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Distractions Be Gone

Posted: December 26, 2017

It’s sad, but true; many people are already losing their way on their New Year’s resolutions. With increasing emails, texts, Facebook, phone calls, day to day life, demands and the occasional crisis… are you surprised? I think the only shot we all have of reaching meaningful long term goals is to take control of the noise. One of my commitments this year is to get distracted less. I want to focus my time in a way that allows me to get the most from each and every day. I will give little or no time to things that don’t benefit the advancement of a worthy goal or provide the recharge I need to consistently be the best version of me.

Three questions to ask –

1. What is the highest value activity that I should be doing right now?


Speak in a language understood

Posted: December 26, 2017

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela

With the passing of Nelson Mandela recently, it seems appropriate to highlight some of his philosophies. And while we will most likely never be called on to free a nation, his quote above can have impact for each of us in our daily lives. How many of us take the time to think through the language that will most easily be understood by the people we are communicating with?

Most of the time conflict seems to stem more from a perception someone has of the way we speak rather than the content of what we say. Taking time to show this level of respect for the people we are communicating with increases the rapport we will have with them and our chance for a positive outcome.


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