Sunday, July 21, 2019
One of the lectures we all get as children is, “Don’t be selfish!”
Unfortunately, a lot of us take that directive waaaay too seriously. We internalize it to mean that almost anytime we are watching out for ourselves we are being “selfish.”
Please take this moment as permission to take care of yourself.
If self-care is new to you, start simply; drink more water, take a walk on a regular basis and try to get a little more sleep.
It’s OK, you now have permission.
Even the people who lectured you will agree.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
I bet you have an acquaintance like one of mine, someone who loves to play Misery Poker. If Pouting Paul is in the room when someone notes a challenge, defeat or hurt he always has a worse story.
Your mentioning that you bumped your hip on the kitchen island this morning brings a tale of woe from PP that has him figuratively helicoptered to Duke Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Now, when he starts dealing a hand of Misery Poker I’ll gently ask, “Paul, what happened today that is good?”
His awareness is starting to light up.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
We’ve all been in jobs in which we were asked to provide annual projections, sometimes 36-months forecasts.
Long-range corporate planning needs those guesstimates but, from a practical standpoint, I’ve always been more focused and worked with more urgency looking at shorter horizons.
I use holidays.
Last weekend’s July 4th holiday signaled the middle of summer; next up, Labor Day.
I can stay more focused and get a lot done if I'm staring down the barrel of 6-7 weeks instead of 12 months.
Then, Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year—Easter—Memorial Day.
From a practical standpoint, what if you looked at the year in chunks from 6-7 weeks to 3 months?
And yes, if it works better for you to look at the year and break it up into chunks like that then go right ahead.
Whatever works for you, works for you.
Have a great summer....and get those used fireworks stems out of the front yard...the neighbors were watching.