Ok, so there has been a hiatus in my writing. The mojo was gone, or the discipline or the motivation, I’m still not entirely sure. But I know that, as a result of my tactical retreat, there is a renewed impetus to get writing again and while its not flowing as it did before, I’m doing it regardless…. So bear with me.
I have a little mantra which I often whisper to myself ….
“Keep doing the little things” (Tweet this)
If I look after the little things, that momentum will help the universe conspire to sort out the BIG things. That’s the theorey and it works, the vast majority of the time. However, every now and again I can find myself doing all the little things, that I deem important to be successful, and still not see the big results as promptly as I feel I should. For all the “little things” done, the circumstances just seem to lag behind!!! It’s frustrating!
Continue reading How It’s Practical and Sweet to Beat a Tactical Retreat
This blog post is an appendix to the Resilience, How to Spin on in Spite of the Landscape blog post I published only two weeks ago and it comes from the “Physician heal thyself!” space.
I experienced a disappointment in my business in the intervening weeks between the posting of the Resilience piece and now. It was an opportunity that passed me by and it stung as it passed! Continue reading How to Increase your Resilience Recovery Rate
I like cycling. It gets me outside, it raises my heart rate and it provides solitude and headspace. Living in a beautiful part of a country with stunning countryside means that a short spin from the house gets me right out into the wilds.
Cycling provides a slower, more complete perspective of your surroundings. You see so much more from the saddle of a bike than you will from behind the wheel of a car. You see deer prancing across the road in front of you with awe inspiring grace or you match the pace of a fleeing deer not 10 feet from you until it can make good its escape, away from the road, at the end of the fence that corralled its dash for freedom. Seeing something as simple, yet humbling, as the shadow of a cloud rolling out over the wilderness before you gives a real sense of your own insignificance. You can feel so small. Feeling small, when you are big, can be a lovely change of perspective. Continue reading Resilience, How to Spin on in Spite of the Landscape
I said it in the last blog post and I’ll say it again;
“Habits are not broken. They are replaced.” (Tweet this)
If we’re doing it right, we replace bad habits with better ones. In this case procrastination is the bad habit resulting in stress, fear and some fairly serious consequences when it becomes chronic. Continue reading Procrastination. Now That Wasn’t So Hard Was It? – Getting Organised
So, you’ve given the first blog post in the series a little thought and come to the conclusion that, yes, you do procrastinate… even just a little.
What to do about it?
Well, I’d be tempted to jump right into the organization aspect and start talking about how you can better structure your approach to work. However, that would be putting the cart before the horse. There is something we all use everyday that can undermine any organizational efforts we make.
Our language. Continue reading Procrastination. Now That Wasn’t So Hard Was It? – Positive Language
Once upon a time long ago, in a house far away, stood a man baking bread, King of his demesne. He blended the ingredients methodically and kneaded the dough with care. He lovingly placed the loaf tins in the oven and spent the baking time, “Tidying around”! When, at last, the bread was baked and cooled, he carved two doorstep slices, smothered them thick with butter and sat down to devour them with a steaming cup of tea. Just then his beautiful Queen entered the kitchen, surveyed the scene and said:
“Really? You’re Baking??? Have you got your thesis finished yet? For God sake, Ronan, you only have a week to complete it”.
I was that man and yes the thesis got done. But I did go around the houses in the doing of it.
It’s called “procrastination” and we all do it to a greater or lesser extent. When it strikes, we usually find ourselves doing something that we perceive to be less stressful or less painful than the task we “Should” be doing. Continue reading Procrastination. Now That Wasn’t So Hard Was It?
Far from the empowering experience of being trusted, supported and developed to a level above that at which you are right now, I’ve found of late that peoples’ understanding of “Delegation” is something less than it should be.
Continue reading How to Empower Through Effective Delegation
Its May 6th everyone……Happy International No Diet Day…
Yes it is a real day and while, at first pass, you might think it’s a tongue in cheek, gimmicky kind of celebration, I stand behind it unceremoniously.
If you are a new startup or are considering embarking in that direction, here’s why I think you should care about International No Diet Day.
Continue reading Why Startups Should Care that its International No Diet Day
Ezekiel 25:17 – The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
Recently, and I don’t know why, I have found myself thinking a lot about the scene in Pulp Fiction when Jules is surmising to Ringo about the potential meanings of Ezekiel 25:17 from Jules’ newly adopted paradigm of having survived an attack with a “Goddamn Hand-Cannon!!”. Continue reading Illuminating the Path of the Righteous Man
Effective influencing skills do not come guaranteed with technical proficiency (Tweet this)
As you move higher through an organisation, the less important your technical skills become and the more critical your powers of persuasion and influence. Continue reading How to “Home Run” Your Important Presentations