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Did anybody see the Apple World Wide developer Conference live streamed last week (June 3rd 2109)?
Wow! The world is an exciting place!
Do you have your agile transformation strategy in place to remain competitive in the digitised 21st Century?
I have to admit, feel a sense of exasperation when I hear the words agile, digitisation and transformation.
In fact, it stems from my previous life in the IT industry where so often buzz words where used to secure budget for the latest tech investments, which were then implemented without a clear business goal being addressed. Investment for the sake of “modernity”, or competitiveness, or bragging rights – or just keeping up. In reality, these investments failed to deliver the promised ROI because they neglected to define the result in business terms, and failed to provide the “users” with a framework for success.
And I feel that we (collectively in our 21st century society) are in danger of falling into the same trap in many areas of our lives, feeling a need to “buy” or “buy-in” to the latest trends. Gadgets, Buzz Words, must have “stuff”.
Don’t misunderstand me – Technology advance is, for the most part, good! It’s our infectious “must have” attitude that that I am riling against. And that is not in an anti-consumerism anti-capitalist sense, but with a view to each person. We are all individuals, so I ask how it can be that we all need a bigger phone or higher resolution screen or being instantly available on our watch? Is it the modern age equivalent of driving a big car? Oh yes, people still go for big cars too.
What are we missing or needing that makes us think that the newest bling thing is the answer?
Maslow taught us about the hierarchy of needs: basic, psychological and self-actualisation. My hypothesis is that many are striving for self-actualisation and attaching progress to the next shiny object, but we are not taking care of our psychological needs. And here’s where I actually come back to the title of this piece. Fulfilment of our social and self esteem needs are what we require core skills for. The bells and whistles of the latest technology or shiny thing are commodities available to everyone with a credit card (or Apple Pay™), but although it may seem they are helping you, you can get much more out of yourself than you might be giving yourself credit for. You as a person are far more advanced than anything else – think I, instead of iPhone.
Did you know that most people do not fulfil more than 50% of their potential? (John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance). And you can only maximise your fulfilment of potential by removing what is holding you back. And making sure you have everything you need.
So, to fulfil our needs we first need self-awareness, to understand what our needs are! How self-aware are you? If you’ve never even asked yourself that question, then perhaps that’s a good place to start! Even if you have, I can guarantee you have blind spots, that may or may not be worth taking a mirror to.
My list of core skills to fulfil our social needs requires then self-awareness (what are my needs), listening (what do others say they need), understanding or empathy (what do they really need) and communication (connecting and giving).
Then I need a strategy and plan to ensure I am in the right environment and with the right people to get them fulfilled.
That sounds oversimplified and superficial. But ask yourself, when you are listening and connecting with others – how well do you do? When you are looking to achieve new levels of performance, or creativity, or fun – what unmet needs, or undeveloped core skills, might be holding you back?
I’m interested in your thoughts and welcome comments! I’d love to hear how you feel about your core skills.
If you’re already to take the next step, get yourself a professional coach, attend one of our seminars which will give you some excellent undertsanding and tools, or schedule a call for a free assessment for further insight!
More than 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail before the end of January – will yours?
To make your resolution stick, instead of setting uncontrollable and demotivating “lose weight” or “get fit” or “do more” goals, make a couple of small sustainable changes that will give you more energy, that you can use to achieve those type of goals.
To get off the resolution merry-go-round:
Be healthier than in 2016
Just a little bit better day by day.
Drink more water?
Choose one improvement per month and practise it daily. That’s right practise. Put it in your appointment calendar, send yourself a reminder so you don’t forget. If you don’t manage it today, try it again tomorrow.
Make the effort every day you can, and it will become a habit.
Fix ONE thing that isn’t working as well as you’d like
How would your life be if this one thing wasn’t a problem?
How can you fix it in January?
What’s the first step you need to take?
Stopping something that is a burden can be more of a release than any other step. Take away some of the pain.
Do more of whatever gave you the greatest thrill in 2016
Get a regular fix of endorphins, adrenalin, seratonin and your stress levels will thank you, as will your motivation for everything else. Your colleagues may wonder what’s hitting them on Monday mornings.
Go after one dream that you think is unrealistic
If it wasn’t just a dream, what’s the first thing you would have to do to make it happen?
Do it… the first step is always the hardest.
Make 2017 a high energy year.
Start doing the 4 things above in January and you’ll find yourself living at a different level.
There is growing scientific evidence that physical fitness is good for you in ways beyond the obvious benefits of being able to run for the bus. As in nearly every aspect of life, there is no one-size-fits-all and for each of the points below you will think of people who may seem to be obvious exceptions. However I would maintain, that for each of these exceptions, they would improve their overall performance if they improved their fitness.
That said, everyone has their own point of diminishing return and each of us must find our own balance so take this as food for thought…
1.Your physical fitness is your basis for your performance.
Most of us are all too aware of the negative impact on our morale, wellbeing or performance when we are physically ill, injured or otherwise suffering. Even unhealthy people will feel even less well, more unmotivated and incapable when they are not at their normal physical level. How can we not expect to feel and perform better when we are fitter and healthier? People will spend lots of money tuning their car engines so that their car performs better, but they seem unaware that they can tune their own performance too!
2. Take care of your assets.
Muscular contractions cause release of myokines that help the immune system and neurogenesis.
Whatever level you are at, your capabilities are your marketable assets. If you’re sick, burnt out, or otherwise lacking in energy you cannot perform at your best – suddenly, one day you’ll be worth less than you were, or less than the guy whose career was always a bit behind yours because he spent time working out. And when your working life is over, do you want a long and healthy retirement?
3. Sport is a learning environment.
It allows us to develop soft skills, techniques and practices that are useful in a business environment such as Goal setting, Planning, Team skills etc
Sport is unforgiving, in that you get the results of your efforts fairly immediately. That provides a good feedback system for improvement.
It allows us to grow self-awareness, practice “the inner game”, and deal with our own negative self-talk.
4. Increase your cognitive skills.
Good Cardiovascular fitness increases the blood and oxygen flow to the brain, thus increasing availability of “food for thought”
Exercise increases production of nerve growth factors that help neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity, possibly improving short and long term memory capacity.
Increasing chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain such as dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine, and serotonin that help modulate stress and improve cognition.
5. Grow your psychological resilience.
Regular muscular or physical stress raises the body’s ability to deal with cortisol, which in turn helps raise the threshold for coping with all stress.
6. Increase your capacity (for everything).
Faster, harder, longer, more…
If you want to drive up a steep hill, you need a big engine.
If you have a big engine, your cruising speed is higher and more comfortable.
Physical fitness enables power and endurance.
7. Be Happy.
Health and fitness feeds our feeling of well-being, increases positive stress and decreases negative stress. Exercising stimulates hormone release that supports this, helps regulate other control functions (appetite, sleep patterns etc), and have the by product of happiness (endorphins & anandamide).
8. Boost your self esteem.
Sport provides a fertile ground for growing success. Results come quickly and provide motivation for continued investment. Hitting your sporting and exercise goals is the easiest way to turn your self-perception positive. This overflows into every area of your life.
9. Generate a positive aura.
Achieve half of the above and you’ll be a role model.
10. Nobody is going to do it for you.
There’s a lot you can outsource, but not “being healthy”.
How does your employer support your fitness at work?
Thanks for reading!
To really fulfill your potential and sustain your performance over time, you need to be physically on form, mentally focused, emotionally engaged and spiritually aligned. Below are some of the areas I like to discuss with clients that feel they’re missing something.
How are you looking after your health?
I think it’s unreasonable to expect anybody else to take responsibilty for this. Even if you have a private physician, personal trainer and nutritionist at the end of the day you mkae the final decision on how much and what you eat, how much you move and how much you sleep.
From our mid 20’s we start our physical decline. More and more scientific evidence is being released to support how fitness and good nutrition can protect us against all aspects of age related decline and illness, both physical and mental. And that it is never too late to start!
How much (1-10) thought do you put into your personal health routine?
Who is looking after you?
Are you learning the right things?
Learning, especially new physical skills like a musical instrument or dancing, is recognised as one of the best ways of keeping your brain healthy into old age. You have already learned do the things you need to do what you have to do today.
What do you need to be able to do later in your career/life?
What do you learn for fun?
How well do you focus?
Some people can task switch better than others. This mental agility is a strength for those that can do it, but it’s not multitasking. To really perform at something you must focus, tune out distractions and “get in flow”.
How many activities are competing for your attention?
What is distracting you from fulfilling your potential?
How self-aware are you?
When we allow our emotions to take control, we see the world through coloured lenses, which may be rose tinted, or dark. Positive emotions help us see everything positively, and negative emotions colour our perception negatively.
How well (1-10) do you recognise and manage your emotions?
How do your emotions influence your focus?
How aware are you of your environment?
The people you surround yourself with influence you in many ways.
How well (1-10) do you connect with them and understand how they affect your mood?
What effect does where you are and who you are with have on what you choose to do?
What is your motivation?
Maximum fulfillment comes when we are working with our natural strengths and aligning with a purpose or mission that we percieve to be bigger than ourselves – a “higher purpose” – however you define it.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Which of your strengths are you actively using on a daily basis?
What would you want to do, if you didn’t do what you do?
Where is it taking you, what will you leave behind if you keep doing it – is that what you want?
If any of these questions stimulate your own thinking, then contact me for a free, no obligation, 30 minute discussion about how I can help you achieve more of your potential. Or sign up for the newsletter to get regular updates.