JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

The Journey of Discovery

Thursday July 30, 2015 #745

“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”

~Edward de Bono

Stop And Look

When you or a team you’re working with find yourself stuck trying to solve a problem or imagine new opportunities, it is often helpful to re-frame the problem/question.  Move beyond the obvious or your previous experience.  Look below the surface and try to find connections or factors that may be hidden by common beliefs.  It is in this journey of discovery that you will likely find your path forward as your creativity is unleashed.

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August 7, 2015 Posted by | Creativity, motivation | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing Your Mind

Thursday May 7, 2015 #723

“The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.”

~James Russell Lowell

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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.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | Belief, change, critical thinking, learning, listening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosity

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

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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!

May 9, 2015 Posted by | change, Curiosity, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Evolving Through Curiosity

Tuesday July 29, 2014 #648

“Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”  ~Christopher Darlington Morley

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The most boring people I know, and usually the least successful and most unhappy, are those who either stop learning, or only listen to or read about what they already know and/or believe in.  They lack curiosity, and are often fearful of learning anything or listening to anyone that might challenge their limited worldview.

Don’t be boring!  Be curious and seek out new ideas, and philosophies different from your own.  Challenge your beliefs, not because of a lack of character, but because you have the courage to realize that the world and the context is ever-changing and evolving and often that means you must evolve too.

August 3, 2014 Posted by | character, courage, Curiosity, Happiness, listening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strength in Humility

Thursday July 10, 2014 #643

“Humility, I’ve learned should never be confused with meekness. Humility is being open to the ideas of others.” ~Simon Sinek

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The weakest people I know are those who lack the character strength to listen to and respect those with opinions that differ from theirs.  To do so requires humility.  Humility, I believe, is one of the most difficult competencies to master as it relies on a bedrock of character strength.  The humble person is neither meek nor weak, but rather is confident that their character allows their beliefs to evolve over time, and is curious to actively seek out new perspectives, new knowledge, new ideas that challenge their thinking.

The way to grow the competency of humility is to intentionally seek out and listen to opinions different than yours.  Not necessarily to agree but rather to engage in thoughtful, respectful discussion or reflection and determine by your own thinking whether your beliefs should evolve.  Be strong, be humble.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | Belief, character, Curiosity, Perspective | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Challenging Limited Beliefs

Tuesday July 8, 2014 #642

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

~Muhammad Ali

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We all know people like this:  unable to open their minds to new ideas and inexorably wedded to outdated and often factually incorrect beliefs.  Out of stubbornness, fear, or misinterpretation of religious or other teachings, they refuse to evolve their thinking even in the face of irrefutable evidence or new thinking.  Is it possible you are guilty of this in some aspect of your life?

In its most benign form, this inability to change one’s opinions and habits shows up as unwillingness to learn a new piece of technology (phone, computer program, etc.), or buy a different brand of a familiar product (car, coffee, even underwear!).  Those are normal but still limiting impacts of this problem.  Are you “stuck” on one or more similar habits?  Do you really want to be like that annoying grandparent who refuses to learn how to Skype?

Where it gets serious is when we are unable to evolve our thinking and see that our beliefs in our employer, our partner, our politics, and even our religion need to be challenged.  Not necessarily to be changed, but to ensure continued alignment.

If we are truly unable, as Ali quotes, to evolve our thinking over our lifetime – we have truly wasted our life.

I challenge you to reflect on how or if you allow your thinking to evolve.  Do you allow or even seek out alternative viewpoints?  Do you check your habitual affiliations against how they are (or are not) evolving and the changing world around us?  Take this moment and consider if and where you need to challenge your potentially limiting beliefs.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | Belief, change, learning | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making it Happen

Thursday January 30, 2014 #598

 

“If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.” 

~Roger Ward Babson

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Already one month through 2014!  How is your year progressing so far in terms of your personal and professional goals and aspirations?  Chances are, some area of your life is being neglected, or at least not attended to with the focus you intended.  Before you begin thinking about what external forces are conspiring against you, I suggest you begin your reflection by looking at how you are servicing your goals, and whether your spirit is really in it.  Don’t give up on what you deemed important on January 1st.  Rather, determine if these goals feed your most deeply held beliefs and aspirations.  If so, think how you can reenergize yourself and push on.  If not, cast aside those goals that do not serve you, and redouble your efforts on those that do.  In short, make it happen.

February 3, 2014 Posted by | Belief, Goal Setting, motivation | , , , , | Leave a comment

When to Let Go

Thursday December 5, 2013 #582

“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go — and then do it.”

~Ann Landers

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It takes great courage and persistence to continue fighting on past obstacles to achieve worthy goals and truly make a difference for yourself and others.  However, not all goals are worth this effort.  It is important to reflect for a moment and ensure you are working toward truly worthy purposes – those that are aligned with your most deeply held beliefs and values.  As you reflect, you will likely find one or more things that you are spending time and energy on that are actually not worth fighting for.  This could be a relationship, a job, a project, etc.  It may take even more courage to decide to stop and let this one go. 

Have the courage to fight on for the worthy causes, and let go of those that no longer serve you.

December 9, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Belief, courage, Goal Setting, persistence | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We must begin with ourselves

Thursday March 28, 2013 #510

 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

 

~Rumi

 

It is a level of maturity and wisdom that few reach:  the understanding that to change the world, our community, our workplace, or even our family dynamic, we must begin with ourselves.  If you find yourself frustrated by your inability to influence other’s behaviors or opinions, reflect inwardly and find those aspects of yourself that must first change to increase your ability to influence others.  Your beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are the only ones that you truly have control over.

March 29, 2013 Posted by | change, Wisdom | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The futility of trying to change others

Tuesday January 22, 2013 #491

 

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

 

~Ben Franklin

 

Unless you are raising a young child, your chances of fundamentally changing the core behaviors and beliefs of any individual are remote to none.  And even then, it is extremely difficult – ask any parent!  So why do we spend so much time trying to change a spouse, a business partner, an employee, or a friend?  It likely lies in our desire to be understood and to control our environment.

The reality is you have little control over anything or anyone other than yourself.  Further, the best way to be understood is to first seek to understand and accept the people you’ve chosen to have in your life (yes it is your choice!).  Focus on what needs to change in yourself and let the world take care of itself.  You and the people around you will be better for it.

January 27, 2013 Posted by | change | , , , , , , | Leave a comment