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Coaching Videos & Tips - January 2 2019 No.586


Like everything else in life, unless you take deliberate steps to ready yourself for what you want to achieve, you're not going to achieve it! Today's video explains the one thing that we can all do to ensure that you're fit for purpose.


I've been publishing my weekly videos and tips since December 2008 - the 10th anniversary slipped by a couple of weeks ago! That means, there's a wealth of immediately actionable ideas at your fingertips... all available in The Archive


Today's Quick Tip

Structure your morning routine to ensure it includes at least 5-6mins mental exercising. If you don't have a morning routine, create one. If meditation is not part of your routine, it won't get done and you won't be properly focused for the day ahead.

Todya's video is the fourth and final video in a mini-series. You'll find the earlier ones here:

Reflections on Mindfulness

You're designed to be unfit for purpose. No doubt, you've heard me say this before but it bears repeating because, as I see it, too many of us take the proposition with an unhealthy pinch of salt.

Your brain is physiologically designed to enable you survive - that's all. If your work, relationships, hope or dreams are more demanding than simple survival, your brain is simply not up to the task. In simple terms, survival means making it through the day. At a more complex level, it means getting us out of situations so sticky that they threaten our ability to make it through the day. That's why, for example, we'll never do anything about anything until we find ourselves in a crisis... why so many clients say to me that they need "a burning platform" before people swing into action!

Our brains, therefore, do indeed possess all the relevant pieces to enable us to what we need to do to get to where we want to go. It's just that, without a crisis, these disparate pieces are never "joined up". Meditation joins all the pieces together by engaging and enhancing what I would describe as the conductor of the orchestra - the brain's Central Executive. This so-called "seat of conscious awareness" coordinates and synchronizes all the brain's key components to enable us do what we need to do moment-to-moment to get us to where we want to go. And, just like in a crisis, we attain "super-human" capabilitites - what we need to do becomes effortless... it just gets done.

That's why today's Quick Tip is so important. Without deliberate and consistent action on your part, you're as useful as a glass hammer! But, with your brain's key components working in effortless harmony, anything is possible... or, actually, inevitable.

Normal Crazy People - Mindlessness in Action

Just like my last story - where, on more than one occasion, the arrival of a flight full of passengers took airport staff by surpise - it appears that the complexities of actually doing what you're supposed to be doing are beyond human capability (today's reflection explains why!).

Picture it - the supermarket, the morning of Christmas Eve. A scene resembling a sci-fi movie where this is the very last day the supermarket would ever be open! People killing each other for the last tray of oysters - so intense is the struggle that the guy with a whole new batch of oysters can't get through!

Gangs of families and friends fighting over the evening meal's ingridients - some of them looking as if the whole supermarket experience is completely new to them (it's easy to spot business executives on holidays!).

And, above all, too few staff on the checkouts, seemingly completely stunned that customers have shown up in such numbers!


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