The Smallest Acts

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For the past month, I have been trying to be more consistent about making good food choices and exercising.  A new walking trail just opened close to my home and I was inspired to take my daily walk on the path.  To keep me committed, I started placing goofy smiley face stickers on my calendar every time I completed a workout.  I know it sounds a little childish; however, this little ritual has helped me stay committed to getting out of bed or ending my day with a walk/run.  After looking at my calendar for May, I realized that I actually was in the process of creating a habit.

We often try to create a habit or make a decision by the way we feel.  Most people make a decision by waiting to feel like doing something, then taking action and then making the decision.  This is how I typically would approach my workout.  I would wake up in the morning and think about if I felt like working out.  If I felt like working out, I would get up (the action) and then decide to walk or run.  In my research, “The Theodora Effect”TM, I looked at people who were considered positively deviant.  This meant that they were the top 1-5% performers. I was interested in what set them apart from other leaders.  In Peter Voogd’s book, 6 Months to 6 Figures, he also looked at the 5%.  Peter believes that these people approach their decisions/habits differently.  This special group of people make a decision to do something, then act and then acknowledge how they feel.

It is in that small act that you can create a habit.  You can be unreasonable in your choice to change your life.  Each moment is an opportunity that you can decide to lead with confidence, love more deeply, make healthy choices or forgive.  Right now in this moment you can change your professional career with one small act.

What small act will you do today?

With love & wonder,

Angela

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About Angela
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Angela Joyner is a leadership coach, speaker and author.  She founded The Wonder Loft, LLC coaching practice for women.  Angela is passionate about changing the face of corporations globally, helping women lead with confidence and living with intention. Through her private coaching, fireside chats, and workshops, Angela shows women (and a few good men) how to navigate the corporate environment and get promoted at work.

Be a Rock Star at Work

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How do you consistently deliver rock star performance day in and day out without burning out?  Here are a few things you can start doing right now:

Start with the end in mind

Create micro intentions each day.  On your calendar jot down what things you need to get done today.  Put them on your itinerary or printed calendar so they are visible.  Determine what do you need to get done today.  Crafting a path for the day will give you direction and purpose.  As you go through your day, empower yourself to say “no”.  Eliminate or reduce the time you spend doing anything that is not contributing to delivering positive results or providing a meaningful impact to your company.  Focus your time on the ONE thing that will have the biggest impact that day.  If you can incorporate the practice of focusing on impact you can devote your best thinking where it matters most.

Pause

Incorporate pauses in your day to maximize your energy.  Our schedules can become hectic and overwhelming.  There have been many times when I have started my feeling defeated because I have been double booked for almost every hour of the day.  I try to incorporate short walks, bio breaks or even turning off your phone for a few minutes during your day.  When you start feeling overwhelmed or defeated, disrupt that sensation and shift it to something more productive.  I have created a special playlist on my iphone that I play in my office.  In between meetings, I play may favorite song on my headset.  I also save Harvard Business review  or Live Happy articles to read in between my meetings to disrupt the mad rush of my day.  Silence can also be a smart tool to help you incorporate more pauses. Walking meetings are also in my toolkit.

Create an Impact Journal

I am a huge fan of “to-do” lists.  However, I have learned how to transform them into a more powerful tool.  Just don’t cross off the things on your “to do list”, make it a practice to identify the impact you made that day.  Did you save the company time or money?  Did you increase revenues, beat a deadline, reduce effort, or deliver positive results?  Is the business or culture better because of your contributions?  Your impact tracker can be an essential tool for your annual performance reviews, your resume updates and can also help you stand out from your peers as a leader.

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Angela

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About Angela
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Angela Joyner is a leadership coach, speaker and author.  She founded The Wonder Loft, LLC coaching practice for women.  Angela is passionate about changing the face of corporations globally, helping women lead with confidence and living with intention. Through her private coaching, fireside chats, and workshops, Angela shows women (and a few good men) how to navigate the corporate environment and get promoted at work.

High-Gear Motivation: How to Hit Your Peak Day After Day

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As challenging as your work life can be, sometimes the biggest challenge of all is just staying motivated. We have a hundred tasks vying for our attention. Or perhaps we work with difficult people but lack the authority to effect any change. Events happen in our personal lives that can get us off course. They can all take their toll on our motivation levels.
And yet these days, most of us don’t have the luxury of performing at anything less than our peak. Hitting that peak day after day is a challenge in its own right. But if we pay attention to the basics, and lock them into place, we can stay on a strong course.
The very first place to start is to assess whether you really believe you can achieve your goals. This may seem obvious, but the importance of this point is easy to overlook. As motivational speaker and trainer Brian Tracy puts it, you simply cannot achieve something you don’t believe you can achieve. A related point has to do with making sure your work is aligned with your talents and your values. To work at your peak, what you do must, over time, be in sync with what you enjoy doing and with what you believe in.
Even when you are completely in sync with your goals, you are still bound to hit occasional psychic roadblocks when you look at the piles of papers, the seemingly endless to-do list, the voice mail light flashing, the email alert blinking and it all seems too much.
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Here are some ideas to get going and stay going at a peak level:
1.  Start each day with a review of your goals. In a 24/7 world, it’s easy to lose sight of where you ultimately want to go. Take the 30 minutes at the beginning of each day, when your mind is still clear, to review your goals. Start with your big goals and then put today’s work in the context of achieving them. If there is a chronic discrepancy between your long-term goals and what you are planning to work on today, it will unmistakably emerge in these early morning sessions.
2.  Figure out your “next actions.” When you are overwhelmed with a seemingly endless to-do list, many motivational experts recommend starting with anything in order to “get some points on the board” by checking something off the list. While doing something may be better than doing nothing, doing the right thing is better still. David Allen, a well-known productivity consultant, recommends identifying the next physical action required for each of your open projects. That way, your to-do list is not encumbered with everything, but just with the “next things.” No matter what you do on the list, you will be accomplishing something that matters.
3.  Do nothing. Another way to sustain your motivation is to periodically do nothing. Turn off your Blackberry, hibernate your computer, shut down your iPod—actually take 20 minutes or so to truly do nothing but sit and relax. If you are unfamiliar with this process, the first time will seem like torture after about five minutes. But with a little practice you will find that a brief respite of real quiet can be tremendously rejuvenating.
4.  Look to your energy levels. Consider the advice of performance consultants Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz who say, “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” After years studying professional athletes, they realized that in many ways, your brain is exactly like the muscles in your body. Too much work will strain it and you will perform below your peak. (Too little mental work will cause the same result, but not many of us face that issue.) In their book The Power of Full Engagement, Loehr and Schwartz say that stress is important to maintain motivation—provided that you build in sufficient recovery time. Their techniques for managing your energy levels range from taking 10-15 minutes for a walk around the block every couple of hours, to changing your diet, to building in recovery time after the work day ends and it is time to re-engage with your family.
Having these blocks in place doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing, but it does set you up to have the best possible chance for sustaining a level of motivation that will contribute positively to your success.
About The Wonder Loft
Want to lead more confidently at work?  Think you have what it takes to get promoted but don’t want to sell your soul to get there?   Click below to learn why being “good” could be holding you back from your dreams.
Go to http://www.thewonderloft.com to learn more about private coaching, free leadership tips & inspiration or sign up for a free Get Acquainted Session.
About Angela
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Angela Joyner is a leadership coach, speaker and author.  She founded The Wonder Loft, LLC coaching practice for women.  Angela is passionate about changing the face of corporations globally, helping women lead with confidence and living with intention. Through her private coaching, fireside chats, and workshops, Angela shows women (and a few good men) how to navigate the corporate environment and get promoted at work.

Take a Tech Detox

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For one day a year each March, members from the nonprofit organization “Reboot” urge people to join them in observing the National Day of Unplugging.
From sundown to sundown during this 24-hour period, participants take a tech detox—a time-out from using anything that connects people to the electronic world. Thus, all devices such as computers, cell phones, laptops, iPods, tablets and Kindles are taboo, as are email and social media.
Today’s world is so hectic for many of us that taking a short break from technology and its related paraphernalia makes good sense and can be therapeutic.
Being constantly connected in cyberspace, for instance, can become highly addictive.  According to webMD.com, “An AOL study found that 59 percent of PDA users check their inboxes every time a message arrives.”
How often are you interrupted during your day because of your mobile phone or emails?  Do you constantly check your messages throughout the day?  This constant act of being “always available” can wreak havoc on your productive, health and relationships. It is very difficult to be present in your conversations and meetings if you are trying to multi-task with your phones.  Our smart phones and hand held computers are supposed to enable us to be more productive. Ironically, it could actually have the opposite effect.
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So why not give the tech timeout a try for just one day? If you start feeling withdrawal symptoms from just thinking about not accessing any of your technological gadgetry, here are the 10 simple principles of the annual celebration:
1. Avoid technology.
2. Connect with loved ones.
3. Nurture your health.
4. Get outside.
5. Avoid commerce.
6. Light candles.
7. Drink a glass of wine.
8. Eat bread.
9. Find silence.
10. Give back.
As a participant of the National Day of Unplugging, you can customize the time off to suit your own needs and lifestyle. For instance, if candles and wine are not to your liking, consider a yoga class, meditation, taking a hike or a nap. It’s a great opportunity to engage in face-to-face connections with neighbors, friends or family.
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It seems that the more plugged-in we become to the electronic world, the less we engage in real-life encounters with loved ones—and ourselves.
Instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School, clinical psychologist and author Dr. Craig Malkin says that technology actually makes some people afraid of intimacy. He refers to these folks as “the cybercelibate”—people who, he says, “shut out not only friendship, but even romance and physical intimacy, in favor of the rush that comes with online connection and gaming thrills.”
Unplugging for just one day will slow down the pace of your life and help you feel connected to those things that nourish your health and well-being.
About The Wonder Loft
Want to lead more confidently at work?  Think you have what it takes to get promoted but don’t want to sell your soul to get there?   Click below to learn why being “good” could be holding you back from your dreams.
Go to http://www.thewonderloft.com to learn more about private coaching, free leadership tips & inspiration or sign up for a free Get Acquainted Session.
About Angela
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Angela Joyner is a leadership coach, speaker and author.  She founded The Wonder Loft, LLC coaching practice for women.  Angela is passionate about changing the face of corporations globally and helping women lead with confidence and live with intention. Through her private coaching, fireside chats, and workshops, Angela shows women (and a few good men) how to navigate the corporate environment and get promoted at work.