Taking time to evaluate all areas of your life is important. This is how you find balance. I've heard people talk about balance when it comes to work and home, but it really is more than that. Sometimes we are out of balance because we have lost our spiritual connection. Or we've neglected an important relationship. Or we've ignored the warning signs of poor health.
We often know in the back of our minds that something isn't quite right. But until it really blows up, we often ignore it. I know, I've been there.
This is your life. You only get one. Live it fully.
Accountability is the #1 reason people use a coach to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak at ILTACON 2016.
If you missed the sessions, you can listen to the recordings by clicking on the links below. Enjoy!
Did you know that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the #1 predictor
of professional success and personal excellence?
My interest in EQ started after reading a review of the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 in the Fall of 2014. So I bought the book and read it right around Thanksgiving of that year.
In the back of the book was a code that would allow me to take the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal and get the scores and feedback I could use to improve my EQ. But I didn’t take the test. Just from the reading, I knew I needed to make some changes. And the thought of taking the test and getting a score that would show me where I needed to improve – just wasn’t something I was willing to do.
It’s been a week since I left ILTACON and came back to the reality that is my life. I am grateful that I attended the conference and was honored that I got to speak.
At both of my sessions, I challenged the participants this: Pick one thing you want to do because of attending the conference and take action.
With so many great sessions to attend, vendors to speak with, new products and services to discover, and peers to learn from and commiserate with – what did you come away with? What will you do next? What is your next action?
Here are ideas:
When I first started writing this article – I was seriously thinking about asking my LinkedIn connections to endorse me for sleep. And then I thought – wouldn’t they have to have first-hand experience of how I sleep to do that? Now that would be just too creepy.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with staying focused.
I have that restless, scattered, can’t-shut-off-my-thoughts feeling that is keeping me from focusing for long periods of time.
Buddhists refer to this constant chatter of the mind as “monkey mind.”
It’s been said that the Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly…all clamoring for attention.
After a week of scattered thoughts, restless nights, and overall lack of progress, I decided it was time to tame the monkeys. They were seriously interfering with my work!
Start with mindfulness. What is my mind trying to tell me? What am I worried about? What are my current fears? Acknowledge what is going on. Become more aware.
Life changes so rapidly that if you don’t take charge of where you are going, you risk stumbling from one life stage to another with little to show for it.
If you don’t take the time to reflect on what really matters to you, you run the risk of living someone else’s dream.
Asking yourself searching questions about the most important areas of your life and then answering them (honestly) can pay healthy and lasting dividends.