Lessons from the Edge:
I had the good fortune to produce a meeting where the great Tony Schwartz spoke. LINK
He reminded us that people are not computers and that in order for us to function at our optimal potential we need to – ready for it … REST. The essential message was that if we all treated ourselves more like professional athletes, balancing stress – rest, focusing on a healthier diet and sleep for 7-8 hours a night not only would we be more effective and productive, but happier too.
None of this is new information. It has all been said many, many times. The attack on our attention from email, conference calls and a constant pressure to work more hours is actually reducing our productivity and is making us very unhappy.
So, my holiday message to you is this, take advantage of a world that has slowed just a hint and put down your smart phones for 72 hours. Enjoy your families and get some very well deserved rest.
I know that this can be a difficult time for people. Family histories are hard, feeling alone and end of the year stuff brings judgements and other negative feelings. I get my dose around New Year’s after all the fun of Christmas dies down and I am left with my thoughts, doubts and self flagellation.
Here are some things that may seem corny but help:
- Be Present. Leave the phone in the kitchen drawer and take a break from the Jones’s
- Wrap your loved ones in hugs
- Send peace in the form of cards and notes to everyone you know
- Donate food, clothes and anything you can afford, including time, to those who’s holiday might be in jeopardy or thin
- Make sharing your love the priority not your disagreements
- Be your own light in every room
When the gloom sets in, recognize it for what it is and say hello for me. Know it will pass. Make yourself make a coffee date with a close friend (I’m free) and get out in the fresh air. I have been known to throw a party as a F’you to the gloom.. works sometimes. Try it.
Happy Arba’een and Mawlid an-Nabī
St. Stephan’s Day … etc & etc.
Sending you and yours love and light for the holidays and the New Year!
PS: I always say Happy Holidays because I am not so arrogant as to believe everyone else celebrates Quantum theory like I do 😉
Lessons from the Edge
One of the things I get asked all the time is, “Why do you do whatever it is that you do?” My answer, “It’s Fun.” Being a business owner, an entrepreneur, a freelancer or a work a day guy is not easy. Work is called work for a reason BUT we spend a majority of our lives at it. Making deadlines, hitting margins and moving your business forward are all better served if you like what you are doing. When you are having fun with what you do, you are more efficient, more pleasant to be around – I know I am – and generally more successful.
There are bad days and bad moments- sure – but, overall ask yourself – Is what I do fun? Do I like it overall?
If the answer is yes then Congratulations! If the answer is no, then it’s time to start working on a plan for change. There are a lot of free college courses online from some of the best universities now and sites like General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/) that can help get you to where you want to go.
Bottom Line: Everyone should be able to answer, “Because it’s Fun.”