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Habits Sustain Your Goals

Creating habits can be incredibly powerful, as they allow us to automate actions and progress towards our goals without having to constantly exert willpower. According to a study by the University College London, it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. Once a behavior becomes a habit, it requires less mental effort to maintain, leaving more energy for other tasks.   Another study by Duke University found that habits account for about 40% of our daily behaviors. This means that a significant portion of our lives is on autopilot, and the habits we form can have a huge impact on our overall well-being and success. Habits can also be used to create a positive feedback loop, where small successes lead to more success and motivation to continue the habit.   It’s important to have a clear reason or motivation for why you want to form the habit in the first place.   Creating habits can be incredibly powerful when they support a big vision and are supported by your …

Are you losing your mind?

Are you losing your mind?    In this great episode Dr. Michael Gervais interviews Nelson Dellis, a Grand Master of memory.   If you are finding it difficult to keep things straight in your mind these days, this episode is for you.   Since covid, and working a ton on zoom meetings (maybe from getting a little bit older), I find the memory recall is not as good as it used to be!   How to Master Memory   Nelson is a 5X USA memory champion. He’s an athlete of the mind! He has remembered up to 907 digits and 9 decks of cards!   A very unique dialogue and I think you will enjoy it. Defeating Average. Colin

You win the day by winning the night before

“You win the day by winning the night before.” This includes: Putting clothes out for work and workouts the night before Packing your lunch and your kids lunch (if you have them) Planning and preparing for obstacles Thinking about what meetings you can change if a big priority comes up   A smart leader I know recently said, “the higher you rise in an organization, the more you need to be prepared for unexpected change to come at you during a week.” Winning the day the night before, insulates you against unforeseen obstacles in the morning. Defeating Average.   Colin

Opportunities are multiplied when seized 

You often hear “crisis creates opportunity” or don’t waste a good crisis. Like an iceberg, what you see above the water line is the initial opportunity, and as the first one to put up your hand, as you invest in solving the problem, the chunk under the ice reveals itself as the long term opportunity. Being the first one on the ship to survey the ice, gives you the opportunity to multiply the size of the impact and reward. Defeating Average. Colin

Re Showing Up in Person

We need to relearn how to present ourselves.   I was part of a company program recently where our sales people had to stand and deliver a pitch. I’ve been at Salesforce 17 years and we used to do this all the time. I saw so many people using crutch notes on computers, iphones, etc, who did not trust their skills to present without notes.   We hired many people during the pandemic, young in tenure who have not had to do it. I am rusty, others are rusty and need to relearn.    I’ve got used to preparing for meetings with notes and having them available on my computer as a crutch. Even the difference between driving a meeting on zoom or in the office hybrid with a couple people live is a challenge to prepare for. I am rusty, others are rusty.   I have heard many people say, we are going back to 2019 both in how the world works and how work is most effective. It’s a reset.    Think about …

Have you recharged your batteries lately?

We got off the boat in the national park of Canada on Maligne Lake and stepped onto spirit island on the last full day of our vacation (picture above). It’s been a long time since I was back around Jasper, AB. The first for Blake and the first in the mountains for my daughter Tess.   One third of Americans have not taken a holiday in two years! We all have been locked in through Covid and many people have told me “they feel limited by where they can go with the amount of delays and cancellations (up to 20% of flights are delayed on average 48 minutes in 2022).   We’ve taken two driving holidays in the last two months, one in the north fork of NY (2.5 hours away) and the latter on the back end of a flight home to see Mom, and in the mountains (Banff and Jasper 4-5 hours drive).   I have also had a good stretch not taking a vacation. The thinking being, if you can’t go anywhere …

Children are listening…are you?

I was listening to my meditation last weekend when my daughter asked, “can we listen to one of mine.” We started six months ago listening to some children’’s meditations on the Calm app, including Poppy the Troll, Thomas the Train and others. They are four minutes long. The one she loves the most is “Gratitude Scrapbook.” We listen for a couple minutes and then she will tell me to pause it so she can share what she is grateful for, and then I do the same. Tess’s are simple: I am grateful when Daddy plays with me I am grateful for my friend William I am grateful for mommy reading me books I am grateful for ice-cream (aren’t we all) It’s a reminder of what it’s all for. Connection, friendship, love, learning and snacks. Children have a lot to teach us, if we are listening. Have a great weekend. Colin

This is a story that is just beginning 

50 percent of people are re-examining there lives    40 percent of people are experiencing some sort of mental health impact from the Pandemic    Employees satisfied with their work life balance attend 25% few meetings    We are on a long journey that is just beginning.    How can we all help one another?   Listen Be curious a little bit longer when people are sharing with you    Learn Be willing to relearn how to live in this environment  Ask more questions  Be more selfish with your well-being    Live  Focus on what is best for you and your family  Find the best way to recover  Answer: what is something that would bring me joy today?   Be well

Honey Makes Me Wiggle

I was making a lunch snack for my daughter this morning and I asked her the typical question. Would you like almond butter and honey or almond butter and jam? She shook her head and came over and pointed at the honey. Almond butter and honey I said.  She shook her head no, “just honey.” Why, I said? “I don’t like Almond Butter.” But you have always liked Almond Butter I said. “I just want honey. Honey makes me wiggle.” Fair enough! As I am learning, things change often with kids. What was true one week is not true the next. What worked yesterday, may not work tomorrow. Accepting that as true with my daughter makes life easier.  I am focused on staying a little curious a little longer and treating each day with a beginner’s mind.   Defeating Average.   Colin

Chosen Family

We were at a NYC afternoon get together for friends that support the arts and formed a non profit during the pandemic. It was my wife’s group and I was tagging along to keep our 3 year old Tess amused.  It was a beautiful brownstone with a big wall of books all the way along one side and brick on the other.  My goal was to keep Tess from disturbing the adults and make sure my wife could have a good time. I’m on the introverted side by nature and pull myself across to the extrovert side for work and get-togethers. It takes (and uses up my energy) to build small talk with groups of people.  After a number of puzzle games and Tess and I grazing on snacks, I picked her up and brought her into some conversations. She’s a natural connector! I found myself getting re-acquainted with small talk and finding out how people spend their work weeks and what brought them together as a group. Good people, wanting to give back to …