Change the Way You Think

Portrait of a young pensive businesswoman in officeThe 4th of 4 steps.

By Bill Reeb

The realization that all we have to do to be different is to allow ourselves to think differently is very powerful. The great news is ... it’s often not that hard, and sometimes it is downright easy, once you focus your attention on the right places.

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Before I went through the cathartic steps of working with my mentor John to come up with this process and refining my thoughts on this topic, I would occasionally go through some multiday bouts with gloom. I don’t want to say that I would get depressed because that would be too harsh of a descriptor.
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3 ‘Letting Go’ Actions to Help You Get Unstuck

It's not the same as giving up.

By Bill Reeb

While I've discussed "letting go" actions before, it is time to get a little better understanding of how to leverage them.

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At any point in time, when you realize you are dissatisfied with your level of success or happiness, once you have decided what to let go of that was the source of the negative emotions you are feeling, you will end up making at least one – if not two or all three – of these choices.
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Become Your Mind’s Lead Programmer

Calm balanced businessman sitting outdoors on bench in Yoga lotus pose meditating, with office building and blue sky in backgroundMeditation is one way, but there are others.

By Bill Reeb

Your mind is the most powerful resource available to you. It is easy to think of it as a supercomputer, running your physical being: constantly compiling data, processing complex transactions, creating internally revealed reports and so on.

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We know through research that most of us barely tap into our brain’s full capability, so it is also not hard to get complacent and deem the brain to be some magical organ that we just hope keeps running properly. As well, it is easy for us to get comfortable interacting with our minds as if we were only data entry operators rather than the brain’s lead programmer.
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Let Go to Get Unstuck

Trapeze artist about to grab partner's handsWhat beliefs no longer serve you?

By Bill Reeb

If you have identified a desire, created a plan and are working your plan to your satisfaction, you are in what I refer to as the “Try (Work)-Evaluate” loop that continues until you accomplish whatever you want to achieve. As long as you recognize the early warning signals and respond to them in a timely way, you will remain unstuck, continuing to work better and achieve more.

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However, most of us are not that fortunate. We start getting stuck and rather than respond to the early warning signals, we either ignore them, hoping they will go away, or try to power through them.
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Get Better, Work Better, Right Now

Businessman looking at calendar on tabletYou have an obligation to yourself. Put it on your calendar if that's what it takes.

By Bill Reeb

Whatever you decide you want to improve or accomplish takes effort. Relationships take effort. Your job takes effort. Having fun takes effort.

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Know that whatever is important to you could easily start to wither away if you don’t give it the right amount of attention.
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Stay in the Present

business meeting of a woman and two menThis goes for both your business and personal lives.

By Bill Reeb

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming and realized a significant amount of time has passed while you were on autopilot and you can’t remember any details in between?

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In the beginning, when I was driving back and forth between Austin and Arlington when Michaelle was earning her Ph.D., I found that there were times when my mind would get immersed in a topic and when I came back to the present, I might have driven between 50 and 100 miles. I couldn’t remember passing through cities. I did make the drive often, so the road was familiar, but what a scary thought that I was driving a death machine at 70 miles an hour on a crowded freeway and had no recollection of my navigation for such a long distance.
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Three ‘Bads’ and You’re Out

Exhausted man rubbing his eyes under glassesStop sabotaging yourself.

By Bill Reeb

Third “bad” and you’re out.

This is a philosophy that I adopted years ago while I was reflecting on a number of situations that had gone wrong as I was doing the work. As I have mentioned numerous times before, when we make mistakes (and for me that is often), that tends to trigger a time of great reflection.

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One day, I noticed a trend. As I would reflect on events ending negatively, I realized that in almost every case, my mistakes had compounded before they hurt me. So, for this discussion, when I refer to a “bad,” this is simply a shorthand way of saying “I made a mistake.”
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Investing in Loss

If you rely only on your "winning" skill set, you'll never develop anything else.

By Bill Reeb

“Invest in loss” is a technique that helps us expand our knowledge and ability by setting our ego aside so that we can learn how to work better and get better. With invest-in-loss, the focus is on improving; whether you win or lose, whether you look bad or like a pro, whether you are embarrassed or held up as an example, the key is to improve.

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Don’t confuse investing in loss with “give up and don’t care.” These two phrases have nothing in common. While investing in loss still means you are trying, you are not restricting yourself to those approaches that give you the best chance of “winning.”
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Constantly Build on the Basics

Climber standing atop mountain with another in distanceThe goal is to work better, not just more.

By Bill Reeb

Always keeping the basics top of mind can help you work better. This technique is about making sure you are always building on a strong foundation – strong enough for where you are now, but also strong enough to support where you plan to be.

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If your foundation isn’t built for the load you will eventually put to bear on it, then though you might make great progress doing the work in the short term, your gains will all crumble underneath you in the long term.
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How ‘Take What’s Given’ Works in Business

Extended hands on black backgroundDon't ignore the opportunities right in front of you.

By Bill Reeb

In the practice of martial arts, the concept of "take what's given" is drilled in to teach us to respond to what our opponent is offering rather than either following some mental plan we have conjured up or overrelying on our strengths.

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When you have an unfamiliar opponent, both a mental plan and leveraging strengths require information you don’t have to dependably work. In other words, those two options presume superiority; that I know my strengths are greater or that my plan has all the necessary contingencies to appropriately react to the actions and reactions of my opponent. How could you have this level of knowledge or insight about an unknown opponent?
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You Might Be Your Biggest Obstacle

Young man facing image of himselfSelf-criticism is healthy ... until it isn't.

By Bill Reeb

A couple of years ago, when I was consulting onsite with the executive team, one of the managers pulled me aside and asked me for some personal advice. She said, “I am thinking about asking to go part time because the stress of this job is really getting to me. What do you think they will say?”

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I told her that I thought they would be willing to do whatever she wanted. But then I added, “What are the owners or your direct boss doing to create this stress?” Here was the conversation that followed:
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