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The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination - Peter Bregman

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination - Peter Bregman
by Peter Bregman | 9:00 AM May 10, 2013 A recent early morning hike in Malibu, California, led me to a beach, where I sat on a rock and watched surfers. I marveled at these courageous men and women who woke before dawn, endured freezing water, paddled through barreling waves, and even risked shark attacks, all for the sake of, maybe, catching an epic ride. After about 15 minutes, it was easy to tell the surfers apart by their style of surfing, their handling of the board, their skill, and their playfulness. What really struck me though, was what they had in common. No matter how good, how experienced, how graceful they were on the wave, every surfer ended their ride in precisely the same way: By falling. Some had fun with their fall, while others tried desperately to avoid it. But here’s what I found most interesting: The only difference between a failure and a fizzle was the element of surprise. That got me thinking: What if we all lived life like a surfer on a wave? Practice. Related:  Resilience

Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on resiliency. The first post focused on Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills. Some would categorize Grit and Resiliency as the same skill, but it is my belief they are involve two different, but interconnected, skill sets. While grit focuses on persistence, resilience is about bouncing back in the face of challenges and/or failure. Some of characteristics or dispositions of Resilience include: Bouncing BackManaging EmotionsAwareness of Strengths and AssetsPassion-Driven FocusResourcefulnessSense of Personal AgencyAbility to Reach Out to OthersProblem-Solving Skills Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Resilience research clearly reveals the following key points: Like this:

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking - Brian Klapper Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization’s ability to adapt, innovate, and improve. We need look no further than Kodak, Sears, or Sony for validation that status-quo thinking is the fast-track to failure. How, then, can organizations break free of conventional thinking to spark creativity? The first step is to consider the way you have always done business — and stop. Failing to do so not only prevents truly innovative thinking; it also ensures failure. Consider Blockbuster’s failure to recognize the changing video rental landscape. Killing the status quo requires that you: Impose artificial limitations It may seem counterintuitive, but imposing strict limitations on your thinking can be an invaluable way to spark creativity. I recently employed this principle with a large asset management firm. The team realized that to increase share-of-wallet, they needed to shift their perspective.

7 Steps To Playing A Much Bigger Game (With Free Workbook) (This is a long post, but if you’re committed to taking things to the next level in your life or business, I know you’ll read it to the end. Trust me, it’s worth it and you deserve it. ) There’s an old saying that “Nothing works until you do” – and it couldn’t be more true. No matter how much you might wish for heaven and earth to move just because you want it to, you have to cowboy up and take action. If you want to shave years off of the time it takes to get to your “stretch” goals you need to do some stretching yourself – you’re going to need to play a much bigger game. Let’s talk about the reasons you aren’t playing as big a game as you could be right now: Fear and Distraction. Fear. Distraction. Once you’ve decided where you’re going to spend your first 30 minutes of thinking time, print out the workbook and bam, you’ve got your plan. Ready for the plan that can help you make years of progress in the next 30 days or so? Guess what? So you need to decide to go all in and do it.

How Resilience Works When I began my career in journalism—I was a reporter at a national magazine in those days—there was a man I’ll call Claus Schmidt. He was in his mid-fifties, and to my impressionable eyes, he was the quintessential newsman: cynical at times, but unrelentingly curious and full of life, and often hilariously funny in a sandpaper-dry kind of way. He churned out hard-hitting cover stories and features with a speed and elegance I could only dream of. It always astounded me that he was never promoted to managing editor. But people who knew Claus better than I did thought of him not just as a great newsman but as a quintessential survivor, someone who had endured in an environment often hostile to talent. Why do some people suffer real hardships and not falter? It’s a question that has fascinated me ever since I first learned of the Holocaust survivors in elementary school. My exploration has taught me much about resilience, although it’s a subject none of us will ever understand fully.

The civil servants of the future look like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates | Public Leaders Network | Guardian Professional No one at the Government Digital Service wears a suit. You won't find any briefcases either – in fact, you will struggle to find anyone wearing a tie. This tech-savvy group of men and women may be an integral part of the Cabinet Office, but they couldn't be further from the outdated stereotype of the pinstriped civil servant. This is the place where you will find a 17-year-old code developer who left full-time education to work on the government's new website providing a clear, simpler way of accessing public services – and saving the taxpayer money. We know many of the best innovators and risk-takers didn't go to university. Like all employers, we've had to make difficult choices. We can take enormous pride in the quality of our civil servants, but nothing stands still. Last week we published the capabilities plan which identifies what skills are in deficit and considers how the gaps will be filled. The civil servant of the future will be accountable for his or her performance.

Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive Whether trying to conquer Mount Everest or just pick up your laundry, learning these quick facts will make it easier to be super productive -- or at least understand why you're not. And if you're the type of person who is likely procrastinate instead of reading the rest of this article, then you should at least read the first point. 1. According to the Zeigarnik Effect, your brain will send signals that effectively nag your conscious mind when you've started, but not finished, an objective. In 1992, a pair of psychologists proved this theory in a study on task interruption. 2. "Humans don't really multitask," concluded Eyal Ophir, the primary researcher on a groundbreaking Stanford Multitasking study released back in 2009. "Where you might say traditionally we value the ability to focus through distractions, they are willing to sacrifice focus in order to make sure they don't miss an unexpected, but rewarding, surprise," Ophir said. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Also on HuffPost:

Overcome Stress and Challenge: 7 Mechanisms of Resilience for High Productivity Timothy So, Msc, is a PhD candidate in Psychology in the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry. He is a Research Associate of Cambridge University's Well-being Institute and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Timothy is also responsible for both the Traditional and the Simplified Chinese PPND sites. Full bio. Timothy's articles are here and here. “It ain’t about how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” Resilience is a Fast Comeback This quote from Rocky in the movie Rocky Balboa is the best summary of this month’s optional theme of “Stress and Resilience.” 7 Mechanisms of Resilience: The Model What I have learned from my studies in Leadership and Positive Psychology is that one common characteristic among successful leaders is that they do not let disappointments deter them from what they want and beat them down – instead, they stay focused and navigate according to their plans to succeed. A) Inner Self Mechanism B.) 4) Taking Mechansim Summary

Moving Public Service Mountains, Part I This post will be part one of at least two. Next week I'll explain why I believe this is so incredibly important. At The Museum of Nature in Ottawa, visitors can simulate an earthquake in the Vale Earth Gallery. You turn a crank to pull a spring-loaded hunk of simulated mountain over a surface, and at some point the force overcomes the friction and it slams back into place. The intended lesson is that it's impossible to predict exactly when the tipping point will be reached; each experiment plays out differently. On To The Dogs or Whoever I referred to a possible “tectonic” shift approaching for public service. But like the museum counterpart, it's hard to tell if that tectonic shift is actually about to happen. Some of the evidence I would point to: I've noticed some outspokenness from former Clerks of the Privy Council lately. Some may greet this litany of anecdotes with skepticism. Necessity is the Mother of Innovation All is not necessarily well. Mountains to Move So here stand we.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) . Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I’ve had to change careers several times. There are other ways to reinvent yourself, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I’ve seen it work for maybe a few hundred other people. A) Reinvention never stops. Every day you reinvent yourself. B) You start from scratch. Every label you claim you have from before is just vanity. C) You need a mentor. Else, you’ll sink to the bottom. D) Three types of mentors Direct. E) Don’t worry if you don’t have passion for anything. You have passion for your health. F) Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years. Here’s a description of the five years: Sometimes I get frustrated in years 1-4. Google is a good example. Today. Today. That’s fine.