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Wake Up Eager Wednesday - Weekly  Mind, Body and Spirit Ideas and Tips

Wake Up Eager Wednesday is a weekly dose of the things I'm thinking about, doing and feeling - that are contributing to my Wake Up Eager Life and Work. Get quick Mind, Body and Spirit focus tips and ideas, here. (New in 2019!)

THIS WEEK:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Mind (Thinking/Systemic):

  • I'm updating my TriMetrixHD two day training program a where each workshop participant will be brand new to the TriMetrixHD Assessment.  I've had to get in touch with a 'beginner's mindset'  to make sure that I'm objective, fresh and clear. You see - I've interpreted more than 10,000 TriMetrix results, and while I'm always learning, I am considered an 'expert'. But, sometimes EXPERTISE CAN GET IN THE WAY OF BEING AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER, FACILITATOR, COACH AND LEADER. Shunryu Suzuki shared this in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”  I've been thinking about what's essential about TriMetrixHD, and how to succinctly share the power and 'why' of this tool.  I found questions that Dr. Hartman, who was the Founder of the Science of Axiology - one of the sciences in our assessment - shared with human resource executives he was coaching about their hiring focus, back in the 1960's. And, it's as true today as it was back then, “Are they going to be happy? Are they going to be productive? Will they want to stay? Will they own their job? Will they contribute their talent generously?”  THAT is the essence of what the assessment reveals.  Ah, yes, my focus on having a beginner's mind is helping me get back to the basics, and I know we'll have an awesome program because of that.

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Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

  • This week I have kicked my coffee habit to the curb with a new,  better habit: Pique Teas.  It's like no tea I've ever had! It tastes great and is high quality. There are no toxins, it has 12x the polyphenols (healthy stuff) of other teas (verified by 3rd party testing) and it comes in easy to use packets that are tea crystals.  Pique explains that the caffeine in green tea is released in smaller does over 4 - 6 hours and does not lead to the spikes and crashes coffee's caffeine causes most of us, and that coffee can become a fat inducing roller coaster (YIKES!) because it causes cortisol (the stress hormone) to rise quickly. Check out this short PDF eBook for all kinds of interesting tidbits about tea: Ode To Tea. Yes, I have finally kicked coffee to the curb, and I feel great!

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic):

  • "The Best Way To Get Approval is to Not Need It."   I have Gaping Void's Art of this quote framed and hanging in my office so that I see it every time I walk in.  It reminds me to align with my knowing, of my intrinsic worth and value, before I take any action. It reminds me to believe in myself and to step back and realign, ANY TIME I start to whine or feel needy.

Keep scrolling for past Weekly Tips and Ideas...


 Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Mind (Thinking/Systemic):

  • While creating a DON'T list of the things I choose to NOT do any more, I found this Peter Drucker quote, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”  It's not been easy to make a 'don't do' list.  This question, from the Essentialism Book has helped, "Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time right now?"  The "don't list" could be applied to personal things, work projects, processes and basically anything you, your team and/or organization are doing automatically or unconsciously that is no longer serving you or the business. I'm asking this about everything, "Is this  essential?  Should I (we) still be doing this?"

Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

  • This week is my quarterly week-long fast. It's probably the 10th time I've fasted.  I see it as a time to reset, realign and to give my body a rest.  I actually look forward to it. The change in my eating routine helps ensure that past habits, like too much coffee, wine or processed foods, do not creep back in my daily life. And, there are so many benefits to fasting. (Here are ten.) Before I had my first fasting experience, I didn't think I could do it.  Listening on Audible to The Complete Guide to Fasting and using the guidelines and supplements my Wellness Coach provides, helps. It's surprisingly doable. I'm now a fan of fasting. Crazy how you can adjust, learn and benefit in so many ways by just being willing to try something new...  

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic):

  • We just returned from Vail, Colorado and like every other trip my husband and I take, as we were flying home we recapped everything we did that was fun, enjoyable and satisfying. It's a way we savor and appreciate all that went well.  I like to do this at the end of most days, too - recalling my ten favorite things about the day. It's interesting how quickly I can 'forget' all of the things that go my way, every day.  There's a scientific reason to consider taking time to appreciate, and that is that our brains have a strong bias towards negativity, which psychologists appropriately call the negativity bias. Positive thinking is a skill that can (and needs to) be cultivated.  I like knowing about the science, but mostly though, I just like recalling what went well because it just feels good!  

 Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mind (Thinking/Systemic):

  • I'm thinking about how a RELAXED FOCUS makes me more effective. We're in Vail, Colorado and my best ski runs are when I am focused AND relaxed.  If I become uptight or worried,  thinking things like: "...there's too many people around me"  "...ooh, this is steep" "...I'm going too fast"  I'm more likely to stumble. My form suffers.  On the flip side, if I take a lackadaisical approach or look too far ahead of where I am, "Oh, the mountains are so pretty..."  "Wonder what we'll do for lunch..."  "How long in this run?" once again, my ski run is a bit sloppy. My best runs - where I'm sure-footed, competent and 'on my game' - are when I find the SWEET SPOT between focusing and relaxing. This also applies to being 'on your  game' at work. It requires:
  1. Preparation: Mentally and physically preparing for the activity in advance.
  2. Skill: Building confidence by growing your skills.
  3. Awareness: Paying attention to the balance between being focused AND relaxed, and making adjustments to both, in the moment.  (Managing Your Mind podcast episode for more tips.)

Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

  • I tend to wake up a lot when traveling in different time zones.  I use Sleep Mode, a Bulletproof Product, to help me wind down and keep to my normal sleep pattern so I'm not tired or groggy.  Here's what's in it:  Clinically-backed, optimal dose of bioidentical melatonin; L-Ornithine, an adaptogenic amino acid that acts on cortisol, your stress hormone; Brain Octane® oil as efficient fuel for cellular recovery during sleep.

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic):

  • I don't have children and I almost never watch 'kids' movies, but a one of my mentors shared that she enjoyed the Christopher Robin movie. I watched it on the plane ride to Vail. It's sweet and touching.  Pooh is a great example of being present, non-judgmental and kind, and is quite the philosopher!  One of my favorite Pooh quotes: "I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I've been." 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Mind (Thinking/Systemic):

  • Since applying the principles of Essentialism (as outlined in our January 2019 newsletter) to my work and life are top of mind, I'm pondering these questions:  1) What is something that's very important to (you) that you are UNDER-invested in right now?   2) Why is this area so important to (you)?   3) What amount of daily time would (you) need to invest in this to be able to say, I'm not under investing anymore?  4) What fears, people or activities are keeping you from doing this?  5) What is something that is good but non-essential that (you) are OVER-investing in currently?  6)  What trade offs or changes are (you) willing to make and what kind of systems can you put in place to make the shift toward investing more in what you shared in question 1, effortlessAn Option: Replace the word (you) with (your company) or (your team) or (your job).

Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic): 

  • The lyrics in the song - My Life song by songwriter Pam Rose is inspiring me today.  It's a heartfelt call to use all of your talents, love and life so that you can say at the end, "I lived my life, I did something good with it." There's nothing sadder to me than wasted talent and regret...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019:
Mind (Thinking/Systemic):

  • I started using the online free goal setting commitment contract platform sticKK last June when I decided to meditate every day for a minimum of 15 minutes.  It's a great system created by behavioral economists at Yale University specifically structured to help people leverage the power of incentives and accountability and is empirically proven to increase your chance of success by up to 3x!  Here's how it works: Once you have a goal in mind, you have the option to select an anti-charity that you will donate to if you don't meet your goal.  You can also ask people to serve as a "referee" for you. Every Wednesday, for the past six months, an email asks me to "report in".  Even though I fell off my goal in November and December, those darn notices KEPT COMING, reminding me that my goal was important.  I am now, back on track.  A great system to help you execute on important goals.

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Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

  • I have a  home office and a six month old Tibetan Terrier puppy Oliver. (Watch a 30 second video of Oliver cuteness, here).  Oliver NEEDS long daily walks before he will "let" me sit down to work!  I love walking and him, but it's been a challenge to do that AND workout AND do my work!   To increase efficiency and reduce the time pressure - I've been taking him and Walter (our two-year old shi-poo) on long walks using a Weighted Walk Vest  while listening to favorite work-related podcasts or books (Audible).  They sniff, stroll and bark at everything, while I learn and track my steps for the day using the app Pacer.   (Where there's a will, there's a way!)

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic): 

  •  The Listener, a painting signed by James C. Christensen that I recently purchased and hung in my office is inspiring me.  The image is staying with me and reminding me to listen, connect and tune in first, before taking action.  This quote goes with the painting as a wonderful reminder of how and who I want to be, "There are two types of people - those who wait to talk and those who listen." -Anon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Mind (Thinking/Systemic): 

  • I listened to this podcast byTim Ferriss with Author Greg McKeown about the concepts in his book: Essentialism and the Disciplined Pursuit of Less  I then read the book AND listened to it on Audible.  I've written pages and pages of notes and will listen to it again. It's helping me think more clearly about what I say yes and no to in my life.  My goal for 2019 is to become more of an Essentialist!

    An Essentialist is someone who: Focuses on the relentless pursuit of Less But Better.  It is learning to say no to everything but the Essential, so that I can say yes to the things that really matter to me.  It is making sure that
    I don't major in minor activities, so that I can do great work.  Two questions I'm asking myself a lot these days: If I could be truly excellent at only one thing – what would it be?  Is THIS the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?
  • A quote I am pondering. This quote fits with being an Essentialist and my focus on making more deliberate choices around how I choose to spend my time. Younger Seneca was wise!   “No person would give up even an inch of their estate, and the slightest dispute with a neighbor can mean hell to pay; yet we easily let others encroach on our lives—worse, we often pave the way for those who will take it over. No person hands out their money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We’re tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.”  — Seneca the Younger

Body (Doing/Extrinsic): 

  • I love using the Peloton Spin bike in our home gym.  I've been Spinning for years, but just got the actual Peloton system as a gift from my husband for my birthday.  It's a tough HIIT workout, that's fun, motivating and versatile.  I highly recommend this tool for easy access, highly effective AND quick fitness!  (My Peloton 'handle' is: wakeupeager1 - if you're using Peloton too, say hello there, and maybe we can race each other!)

Spirit (Being/Intrinsic):  

  • I am back to spending at least 15 - 30 minutes every day 'being' quiet. (I got off track in November and December, and I could feel the difference in my stress!)   Sometimes I write lists of appreciation, meditate or just turn off all noise (phone, social media, music, t.v. etc.) and breathe.   It's amazing how simple it is, the difference it makes in how I feel and how hard it can be sometimes to actually slow down to do it!  I'm recommitting to this practice, once again...

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