Start Anywhere Else

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Here’s the thing about trying to raise our buzz, trying to feel good so that we can perform better: it can be hard, damn hard, or well near impossible to do while focusing on what we’re feeling bad about.

Next time you want to feel better about a situation, start by feeling better about anything else. Use whatever is at hand. Notice one thing you appreciate, notice another thing, and keep going until you feel better. Then you can turn your attention back to the topic at hand.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Standard Stress Strategy Backfires

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When we fall a bit behind in our work, we deploy our standard strategy: working a bit harder. But when we are feeling overwhelmed, our standard strategy backfires. We try to work harder but, under stress, we are so much less effective. Which makes us feel more overwhelmed, stressed, behind which leads to even crappier work which leads to …

No amount of activity can ever get us out of overwhelm. But feeling good–raising our buzz–will.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Worthy Investment

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Which will deliver better results? An action taken while in fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret,  or guilt or the same action taken while in excitement, calm, release, allowing, happiness, love, connection, or peace?

Right.

It’s so worth the investment of time and focus to become the kind of person who more often than not acts from excitement, calm, et cetera.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Which is Better: Avoid or Enjoy?

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There is a vast difference between seeking positive and avoiding negative. It is very difficult to generate positive by avoiding negative. We all want and deserve positive. Avoiding negative just can’t cut it anymore.

At work and in life, set aside what you wish to avoid and tell me what you want to enjoy.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Try this shift as often as you notice you’re focused on the negative. Hint: negative feel bad.

PPS: What is positive and negative can shift. Use your feelings to discern.

 

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These Aren’t The Solutions We’re Looking For

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The solution that we crave will remain frustratingly hidden until we raise our buzz. When we raise our buzz, the solution comes into view. It will be so simple that we will wonder why we hadn’t seen it before.

And if we feel bad while considering, formulating, or enacting any solutions, these aren’t the solutions we’re looking for.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Greatest Source of Failure

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The greatest source of failure is not a lack of talent, capital, or ideas. And it’s not politics or the lack of opportunities. The source is the bad-feeling, low-buzz, and usually habitual thoughts we have about the world and ourselves in the world.

To succeed more, we need first to catch ourselves feeling bad. This is the key; most of us don’t do this very well. We don’t need to know the exact thoughts that feel bad. Just knowing that we are focused in the wrong direction will serve is very well. Then we are free to replace whatever are our bad-feeling thoughts with higher-buzz thoughts that feel better and point us toward success again.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Some Wind In Their Sails

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When people are down, they can’t be productive and they pull others down with them. Sometimes all they need is some wind in their sails. They need just to be told they are good, doing good work, and that everything is turning out just fine.

You are good. You are doing good work. And everything is turning out just fine.

Now, leader, pass it on.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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You as Superhero

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The start of anything worthwhile is a thought. Nothing happens until someone has a thought like, “Hey, this would be cool.”

When you direct your focus to something you want–something that feels good to imagine like a great business result, time with friends, a new possession, or a trip somewhere wonderful–you set in motion everything needed for that something to occur.

When you direct your focus to something you don’t want–this often looks like fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, or regret–you also set in motion everything needed for that unwanted something to occur.

Did you know you had this superpower?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Focusing on What’s Missing to Get What You Want?

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We can choose to focus on lack or on appreciation. Focusing on the lack of anything pretty much always prolongs whatever is lacking. Focusing on what we appreciate prevents us from focusing on what we lack and opens our perspective to opportunity, success, and happiness.

Most of us think we need to focus on what’s missing, on what’s wrong. But which of the above choices do you think gets us more what we want?

Whenever and wherever we sense lack, our best move is to turn our attention to something–anything will do–that we appreciate.  Repeat as long as you feel lack.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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