- Fresh air, instead of the recycled climate stirred up by air conditioning
- Fresh scenery and the chance to top up our vitamin D reserves
- Fresh perspectives and space for mindfulness, not the time suck of incoming messages that keep us nailed to our desks
When it comes to the great achievement of the Moon landing ‘One small step’ and ‘One giant leap’ are perfect metaphors.
The giant leap involved a huge amount of teamwork, leading from President Kennedy’s ambitious idea in 1962 to a an awesome achievement celebrated by President Nixon in 1969.
To realise the major goal of a manned Moon landing it was necessary to break down that ambition into small bite sized chunks, assigning tasks to physicists, mathematicians, engineers, pilots and a network of other specialists, Once the stages were set the milestones completed and the risks managed the results became inevitable.
And so the example of the moon landing is useful for all of us when we think about the goals we wish to achieve.
For instance if the ambition after this summer is to get a new job by year’s end, there are several steps to take.
- First take stock of qualifications and experience.
- Then identify gaps in either area.
- Next work out how to plug those gaps.
- Having done that hard work we can make a decision about the sorts of jobs that we want and the employers we would like to wok for.
- With that knowledge about what we want, what we offer and who we would like to offer it to ,we can make a strategic series of applications or at least establish a presence on the social media front aimed at connecting with the potential employers and people who would be interested in making use of our talents.
Doing this very important work, in bite sized chunks, makes accountability possible. Doing all the work means we can to stand up, breathe deep and reach for the stars.
What is your favourite way to achieve the biggest goals you face? Feel free to share this content, if you have found this post useful. You can Like or Comment too if you want.
If you have survived another busy week (mine involved plenty of running around for other people) I’ve got to ask, how do you let go of the stress, relax and become a nice person to be around once again?
In fact I remember a few years ago asking a group of carers (busy people responsible for loved ones’ well being) what they did to unwind and I still think their approach makes sense. They recommended
- Nature – spending time outside, feeling the sun on my face shifts my mood.
- Music – listening to a favourite artist reminds me of good times.
- Laughing – enjoying a good comedy programme puts tough times into the background.
- Exercise – getting to the gym, playing sport, taking the stairs releases feel good chemicals into our system.
- Friends – catching up with people we care about activates our support system, which reminds us we are not alone.
I have followed 2 of these strategies consistently and they help. Which ones do you follow or do you have other suggestions to share?
Christmas is nearly here. So a big Thank You is due to all those who work through the busy holiday period, making it less stressful for those of us coordinating parties, presents and people.
Everyone has ideas about how to be productive during busy times. I think there are 3 key principles we should hold on to, especially when we are surrounded by people wanting our attention, our commitment, or our energy. We should:
- Aim to take care of our own needs first, so we can be better at helping others.
- Be patient with people who resist change, or who are only thinking about themselves.
- Choose our battles, so that when we say ‘No’ that answer is heard and respected.
I think these ABC actions help, whether our goal is to thrive during the festive season or make change happen in the year ahead.
Feel free to Like and feedback if you try these principles out and they work for you (or share this post with someone who needs it).
Have a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
I discovered the Marvel universe as a kid, when a mate loaned me a copy of an Avengers comic book. I loved it. I went on to enjoy the art bringing the adventures of dozens of Marvel heroes to life. Decades later I’m grateful to the inspiring vision of the late Stan Lee for all that joy. He said his goal for Marvel comics was that
“…someday an intelligent adult would not be embarrassed to walk down the street with a comic magazine”.
Mission accomplished. Marvel’s creative output would not be seen as ‘for kids’ but would successfully have something to say to the rest of us too. He achieved that goal and more. Many of us have owned trading cards, magazines and now films that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Are My 3 Take Aways From Marvel’s Storytelling?
Teams rely on diverse talents to create exciting outcomes (what would Stan Lee’s characters be without Jack Kirby’s pencils…or the X Men without the Professor’s detachment and Logan’s passion)?
Strength isn’t about muscles ,it is about depth of character (take a look at Iron Man issues 120 to 128 in which Tony Stark deals with his alcohol dependency) Being aware of our own strengths and development needs gives us an edge
Leaders set the tone for the people around them , creating a healthy environment where colleagues can try different approaches, fail and learn from mistakes (think about how much room to operate Phil Coulson gives the agents of SHIELD)?
What have you learned about life by discovering the Marvel universe? Feel free to have your say by leaving a comment.
Autumn is the season for making changes, starting new projects and pursuing new goals. Students, startups and job seekers know that can be hard work.
I know how overwhelming change can seem with so many moving parts to think about. So, I’m going to suggest 3 steps to overcome the overwhelm problem and get your smile back:
Accept Your Feelings
If your new project feels nightmare-ish work out how to break down your big goal into more manageable chunks. When we aren’t struggling life feels better. Start completing those smaller steps and you will feel more in control of your situation.
Build Your Network
Take time to connect to people who you can help and who can help you. Reduce the number of people in your world who drain your energy and frustrate your focus.
Celebrate Your Progress
I know it is obvious, but sometimes we don’t notice we are improving and downplay positive feedback. We should be hungry to receive constructive feedback and able to feel good about the significant improvements we start to make once we get going.
What’s Your Next Move?
Obviously, these are tasters of bigger themes and it isn’t easy to put these 3 steps into practice. It is worth it though. Give it a go and feel free to comment on how things work out. Like and Share too so others can benefit too.
Have a great month.
You can achieve good results when you work on your own. You can achieve great results when you work with others. Your contribution adds value to what everyone else is doing. That’s the beauty of effective teamwork.
As the saying goes: There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’.
The video contains 3 ways you can benefit from contributing to a team this week. So if
- raising your profile
- connecting to other activists;
- creating improvements at work or in the community
sound like appealing benefits, use team work to get going. Try one strategy and see how it works out. Use the comment section to share what worked well for you.
Want To See Teamwork In Action In November?
Do you want to see supportive teamwork in action? Are you are in North East London in the evening of Monday 14 November? Then why not book yourself a free place on the event welcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week at Waltham Forest Town Hall. It promises to be inspirational and motivating.
Finally, feel free to Share, Like and Comment if you have found this post helpful.
Thank you if you have been following my posts this year. If you have checked in recently you probably know already I led a workshop in January focused on turning goals into reality.
The session reminded me that if you get enough freelancers and 9 to 5 workers together their stories come tumbling out. Their feedback created a snapshot of the world of work in 2016.
They said one of the tougher challenges they faced involved taking the right action and avoiding overwhelm. They were talking about having too few hours each day and too many to do items to handle.
They knew something had to be done. The question was, what to do to get that winning feeling back?
Was starting a new project the answer? Could growing a new professional relationship be a solution? How about keeping going with what already worked?
What Does Success Feel Like?
To help the discussion focus I mentioned Brian Tracy’s principle of starting with the end in mind. Vividly capturing (in words or pictures) what success feels like helps you work out how to achieve it.
Does success involve you creating client-pleasing software which puts a big smile on your customer’s face by offering more results, faster than expected?
Or is your success measured by the strength of the hug you get when you prioritise finishing work in time to pick your partner up from the station?
Greater Success Ahead
Whatever success means for you there is scope for it to include a greater sense of wellbeing; more positive teamwork; a growing group of satisfied customers.
5 Routes To Greater Success
- Create Affirmations Using Words You Repeat to Inspire You
- Construct A Vision Board Capturing Images Of The End Result You Want
- Use A Favourite Piece Of Inspiring Theme Music To Get You Started On A Key Task
- Enjoy The Smell Of Success By Using Your Favourite Aroma When Working
- Treat Yourself To Your Favourite Healthy Beverage To Get Your Creativity Flowing
I will be sharing some more ideas about success ahead of my 5 March Reshaping Reality workshop*
Thanks for reading this post. Share a comment below about your success strategy. You can also use social media to let a friend have this information if you know it will help them.
For a while, when I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut.
With hindsight that idea said a lot about escapism (home life wasn’t always ideal to be honest). From what I can remember though I thought being a spaceman would be a pretty cool job. I mean how difficult could it be to live in a spaceship, with nothing holding you down, doing science stuff indoors and outside that helped people?
Turns out the science stuff and helping people isn’t that easy, as people have baggage and getting a good result has an impact on a lot of other people.
I definitely didn’t realise how much people rely on each other to make plans turn into reality. a long list of other people made it possible for the astronaut to do their thing.
For instance I didn’t know how crowded an astronaut’s life is: it took more than Tim Peake and the other 2 people in the Soyuz capsule to get the latest crew onto the International Space Station.
When the computers plotting the capsule’s approach to the ISS got the final stage wrong it was US astronaut Tim Kopra who passed manual docking control to Russian Commander Yuri Malenchenko, while ground controllers at Russia’s Mission Control Centre monitored developments and the ISS crew held their breath.
It took 3 attempts. Working together the team of astronauts got the job done (collaboration helps during spacewalks too). No lone heroics, just great teamwork. Overcoming difficulties usually depends on one person being open enough to say ‘I can’t do this on my own’ and to ask another person for help.
Mission Control We Have A Problem
So here is the thing, people can hold on to their difficulty for quite a while before looking for someone with whom to connect (ask any coach about building trusting relationships which offer others support ). Imagine holding on to a burden for months, years, or decades even. What kind of toll would that take?
Now imagine being able to flow freely, without that burdensome weight getting in the way. How much more could you accomplish for others? How much easier would your own life be?
The skilful coach understands others’ obvious and subtle needs (they might say they need clarity about their next step during an overwhelming period at work to start with. They might also be open to receiving support at a deeper level, so they can reduce the stress in their personal relationship)
Are you ready to get the support you deserve?
One Small Step
In a month, as part of my mission for the new year, I will support some people to take a small step toward a freer flowing 2016. My workshop in London on 23 January will help those ready to take one small step to turn their career, life, or wellbeing resolutions into reality*.
Use the Comment section to share your big goal for the new year (or get in touch via Twitter @RogerD_Said ). Also keep an eye out for updates, as I will share a few of the strategies I am going to use, ahead of time.
Meanwhile, wherever on Earth (or above it) you happen to spend the day have a very Happy Christmas.
One Giant Leap
*Hit the link below if you would like to know more about the 23 January event in London. Book a seat and join others helping to turn their goals into reality
One Thursday morning commuting on the train, I picked up a copy of Shortlist magazine left on the seat next to me. Flicking through the pages of the latest shiny, products I was expecting I got emotionally ambushed by Andrew Dickens’ deeply personal story about depression* (there’s a link below).
I couldn’t finish reading this unexpected article in public. It struck a chord. It was too emotional for a Men’s lifestyle magazine.
Bottom line: I didn’t want to be upset in front of other people.
Men and boys face unbelievable pressure
Fast forward to now and according to the Standard newspaper almost half the men in London feel like crying once a month* (more than anywhere else in the country).
The emotional challenge isn’t a London thing. It is universal. There is just something challenging about being a 21st Century man.
The Movember Foundation understands that. The Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier and longer lives. You might be aware of their November campaign to encourage men to grow mustaches for the cause.
Interviewed by The Standard their UK director Sarah Coghlan said
Men and boys face unbelievable pressure to live up an archaic stereotype of what it means to be a man, and in the process they neglect their own mental and physical health.
Release The Pressure
It is ok to feel what you are feeling.
In fact neglecting your health has bad consequences. I have coached guys who have been tearful with frustration about their lack of career progress, or lack of life purpose. Who wants to feel drained by the demands of their working day?
Paying attention to health related goals makes more sense. You gain confidence. You feel better. You start performing better. Your work improves. Everyone is happier.
The first step is taking stock of what is going on in your life.
6 Ways To Start Helping The Man In The Mirror
- Ask yourself what is the source of the burden you are carrying
- How does the burden disrupt your time at home and at work
- List the worst-case consequences if you continue to do nothing about it
- Write down all the results that could come your way if you take action
- Decide who is the best person to talk to about tackling that goal (doctor, therapist, coach)
- Get in touch with that person and start making your life better
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