Consider This When You Feel Most Vulnerable

The WHSV Digital Team Working To Push Beyond Comfort Zones

The WHSV Digital Team Working To Push Beyond Comfort Zones

What matters is commitment to the future, commitment to the customer, commitment to the mission and commitment to the process. Self-Discovery is an introspective and courageous journey that gives organizations and leaders the energy and courage to grow. -Peter F. Drucker

When I started my new position at my company, WHSV-TV3, late last year, I pushed for the freedom and autonomy to create and shape a new role that would enable me to help close some of the gaps our industry is facing between content that has traditionally been “on-air” and new digital spaces that our audience occupies. It has been both exhilarating and daunting to navigate through and prioritize the needs of this transition and some days I wish, if only for a moment, that I had simply taken a position that had already been developed and proven.

But then I remind myself that any position, whether it be one that has been in existence in our company for a long time or a brand new one, has the potential to change and it’s essential that everyone analyze the things they have done in the past that has garnered successes and recognize that what got you to that success is not necessarily going to be what will lead us to the next achievements that lie ahead.

There is so much comfort in doing things the way they’ve always been done because it feels less risky and allows us to continue to check things off of our daily list. And perhaps what we have been doing is still getting the job done, for now. But I’ve spent a lot of time working towards getting more comfortable with change, failure, risk and vulnerability. What’s different now is that I’m asking a lot of people to come with me on this journey.

It’s one thing to fail at something yourself when you know that’s inevitable for progress. It’s completely another thing to lead people on that same path knowing that everyone’s threshold for discomfort and change is different.

I am writing this, inspired by the Peter Drucker quote above, as a reminder to myself and hopefully an encouragement to all of my friends, colleagues, family and people this post will reach that if you are working towards a greater purpose, we are in this together.Even if your cause or goals are different than mine, remember that millions of others out there are feeling vulnerable and exposed by their desire to seek change and progress.

When you begin to doubt your own abilities, look inward and remember the greater purpose you’re committed to.

 

4 Ways To Start A Successful Day

sunriseConsider the most important hour of your 24 hour day your first. What you do when you first wake can set the tone for the rest of the day.

Think about your “bad” days. You probably woke in a rush, after oversleeping and feeling tired only to be met with something scheduled on your calendar that you forgot to plan ahead for. You skipped not only your spare minutes of exercise but even worse, breakfast. You had multiple cups of caffeine instead.

On the flip side, envision your “good” days where you wake up rested and un-rushed with at least a few moments for to yourself to stretch, exercise, read–whatever you need. You had more than coffee for breakfast (protein!) and you’ve already got a game-plan for how you will tackle your remaining 23 hours of the day.

While not everything can go as planned all of the time, you can definitely set yourself up to have a positive day ahead of time.

  1. Do not get consumed by tasks and processes right away. The first decisions of your day should be your own, not others’. You set the tone. Stay away from the minutia of typical tasks first off and you’ll be better equipped to handle them.
  2. Reflect and then do something that energizes you. Spend a moment recognizing how you feel. Just this awareness will help channel your inner strength. Then use the time to charge yourself by doing whatever works for you such as working out, reading something motivational, or even visualizing the things you are grateful for and the things you want to work towards.  
  3. Create a list (physical or mental) of the things you will focus on. What are your main goals today? In general? What makes you happiest? Never forget that time is a limited resource and it’s only as valuable as you make it. Spend your time on the things that make a difference in your life.
  4. Kiss your loved ones. This may sound a bit cheesy, but giving love will help you feel more fulfilled and will allow you to focus on the day ahead of you. Start your day with gratefulness and share that with the ones around you that you love.

5 Reasons Optimists Get More Out Of Life

5 Reasons Optimists Get More Out Of Life

Seek The Positive In Every Moment

1. Optimists Jump In And Solve Problems, Even When The Answer Is Not Obvious

People love to talk about their problems and can often prevent themselves from moving forward because they are too consumed with analyzing them versus moving past them. Optimists are oriented towards solving their problems. Sure, everyone gets stuck now and then, worrying about the things they can’t change, but optimists always find a way to move beyond the seemingly impossible.

2. Optimists Are Flexible

Because optimistic people focus on finding a solution versus dwelling on the problem, they bounce back more quickly from setbacks and know how to be reliant. Setbacks are only temporary and for them, overcoming difficulties is a necessary part of life.

3. Possibilities Are Abundant

Everyone has their own world view but optimists tend to recognize this more readily and look through other people’s “glasses.” They are open to anything new and avoid stereotypes.

4. Who Doesn’t Want To Be In A Good Mood More Often?

Positive thinkers spend more time in a good mood. This certainly doesn’t mean optimists never feel discouraged, frustrated or overwhelmed but they have the ability to regain their composure and positive state of mind more quickly. They reflect on their failures and defeats as temporary and passing making them less likely to give up on their goals.  

5. Optimism Affects The Senses

Positive people are more creative, attentive, and have better developed vision and hearing. PS. It’s been proven…optimists live longer!

If You Want To Engage People, Tell Your Story In Pictures

Want To Engage People? Think VisualToday, we live in a world where everything is moving faster and faster. And we’re all busier than ever. Time is hard to come by. There is always so much to do and we are doing those things in multiples.

While many sayings of yesteryear have long since become clichés, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is one that is still extremely relevant. With so many messages coming at us at any given second, many businesses are sharing their story through pictures and info graphics.

90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual and we process images 60,000 times faster than plain text (B2B Infographics). So what’s one thing we could all do to make our social media communications be even more engaging both on the business and individual sides? Think with your eyes–create a visual.

Extrinsic Motivators May Actually Lessen Our Internal Drive To Achieve

Extrinsic MotivatorsDo extrinsic motivators actually do more damage than good? In his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink gives one a fabulous example of the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivators.

There was a study done at a daycare where some parents were chronically late in picking up their children. The management of the daycare posted a sign one day one the door:

Do to the high volume of parents who have been collecting their children after the scheduled pickup at 4PM, the daycare will be implementing a new policy going forward. There will be a fee for every 10 minutes that a child is picked up after 4:10PM. This fee will be accrue throughout the month and will be charged at the end of the month along with regularly monthly fee. Thank you. -The Management

The daycare expected the numbers of children being picked up late to decrease. However, exactly the opposite happened. Why? The “fee” imposed for late pickups was an extrinsic motivator for the parents.

Extrinsic motivation, meaning external or outside of yourself, is something that is frequently used within society throughout our lives. These are motivators that move us to do something based on an external, often highly regarded outcome. Intrinsic motivation is based on the drive within ourselves to achieve something.

While there are always some gray areas, in the case of the daycare, most parents were driven intrinsically by their desire to respect the time of the teachers. They wanted to maintain the relationship they had with their children’s caregivers, thus trying to be on time for pickups as much as possible. When the daycare changed their policy and enacted a fee for late pickups, that intrinsic motivator ceased to be the driving force. Suddenly, the parents could “buy time.” Their inward drive was replaced with the consequences of an extrinsic motivator, causing them to care less than before.

In Pink’s book, Drive, he deduces that “most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach.”  He contends that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, home and in learning environments “is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”

Sometimes we have the internal desire to achieve a certain outcome yet we let external motivators get in the way of why we really wanted to achieve that outcome in the first place. Think of some of the areas this applies in your life and imagine what you could do if you became more conscious of your own internal motivators.

 

Follow Daniel Pink on Twitter: @DanielPink

Forget Gender Neutral Toys, GoldieBlox Speaks Directly To Girls

GoldieBlox

Have you heard of GoldieBlox? It’s a toy based on one company’s hope to attract girls to the field of engineering. Recently, many toy companies have been getting a lot of pressure to make toys more gender neutral. Why are the mini kitchens always pastel and the Lego men always the police officers and doctors? These stereotypes are slowly changing as more and more people join the conversation. But is that enough to break down the barriers? GoldieBlox takes it even a step further. Instead of focusing on the colors of the toys, the company has decided to target girls specifically, to introduce them early on to the world of engineering.

PS. The Beastie Boys apparently did not like the use of their soundtrack for this commercial. It’s hard to find online now, hence the version with subtitles. I LOVE this commercial!

From GoldieBlox:

At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls’ strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.

In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math…and girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8, GoldieBlox is determined to change the equation. Construction toys develop an early interest in these subjects, but for over a hundred years, they’ve been considered “boys’ toys”. By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.

We believe there are a million girls out there who are engineers. They just might not know it yet. We think GoldieBlox can show them the way.

Go to http://www.goldieblox.com to see it all.

 
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