10 Jul 2017

Sweet Summertime

We are more than halfway through the summer, and I have to ask, how are you doing? Despite the sweetness that often accompanies summertime, it also has a way of throwing us off our games, slowing us down, and creating circumstances where we just plain spin out! Our routine is challenged both at home and at work and people around us are spaced out and distracted. Of course, all of this can be avoided or at least minimized with some planning, focus, and commitment to staying on track.

How can you get yourself out of the summertime slows, stay sane, organized, and directed no matter what is going on around you?

  • Follow your written plan. There is no arguing with the specific, measurable results (SMRs) and the by-whens that you set for you and your team. And if you don't have a plan, write one! Yes, I hear the groans now, but trust me on this one. Take the time to write a plan! It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, but if you don't put where you are going in writing and by-when you are committed to getting there, getting what you say you want will be much more difficult to accomplish.
  • Take care of yourself - hint: follow (or create) your personal plan. To have your life be the way you say you want it to be, you've got to keep your batteries charged, and you do that by taking care of YOU.
  • Be unstoppable. Stay focused on your commitments and don't allow any circumstance to get in your way.

If your circumstances have already gotten the best of you, don't beat yourself up. Instead, ask for help. In fact, I say we make a pact. Anytime we find ourselves stopped in any way, we acknowledge what we see in each other, clear what is in the way, ask for help, and follow the points above. More simply put, get into action, follow your plan, and be your word. Be powerful in your own behalf! When you do, you'll find yourself happier, your goals in focus, and time to actually enjoy the sweetness that summertime has to offer.

Remember: Only you have a say in how your life turns out. So, what do you say?

Spring brings with it not only beautiful flowers and budding trees, it often times brings with it an air of tiredness, of not wanting to play and avoidance. Instead of holding on to the energy that early spring brings us, we can get caught in the drama of the impending summer, and many, many people get stopped; they go on a bit of a “mental vacation!”

How do you know if you’ve gone on a mental vacation?

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Spring is finally springing, and while the mountains of Montana still have plenty of snow, spring is in the air. One thing I enjoy most about spring is listening to the birds chirping. I hadn’t  thought about it much, except to enjoy it, but the other day it struck me that the chirping of the birds is about far more than entertaining us humans. Rather, birds chirp to communicate!

The chirping of birds helps them attract mates, warn of impending danger, and identify themselves and their territory. Babies chirp to let their parents know they are hungry, and what I appreciate about the way birds communicate is that it is an innate part of their being. They don’t care who might over-hear or judge them. They simply communicate what is necessary in order to exist the way nature intended, and it seems to me that we could learn from our little feathered friends.

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Some people think being unstoppable is about having an attitude—like being bossy, pushy or arrogant. Others think it’s all about knowing how to do everything.

Actually, being unstoppable is not about knowledge or having an attitude—it’s all about who you are being in the face of your circumstances. Being unstoppable is the difference between letting your circumstances dictate how your life goes and you creating your own circumstances! So, what does being unstoppable look like?

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Crankiness is an affliction we’re all troubled with on occasion. But, thankfully the best option for resolving crankiness, and choosing to be happy instead, is quite simple. It is called Clearing.

Clearing is a way of getting the internal chatter that your mind makes up out of your head. Mind chatter is made up of senseless worry and fear, and it is often at the root of crankiness.

Clearing can take on many forms:

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