Friday, March 27, 2015

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - PROBLEM SOLVING 104

You know what they say about craziness? 

To paraphrase:  
It's continuing on the same path and expecting to end up someplace else! 

Want a different result?
Change your approach!



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GOING IN CIRCLES?  TRAPPED ON THAT HAMPSTER WHEEL?

Get ready for another round of….
Your Detective Chronicles

(Remember in this role you must be non-judgmental!  Just the facts folks…)

Drop the 'shoulds'!  They are lethal when it comes to problem solving.  Instead investigate!

First, think of a situation that is not working for you…

Describe your current M.O. - the steps you currently take to solve the problem.
Yes, you are taking steps even if you are not aware of what they are, so take a moment to 'deconstruct' your pattern.

List what you currently do.

Now come up with some totally outrageous solutions.
This is that 'thinking outside the box' part.  Have fun with it!  The idea is to stretch and open up your thinking.

Now reel it in and create a new plan.

Put it to work.

Evaluate the results and give yourself applause and permission to keep shifting until you are totally satisfied.




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

GOING IN CIRCLES?

"I keep trying to catch up with myself!  I work at it, you know, paperwork, returning calls, organizing, cleaning!  And that's only the basics!" 

She sounded pretty frantic and as I listened I was getting out of breath!

Any of this sound familiar?

She continued, sounding more and more desperate…

"It used to work, but now I feel like I'm on an endless loop treadmill!"  

"The faster I run the more behind I feel!" 



"Help!" she demanded. 
"What am I doing wrong?"

What do ya say?
Do you have a solution to this one?




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - ARE YOU IN THE CLIQUE?

Think about it… Are you holding onto that high school mentality?

You know:  Who's in, who is out, what's in, and what's out…

What do you think this 'gang' conformity does for us?

On the 'pro' side it certainly provides a sense of safety by creating very clear boundaries that simplify our lives.

On the 'con' side it creates those same boundaries that over simplify life and provide a false sense of security!
  


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THE ZEN OF EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS…

This one is a fun way to use your imagination…

Imagine that you are back in high school.

Were you part of the most popular group?
How did that feel?

If you were, imagine that you were the most popular person in the group.
How does that feel?

If you weren't part of that group, now imagine that you were.  Try on this new identity.
How does that feel?

Now imagine going to your high school reunion.  
In this scenario you are really looking forward to going.

See yourself walking into the room.  There is a hushed silence… All of a sudden you hear a clamor of voices… OMG they proclaim.  It's HER (HIM)! 

The most popular person in the class…
How does this feel?





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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EXCUUUSE ME…

Can you remember a time when someone walking down the street waving their arms and talking to themselves was a sign to rapidly cross to the other side?

You know, danger alert!


Have you noticed how many of the 'tells' - those mutually agreed upon warning signs - have disappeared?

          Behavior?
  Clothing?
          Make up?
          Body adornment?
          Hair styles?

Even tone of voice…

Our cultural identifiers have been changing so rapidly that it's difficult to get a read ...

And actually, maybe that's a good thing…

What do ya say?


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Friday, March 20, 2015

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - GUILT, BLAME AND THE MOVEMENT OF ATOMS…

Seeing a situation with clarity  - what is truly our input and what belongs to the other guy is what allows us to move forward and make changes that increase our satisfaction with life.

If we blame the other guy, we can't fix things.  We can move on, but most likely we move on to the same situation wearing a different face.

On the other hand, if we take all the blame, and especially if we chastise ourselves, once again, nothing changes!

As counter-intuitive as it might seem, criticism tends to block rather than aid, personal evolution!




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AN AWARENESS EXERCISE FOR RELATIONSHIPS ~
FOCUSING ON WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS IMAGINED:

Try this series of sentences when you are feeling stuck or confused about what is going on in a current relationship:

First check in with what you are aware of.
I am aware that __________this would include all the sensations you experience including visual and auditory.  

So you might say:  'I am aware that she is looking away when I talk to her.'

Or:  'I am aware that he is constantly looking at his cell phone.'

Next state how this awareness makes you feel: 
This might be: "I feel left out and angry.

The next step is what your awareness and the feeling connected to it make you imagine.
This might be:  'I imagine that I am not important to her.'

Next check in with your memory bank and pay attention to what past experiences might be influencing the present experience.
This might be: 'I remember when this happened with my last relationship.'
Or:  I remember when this happened with this same relationship before.'

And finally:
Ask yourself what you can learn about yourself from this situation!




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Thursday, March 19, 2015

SHARING ATOMS AND INFLUENCES

"I haven't been as joyous as I used to be," the man sitting across from me was saying.

"I think she's been a bit of a negative anchor."

"But really," he continued, "it's about me, not her."

"I'm the one allowing this disturbance in the atmosphere…"



This clear sighted awareness is pretty classy, right?

What do ya say?
Do you get it?




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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING - MEET YOUR INNER DETECTIVE!

How much worse is a bad mood when you don't have a clue why you are feeling that way! 

We tend to feel more overwhelmed - the experience more pervasive and larger - when there seems to be no explanation for how we are feeling.

Isn't it different when you can say, "Oh, yeah, I get it!  I'm feeling this way because…" 

Knowing what's causing us to feel a certain way allows us to do something about it.

Our moods - light and dark - are usually very understandable once we start deconstructing the story.



  

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BECOMING YOUR OWN INNER DETECTIVE…

Here's an amazing way to turn a 'bad' day into a fun day… next time you wake up angry and down, think about a detective character you enjoy:

          Miss Marple?
          Poirot?
          Columbo?
          Sherlock Holmes?
          Nancy Drew?

Now imagine yourself in that role…

You are looking into the mystery of why you are feeling like you are today. 

This must be totally non-judgmental!  
Once you begin the 'shoulds' you are doomed.  
Instead investigate.  Make it fun by getting into the role of your detective.  

Imagine talking and walking like that character.   

"Hmmm," your detective might say, "Let us reconstruct what happened yesterday."   

Who did you interact with?
What did they say?
How did you feel?  
What did you do about your feeling?
Was it a win/lose situation?
Who won?

Now, once you get what it is that put you into your bad mood you are allowed to become the judge handing down a sentence. 

Remember you are a non-judgy judge! 

Think Solomon and come up with a good solution.  
This can be in the form of an imaginary dialog, a fantasy retribution, a release of anger through physical exertion, a real conversation with the other person…

Now, finally do some deep breathing and experience your balance returning as you release the tension!



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