MAKING OUR LIFE WORK
Hello again Dear Friends,
Next week I’ll be the Keynote presenter for a group of almost 1000 people at the annual conference of the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado. The title of my talk is “Tipping Point to Golden Age”.
The essence of what I will discuss is that in spite of all the Ka Ka (crap) that is going on in our world, our country, our work, our relationships, and our lives, it still remains our personal responsibility to make things work. In other words it’s our personal responsibility and even obligation to create our own golden age regardless of what’s going on all around us.
Over ninety minutes with the medical group I’ll review specific techniques for happiness, achievement, better health, and rewarding relationships and I’d love to share a few of these items below.
For starters we must be aware of the not so subtle way in which our media scares and manipulates us with specific intent to do so. An experience just last Sunday made this oh so clear.
I spent the last half of Sunday afternoon watching my Denver Broncos play football televised by the CBS network. When the game ended I left the TV on and the next show up was “60 minutes”. As I watched the commercials during the first fifteen minutes of “60 minutes” I was rather surprised that they were almost exclusively for prescription pharmaceuticals, and the media plan became very clear to me.
For three hours the football game was watched by a predominate 18-45 year demographic followed by a much older demographic for “60 minutes”. What were the commercials for the football game? Beer and Fast food. How perfect I thought for the alcohol, fast food and pharmaceutical industry. The plan..............Get all the 18-45 years olds consuming beer and fast food for much of their lives and then as they age and watch “60 minutes” convince them that all their physical ailments will be easily cured by the drug industry. Do you think their plan is working? How much of the general society benefits from fast food, alcohol, and pharmaceutical drugs or how much does big business benefit?
The answer is to constantly be aware of what is being presented to you and then learning to listen inward before acting. The example above is a very obvious one, most are much more subtle and we need to be questioning, alert, and aware.
Are you looking for one of the easiest and fastest ways to at least temporarily ease a stressful day? Try a SIXTY SECOND VACATION! I’ve been taking them for years. It all started for me back in 1998 when I was living in Albuquerque, NM and working as CEO of a multistate mortgage banking company with about sixty employees and complete with the usual daily stresses that go along with that type of job.
I’ve always been an avid skier, with Vail, Colorado being my favorite. Well, one day my brother mailed to me a 6 foot by 2 ft poster of the back bowls at Vail where I had skied for years. I quickly framed and mounted the poster on the wall directly opposite my desk. When stress levels heightened I would get up, close the door to my office, put my phone on DND, visualize myself in the poster and close my eyes for 60 seconds. It NEVER failed to ease the stress.
All of you have the certain place where all is serene. Identify it, visualize it, and go there for 60 seconds and notice how stress is almost immediately reduced.
I think we would all agree that peaceful and rewarding personal relationships are a key for business and life success. One of the most important elements here is acknowledging that everyone we come in contact with has their positive and negative attributes, but it is always a personal CHOICE which of these elements we focus on with others. At any given moment we get to choose whether we are going to focus on the positive or negative traits of our co-workers, our friends, or our spouses. When we carefully and deliberately choose to focus on the bright side of another our relationships always flourish.
Everything in our lives and nature is constantly moving and changing whether noticeable or not. It is this constant flowing energy of change that allows us, with education and practice, to create a pleasant and fulfilling life experience, and this is what I continue to explore and teach.
With love and appreciation,