What Percent Are You?
So what is important to you? Family, kids, your health, friends, partner, parents? Now think about what percentage of your day involves you staring at a screen. Be honest, give it a % of your day as a measurable metric - computer, phone, tv, etc. Now compare that % with the percentage of time you spend face to face with your what matters list…. face to face, no distractions. What's the comparison - 50/50, 60/40, 75/25? Look in the mirror of truth, what is the % and what should it be? What are you going to be happy with? It's a matter of awareness and then making a choice. Yes, you are with your friends, but you are looking at your screen; that % goes on the wrong side of the equation. You are at the pool with your kids, but you are scrolling on your phone; that % goes on the wrong side of the equation. You are in a meeting with your team, but you are checking and sending emails…yep wrong side of the equation. People are craving attention, face to face, no distracted attention. Kids, family, friends, your staff. If you are being honest, what is your percentage? Make a choice. Discipline can show itself in many ways, and this surely is one of the most critical areas we must arrest our lack of discipline and apply true discipline to what MATTERS! © GB
All too common are meetings that start late, missed deadlines, and postponed events. It's all due to one thing, and that one thing is what I call 'Lastminute-ism.' Too often we're chasing our tails and taking care of what's in front of us, that we miss the opportunity to plan and be organised. This lastminute-ism then spreads to those around us who are on time and organised. Productivity expert, Craig Ballantyne, said to me that rituals and routines for your day start the night before. Be the uncommon leader who plans the night before and approaches the next day centred around what matters. Don’t be the leader who spreads lastminute-ism to everyone you meet. © GB
Mojo is defined as having a zest for life, as having energy and vitality, and feeling that things are aligned. Many executives talk about the fact they've lost their Mojo - that life is vanilla, beige, taupe. So what is the remedy? Ensure you create a highlight each day. A highlight is something special for you, that brings you fulfilment. It's something you set down as a priority for your day. John Zeratsky, author of "Make Time" spoke about this idea on The Mojo Radio Show. Use time in the evening to plan a highlight for tomorrow and put it into your calendar. It can be any event or activity that excites you, that makes you feel good, and that at the end of the day will make you say, "what a great day." It's a powerful yet straightforward remedy when you feel as though you've lost your Mojo. © GB
When things don't go your way, it's wabi-sabi. When you don't have the perfect day, the perfect meeting, the perfect presentation, or the perfect dinner meeting, it's wabi-sabi. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete." In my view, if we accept the cracks and appreciate the imperfection, we can then move towards improvement. If it's something that cannot be changed, accept it; it's wabi-sabi. Each crack or imperfection is a story, a memory, or a moment that can create your life narrative and provide the launchpad for growth. "Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride." Gary Allan. © GB