Holidays are here! Extra cookies at offices, parties, cold weather and the “what the hell, I can spend my money on that” attitude. When you ask someone how they are doing, their reply is “Oh I’m just so busy!” This time of year can be overwhelming for many. Days have less sunshine, we are reminded of family that has left this world, and if your co-worker brings one more batch of sugar cookies you will flip!
Do me a favor, take your shoulders down away from your ears, both feet on the ground, lift your rib cage up and forward. You matter and you are worth it!
Now that you feel like a superhero, allow me to share some advice I heard this week. Listening to Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work Week which you should all read, he interviewed an entrepreneur/musician and had some excellent take-aways. Tim interviewed Derek Sivers, creator of CD Baby which is an online distributor of independent music and has spoken at TED Conference. Here is what I found awesome and worth sharing with you!
1) Hell Yes! Or No – Derek had a really interesting take on the decisions we make. Whether it’s an invitation to go to lunch, or an offer to work on a new project or company. Derek says we have two choices, hell yes or no. Meaning, if you aren’t TOTALLY in and jump up and down with a fist pump for good measure, then your answer is likely no. He says this tactic will help us rid ourselves from the piddly stuff that isn’t that important but we do anyway because we feel we HAVE to. Or maybe we want to but the truth is we don’t have time and other parts of our lives suffer because we spread ourselves too thin (sound familiar?) Derek said that when he put this into practice, he suddenly had more time for when something amazing came up and could say hell yes! Before, when those opportunities come, we are so busy that our hell yes’s can lose their luster. So put this to the test on a few choices and see how it works for you. Are you a HELL YES? Or a no?
2) Summarize the good books that you read – That’s right, get your paper and pen kids, there is a quiz! KIDDING! Derek offered some great thoughts about how when you read a good book and are like “YES! That spoke to me and I love every sentence in here!” Then six months later you can’t remember what was in the damn book that was so awesome! You aren’t getting old, just some of us don’t have that type of memory system in place. Derek’s solution: Write a brief summary for the book or grab the highlights and notes from your Kindle and put them in a word doc. When you actively review that which stood out, it helps you retain those nuggets. Review these notes when you can to maintain your list of awesome from the things you read.
There was SO much more than those two things so you should definitely tune in to Tim’s podcasts for more.
Let me know what you think and if you put any of these nuggets to the test!
Happy Christmas and may your New Year be filled with blessings that make you whole – and sparkles