The whole debacle might have been prevented if I (think Lucille Ball) had not listened to my doctor husband (think Desi Arnez) who insisted that our two-year-old daughter’s hand-mouth disease was gone and that she was perfectly fine going to daycare the next morning. If I hadn’t listened, I would have had a fighting chance of getting a babysitter the night before.
People that have chosen to develop the habit of working out regularly understand the value of a good sweat.
At Rewire Inc, we don’t simply recommend that people exercise so that they feel better, or have a smaller waist, less fat or otherwise look better (though those byproducts certainly aren’t bad); we call for it because of what a good workout and a good sweat does for your mind. There is a
Quick video on control today. As a concept, I think this is pretty simple: whenever we lack control, we feel at some level that our survival is threatened and we start reacting in all sorts of ways to try to regain control - or even just the illusion of control.
Welcome back to the Wellness Mini-Series! In this video, Steven Longan makes the case that vocational wellness is a vital part of growing our work. But, because we don’t often talk about “vocation,” Longan gives us a working definition to start.
Spend enough time around us and you’ll hear some form of the phrase “We can’t expect to act differently unless we first embrace having to think differently.” It’s something we practice internally and one of the mantras that guide our engagements with clients. And one of the things we’re on a mission to help people rewire is the way they think about the motivation for their work. And while there are many different dynamics to a concept like motivation, one area I like to focus on is Reward. One of the things I often ask my clients is how they reward themselves for an accomplishment or reaching a goal. This usually elicits one of three responses:
A variation of the same question has been in front of me and the other Rewire Specialists lately, both in our workshops and in our OneWire sessions. And when the same question pops up over and over again, we pay attention here at Rewire. So I wanted to take this week’s article to tackle this thing that seems to be on everyone’s mind. Here’s the question:
One of the main topics we address at Rewire is how to manage change. We start with the premise that no one likes change because the most primitive part our brain (often called the Lizard Brain) prefers familiarity. Every time our rational mind wants or needs to do things differently, the Lizard Brain protests…loudly. Individually, we can find ways to quiet our own Lizard Brain (and you can find many of those as you read our articles here on The Wireboard). But I would also like to offer a solution that teams and businesses can implement collectively to buffer the stress of big changes on the work front: the workplace ritual.
As I reflect on my year at Rewire, one of the things I’m most grateful for are the exceptional new people we’ve brought on board in the past few months. They are bringing their expertise and experience to enrich the work we’re doing and serve clients Rewire might not reach otherwise. You hopefully were able to read an article from one of these new people this past week. Joe Shaffner’s article touched on the ways that technology drives us to distraction and a few simple solutions to respond to that dynamic.
In last week's Wireboard article, I outlined numerous amazing benefits to practicing mindfulness. Given all of these benefits, you would think that all of us looking to be more productive and healthier would be taking 10 to 30 minutes a day for a mindfulness practice, right? Well, it turns out that sitting still and “quieting” the mind is simple…but not easy. We live in a culture that worships busyness, action and doing, and so many struggle to find the time and the justification to stop doing and thinking for any amount of time.
In today’s Wireboard article, I’d like to utilize one of my favorite teaching devices: the Venn diagram. Venn diagrams are a great way for simply illustrating various concepts and their relationships to one another. So, whenever I have an opportunity to explain something by using a Venn diagram, I’ll take it!
Until recently, the standard scientific belief was that human attributes were pretty much set after adolescence. This is why people like Will Rogers have said things like “People change… but not much.” Or, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” The sad part about that is not only that we believed these sorts of statements, but that we have done our work and lived our lives on the basis of their presumed truth.
When hosting a Rewire Workshop, I often ask groups “how long does it take to break a habit?” A spattering of attendees will yell out anything from 5 days to 100 days. I suppose these answers are based upon the most recent book they read. And there are a lot of books out there on habits. How to change them, get rid of them, recognize the power in them, etc. Our habits seem to be all the rage. A brief search in Amazon left me smiling at the idea that there are hundreds of books all aimed at helping us create or somehow dismantle a habit or two.