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5 ways of not becoming a smart phone addict


5 ways of not becoming a smart phone addict 

I think we are all losing it. We are all on cell phone crack. “We” meaning the people who own a smart phone. This week while working out at the gym I noticed how many people were just sitting on various pieces of workout equipment checking their smart phones. Holy smokes! I get that you want to tune out the world by plugging in your ear buds, but just sitting around checking out the screen is neither helping stay in shape, nor is it polite keeping other folks waiting for you to get yourself off the machines.

It does not matter where you are this issue of us tuning the world around us off is rampant. From family outings when the phones are going around the table with funny or bizarre Youtube stuff being shown to going to restaurants and no one talks anymore because everyone (including the kids) is glued to their little screens. No one is safe. The little device seems to dictate when we pick it up and pay attention to it rather than the world that surrounds us.

This has got to stop. We are losing our connection to our worlds by being connected to it only electronically. What can we do?

  • For one we can turn most push notifications and dingers and ringers off. We need to make the decision to look at the device – it should not be the device telling us that.
  • Declare a cell free zone when we sit together at the table. At the restaurant switch them off and put them in the center of the table. Same for meals shared at home.
  • When you work out and you want to listen to your tunes, well, just listen to your tunes. Resist the urge checking your SnapChats, texts, and any other distracting acts of just sitting there looking at the screen.
  • Do not put the device in your bedroom. If for nothing else do not put it on your nightstand. Give yourself some space from being connected 24/7.
  • Declare a cell phone free time during the day. For two to three hours just leave the phone function on, but nothing else.

I am not sure that we can speak of a medical condition as far as us being addicted to those mystical devices – yet. We are losing a bit of our human touch if we not at least curb the constant connection to the world and yet we may lose the connection to the people who mean the most to us.

Ralf

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If the broom fits, ride it, or how to avoid getting baited


If the broom fits, ride it, or how to avoid getting baited 

This is a close cousin of “if the shoe fits, wear it”. It’s a phrase related to people who cannot take personal criticism without taking it personally. All it usually takes is an off comment by a colleague at work, or a snide comment in a social setting. Boom and this person goes off. Sometimes directly at the person who made the comment and most of the time these folks use it to gossip. Here is something to consider:

If you complain and whine about it then there may be something to the comment and you need not complain about it because you just validated the point of the statement to be true or at least possible.

Avoiding this uneasy commentary can be difficult mostly because of one reason. This can happen when you start taking things too literally and seriously. In other words your ego is high-jacking your rational thought. Do not let this happen to you. Turn this saying around: If the broom does not fit, well, then don’t ride it! It is perfectly ok not to dignify criticism with a response. Give yourself some time to think about it and how you want to react to it.

Ralf

Discover 7 ways of how to get inspired


Discover 7 ways of how to get inspired 

Who and what inspires me? In order to expend energy every day you have to be able to tap into an energy source yourself. A great portion of this energy comes from inspiration through external sources. Please find below a few thoughts on where those sources come from.

  • Mentors and coaches: A true mentor and coach listen to you and provide you with a lot of insight about yourself. They tap into the power that resides within you and ironically enough they inspire you with the ideas and thoughts that largely originated from your brain. Cool stuff.
  • Successful people: Let me clear up right from the get go what I mean by successful. Success to me is when someone masters something and to the outsider the most difficult stuff looks easy when this successful person does it. Money follows this success almost automatically. They are sustainably successful as they take care of themselves and strive for living a balanced life. They are really inspirational folks.
  • Quotes: Really cool quotes are short and convey simple to complex material and manage breaking them up into bite size pieces. Right after reading them you feel empowered and almost dumbfounded how simple some challenges are when viewed and articulated by really successful people (see description above about successful people).
  • Situations: Some situations are really challenging and once you have mastered them they can be really inspiring – because YOU went through the whole experience yourself, you learned from it, and you know how to do them even better next time.
  • Art, film, theater, and music: Nothing inspires quite like the aforementioned media. You get to experience all sorts of situations, people, situations etc in one spot and you may not even have to move an inch. Let your mind freewheel and take advantage of the new thought patterns that come your way.
  • Free time and vacation: Experiencing other locations, cultures, religion, people, etc through going to different places is another form of seeking inspiration. All you need is an open mind for all the different experiences along the way to and from your leisure activities and travels.
  • Faith and spirituality: A little (a lot too) solitude can go a long way for your intellect listen to your deeper connection to the divine and to your purpose. Nothing is more inspiring when you hear your own voice and you get the clarity you sought. Your faith and spirituality can really help inspire yourself and others.

Isn’t it fascinating how many different ways of seeking inspiration we can tap into? If you have a few more ideas about inspiration and where you get it from I would love for you to share it with me. I intend to follow up with a special edition blog post to expand on this topic. Too many folks seem to be running with their inspiration tanks on empty and that is no way to how to live your life.

Ralf

7 questions to ask yourself getting out of crisis mode


7 questions to ask yourself getting out of crisis mode 

Crisis is the catalyst of purpose. Nothing flushes out what your real priorities and values are until you are in crisis mode – and that is the ironic thing about it: crisis helps bring about change and your purpose.

The most important thing you can do for yourself when you are under duress is to open your mind, heart, and will for your purpose to develop in front of your eyes. Instead of dreading stressful challenges coming your way, embrace them instead. Journal about what happened and how you dealt with it. If need be, the best practice is to momentarily retreat from the turbulent action. Regroup and allow planning time. The fewer thoughts you have the better, because they are of a better quality.

Ponder this list of questions and really listen to your inner voice replying to them.

  • What elements really spoke to me?
  • What gave me energy?
  • What drained me of energy?
  • What were the things I learned from the experience?
  • Was there a moment when I stopped the process and changed course? Why? What worked here? What didn’t?
  • Who were my allies?

True moments of clarity do not come along easily. They either take tremendous planning and self-directed effort, or they occur during crisis. One way or the other, make good use of the opportunities that come your way. Never accept average when you could reach your full potential – we are blessed with so much of it, so don’t waste it.

Ralf

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