The Latin root of the word values is ‘valor’ meaning strength... In understanding our values we equip ourselves with a perennial source of motivation, focus and strength to achieve those things that matter most to us.
Change can bring out the pessimist in people. The next time someone starts listing all the reasons an idea won’t work or can’t happen, ask them to give three reasons it can.
We need a fair balance of the pros and cons to weigh up any idea.
Besides, I quite like this quote from Herm Albright…
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort”
Think of a change you are contemplating. Draw up a pros and cons list.
Now visit this HBR article on the pros and cons of a pros-and-cons list 🙂
You’re already grown up? Really? There’s nothing more for you to grow into?
Many of us get to a place where we abandon our dreams. We push on, spinning our treadmill and being busy, but it isn’t taking us anywhere new.
In a sense we have empowered other people and circumstances to shape our lives rather than reconnect with our dreams and empower ourselves.
Take a moment, grab your favourite drink and find a quiet place. Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up. Play with the dream and bring it up to date. Trust me – it’s fun 🙂
Now… what is the one small thing you can do today which will connect your reality to your dream.
Tomorrow – you guessed it, do another small thing.
Dreams are real. They are mere steps away.
“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” Dr Stephen R. Covey
If you are reading this and saying, “But I have done this kind of thing before and it doesn’t work for me.” Then have a look here at what to do when goal setting doesn’t work.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst” – William Penn
We all know about the tension between Urgent and Important tasks, and yet we seem to need a reminder now and again to help us refocus when we are just ‘too busy’.
Are you ‘too busy’?
“It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.” – Mary O’Connor
Take a minute or two to focus on what is important, and why it is important.
Now rearrange your day and diary to shift the focus of your activities.
Then set the expectations of those who may be demanding that you do urgent activities that seem to be more mosquito than bee.
Here are few more tips to help you fight the tyranny of the urgent.
When we try to solve a problem with intelligence, we look for what is known.
When we use creativity, we imagine what is unknown.
If you have been struggling with a problem for a while, and most of us have something we would like to solve/fix, have you been using intelligence or creativity?
To use creativity, you need to look somewhere that intelligence would not think to look. You need to think in a way that intelligence would not.
One simple tool is to imagine the opposite effect that you think you want. If you want something to be smaller, what would it take to make it bigger? If you want something to not happen, how could you make it happen sooner? Try this simple mind trick. It is surprising the insights you get into what is holding the problem in place.
If you think that you are not creative, you have probably fallen prey to one of these myths about creativity.
Conventional wisdom refers to the commonly held beliefs, ideas and assumptions that a community or population has about an issue. These lead to a set of expectations, interpretations and explanations that people assume are true. As a result, the ideas embedded in conventional wisdom are rarely challenged. Even if people acknowledge there is a better way to do something, conventional wisdom may still rule the day.
Conventional wisdom has its value, but its inertia can get in the way of change.
Do you want to change something?
Dig beneath the surface to find out what ‘conventional wisdom’ would say about the change, and then inoculate yourself and those around you. Be the maverick who recruits allies and creates a new convention.
But first, how do you really feel about the change? Here are some questions for you.
Are you a political animal? Of course you are – you’re a human being. Whether you dislike or enjoy the thought of getting involved in organisational politics, if you are part of an organisation – large or small – you are part of its politics. So find out in this section what sort of political player you are. Are you are a sheep, a donkey, a fox or a wise old (or young) owl?
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