Enemies of Growth: Leveraging Laziness

Laziness

 

No one wants to believe they’re guilty of being lazy. But the trap of laziness and stagnation is one that is very easy to fall into. You will never be able to see growth in your life if you aren’t willing to work hard to pursue it. Your growth journey should be active and moving.

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Easier said than done sometimes, right?

It’s not enough for me to tell you to stop being lazy. I wish it were as simple as turning off the lazy switch in your brain so that you can grow and be more productive each day… sadly, it doesn’t work like that. (more…)

Enemies of Growth: Analyzing Past Success

Past Success

 

A couple weeks ago, we talked about complacency. I said there were two types of complacency: One that stems from success and one that stems from a lack of success.

You might have wondered, “How could success make me complacent?”

I’ve heard it said that the greatest enemy to your future success is your past success. The thing you’ve accomplished are important, and you should be proud of what you’ve done. But you can’t allow those accomplishments to eliminate your desire for change, development, and innovation. (In comes complacency!)

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Enemies of Growth: Handling Distractions

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Although you can’t control the things in life that come up and pull your attention, you can control your response to those things. Your ability to refocus and handle the unexpected will be incredibly important to your success. When you allow distractions to rule your emotions, you lose any ability to maintain control over your decisions.

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Distraction is an enemy of growth; here’s the data to prove it, and how to practically handle life’s distractions.

Andy Puddicombe, speaker and Headspace founder, said in his TedTalk that our minds are lost in thoughts over 47% of the time.

Isn’t that crazy?

Almost 50% of the time, we’re thinking about something other than what we’re supposed to be thinking about.

And it’s a wonder how any of us get anything done!

 

Here are three steps to help rid yourself of the distractions that are keeping you from growth:

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Unconventional Ways to Fix Your Focus

Focus

 

A Harvard study found that people spend almost half of their day with a wandering mind; that means focusing on something other than what they’re currently supposed to be doing.

Distractions are detrimental to your productivity, and make it easier to feel overwhelmed by the tasks sitting in front of you. But if you suffer from a lack of focus, don’t lose hope!

I’ve written blog posts about distractions before with practical ways to rid yourself of them, most of which involve putting down your cell phone.  According to the article, The 6-Step Process to Train Your Brain to Focus, there are a few other ways to stay focused — some you may not have thought about before: (more…)

The Re-Engagement Process: How to Recover Productivity

re-engagement

 

It’s flu season, which means it’s not uncommon to have people missing work due to unforeseen sickness. This month, my content manager McKenzie missed work for three days for that exact reason.

From a boss’ perspective, it can be very frustrating. Unlike vacation days, which are set farther in advance and are readily prepared for, sickness usually comes unexpectedly and can set off an entire team, even an organization!

We’re a small team here, so when someone is out, we feel it. McKenzie has a huge role in our organization, so her absence wasn’t easy.

And while the boss feels frustrated, the employee feels guilty for leaving their boss hanging. They can’t help that they’re sick — something that’s understood on both sides — but it doesn’t make the situation any less inconvenient.

So, how do you re-engage after being out of work for several days? And if you’re the boss, how do you create a space for positive re-engagement on your team?

Your reaction to the unexpected will be dependent on your willingness to (strategically) roll with the punches.

Here are some things we discovered will help alleviate re-engagement stress: (more…)

3 Ways to Get More Done: Avoiding Distractions

distractions

 

Sometimes it feels like our days are ruling us, not the other way around. We have this huge to-do list and just “not enough hours in the day” to comfortably leave work at the office and go home for the day.

But what if I told you there was a way to get more done during the day … in the same amount of time you’re working with now.

It doesn’t require huge life changes or a large commitment. It’s simply creating three new, small habits during your work day. All of which revolve around getting rid of distractions.

Three ways to get more done during the day: (more…)

Daily Habits, Meet Amazon Echo: 4 Ways Alexa Can Help with Productivity

Alexa

 

You might have heard a lot about Amazon’s newest technology, the Amazon Echo — or as some fondly call her, Alexa.

Maybe you’re wondering what the fuss is all about, or have already decided it’s not for you. Maybe you have one at home too… in which case, I’d love to hear how you use it throughout the day, as well!

One of the main reasons I love the Amazon Echo is because of how functional it is, and how seamlessly it works into my everyday habits.

Here are just some of the ways Alexa can help you with your productivity: (more…)

Wrestling with Rejection: Understanding Personal Value

rejection

 

When I was a young man living in North Carolina, I wasn’t exactly the kind of guy you wanted your daughter to date. I had yet to meet Jesus and took the term heathen to a whole new level. In fact, the only reason I started attending the small Assemblies of God church in my home town was because I was interested in the pastor’s daughter. After attending the church for a few weeks, I decided to make my move. I bought her a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Foxy Lady” across the front. Looking back, I can see the lack of wisdom in that gift, but at the time it seemed perfect. As a pastor and a father of three beautiful daughters myself, I can only now understand what her father must have been thinking; needless to say, he was less than pleased. For reasons I could not understand at the time, my feelings were neither reciprocated by her nor appreciated by her father; she also gave back the t-shirt. The sting of rejection was very real. (more…)