ideas, it is important that you exercise your critical thinking skills to ensure your own opinions are well-crafted and truly your own. Particularly as it relates to individuals, take time to reflect and ensure you have given that person the benefit of the doubt before casting your lot with the mass opinion of others.
Thursday April 30, 2015 #721
“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.”
Any study of people who enjoy sustained success shows these people have a core competency in adding value to the people around them and the activities in which they engage. Think about how or if you are adding value to the people and activities you engage in today. How can you add more value? Who can you help? How can your unique talents and passions add value to the projects you are assigned to or lead? Push yourself today to add a little more value vs. looking for how you will gain.
Tuesday April 28, 2015 #720
“Oftentimes the thing that makes the difference between a good student and a poor one, a good learner or a bored human being, is just a little curiosity. If you have it, cultivate it, feed it. Never let it go. If you do not have it – get it. Wonder, watch, ask questions, be alive. It’s just that simple”
~Marjorie Pay Hinckley
The difference between sustainable, recurring success and a pattern of failure often comes down to a question of curiosity. Spend a little time today in critical reflection of your own thought patterns, habits and behaviors. Do you accept information and decisions at face value, or do you ask questions and clarify intent? Do you hold on to your opinions and beliefs long after the basis of these have been refuted or challenged? Or do you allow your beliefs to evolve through an ongoing habit of questioning, reading, listening, and learning? It is your choice. You can be stuck in a pattern of mediocrity and even ongoing failure, or you can take control of your destiny through critical thinking, intelligent inquiry, and flexibility to change and evolve. Be curious!
Thursday April 23, 2015 #719
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
Picking up on Tuesday’s guest post, a bit more on self-compassion: So how well are you treating yourself today? Take a moment and reflect on your talents and what you bring to your family, your community and your work associates every day. Reminding yourself of these virtues is not self-indulgence. It is a healthy counterbalance to your inner critic and will likely inspire you to bring even more of your best self to the present moment, enriching the people around you and brightening your own day.
Tuesday April 21, 2015 #718
“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe that self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten in wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”
~Dr. Kristin Neff
Today’s JAM is a guest post by JAMmer LB. He provides an interesting insight into the need to be kind to ourselves as we navigate the challenges of life.
Indulgence is a virtue that goes well beyond the field of management. In a business world in quicker and constant change, managers and leaders are asked to take more risks and make quicker decisions, which can lead to more mistakes, and sometimes self-discontent or frustration.
Indulgence towards others is a cardinal value, but indulgence towards oneself is a trait that high-demanding professionals may sometimes overlook.
Failure is a component of success and every day is an opportunity to get better. Indulgence towards oneself is not about being complacent; it is just about applying life lessons with a bit more kindness.
Thursday April 16, 2015 #717
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Our lives are built on a succession of days. So each day is precious. Try not to waste today on aimless wandering, or activities that do not enrich you and serve your values and purpose. Use today to intentionally be the person you want to be, to take actions that help you move toward achieving your goals, and to make a difference in the lives of people around you.
Tuesday April 14, 2015 #716
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
How often do you find yourself spending time either focused on the glories or painful memories of the past or fears or dreams of the future? While there can be great value in positive memories or past learning, as well as in imagining the future we desire, for most people time spent in the past and future occupy far more of our attention than they deserve. In this day, in this moment, lie your power to use the lessons of the past to take the actions necessary to achieve your future ambitions. Focus most of your energy on taking action now, and fully experiencing the potential of today, and you will find you can truly live.
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