There is a strategy that one should have when playing a game- if you want to win.
There is a strategy to having a leg up in the competition if you want to be ahead in the market.
There is even a strategy to meandering through LA traffic on a given day- what time do you leave, what lane should you be in, what route is best to take.
There is a strategy for just about all situations. We just need to put aside 10 minutes a day to think through possibilities. Each of us can come up with a strategy to make our lives easier just by carving out time each day to find a better, sounder way.
As I sat in a meeting recently I wondered that there has to be something missing. A loophole maybe. You always hear about companies trying to figure out what is missing and they need to figure out, so I began to wonder, ‘how can we fill in the loopholes in our own lives?’
I took a look at my every day events. While it was filled with meetings, emails and issues, there was still a loophole in being able to get things done. How was I going to complete everything I thought. Well, it was in rearranging my day. My loophole was in how I went about things. I found that I wasn’t making the most of my day to day. I started by carving out time to turn off email to get things done. Create client docs, do tasks that needed to get done, prepare for meetings, etc. then do emails and get through tickets as I needed. The biggest thing I was forgetting that was causing a major loophole for me was taking time for me. Once I was able to tie it altogether I was more connected and centered.
I tell you all this because being that it is a new year, reevaluate your daily grind. Look at where you may have a loophole as well.
You never know how it will impact your day to day.
How many remember that line from Gypsy? I may be dating myself but it seems that we always have to entertain people everyday.
We have to smile, put on our face, go out of our way to make others happy when in fact who goes out of their way to do the same for us?
I was told recently that I should smile more. Really? Smile more. I’m not a fake and phony smile kind of gal. I smile when I need to or want to and don’t do it on demand so to tell me I have to smile more is too demanding. It is making me perform something I am uncomfortable doing. In fact, it makes me feel as if I have a perma-smile on and can’t get it to go away. Like the Joker in Batman.
So if I want to entertain you with my smile let me be me. Let it come naturally and while I am being genuine.
Forcing someone to do something or be someone they are not isn’t entertaining at all. If you feel the need to see someone smile, make them laugh. Best entertainment ever.
Have you ever heard someone explain a process and felt like all they wanted to do is hear themselves talk? They talked and talked and talked and no matter what you tried to explain- a stripped down, simpler version, a clarification: nothing mattered.
Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.) best acronym in the world.
So many people just want to hear themselves and hear that they are right and think they are making a difference but really all everyone else does is tune them out. They have lost folks within the first five minutes because they can’t have a collaborative discussion. It is draining, tiring, and unproductive.
My flip flops are my favorite shoes to walk in right now and they take me just about anywhere, in sunny weather.
When I don’t have my flip flops on, I have running shoes and when I don’t have my running shoes I have none. At this time, I don’t need heels to make me feel good, even though there are some GORGEOUS heels out there, I just need my flip flops. They make everything simple, peaceful, and relaxed.