The world… more than ever needs joy.
More and more people are feeling disconnected and lonely…
Here are some ideas on how to bring more joy into your life:
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So many of us want more from our lives…
We know there is more…
We know we can be more…
Yet we fail to live to our potential. We compromise. We take what we have rather than reaching for more.
Here is why that should never be the case anymore:
We get tangled up in our everyday lives, that it is easy to miss the point… the point of life.
We take everything personally… we take everything seriously… we begin to think that every little thing is ultra important… even though we probably won’t even remember these things a year from now!
And when everything is important, when everything is serious, when everything is personal… we lose that spark of what life is meant to be.
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When we see vulnerability in others, we are drawn to it… we support it and we even follow it.
Yet when we think of showing vulnerability ourselves, we shudder at the thought. We believe it makes us weak.
Being able to be vulnerable has real power… in life and leadership… here is why (inspired by Brene Brown):
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I speak to so many people who say they feel trapped in the life they currently lead.
They feel they can’t improve their lives or have big dreams because they are stuck.
Stuck in their environment, stuck with their circumstances, stuck with Okay.
Here are my thoughts on that:
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2018 can be your year.
2018 can be the year you transform your life.
2018 can be the year you reach your potential.
To make 2018 your best year yet, you will have to work hard. You will have to except disappointments and learn from them. You will have to push harder than you have ever pushed before.
This year won’t happen for you by magic… Life simply doesn’t work like that.
But if you act with humility, determination and focus, you can achieve ANYTHING you desire.
Keep pushing forward… Keep on learning… 2018 is yours for the taking.
Fear of failure will stop you becoming the person you deserve to be… it will stop you living the life you deserve to live.
Here is how I overcame that fear… maybe it can help you?
Imagine a world where the work you do is fulfilling, enjoyable and makes a valuable contribution.
We all want to work in a place like that… and if you’re a leader, so do your followers.
Working isn’t just about getting paid… it should be so much more than that!
With a little thought and determination, This is possible… for you.
It is important to understand that pretty much every job you will ever do will have three separate work types within it… Bad work, good work and great work.
What you have to do is identify which tasks fall into each section and then ensure you appropriately distribute your time, to allow for more great work.
This is the pain in the arse, boring, life-sucking tasks your job involves. You know what I am talking about. The stuff that you have to do, which doesn’t appear to have any redeeming qualities or add any value to anything!
It’s the red-tape… The administration… The things that are in your job that are designed to keep you busy.
This is pretty much your job description – The day to day tasks that enable your role to be productive. These are the tasks that are directly linked to objectives you have and enable you to make progress towards them.
If all you ever do is your job description, you will be doing good work… But not fulfilling work…
This is value added tasks and responsibilities. This type of work won’t be in most standard job descriptions as it is way over and above the basic expectations of the job.
This is the type of work that is autonomous, creative, has real impact and contributes to the growth and development of you and those surrounding you. It makes your hair stand on end, it gets the blood pumping and the adrenaline flowing… It generates long term value to your company and your people.
99.9% of the world’s population want to make a positive contribution. They want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. A job description isn’t that… Great work is.
Ask yourself, “If I could do anything to radically improve the performance of myself and the people around me, what would I do?”
And in the answer, you have great work.
Identify what tasks in your job are in each section – Bad work, good work and great work.
Pro-actively reduce the amount of time you spend in bad work (I know it might be red tape that needs to be done, but does that honestly mean you have to spend your quality time there? No… Do it, do it quickly and don’t let it take more energy than it deserves!)
Do your good work… This needs to be done to do a good job!
Create time and opportunities to partake in great work – Make it a priority. If you do your performance will rise, your wellbeing will improve and the value you add will be a powerful contribution to those around you.
If you are a leader… Just take a moment to think about your followers. How much bad, good and great work do they have?
As a leader it is your responsibility to allow the environment for great work for your team – more great work will equal more innovation, creativity & productivity, which in turn equals ultimately better results.
Most people play it safe.
Most people try to fit in.
But you have a dream… and you deserve that dream.
Here is how to make it a reality:
Stress – It doesn’t need an introduction.
It is spreading around the world like an epidemic… The chances are you have been affected by it in your life… Almost all of us have.
High levels of stress release a hormone called Serotonin in your body.
This hormone creates the ‘fight or flight’ sensation – It is a part of our biology, so when we are presented with real danger, our bodies and mind are ready to fight off the danger or run away from it. It was only designed to be used infrequently and in moments of life threatening danger.
This hormone, when activated, switches off all none essential functions in your body.
Here are some of the things that get switched off when you feel stressed:
Your immune system
Your digestive system
Your memory retrieval
Your physical growth
As you can clearly see, these elements are critical factors in the long-term ability to be a healthy human being.
When we understand that high stress causes high levels of Serotonin to be pumped through our bodies, all of the time, it’s easy to identify why stress is literally killing us.
“No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.”
If you, like me, have been affected by stress, here are 4 simple ideas that can help:
Remove yourself from the situation
The power of physically removing yourself from the situation and going for a walk… in nature if possible…. cannot be underestimated. The act of getting away, even just for half an hour, acts as an emotional and intellectual reset.
Give your brain some air and some space.
The fact of the matter is your brain can answer any question you give it… what you need to do is ensure you are asking the right questions. When you are in the moment, with all the stress factors surrounding you, it is difficult to know what the right questions are… never mind try to answer them.
Go for a walk in nature. Give your mind some time, space and air. Just enjoy the experience. When you return, you will feel less stressed – therefore will have ‘switched on’ those internal systems you need, like creativity.
Here is my challenge to you – if you think this strategy is just wishful thinking or that you don’t have the time – then test it… go for a one hour walk in nature today… what have you got to lose?
If I am right… imagine what you might gain.
Focus on what is REALLY important
Stress, in the main, is caused by lots of little things that all feel very urgent.
We often mistake urgency for importance and therefore are bound to feel stressed, because pretty much everything is urgent these days!
There is a theory that 20% of the tasks you have to do in any given situation, will deliver 80% of the results you desire. So… if you have a ‘To-Do list’ of 10 actions, 2 of these will deliver 80% of the results you want… leaving the other 8 actions with only 20% of the outcome you need.
Do you know what the 20% of important actions are in your life? Because when you do, and once you take action on them, 80% of your stress will be removed.
Take some time out to figure out what is the most important 20% in your life – then start taking action towards these things first.
Take action, even when you don’t feel like it
“There is just so much to do…. I don’t know where to start.”
I hear this so often when working with people under high levels of stress. The bottom line is, this approach is not serving you.
Taking action will serve you.
If you have managed to identify the important 20%, then work on this… but even if you haven’t – start taking action… any action is better than no action at all.
When we are stressed, we don’t see the value in the small steps forward – we want a magic wand to sort it all out. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand and there is rarely a quick fix.
Think of this metaphor… The person is who wants to lose weight and get fit.
If this person goes on the scales after one gym session and a healthy breakfast, they will be disappointed… there won’t be any difference. In fact they probably still won’t notice a difference after a week of gym sessions and healthy eating either.
But those little actions DO make a difference… In fact they make ALL the difference!
Do you think that person will notice a difference after two weeks? A little maybe… how about a month? How about a year?
Of course there will be a massive difference – It is simple, but true.
This is the same with stress.
Take positive action consistently. You might not notice the difference immediately… but over time the transformation will become dramatic!
So, when you don’t know what action to take or don’t feel like taking action is worth it… do it anyway. Keep on taking positive action everyday.
Soon those small actions will build momentum – and momentum will make you unstoppable!
Create and use a support network
You are not alone.
You are not the only person to have experienced this level of stress.
Don’t face it alone. Today we are more connected than ever before, so we should use this to our advantage! Connect with other people who are facing similar struggles… or even better, connect with those that have overcome them!
Together we are stronger.
Seek out like-minded people who can support you, who can challenge you and who will need you to do the same. There are so many sources of information, inspiration, groups, coaches, networks out there – use them.
The strength of knowing that you are not alone, the power you gain from knowing that it can be overcome is immeasurable. You have access to this at your finger-tips:
Watch inspirational videos
Join discussion groups
Meet with follow professionals in your sector
Get a coach
Get a mentor
The list goes on…. just get some support!
Putting it all together:
Stress stops everything. It stops important internal processes and it stops you making good decisions and taking positive action.
Don’t let it. You can take control… Remove yourself from the situation, get some fresh air and fresh perspective. Work out what 20% of tasks you need to do to remove 80% of the stress levels.
TAKE ACTION and build momentum… And finally don’t forget to get some support – You are better working with others, allow yourself to be the best version of you.
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Here is how…