Category: reflection

Meditation

MEDITATE def. think deeply about something, contemplate, consider, ponder

 

There is something potent about uninterrupted, single minded, committed thought.

Do you step out of the traffic to chew it over like a cow (further) chews cud?

cow

A changed mind transforms a life.

📷Ethan Kent

When the door flings open on your cable car…

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In the late 1970s I rode the cable car/skyway at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with my family.

This ride was like no other that I experienced as, shortly after we left one side, the door flung open and remained open until we reached the other side! For those who rode it, you will remember it was a long trip especially with the constant pauses to let everyone off.

So leading into 2019 and reflecting on what was modeled in that cable car, here are three thoughts that I know will add value to your 2019

1. High emotion = low intelligence.

It doesn’t mean you’re a dope. It means that the more we get worked up the more likely we sabotage our intellectual faculties. Problem solving and decision making flourishes with cool heads. This is my fond recollection of my father that day and other scenarios like when I was riding a horse that lost it bridle at full gallop. This leads me to the next one…

2. Who you ride with matters.

The power of association determines what condition you end up at the other side.

My father was sitting opposite me and my Mum was to my right. The door was on mine and my father’s side. He simply put his foot up on my seat and his leg formed a bar across the doorway. He told me to stay seated and enjoy the view. Inner circle audits are crucial and year end reviews are another perfect time for this.

Who is riding in the car with you?

3. Celebrate all wins.

Some take great pleasure that you looked likely to fall.
Some only want to know you when it seems you are “on top”.
Others laugh AND cry with you.

Mirror Image

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Are you worthless in your own eyes?


You can never outperform your own self image
– Maxwell Maltz

Today I want to encourage you as you read this blog –
whatever has come your way in life that you are valuable and significant.
🔥 Recognise your value right now
🔥 Increase your value

How can you do that?

Here’s a non-exhaustive list:

1️⃣ Celebrate, develop and share your difference


2️⃣ Solve problems for others

3️⃣ Develop a specific and intentional personal growth plan

4️⃣ Engage a coach/mentor

5️⃣ Join a Mastermind group

Reach out to discuss these 5 points by visiting Bitly.com/ContactJE
 


📷Mikail Duran

Overwhelm

Abbie Bernet
📷 Abbie Bernet

Overwhelmed?

Feeling buried under everything that is seemingly piling up?

That sense of drowning in concerns or commitments?

Overwhelm has the potential to put you on your backside or on the sideline.

It also signals opportunity to reflect and reset .

The answer to overwhelm isn’t doing more, it’s prioritizing.

– Tim Ferriss

At a recent mastermind group I facilitated we discussed a strategy of intentionally setting priorities based on values then managing those priorities daily.

The priorities break down the pile into smaller manageable chunks of what matters to you (based on your values).

I recommend taking time out for selfcare when the feeling hits before moving into the following:

🔑 Externalise. Get your thoughts on paper.

🔑 Elicit your values if you haven’t already or revisit your written list of values. A good coach can serve you well in this area.

🔑 Evaluate if the use of your resources such as time, money, skill and energy are moving you closer to where you want to go (goal getting) and is all about what you treasure most (values)

🔑 What can you eliminate, delegate, automate or outsource ?

🔑 Prioritise your calendar, to do list, to not do list and budget. Manage daily to build consistency and momentum

🔑 Meet with your mentor.

To contact me for coaching, training, mentorship and playing the Leadership Game: bitly.com/ContactJE

Education and meditation

Ben White

Pic: Ben White

There are different forms of “education” available to us.

The Latin origin of the word education is “educo
It refers to a drawing out from within rather than cramming so much information in.

There is so much value in coaching, mentorship and meditation.

(The etymology of “meditate” suggests a chewing over or thinking deeply on something.)

Why?

I love how my mentor Christian Simpson articulates it:

“Evaluated experiences are life’s rich learning ground. They feed the soul. They’re the source of our growth, our “becoming”, our evolution and wisdom“

🔑Do you slow down in this fast paced world?

🔑Do you schedule time to draw out of your resourcefulness?

🔑Do you evaluate your experiences?

🔑Do you have a coach?

🔑Do you have a mentor?

🔑What is the unasked question?

To contact me for coaching, training, mentorship and playing the Leadership Game: bitly.com/ContactJE

Yet another Japanese lesson

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.

bullet train locomotive platform public transportation

Photo by Donald Tong on Pexels.com

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.

 

How to maximise R&R at year’s end?

At year’s end, I intend to unplug and go off the grid.
A bit of R & R if you will.

Reflect and recharge.

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(image: Jason Ewart – Cars Land, California, USA)

So I’m curious…

Do you schedule intentional personal yearly reviews?

“Experience isn’t the best teacher. Evaluated experience is”
– John Maxwell

Are you aware what fills your tank?

“I put zero weight into anyone’s opinion about me because I know exactly who I am.
Can you say the same?”
– Gary Vaynerchuk

Share in the comments the activities that you undertake at year’s end for R & R.

I trust that as you and I sow R & R at the end of 2017 that it will set up our success for 2018 and also increase our fulfilment & service in the new year.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and yours!