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Beauty in Resilience

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Note: This is a narration of a true personal experience of a profound mental shift, I went through. This was originally posted on Infinite Living on December 2, 2015.

I was standing at the busiest intersection of Mumbai, India, just arrived from US, couple of days ago. It was the end of June and rains were expected anytime, unannounced. I was there waiting for my friend to pick me up, to take me shopping for some rain shoes.

I was much immersed in the experience of being there, soaking in life moving at a fast pace around me. There was a sense of impatience in the atmosphere as there were too many vehicles on the road, to be able to move fast enough. Mixed in, was the sun, moist heat, dust, pollution and the blaring horns from drivers.

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3 Steps to Overcome the Stress of Too Many Priorities

Leading with Trust

overwhelmed-350x350Do you feel like you have too many priorities to accomplish at work? Yeah, me too. It seems to be all the rage these days, although I think most of us would rather not be part of this popular cultural trend. Most professionals I speak with struggle with the same sort of issues: the rapid pace of change, tight organizational budgets that force us to do more with less, and trying to encourage the growth and development of our team members in flat organizations with limited mobility.

I’ve had seasons during my career where I’ve let myself become overwhelmed with too many priorities and I’ve found myself in fire-fighting mode. Fortunately, through experience I’ve learned how to get myself back on track. If you currently find yourself stressed-out because you’ve been cast adrift in a sea of too many priorities, follow these three steps to get back on course:

Acknowledge…

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I’m So Tired….

Practical Practice Management

I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who tell me that they have sleep problems.  Either they can’t fall asleep or once they fall asleep they wake up and cannot go back to sleep.  This can be such a vicious cycle which leads to exhaustion and stress.  It also leads to poor work performance or any performance.As an adult we need between 7-8 hours of solid sleep in order to be at our best each day.  A study done by Stanford Medicine states the following for getting 6 or less hours of sleep.“Two consecutive nights of less than six hours could leave you sluggish for the following six days. (Surprised? You aren’t alone: This stat sparked a gasp of dismay at my office staff meeting.) Researchers also found that staying up an extra hour, even if followed by a full night’s sleep, is correlated with slower performance the…

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Are You Headed For Burnout?

Practical Practice Management

Often we hear the expression “That you need to have passion for your work.” That sounds absolutely wonderful, but it is important to first understand what passion really is.

The actual definition of passions is; “A powerful emotion or feeling.”  When you know that,  then how do we apply it to what we do at our job?  Many times when a person is a hard worker and tends to be a bit obsessive about what they do people will say that person is passionate.  But, is that true or are they obsessive?

The link below is to a very interesting article in the Harvard Business Review blog that is worth reading.  The author Scott Barry Kaufman talks about passion for your work in two different ways, one being harmonious and the other obsessive.  When someone  has passion in a harmonious way about their work they have “joy” when doing it. …

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I’m So Tired….

Practical Practice Management

I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who tell me that they have sleep problems.  Either they can’t fall asleep or once they fall asleep they wake up and cannot go back to sleep.  This can be such a vicious cycle which leads to exhaustion and stress.  It also leads to poor work performance or any performance.As an adult we need between 7-8 hours of solid sleep in order to be at our best each day.  A study done by Stanford Medicine states the following for getting 6 or less hours of sleep.“Two consecutive nights of less than six hours could leave you sluggish for the following six days. (Surprised? You aren’t alone: This stat sparked a gasp of dismay at my office staff meeting.) Researchers also found that staying up an extra hour, even if followed by a full night’s sleep, is correlated with slower performance the…

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Are Over Demanding Jobs Worth It?

Practical Practice Management

Recently, I had a conversation with a supervisor of an organization of about 300 people.  She was telling me that she has to work all of the time, even when she is at home in order to keep her work up.  I asked her “How was that going for her?” and her reply was, “It’s what I need to do in order to keep my job and that is just the way it is.”  I asked her “If she thought she would be more productive at work if she took more time for herself and family?”  She really hadn’t given that any thought because it was not realistic with her job demands.As I left the building I was pretty sad for this woman.  I know she is a mother of an elementary age child and her spouse also has a pretty demanding job.  I kept asking myself, “Is it really…

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If at First You Don’t Succeed….Quit!

LeadToday

Yes, you read that right. I know the popular thinking says to try again but really, what?s the point. It?s terrible advice. Actually the popular thinking says to try and try again but that?s even worse advice.

If you want to succeed then stop when you fail. Stop until you can figure out a better plan and then and only then should you try again. It?s possible the failure was even caused by not having a plan at all.

I know planning isn?t fun for most people but it is an essential part of all long-term success. Successful people know that they aren?t ?spending? time when planning, they are ?investing? time.

Even when the plan fails they get a return on their investment. The return comes from being able to pinpoint the cause of the failure and build a better plan for their next attempt.

Despite what you may have…

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