Personal Bests: Techniques For Living An Effective Life

1 Nov
  1. Personal Effectiveness TipsSome lessons to be learned from the Chilean miners ordeal:

    A. Reframe-The ability to take a situation and psychologically frame it in a way that allows for solution-oriented thinking is an important one.

    B. Organize-When faced with crisis or unexpected events, it is important to evaluate resources (whether they be people, financial, or other) and then organize them in a way that maximizes chances for success moving forward.

    C. Manage your self-talk-How you “talk to yourself” determines how you feel and behave. Make sure you actively monitor your self-talk if you want to feel differently.

    D. Expect obstacles-To not do so is naïve. Expect things to go wrong, and expect things to be difficult. By doing so, you aren’t surprised when it happens. If it turns out to be easier than expected, even better.

    E. Hope is the most important of emotions. Use skills such as reframing and manage your self-talk in order to make sure you always have hope in the future. By doing so, you’re able to withstand any amount of adversity.


    2. Thoughts From a Madman

    “My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I wanted a second opinion. He said, “Okay, you’re ugly too.”’

    Rodney Dangerfield

    3.Reality Check: Finishing with a Bang

    As we speed toward 2011, I figured it was appropriate to address the notion of finishing the year with a bang. Our culture emphasizes strong starts, coming up with new ideas and innovations, and the notion that motivation to begin is the most difficult aspect of goal achievement. I disagree. I believe that the art of finishing with a bang is the most important aspect of achievement.

    Finishing with a bang means different things to different people, depending on your frame of reference and goals, but to me it means:
    * Reevaluating your 2010 goals and resolutions
    * Throwing out goals that are now obsolete, and making new ones
    * Asking yourself the question, “What activity is the best use of my time at this moment?” as often as possible
    * Reducing wasted time (watching reality television, Facebook stalking our friends and ex-lovers, Tweeting about what we had for lunch)
    * Setting short-term goals (weekly) for the remaining two months of the year
    * Perfecting my information-capture systems (stickies, phone calls, texts and emails) so that I can quickly gather information and ideas I need to act on and get them down on paper as goals
    * Calling upon those that can help me achieve my goals

    To use sports metaphors, in track sprints, you are taught to run through the tape. In football, you are taught to lower your center of gravity and finish the run. We need to do the same in our daily lives if we are to feel motivated moving into another year. The more momentum we can create, the easier it will be to maintain.

    Get after it.



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