Two months ago I was sat in front of Netflix. Exercise meant flicking through the shows. My thumb was superfit!
Today, I’ve just completed a 5k run. So what happened? How did I do that?
The answer is at the core of what it means to be an exceptional leader.
There are times during the year where it pays to step back and review how life is going.
This reflection allows you to celebrate your victories, and plan to beat your challenges.
In this post, I will walk you through the review process I invented for myself. True to my own practice as a coach, this process is solution focused.
There’s one way of saying No that’s easy. Say Yes to something that you don’t want to do.
In that moment, you have just said No to all the things you could have done instead.
Every Yes brings with it a thousand Noes. That’s opportunity cost.
There are two ways you can deal with that.
It doesn’t matter how successful we become. There are times when we all doubt ourselves.
A big presentation. An important meeting. A new challenge.
The negative inner voice relishes the chance to have its say.
For many of us, that negative inner voice is a regular companion. It never help us. It instead gives us criticism and undermines our confidence.
We were stood outside Caenarfon Castle in Wales.
Many years ago, people used to live in this castle. From time to time, their enemies would try to attack it.
I thought of how to attack a fortress like this. What were its weak points? There didn’t seem to be any. As defences go, it was formidable.
Pixar learned how to tell stories from a comedy improviser. She learned it from another comedy improviser. His name is Kenn Adams.
All those big movies used a structure that was for telling stories without a script.
Life is like that too. It all happens on the fly. We don’t have any lines.
This episode blew my mind. Don’t miss it. I’m talking with John Lash. At 18, he pulled a pistol on someone and shot them dead.
He got a life sentence in a US jail. But inside prison he went on a journey that led him to a passionate belief in the ideas and practices of nonviolence.
“Nice” people don’t have needs.
“Nice” people put the needs of other people before their own.
If we hustle too hard for our own needs, other people will judge that we are not a “nice” person.
We live scripts in life. Scripts are decisions we make very young. Then we spend the rest of our lives proving that this “reality” is true.
An internet marketer told me that I’m doing it wrong. He said I should only spend 20% of my time creating things. The other 80% I should spend on marketing.
He might be right. But then, why not take a marketing job 4 days a week instead. I’d get a guaranteed pay cheque that way. If I want to do marketing, I should definitely get a marketing job.
When I was a child, we never did a big shop. Nobody did. It wasn’t a thing back then. Instead, we’d just “get some bits in”, as my Mum called it.
We’d get some bits in every other day. The shops were a short walk away. Round the corner, up Cretan Road, and onto Lawrence Road where the shops were.