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How to Use All that Wisdom

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When we are running a low buzz, most of the wisdom and advice we hear sounds like misguided, wishful thinking,  at best,  or deceptive cruelty at worst.

When we take the time to raise our buzz, what had been dark and ponderous becomes happily obvious and practical.

This does not mean that every bon mot, aphorism, or blog post we see is necessarily right for us or our organizations. You see, raising our buzz–feeling good before acting–also works to clarify which wisdom makes most sense for us.

Try it for yourself.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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What to Do About Low-Buzz Organizations

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Some organizations buzz at such a low level that we can feel it as soon as we walk into their offices, shops, or buildings. We don’t have to witness the poorer performance, lower morale, or more questionable results; they seem to be somehow in the air.

Happily, it only takes one of us to turn around an organization like this. With or without title, we can choose to be the one who remains present, focusing on not so much on what is wrong but on everyone’s potential for success. If we do this consistently, others will catch on and a higher buzz will spread.

Might as well be you to start us off.

In your corner,

Mike

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Serendipity

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When you raise your buzz, new tools and solutions–ones you couldn’t see or wouldn’t appreciate at a lower buzz–become available. One of those tools is serendipity.

At a lower buzz, we worry about how things will happen. Raising our buzz, we notice more and more happy, beneficial, chance meetings, events, and coincidences.

We go from wrinkled-brow-trying to make good things happen to bemused-smile-letting good things happen.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Lest you think it’s all magic and moonbeams, we do have work to do. We are accountable for committing to our desired goals and raising our buzz. If you’ve tried, you know these are no small feats.

 
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When Tempted To Bemoan The State of Affairs

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An astute reader pointed out, “Sometimes we have to raise our own buzz in order to be able to raise other people’s buzz.”

So true.

The next time you are tempted to bemoan the state of the team, organization, nation, or world, try first to raise a little buzz for yourself.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Early Warning Sign

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You know, I do tend to go on about feeling good. Yet there is value in a bad feeling or in thoughts that feel bad to think.

We feel bad when we are focused on something counter to our goals. We notice that if we stay focused on the bad-feeling thought, we lower our buzz and set up the conditions for results we don’t want. Bad feelings, then, are early warning signs. They are telling us we are headed where we’d rather not go.

Let’s get good at recognizing the gift of bad feeling thoughts. Once we notice the warning, we can heed it. We can raise our buzz and head toward what we want.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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No Need to Keep Up

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Many of us subtly push away success. We fear it. We think, “Sure, I want to be more successful. But I am already so busy and bothered. In order to be more successful, I’d have to do more of this and more of that. I’d have to give up lots of this other thing, too. How could I possibly do everything required?”

Our fears are unfounded. More success comes easily when you understand the source of success. It ain’t hard work, sacrifice, or becoming someone you’re not. (Though conscious choices and trade-offs can be part of it.) You need not try to keep up. The amount of effort required to succeed drops as you use the levers of plugging in, raising your buzz, and focusing (also here).

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Every Day, Please

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Meditate, pray, read. Go for a walk, have a cup of tea, do yoga, get a hug.

Give a hug, watch your child sleeping, stretch, skip, scratch behind your cat’s ears.

Listen.

Sink that putt, pot that goal, cook a meal.

Do any other exercise, dream, write, paint, pet your dog, celebrate, appreciate, sing.

Do whatever works for you. Do it every day, please. For everything else to work, you need you and we need you to plug in, raise your buzz, and feel great.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Ours is a world of great adventure, success, and delight. If you’re not feeling it, try some of the above until you do.

 

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Tips for Raising Your Buzz

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Q: “How do you raise your buzz?”

A: We raise our buzz in any way that makes us feel good, really good.

We need not understand or even identify the bad-feeling thought. Just ask, “What thought would feel better than this?” Appreciating all that you already are and have is another good method. And so are all of these: the flip, the ladder, telling yourself a different lie, the keep-or-toss, and this is me.

Q: Can you raise your buzz with multiple problems at once?”

A: Yes, we can work on multiple problems at once. Raising your buzz will improve the light all around and should even help you decide what you’ll solve first.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Raise a Little Buzz

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When a problem persists even if you seem to have tried everything, the temptation is to blame others, self, the world. It is far more productive to frame the problem in terms of buzz. Einstein said it well:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

The solutions you seek simply are not available at the level you buzz at when you focus on the problem. Raise your buzz (by focusing on thoughts that feel better) and the solutions will appear. They will come with such ease that you’ll wonder what all that struggle was for.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: It sounds  crazy, I know. But, c’mon. It can’t hurt and will very likely help.

 

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Buzz

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We can plot every thought, feeling, emotion, and moment on a “buzz scale” that might go from from “dark and crappy” to “unbridled delight.” We can also plot our overall buzz as the place where we usually sit on that scale. Our buzz levels correlate to our world- and self views.

The higher our buzz, the better we feel and the easier things get done.

To raise our overall buzz, we need only build the habit of noticing and raising our moment-to-moment buzz. We simply pause and ask ourselves, “What thought would feel better?”

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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