“We are in an age of unprecedented change, it’s a ‘revolutionary’ time to be alive! The question we need to be asking ourselves is - ‘Am I leading that change?’ I believe we all have a choice to step up into personal, professional and social leadership. We have a choice to become agents for change, amplifiers, thought leaders to upgrade our thinking and lead our very own revolutions.”

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Thursday
Feb032011

Now and Next

Managing your focus is key to moving forward during difficult times. I define a difficult time as any time you have to make courageous decisions or move away from what is comfortable. Timeline is the big distraction here.

You may have had things happen in the past that erode your certainty and confidence. You need to explore how you have defined those past events and maybe consider reframing the meaning you attached to them. With a new meaning around what has happened to you, you can get free of the heavy weight of historical belief anchors.

Equally, you may be spending time worrying about the consequences of your decisions in the future. What will people think? What will people say? What if it changes everything I value about how my life is now? These questions are all a form of wasted energy, worrying about what might be is paralysing and prevents positive change. (Note: scenario planning is not worrying about the future, but rather rationally planning for possible futures and not what I am referring to in this post.)


Your focus needs to be on staying present to what is happening around you now, while taking positive next steps. When swamped by an uncertain future or simply overwhelmed by the enormity of the task ahead of you, focus on now and take a small next step. Now and Next will help you move mountains.

M@
Matt Church

Tuesday
Dec152009

On Laziness

My dad is an engineer. Engineers define themselves as lazy in that they are all about leverage...they don't see the point in doing something twice. Build a bridge well and it never needs to be rebuilt is the goal.

A friend of mine Grant Lewers, a successful entrepreneur, says 'no' more often than yes. His favourite saying is, ‘STINKS OF EFFORT'...that's how he comes up with innovative and creative solutions. He looks for ways to take the effort out of things.

From another angle, in ‘Eat Pray Love', author Elisabeth Gilbert discusses the Italian 'art of doing nothing'. My friends who are thought leaders on creativity would tell you this is the key to innovation.

I may just be enabling bad habits with this re-frame...but I can't help myself.

Maybe next time you find yourself avoiding work, you are simply exploring leverage opportunities.

On the other hand, you might be slack and need a kick in the pants!

I am off to do nothing and try not to try too hard.

M@

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