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JumpStart - Before You Compose a Response

JumpStart - Before You Compose a Response

October 22, 2021

Have you noticed just how wrong some conventional wisdom can be?

For example, the idea of “don’t just sit there, do something!” has caused lots of people problems because often hyperactivity is counterproductive.

The way I like to think of it is, 

“Before you compose a response, compose yourself.”

Whenever we’re upset, our first response is typically our worst response and the best thing we can do is to:

 

  1. Decide the outcome you wish to have
  2. Speak accordingly
  3. Be nice

The mark of maturity is the ability to respond rather than react and you have more control over your responses than you imagine.

Let’s unpack how to gain composure when we need it most…

 

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JumpStart - Stressed Out in Chillsville

JumpStart - Stressed Out in Chillsville

October 21, 2021

As you know, I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks and it’s good to be back with you again.

So, you’ve heard the analogy of the frog in the water, right?

If you turn up the heat underneath the water slowly, the frog will boil to death.

However, if you throw a frog into boiling water it will jump out.

I didn’t realize it but I was a frog in the water and I needed to get out.

Let me update you on what I’ve been up to and how you can take my sabbatical to heart to become a bit more relaxed in your daily life.

HINT: my cell phone usage dropped by 92%!

 

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JumpStart - Enrage and Engage

JumpStart - Enrage and Engage

October 4, 2021

In a normal year, there is an average of 150 in-flight incidents involving unruly passengers on airplanes.

But in just the last 4 months, there have been…get this: 1,300 such incidents and they’re increasing daily to the point that American Airlines has issued panic buttons to many flight attendants.

What’s causing this rise in airline incivility?

Politics.

More specifically, how both political sides are seeking to enrage and engage their base.

Let’s unpack how the media seeks to enrage us to keep us engaged and how this engagement is leading to acts of protest and even violence.

 

 

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JumpStart - Phrases to release

JumpStart - Phrases to release

October 1, 2021

Over the last month or so I’ve been watching the words that pop up in my mind as I’m approaching any new task from learning a new software program to playing pickleball.

And these phrases are so automatic that I don’t realize that

They are limiting my performance

  1. These words are diminishing my joy
  2. They are keeping me caught in a loop of struggle

Phrases like, “I’m scared to death that…”, “I can’t seem to get myself to…”, “This will never work…” doom us to failure before we even attempt.

Getting the commentary in your head right is critical to success and anything so we need to find our “weed” phrases, pull them out, and replace them with new seed thoughts.

Here’s how>>>

 

 

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Jumpstart - Coaching

Jumpstart - Coaching

September 30, 2021

As you may know, I’m addicted to the TV show Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudekis.

Well, recently I’ve gotten hooked on Friday Night Lights  starring Kyle Chandler.

One is a show about British football (soccer) and the other is about American football--but I’m not a sports fan, so how can these shows keep me so inspired and entertained?

In reality  both Ted Lasso and Friday Night Lights are not about sports, they’re about strong coaches who are great leaders who care deeply about their players’ lives.

Coaches are unsung heroes in our world.

Whether it’s me trying to improve at pickleball or Tiger Woods improving his swing, wherever you find someone intentionally getting better, you’ll find a coach.

Part of our Develop Your Potential 2021 program included a FREE 45 minute coaching consultation and whether you attended DYP2021 or not, you’re eligible for that FREE coaching consultation.

Schedule yours now. 

Space is limited so click:

 

http://CoachingCall2021.com 

 

A coach helps you see things you can’t see, teaches you how to address them, and gives you support, accountability, and support to become all you dream of becoming.

Schedule your free coaching consultation now!

 

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JumpStart - The Frigate vs. The Seagull

JumpStart - The Frigate vs. The Seagull

September 27, 2021

This morning as I sat out on the bay having my coffee I watched the two preeminent birds in Key Largo.

The seagull and the frigate.

The frigate barely moves its wings and rarely ever cries out.

The seagull constantly flaps it’s comparatively short wings and squawks incessantly.

The frigate rides the currents of air whereas the seagull fights them.

The lowly seagull, which many call the pigeon of the tropics, must hunt twice as much because it also has to fill the belly of the frigate.

Are you a frigate or a seagull?

Do you aspire to be one or the other?

Let’s explore nature and how it reflects ourselves in this JumpStart.

 

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JumpStart - Stress Balls

JumpStart - Stress Balls

September 25, 2021

In the last month, I’ve given live speeches in Napa Valley, Phoenix, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Austin, Traverse City, Dallas, and I’ve noticed one thing each of these events have in common…

Stress balls.

You know what stress balls are, right?

They’re those little spongy rubber things you’re supposed to pick up and squeeze when you feel stressed.

Well, I’ve been seeing a LOT of stress balls and I think it’s a sign.

A sign that like the frog that slowly gets boiled alive we’re becoming slow-cooked by stress and don’t even realize it.

Get out of the pressure cooker.

Reduce stress now and begin to enjoy life as it is (not as we wish it were)...

 

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JumpStart - Flexibility

JumpStart - Flexibility

September 23, 2021

This pandemic has put the limits of human flexibility under an enormous stress test.

People working from home, children staying home for school, some businesses being open and others being closed.

Then there is the conflicting medical advice.

Sometimes, the best we can do is to survive with a smile on her face.

And that only comes from being flexible…

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JumpStart - Keep Your Head Clear

JumpStart - Keep Your Head Clear

September 22, 2021

As I was preparing to record this jumpstart this morning I had several things go wrong.

Not a big deal, that’s just life.

And what I discovered is that each additional small challenge seems to be more of a big deal than the previous one when they show up in succession.

Have you ever noticed that a series of small challenges can make us snap?

We need to control what we say to ourselves as things go wrong along our path rather than looking for patterns. 

In this JumpStart, learn how to keep your head clear so your life becomes happier…

 

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JumpStart - What time is it?

JumpStart - What time is it?

September 21, 2021

Yogi Berra said a lot of profound things.

Including,

PLAYER: “What time is it?”

YOGI:  “You mean now?”

This always makes me think of Salutation To the Dawn the ancient sanskrit poem.

Listen to the salutation to the dawn, Look to this day for it is life, the very life of life, In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of our existence.

The bliss of growth, the splendor of beauty, For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,

But today well spent makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. Such is the salutation to the dawn.

~Sanskrit, attributed to Kālidāsa

In this JumpStart, let’s explore the profundity of living in the moment...

 

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