Thursday, December 8, 2016

Create Your Own World of Happiness

Much of our world is subjective by nature and our thoughts lead to actions and outcomes that have a significant impact on our personal level of happiness. One could theoretically argue that happiness is truly based in our thoughts and for the most part is not dependent on money or circumstance. Others might take issue with this idea but if we think of how interpretation creates our own realities then we might be surprised by their outcome.

Consider an event that could potentially be seen as negative such as a difficult project or a personal set back. While these events do produce short-term stress much of it is based on how we view and interpret these issues. That stress can quickly reside if we understand the situation completely.

Thoughts such as "this sucks I can't do this" or "there isn't enough time and I'm going to fail" will produce more stress and in turn lower your happiness level. On the other hand, thoughts such as, "this frustration will be short-term but the knowledge I gain will be long-term" or "I can beat this and master new skills" will lead to feelings of empowerment.

Thinking positively doesn't mean we should be dishonest with ourselves. It means we recognize the problem and challenge and make positive steps to change it constructively. If it is a pattern of problems then we might consider making long-term pattern changes in our lives. A positive outlook is about believing in yourself and your ability to overcome challenges.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Avoiding Creating Your Own Work Chaos

It can be hard to get out of your own way but when we don't we often find we create our own chaos. This leads to confusion, sloppy work, and much more stress than is necessary to complete the work. There are a few tips one should consider when trying to avoid chaos. They include:

1. Schedule things in advance.
2. Spend some time thinking about things before you do them.
3. Allow others the freedom to do the work they need to.
4. Slow down and enjoy your work.
5. Don't avoid all the details and skip necessary steps.
6. Have strong communication with others and make sure you give them accurate information.
7. Don't blame others for asking questions or confusing sloppy instructions.
8. Learn to breathe and slow down your mind.

The Power of Persistence

Persistence is the stubborn diligence of completing some goal despite almost all resistance or difficulty. Where some people give up right away when things get difficult while others continue to move forward despite the problems they face. Most people who achieved great success have experience difficulty in one way or another.

Life is about setting goals and working on those goals to make meaning. We should try and balance our lives out so that we can enjoy each day to its maximum but at the same point we should have some life work we an claim as our own.

People who succeed find importance in their goals. They don't give up and they don't let small problems get in their way. They continue to push forward despite the problems they face.

Persistence is a type of stubbornness that defies adversity. It is not ignorance of risk or an inability to chance strategy but it is the constant seeking and working toward a goal of worthwhile effort and finding new ways to achieve that goal when it becomes difficult.

Such people seem to have confidence that others don't have. They are in the constant search for achievement to either prove themselves to themselves or to leave a positive mark on the world. The goals they seek have significant meaning to them and this is one of the reasons why they continue to push forward.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Study Says Intelligent People Spend Time Alone

A study conducted by Singapore Management System and London School of Economics and Political Science explores the "Savannah Theory" that smart people like to spend more time alone than others. The Savannah Theory, also known as evolutionary legacy hypothesis, indicates that much of our adaptation occurred in rural environments and we respond and adapt much like our ancestors did in places like the Savannah. 

We are designed to live in groups of around 150 people. When we get into a larger group such as a city we don't feel comfortable and we may feel a little antsy. When groups move above 150 they begin to split and create more groups that are easier to manage. Our social networks seem to follow that pattern as well where our preference for active engagement is for 150 people or less. 

The study indicates that highly intelligent people like to spend time alone. The study doesn't affirmatively say that people who like to spend time with others are less intelligent or why intelligent people like to spend more time alone. It also doesn't clarify whether spending time alone is more of a by product of not relating as well to people of lower intelligence or has something more to do with entertainment in one own thoughts. 

The study states that intelligent people are more goal driving than others and prefer to work alone to achieve those goals which is an evolutionary outlier. While I find this an important argument it might also depend on what those goals are. People directed at feeling good and connecting with others for their own survival is not necessarily a bad trait. It would seem a healthy balance between being with others and spending time alone would be very high intelligence when you can manage it properly to fulfill more of your goals, needs and wants

Set Your Goals Each Morning for Success

Each morning offers an opportunity to reassess your activities for each day that leads to life success. Goal achievement is about persistence and making the necessary steps to compete each day to move closer to your goals. Sitting down in the mornings with your cup of coffee is one of the best  times to figure out the most critical things to ad to your "to do" list.

A few tips :

-Focus on what is necessary for the day.
-Prioritize your activities.
-Find a time for your critical activities.
-Move non-critical activities to others when possible.
-Be realistic about what you can and can't accomplish.
-Make sure your activities fit with your larger goals.
-Build in some down time so you can enjoy your life.
-Give yourself plenty of time.