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Calming your monkey mind

We are all frantically busy. We can’t relax. Our down time is spent checking Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Our minds are twisting, swinging in all directions, and leaping from branch to branch. In Buddhism it is aptly called Monkey Mind. And it impacts your health by increasing stress as well as your productivity by reducing your ability to focus. Take 5 minutes to calm your mind, and I guarantee you will have a calmer and more productive day. Try this simple breathing and meditation exercise. Close your eyes or focus gently on one spot in the room. Set your intention for the day ahead. Set it as a positive affirmation. For example, if you want to be calm today, think: “I am calm.” If you want to be productive, think: “I am productive.” Now, roll your shoulders slowly forward and then slowly back. Lean your head gently from side to side, lowering your … Continue reading Calming your monkey mind

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Dealing with employment dissatisfaction: Change what’s in your control

When faced with workplace dissatisfaction, most people try to change their environments when they should be changing themselves

Few of us have ever worked in an ideal proposal shop. In most casual conversations at conferences and social gatherings, proposal professionals reveal exasperation with some aspect of their company—a disconnect between upper management and proposal managers, lack of resources, or long hours. Employees who are unsatisfied at work often try to change their workplace, which is a futile exercise. Unless an employee is in a position of power, it’s unlikely he or she can solve the larger issues leading to dissatisfaction. To get a reprieve at work, it’s more useful to examine what changes you can make to your own behaviors and beliefs. If you’re frustrated by the amount of hours you’re working and feeling trapped, read Michael Hyatt’s post about identifying and breaking through your own limiting beliefs. According to Hyatt, you could be underestimating your own agency, falsely believing there are no other options, or you could … Continue reading Dealing with employment dissatisfaction: Change what’s in your control

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Five things you should worry about

The Buddhist rule on worrying is simple: if you can create change, do it. If you cannot change a situation, stop worrying about it. Worrying about things you cannot change increases stress and reduces productivity. This rule is very applicable to our personal and business aspirations. But how do we know which situations are ripe for change and are therefore worth our worry? Follow these five golden rules of when to worry. You can solve the problem. Examine the situation as objectively as possible. Make a list of action items you can accomplish or assign to others in order to solve the problem or at least contribute to the solution. If there are none, then move on. You can influence the decision. We are often faced with having to accept a decision we do not like. Either we have stated our opinion and it has been rejected by the decision-maker, … Continue reading Five things you should worry about

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