“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind.” Buddha’s quote is ageless, and one of the main tenets of transformative work. There is so much in these few words: freedom, choice, empowerment, responsibility, inspiration, change, and wisdom.
Awaken. Connect. Cultivate.
Our minds are of endlessness fascination to me. No matter how old we get, we can still create new neurological connections in our brains. If you took an 85-year-old person and gave them a regimented schedule to learn a new instrument, and then months later hooked up their brain and asked them to envision playing a certain chord, you would see areas light up in their brain that never before existed.
Starting in the early 1960’s, research began to show that most people are not very realistic or accurate in what they think. In other words, what we think is true is highly debatable. We are master storytellers. We tell stories about ourselves, others and the world, and most importantly—think they are all factual and true. I’ve spoken with many clients about what I’ve found to be the principle process of how we naturally create a story or belief:
“No matter how healthy individual employees are when they start out, if they work in a dysfunctional system, they’ll burn out.” How you improve your company’s results by addressing company culture and morale, for increased satisfaction, fulfillment and effectiveness across the board.
…In working 15+ years in the corporate space, I discovered many common threads within all businesses. One of which is the dynamic of the employees and their power to propel a company. You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘friends are the family you get to choose’—But you don’t get to choose your corporate family; and so, you’ve got this really intricate system that when not operating smoothly can really be to the detriment of the people, not to mention the longevity and sustainability of the organization.
It is said that the average college-educated person thinks an average of 50,000 thoughts a day. How many of these thoughts do you think you are aware of? How many do you think you repeat? How many of your thoughts change your current disposition or future beliefs? These questions and more had me once again think about the radical importance of consciously creating our thoughts, or what I call “purposeful thinking.”
“Warriors who communicate well with each other, are the most likely to survive and emerge victorious.” This finding was one of the key discoveries in the Social Resilience Module implemented by the US Army, and is a secret weapon for team success.
Tomorrow as you all know is Valentine’s Day, and although some may think of it as a Hallmark holiday, cliché event or just unnecessary pressure, I think of it as simply a reminder of love. Events in my life, which appear sometimes as hard lessons, serve as reminders– but I remind myself that not only challenging circumstances hold this key. What about the amazing capability of noticing a sunset that reminds us of the magic of the moment? I’ve come to view Valentine’s Day the same way.
Whether you want to become more effective in executing your business plans or finding increased fulfillment in your work life, I’ve found that a personalized program where goals and objective are assessed and then put into action, is the necessary first step. Working with entrepreneurs and …
As our focus now shifts into the new year, consider this an opportune time– with our calendar and earth cycles beginning anew– to take a mindful pause and recalibrate. What intention are you taking into 2012? What limitations are you ready to let go of? What internal or external changes are begging to be made? Although it seems elementary, if you’re wanting change…are you actually up for changing?