Consistently during many interactions both in Australia & Japan, the Japanese people have taught me a lot about placing value on others and honoring. On a recent trip to Tokyo, I observed a demonstration of the protocols of environments, how order produces flow and is conducive to peace and desired outcomes.
In this simple example, I noted how the position and timing of people waiting to board a train on the very busy Yamanote line of Tokyo was key to moving so many people in a timely fashion without fuss & bother.
A system of timing, positioning and order is key to success.
Let’s flip it around.
Ever tried to get out of a packed elevator or train and others are stepping in before you exit leaving a space?
Someone wants your car park at the shopping mall but parks you in as they wait for you to leave?
Have you seen the wave of umbrellas moving down the city footpath under the shop awnings as those without umbrellas step out into the rain to avoid collision?
Which areas of our lives may need an audit?
Relationships, finances, health, vocation, spiritual, thinking?
If things seem grinding and chaotic, step out of the traffic and evaluate.
You are worth it and it pays big dividends.
Mindset def. the established set of attitudes held by someone.
Previously, I suggested that “thinking is creative whether I think about what I’m thinking or not.” (Leadershift: Thoughts About Thoughts)
Am I intentional about my thinking?
There will never be the perfect weather to start thinking about thinking.
Today is the day.
In this 1 min 18 second clip below, my mentor and friend John C. Maxwell shares a thought about the word “Intentional”
What do I set my mind on?
Is my thinking in harmony with the person that I want to become?
Is my thinking in harmony with the things that I want to do?
Is my thinking in harmony with the things that I want to have?
Do I know what I desire? Can I clearly articulate it to another?
Do I schedule time to contemplate?
Do I echo my haters, bullies and critics? “I am…” statements are potent.
Where your focus goes, your energy flows – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A leadershift moves your mind, heart and investment of energies including hands, feet and wallet.
Leadershift takes place with intentional and evaluated thinking.
Nobody finishes well by accident’ – John C. Maxwell
Do I schedule time to think about one of the most important conversations that I have each day? That conversation is the one with myself about myself.
What I say to myself about myself will impact my day and my interactions with others.
I AM… statements are powerful.
When it doesn’t go as expected, do I say to myself “I am an idiot”
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
– Earl Nightingale
What could happen if I changed what came next after I am…?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to “re-wire” itself.
We can physically change our mind! A changed mind can transform a life!
Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain
– Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Thinking is creative whether I think about what I’m thinking or not.
I have a renewed commitment to improve my intentional use of the “tool of thought”
What are your thoughts about your thoughts?
One of the most important conversations that I will have today will be between my own ears.
The belief stronghold of “impossibility” is worth exploring.
Impossible def. hasn’t occurred, existed, or been done YET. The unfamiliar.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
― Muhammad Ali
I don’t know about you but I never imagined a day where the following were reality:
Australians perform first “dead heart” transplants
Uber Elevate could offer flying ride service in the next 3 years!!
On the outside, it seems that we are living as The Jetsons and advances are snowballing faster than ever before.
If impossibility is potential, what am I willing to investigate in the “rules” that I have created inside my own head?
What seems impossible is unfamiliar.