Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with someone who holds an opposing view and that person says something to you that triggers your emotional buttons? Suddenly there is a rise of anger and defensiveness that spreads throughout your body causing you to more vehemently defend your point of view.
‘Tis the season of graduations where notable entertainers, politicians, business owners, leaders, artists and authors impart words of wisdom and advice to the graduating class.
- Do you remember your commencement address?
- Do you recall the wise words passed along to you to help you navigate your way forward into the world?
My mind draws a blank when reflecting back to my own commencement ceremony from college. I cannot recall any profound words of wisdom that have stuck with me through the decades.
Family debt is at an all time high since the 2008 mortgage crisis. It appears that the rise in student college debt is contributing to this increase. While our economy is based on sustainable borrowing to fuel jobs and growth, has US family debt gone too far?
How much debt are you carrying? Do you feel like you never have enough money?
Career burnout is an experience that anyone can face whether you are a fast-track, job-hopping Millennial, a plateaued Gen-Xer weathering career stagnation, or a sandwiched Boomer caring for both your children and your parents.
Consider these questions:
- Do you find yourself becoming increasingly irritable or impatient with coworkers?
- Have you developed a cynical outlook toward life?
- Has your energy or motivation decreased?
- Do you find that your accomplishments no longer bring you real joy or satisfaction?
Is our technological boom derailing your ability to achieve success by hijacking all your time and your emotional stability?
- Are you unable to perform concentrated work for 25 minutes without changing screens?
- Do you find yourself constantly checking email or social media updates every minute?
- Are you impatient when something doesn’t happen within nanoseconds?
- Does frustration or despair dominate your emotional state when goals or desired outcomes don’t instantaneously manifest?
Based on the historically accurate book written by Margaret Lee Shelterly, Hidden Figures, directed by Ted Medfli is a film that stirs your soul with admiration and inspiration for the three trailblazing African-American heroines who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the early years of the space program back in the early 1960s.
If you are feeling stuck, stymied, or dissatisfied with the lack of progress in achieving one of your goals, try infusing your routine with a sprint commitment.
What is a sprint commitment?
Drawing on my experience with athletics, it is a focused, short-term burst of activity which challenges you to accelerate your momentum and surpass your status quo.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day highlights an opportunity for us to reflect on our community, our hopes and dreams, and our path to a better future.
The Reverend King inspires us to not only pursue our dreams and goals but also to fight against injustice and social inequity. He challenges us to become agitators.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King talks about his desire to foster tension because the community has become complacent. He is referenced as an “outside agitator.”
“Find your passion and the money will follow.”
“Do what you love even without a business plan.”
These Pollyanna statements cause a nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach because they mislead you into thinking that life is easy, blissful, and that money just shows up.
Can stress be helpful?
There are times when a little bit is a good thing.
When you are under pressure for a job interview or giving an important presentation or performance, the extra adrenaline and blood sugar provides you with the stamina and focus to take on the added pressure and challenge.