Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sleep Problems?

Join the crowd!! In the US, according to a poll by the NSF Sleep in America Poll, 25% of Americans don't get the minimum amount of sleep to be alert. About 70 million people have a sleep problem, with 40 million having a chronic problem. The cumulative effect of sleep loss and sleep disorders represent about $18 billion in lost productivity due to poor work performance. What is to be done? This blog is not about answers, it is about asking yourself questions to determine how to create better sleep hygiene.
1) Do you go to bed at a regular time?
2) Do you create specific rituals and routines to train you brain and body for sleep?
3) Do you know how to turn off your brain and let go of the day or to do list?
4) Do you have techniques to get back to sleep if you awaken?
5) Do you have habits that contribute to your sleeplessness? (caffeine, alcohol, strenuous activity in the late evening, eating)
6) Do you ruminate about anxious thoughts and feelings?
7) Have you spoken to your doctor about your sleep problems?
8) Did you know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help with reframing your thoughts?
9) Do you have bad dreams or nightmares?
10) Are you ready to take charge of your sleep hygiene and get good rest?
There are techniques and strategies available to help you calm down, relax, empty your mind and improve your dreams. If you want to know more, give us a call. We can show you how to program your dreams. With mental rehearsal, relaxation and biofeedback, you can improve your sleep, energy and get the rest you need.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Self-Confidence--Personal Characteristics

Successful leaders tend to have certain traits. Two keys areas of personal growth and development is fundamental to leadership success: self-confidence, and a positive attitude. Self-confident people are usually inspiring, and people like to be around individuals who believe in themselves and what they're doing. Likewise, if you're a positive and optimistic person who tries to make the best of any situation, you'll find it much easier to motivate people to do their best.

Self-confidence is built by mastering significant skills and situations, and by knowing that you can add real value by the work you do. One of the best ways to improve your confidence is to become aware of all of the things you've already achieved. 
A positive mindset is also associated with strong leadership. However, being positive is much more than presenting a happy face to the world: you need to develop a strong sense of balance, and recognize that setbacks and problems happen – it's how you deal with those problems that makes the difference.

Positive people approach situations realistically, prepared to make the changes necessary to overcome a problem. Negative people, on the other hand, often give in to the stress and pressure of the situation. This can lead to fear, worry, distress, anger and failure.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Confusing Signals in Life

The sign on the right may be representative of how many mixed signals we receive on a daily basis. I think about how hard it is to trust your instincts sometimes when you know something is right, but risky. For example, when do you trust someone? How do you decide to avoid temptation for food, alcohol, work that is destructive for you?
How do you know when you've reached a dead end road in your life?
Here are some points to consider.

  1. Is there respect? If there is a lack of respect, it may be time to move on. The relationship, job or you way of coping may be a place NOT to enter.
  2. Are your goals and values compatible? Mismatched goals may mean you need to be more open and improve communication to get back on track, or ultimately a sign that you are headed in different directions.
  3. Do you get bored? When boredom reigns, you may not be challenged, you need more meaning or purpose in life, or you may have given up. 
What to do? It may be time to call it a day and move on. Perhaps, you need a new approach to the situation or problem. If you are expecting others to change or make you happy, that is a dead end sign. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility for your choices and outcomes. If you own the problem and move out a blame or victim mentality, you can become empowered. Take a look at the signals that keep showing up in your life and make a conscious decision to make a shift.

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