Summer time is always a good time to click pause, look around, and ask the big questions. I’ve got a few of them for you to consider at the bottom of this post. For now, however, take a moment and reflect on what the word BALANCE even means to you in the first place.
There are a few ways to do this.
Look the word up in the dictionary. I did, so here you are: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
You could also interview (informally, of course) 3-5 people you look up to and ask them what balance means to THEM.
Their answers may give you some “food for thought."
Or, you could think this through in your own journal. Draft a mind map, or even go through the process of writing down a word that begins with each of the 7 letters of the word balance.
There are a few things I’d have you think about this month, as you’re working to enhance your skills as a leader, manager, community activist. You’re too important, and what you’re working on means too much for you NOT to be working at your best, and getting the most important things done.
You can read about them right here. In the meantime, here’s some advice on how you can think about achieving more balance in life and at work. As you consider this, remember to do the math. Numbers are magical; they help us quantify what we have and what we need, and they give us a very clear and present sense of reality. Some of the “math” I ask clients to do includes:
Now, will THESE be the exact questions that will get you moving? Are they the questions that you need to ask? Maybe…Maybe not. The important thing is to pause and do this kind of thinking.
How can I help?
Do you get to travel much? When you do, where do you go? And…Who do you meet? Recently, I’ve visited several countries and more states, and wherever I go I make a significant effort to “meet the locals.” Writers, artists, business icons, whoever I can meet, I do. And, in our brief discussion, I ask them “How do you Get Momentum to achieve your goals?” You know what’s amazing, is every tells me their stories, their own ways of motivating and acknowledging themselves for the work they do through time...
Here’s a question I’d like you to wonder on for a while. (Think about the successful people you know and meet along the way.)
“Are they really that much better than anyone else in the world? How much did luck/chance play a part in it all?"
Earlier in 2014, this was such a significant question for me, I dedicated an entire month-long Get Momentum module to identifying ways our members could go about “creating more luck” in their personal and professional lives.
Recently, I wrote a blog post (you can read the full version here) where I outlined the FOUR things that I see needing to come together if you're going to make things better. If your life, your work, your community, the way you do things is going to get ANY better this year, you're going to have to do at least one of these. Just imagine if you had a solid plan for enacting all four at one time!
I quoted Taylor Swift when I wrote about this one. She talks about setting milestones up so that she can make her way successfully and step by step toward where she’s going.
I read something Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about this. By organizing life and work so that “good” can happen, she says you might experience more of it!
Since it’s World Cup season, I found a quote by Mia Hamm where she discusses the impact of having a team-work mentality on experience and success.
You know the singer/songwriter Katy Perry? She has an AMAZING quote about seeking out the “right” feedback and ignoring the other stuff…Check it out!
You can read more about these four ideas at the blog post (you can read the full version here). I explain what each of those four things mean, and how you can take full advantage of their effects at your work AND in your life. Oh, and if you’d like to see a bit of Ojai, just press play on the video below...
Has “social” and “mobile” changed the way you do your life, and do your business? If so, there are two questions I’d recommend you ask. (You can see the second one here, the first one below…)
Is the technology you’re using and the effort you’re expending is worth it? My guess, is that you could be MORE effective AND efficient? A way to find out is to learn from the people around you.
Here are two questions I suggest you ask people you know when you’re looking to get more from your technology—the gear, tools, and apps. Think about the last time you asked someone a question. Now, ask yourself, “Was that the BEST question I could have asked?"
1. What do you use for…?
This is a question I often ask when I’m trying to get something done that I have a feeling could be done easier (meaning faster, cheaper, and/or better). Sample questions I’ve asked include: “What program/app/tool do you use to track expenses while you’re traveling?” Or “What app do you use to organize items on your to-do lists?”
(For the second question, click on that link above, and you’ll see the originally published article at Training Magazine .com)
It’s time to ask new questions; in doing so, you may notice an increase in output and a life and work style that leads to success.
There are three better things you can do, to do things better. I’ll write the first one here. If you like it, click the link below to read the next two!
How many times are you interrupted each day by other people? (And, how many times do you let yourself interrupt yourself?) Here is something you can try that may just change the way you do things:
Interrupt other people less…with more to talk about each time. First thing each morning, schedule a 15-minute (or more) meeting each up to 4 people you’re going to work with that day. Then, dedicate one page of your note book to 4 people you’re going to talk to throughout that day. Draw two lines, one top to bottom, one left to right, so that you have 4 boxes to fill. Label each box one of those people you’re going to talk to, and between now and the next time you talk to them add to their list.
When you do talk (in person or on video chat) actually show them your list. Who knows, if this works like it should you’ll wind up saving time each day by grouping all the decisions that need to be made.
A. They don’t have to decide whether or not to pick up the phone for “just one little thing.”
B. You don’t have to decide to “try and remember” something to tell them later.
C. You don’t have to decide whether to call, email or talk to (in person) your colleague, it’s already on the calendar.
Want to know the other 2 ways to improve? Click here...
Have you ever been reading and reviewing new e-mail in your inbox, and had someone stop by your desk to ask you, "Do you have a minute?" Have you ever arrived early to a meeting and started a conversation with a colleague about another project you're working on?
When a new idea comes up, be sure to capture it for later review.
Most coaching programs bury you with content. Of course, they mean well, but by giving you TOO MUCH, the Get Momentum coaching does NOT overwhelm...
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It’s great to have a lot to read, but often times the sheer amount of information deters us from actually digging into it.
The Get Momentum monthly program is different. We distill the best information we have into a easily digestible video and text article. This approach teaches you to boost in productivity a little at a time throughout the month.
You will learn how to be more productive, be more effective, take better care of yourself and empower those around you to be at their very best. Someone with momentum:
Based on a conversation I had recently with a Get Momentum member living and working in Europe, we recognized that “making habits” may just be one of the least productive things someone can do.
Are you looking to build new habits? Be careful…Ok?
Surely you’ve got something on a project or task list that you’ve not had time to “do” just yet. Now, when you think about WHY you haven’t done that thing - whatever it is…be it personal OR professional - surely you could claim that you “haven’t had the time to do it.” That would mean that you’ve got OTHER things to do that are getting in the way of that ONE THING you want done. So, this begs the question:
Are the things you’re doing being done because (and only because) they’ve always been done? If the answer is anywhere on this shade of “yes,” I challenge you to question this things.
To read about how to eliminate the bad habits, just jump on over to the Get Momentum blog right here.
During today's "Town Hall" (online class) I will teach you how to communicate more effectively in life/at work. We know that working together more effectively means that things get done more efficiently. And, when THAT happens, you’ll end the day feeling more productive and - perhaps more importantly - you’ll have time and focus at the end of the day for those things that are most important to you.
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When you have something important to say, how do you do that?
It seems like there are times when my mind is on “scan.” You know, when you’re driving along in the car and instead of listening to just one station, you click the “Scan” button and the radio automatically changes station every 5 seconds or so? When that happens, I realize that minutes - if not whole hours - can go by before I realize I’ve been distracted that entire time!
Meeting with leaders last month in California, New York, Bali, Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada, I heard over and over again the same (ok, it was really, really similar) complaint people have. Before I share theirs, let me ask you:
Throughout the month, our “Momentum Theme”is, in fact, Communication. Get Momentum members will not just learn, they will practice REAL communication skills all month. Then, during the Town Hall online class, we’ll discuss their wins, their learnings, and the things they can do to continue enhancing the ONE professional skill that impacts all others. Learn to communicate more effectively at work and in life.
Oh, I made you a little PDF, a podcast, and a video to get you started… you can find here.