JAM with Mike

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

Slow Down and Breathe

Thursday May14, 2015 #725

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

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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.

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May 16, 2015 Posted by | initiative, joy, reflection | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learning From Our Mistakes

Tuesday February 17, 2015 #701

 “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

 ~James Joyce

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 Rather than focusing on avoiding mistakes, which are inevitable for anyone trying to push themselves to achieve their dreams, to challenge their capabilities, and to explore possibilities, the real value-add activity is to use mistakes to learn.  When mistakes are a result of carelessness, the key learning is the need for intentional action.  But when mistakes are the result of intentionally pushing boundaries, the discoveries can be profound – but only if you take the time to carefully reflect, learn and apply the learning to your actions ahead.  Push yourself to discover the wisdom in your inevitable mistakes.

March 14, 2015 Posted by | learning, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflecting on Success

Tuesday February 3, 2015 #699

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

~Peter Drucker

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A standard and important practice in business and in our personal life is to follow a failure with reflection, seeking to understand the cause of the failure and planning to do better in the future.  However, an even more effective practice which is rarely done is to reflect on what caused a success.  Instead, we tend to move on quickly from success without much thought other than, “I sure did great!”  It is actually far more powerful to learn from success.  Just as it is rarely fully about you when you fail, it is almost never fully about you when you succeed.  There are many factors that lead to a particular result and the more we can seek to understand these factors, the more likely we can improve our performance in the future.

February 14, 2015 Posted by | reflection, Success | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dreams

Thursday January 22, 2015 #696

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.”

~Erma Bombeck

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It is wonderful to reflect on your potential to improve your personal and professional life, to dream big dreams and imagine great things.  But…  Isn’t it time you stop dreaming and imagining what you want for yourself and the people in your life and actually do something about it?  Keep dreaming, AND, start doing!

February 14, 2015 Posted by | Dreams, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment

Intentional Activity

Tuesday December 16, 2014 #687

“Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”

~Thomas Jefferson

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We are coming in to the last days of 2014 and I would like you to take this moment to reflect on one question:  As you look back on the year, how much of your idle time was intentional?  Being idle is not being lazy or wasting time, if the decision is intentional and tied to your goals.  We must give ourselves space and time to reflect, recharge, and assess our personal and professional activities.  Going full-out, 100% of the time only proves you are always moving, but not necessarily for the right reasons.  So, if you look back and determine that the time you were idle was usually intentional and spent in quiet contemplation, congratulations!  You have probably been far more productive than those who never paused to recharge their batteries and ensure they were on the right track.  If your idle time has been more a case of laziness, or if you never paused at all, I suggest you determine how you will schedule appropriate down time in 2015 – purposefully and designed to keep your times of activity the best they can be.

December 21, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting, Take Action | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bits of Pleasure & Beauty

Thursday December 4, 2014 #684

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down!”

~Charlie Chaplin

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It is important to focus and put in the hard work necessary to achieve and contribute to our potential.  However, it is also important to give ourselves a few breaks to allow reflection, and to give us time to enjoy and learn from our co-workers, friends and family.  In our intense busyness, we miss not only rainbows but thousands of other bits of pleasure and beauty all around us.  By all means, work hard.  But not so hard that you miss out on life.

December 6, 2014 Posted by | achievement, reflection | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014 #666

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

~Albert von Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt

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Today’s digital communications ensure a steady stream of great ideas and novel innovations coming our way.  We often react with, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  For many and maybe most discoveries, they happen by accident – but almost always in the sight of someone prepared to recognize it for what it is and it’s potential, and bring it forward.  So I believe the key is to become prepared so that you can be the one to recognize a new or novel idea.  How do to this?  Experience, reflect, learn, repeat.

Don’t live life with your head down and your senses muted.  Live each moment you can with eyes open, looking for what each experience brings you.  Reflect as and when you can, and always learn by asking, “What can I take away from that experience?”  And repeat, repeat, repeat.

October 7, 2014 Posted by | innovation, learning | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Working for Inspiration

Tuesday August 12, 2014 #652

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

~Pablo Picasso

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To thrive in today’s increasingly complex and fast-paced world, creativity and innovation become foundational competencies.  To develop these and maximize your potential, you must be actively working on learning and applying your knowledge daily.  Learning isn’t enough.  Inspiration doesn’t come readily by standing still.  Application, execution, and then reflection must occur regularly.  As you do so, and if you keep all your senses open, inspiration will strike.  Get going and get inspired!

August 24, 2014 Posted by | innovation, inspiration, learning | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Looking for a Sign

Thursday June 12, 2014 #635

“Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.” ~Oprah Winfrey

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We all fail.  In little ways and in big ways.  The question is never, “will I fail?”  Of course I will.  The question is “what will I do when I fail?”  Reflection is always the important first step. Did I fail because I haven’t yet found the way through an obstacle, and therefore must keep trying different ways?  Or because I need to move in a different direction altogether?  The reflection will help determine the next action to take.

What failure is not, is a sign to give up on a worthy goal.  It may, however, be a sign to rethink whether your goal is indeed worthy.  If it is, don’t let anything stop you from taking actions, even when most fail.

June 13, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting, problem solving, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creativity

Tuesday April 8, 2014 #616

 “The nature of creativity is to make space for things to happen… We can drive it out with our busyness and plans.”

 ~Iain McGilchrist

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 If you are like most, you allow the busyness of life to remove almost all moments of quiet reflection, time to think, develop new ideas, dream of possibilities, and to create. Everyone possesses the power of creativity and innovation. But few give themselves the time or even the permission to do so. Don’t deprive yourself or the world your potential and abilities. Allow yourself a bit of time to free the creativity within you.

April 19, 2014 Posted by | innovation | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments