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The Reality TV Primaries

If you can get yourself to read past the third sentence of this article you may just learn how this year’s primary election is less about politics, or political solutions to America’s problems, and more about the confluence of three things: technology, the power of narrative, and the collective conscious of America.

Try to get through the next sentence knowing it is neither an endorsement for, nor an indictment of, a Presidential Primary candidate.

Politics aside, Donald Trump is the best-qualified candidate to win the Presidential Primaries.

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Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

It’s always a good time to revisit your goals for the year. Accept, adjust, advance.

The New Year marks time on the calendar; this turning of the page often sparks a visceral drive within us amidst a cultural atmosphere around us to get a fresh start in our personal or professional lives. Most of our resolutions, or goals for the year, fall under one of three categories: improving physical health, emotional health and relationships (including your relationship to yourself), or career prospects. Within these categories, we tend to decide to change a habit that doesn’t serve us, or a acquire a new habit that does serve us.

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To Face Unafraid, The Plans That We Made

This past week, I was on a regular call with a client who heads a fast-growing small business. During the call he communicated that he was feeling a bit stressed due to the upcoming year-end board meeting, his recently hired high-level executives, and the challenges that come with the busy holiday season.

In response, I said that a lyric written by a 33 year old named Richard Smith came to my mind.

When he asked what I meant, I replied, “…to face unafraid, the plans that we made…”

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

In my previous blog on How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution, we used the example of weight loss to examine why some people are successful and others aren’t at solving a problem. Now let’s look at another example: those who blame their job or career for their unhappiness.

 

To put that concept in another context, let’s say that what you define as your problem is your career. Is it bringing you a sense of fulfillment? Does it make you feel good about yourself? Do you like getting up to go to work every day or do you dread the sound of the alarm?

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How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution

Letting go is really no more than an approach to a problem. Since, by definition, we are active participants in creating our own reality, the number of solutions we’ll see to any problem is limited by the way we define the problem in the first place. I like to tell my clients, “the way we define the problem determines the solutions we won’t consider.”

“The way we define a problem determines all of the solutions our minds can’t possibly consider.”  – Joe Caruso

If you went to see a chiropractor because your feet hurt, she’d probably find a problem with your spine; a surgeon would, more often than not, find a surgical solution; a dietician would tell you to change your eating habits; and an orthopedist might suggest that you need orthotics. Before we consider the solution to a problem, we have to consider how we’ve defined it, because that will determine the kinds of solutions we allow ourselves to see. That is, in effect, the law of congruency.

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Is a Multitasking Culture Actually Lowering Productivity?

My friend McKeel Hagerty shared an article with me this morning that discusses the effects of multitasking, namely through an over-abundance of emails and texting, on the brain; how it affects our stress levels, and, our brains ability to carry on sustained levels of concentration. It’s right along the lines of some of the work I’ve been reading and following lately. It’s an important concept, not just for leaders to understand (see tips at the end of the blog), but for anyone working towards greater success in their personal and professional lives. The article is also a great read for parents, as you look to limit screen time or the number of devices your children use as their young brains are still growing and forming.
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Do You Focus on Achievement or Success?

We have created an achievement-oriented society. Achievements are important. They serve as goals and benchmarks, mile-markers and victories. But think about it: If your goal is to achieve a successful life, how will you know when you’ve succeeded?

Success Strategy # 33 – “Realize that achievement is not success.” — Joe Caruso

You see, success is not a destination. In order for us to see ourselves as successful human beings and to strive to create success, we have to stop framing everything we do as an achievement. Read more »

Win-Win Negotiation: Respond Rather than React

Win-Win Negotiation

“Realize that you are always in a negotiation, if not with others, then with yourself.”  – Joe Caruso

It’s not a question of whether or not you negotiate, it’s how good you are when you do. There is an inherent danger of being in the midst of a negotiation and not recognizing it as such. Virtually all of your communication with other people is a form of negotiation.

You are the only one who can know exactly what you want and what you need. You are the only one who has the bottom-line responsibility of making sure you get it. It is not about taking advantage of people to get what you want in life. It’s about win-win negotiation.

There are five basic characteristics of a successful, win-win negotiation:
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Understand Acceptance vs Resignation

Joe uncovers Success Strategy #23 – Understand the difference between acceptance and resignation.

Acceptance literally means taking things as they come. It implies that one has the understanding and perspective that what happens or is happening is acceptable to them.

In my development work with leaders and organizations on managing change and transition, I teach that acceptance is the first step to overcoming any adversity. One who accepts is one who is firmly grounded in reality, while one who refuses to accept is one who is flirting with insanity. To refuse to accept is to invite crippling and debilitating feelings such as frustration, futility and hopelessness.

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Overheard: Joe Caruso’s Success Strategies

One measure of effective leadership? When you hear your words and contexts coming from the mouths of others.”  — @JosephACaruso

More of Joe’s Success Strategies Overhead in Mainstream Dialogue 

For those familiar with Joe Caruso’s books, success strategies, philosophies and aphorisms, it may come as no surprise that the concepts that Joe has been teaching for the past twenty years are coming through in mainstream dialogue.

Here are just a few examples that clients and friends have brought to Joe’s attention of late.

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