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The Secret? Focus On One Thing.

The Secret? Focus On One Thing. | Unplug | Scoop.it
How should you start off 2014? Focus on one thing.
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We feel overwhelmed.  We are inundated with information. Because of the daily flow of data, ideas and knowledge, it’s easy to pile everything onto our To Do list.

 

No one can do everything perfectly every day, "This kind of approach to life has us focused on failing instead of succeeding. We are focused outward instead of inward".

 

The remedy might feel counterintuitive: Focus on one thing and do it well.  Choose the one thing that you know if you did it, it would make you proud.

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The Negativity Epidemic

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Unfortunately, negativity can become an insidious habit within organisations. If such behaviour falls short of misconduct or appears to have an effect
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Negativity is becoming an epidemic in organizations, preventing them from achieving excellence and exceeding goals. 

 

If you want to tackle negativity in your firm or life, here are some tips from The e.Mile:

 

  • Pay attention to negativity with a view of moving towards positivity
  • Try not to take complaints personally
  • Reacting to negativity with negativity perpetuates negativity
  • Teach people to communicate in empowering ways
  • Challenge the negative views of your complainers
  • Reward positive behavior
  • Celebrate success regularly
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 13, 12:53 PM
Once embedded, negativity is hard to extricate. I found the best thing for me was to leave. Being in a healthy place is important to positivity.
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Busy-ness is Laziness

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Tune in this Thursday at 10 am MST/12 pm EST for a conversation with +Waylon Lewis about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our daily lives and how these tools can improve our business and personal relationships and success.
Susan Taylor's insight:

If you want to improve your business, personal relationships and all around success, you need to do what many consider to be the "soft" stuff -- meditation and mindfulness.  But "soft" is the new "hard".  Living a life of busy-ness is nothing more than procrastination.  In fact, it's downright lazy.

 

Waylon Lewis calls himself a "Dharma Brat" and shares with us his views about integrating mindfulness and meditation into our hectic daily lives and the benefits we can gain from doing so.

 

So if you're "running around, clicking lots of buttons online", hit the pause button and watch this 8-mintue video where Lewis leads a practical (and fun) meditation which will help you to limit distractions and come back to the present moment.

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Resilience Revealed... Working With Adversity & Acceptance

Resilience Revealed... Working With Adversity & Acceptance | Unplug | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo they bend but rarely break. How resilient...
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What distinguishes the resilient from the not-so-resilient? According to some research, a paradoxical intertwining of somewhat opposing world views makes for a more resilient individual. You can take a realistic and yet optimistic, empowered approach to life and find yourself springing back more quickly from life's tougher challenges.

A few points...

1. destiny perspective

2. battle perspective

3. adversity impact

all make up the story of resilient living. You'll appreciate this article whether you feel you're resilient or not. For one thing, it points out an encouraging pathway for developing resilience.

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7 Tips For Battling And Even Embracing Procrastination

7 Tips For Battling And Even Embracing Procrastination | Unplug | Scoop.it
It doesn't have to hurt so much. In fact some procrastinating can lead to productivity.
craig daniels's insight:

I'm a big fan of embracing procrastination as a way to move beyond it. Allison Graham has penned an encouraging and thoughtful  post.


With all the constant buzz of technology creating opportunities for procrastination sometimes it seems impossible to just unplug to get something done.


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Are you Unbalanced?

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"The advice he gave me was to go home and take a nap each day until the day of the presentation. I remember thinking “that’s it, a nap” – that’s the best you got? That’s bizarre!"


craig daniels's insight:

Balance is indeed the key to life. Too much work can indeed make Jackie's life dull but also too much play can as well. Approaching both work and play with intention and attention will help us succeed at both.

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That's Not Meaningful Insight; It's Cheerleading

That's Not Meaningful Insight; It's Cheerleading | Unplug | Scoop.it
  I believe we can learn more about what it takes to succeed from the closing assertion of Beckett’s The Unnamable than any other motivational b
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The visions you are given about success are misleading.

 

This blogger shares the view that it is healthier to make meaning from what you already have and realistically understand how you feel in the face of obstacles. 

 

The insight about the need for persistence during times of despair offers no illusions. Positive thinking can deceive because it falsely and temporarily inspires. 

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No Single Formula Defines the Path to Personal Success

No Single Formula Defines the Path to Personal Success | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Each of us has different strengths and weaknesses inherent to us.  In this connection, how then can we feel successful in our lives?

 

  • Understand what is important to you.  What is your definition of success?
  • Recognize your weaknesses without hiding behind them. 
  • Understand that other people's value systems are no less important than our own.
  • Strive for personality balance
  • Open the door
  • Realze that there is no single formula that defines the path to personal success
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Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness

Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Consciously creating anything can be summed up in just three words.  Feel Good Now.  That's the premise of Tharyn Taylor who writes that mindfulness, meditation and happiness are the "essential keys to conscious creation" in your business (or in any part of your life, for that matter).

 

How to achieve conscious business creation?  Mr. Taylor shares three simple steps:

 

(1)  Keep it simple.  Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. Meditation is the practice by which you strengthen concentration and is directly linked to an increased sense of mindfulness. Feeling good has a direct link to creating better future experiences.

(2) The formula.  Meditation + Mindfulness + Feel Good Now.  Know it.  Do it.  It's not easy -- especially continuing a habit of feeling good in each present moment.  But if you continue to practice, it's "worth every once of effort".

(3) Leverage every advantage.  A wise business person leverages every known advantage in their business in order to grow.  This includes believing (and practicing) that mindfulness, meditation, and feeling good are fundamental keys to your success.

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Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness

Finally Getting Its Share of Attention, Mindfulness | Unplug | Scoop.it
A term for mental training reaches the height of trendiness, and like yoga before it, may be leaving its mark.


"Nike, General Mills, Target and Aetna encourage employees to sit and do nothing, and with classes that show them how"


“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

craig daniels's insight:

Promising substance but  slow to catch on mindfulness is finally gaining the attention so many think it deserves.


Writing in the NYT, David Hochman lays out a compeling overview of how the practice of mindfulness is becoming the norm in many of today's most powerful small and large businesses alike.


Unplugging and paying attention is hot and thousands of business execs already have taken classes in mindfulness.

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The idea of "coming into presence" - being present in the physical environment instead of in our "web" selves
Various companies are incorporating mindfulness training to their culture
Be conscious of what has to be done and what one is actually doing
The article gives a good overview of the idea of mindfulness, its importance and the way it is being implemented to improve productivity and well-being among employees in various companies. The author cites various experts in different fields supporting the authority of the article. 

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25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy & Successful

25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy & Successful | Unplug | Scoop.it
Who among us doesn't want to be a happy, healthy and successful human being? Still, it can be easy to lose your way, which is why I've compiled a list of habits you can use to help reach your goals.
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Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein:

Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein: | Unplug | Scoop.it
Gabrielle Bernstein I recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.


"Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately."

craig daniels's insight:

In this interview Gabrielle Bernstein points to 3 important things you need to do for success. 1. Love what you do. 2. Be authentic. 3. Don't be afraid to ask for more. These are all really good touchstones to remind ourselves just what path we are on.


It's easy to let the  distractions created by media and technology move us from our path and take the air out of our dreams. I'm reminded how easy it is to get caught up in the virtual world to the detriment of relationships and interactions with people in the physical world.


I'd add one more item to her list, 4. Unplug frequently and look around at your life. Practicing mindfulness will help you to soar on whatever path you have chosen.


Check out iUnplug.com for more about unplugging.

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