The allegory of the long spoons is a parable that shows the difference between heaven and hell. Read how it might just apply to the modern workplace for many of us.
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On average it takes around 66 days before a new behaviour becomes automatic.
It’s not easy and it if we don’t continue to develop our self-awareness we can fall back into our old patterns of thinking and behaviours, especially when we feel pressured and stressed.
A large part of our personal resilience is based on our ability to problem solve, strengthened by our ability to formulate goals and achieve them. That’s because setting goals is about intention and taking control of more of the things that shape our lives, rather than letting events dictate and determine the outcome for us.
In today’s world we are constantly asked to make quick decisions, think on our feet and act fast. Too often we confuse “my truth” with “THE truth” and it’s this that can cause tension, stress and disconnection between people. Follow the steps in this guide and instantly make a difference.
We all get stuck at some point in our lives and it often happens when we’ve stopped listening to ourselves and what we need. The routine hum drum of modern life; waking up and going to work only to get home, go to bed and do it all again the next day can often leave us feeling uninspired and unmotivated. Feeling the pressures to perform, be at our best and succeed can also make us feel stuck. Hearing yourself saying “I should” or “I have to” are great sign of a need to direct our energy yet feeling a little stuck on the actual direction we are taking.
Focusing on our strengths promotes confidence and the desire to keep improving. We perceive more control over our lives and feel much more capable of identifying situations that would previously have worried us. It even makes us feel excited about the future, all because we can focus on and use our strengths.
Unchecked habits create the conditions for burnout. Managers constantly demanding of their talent create the conditions for burnout. Those talented people pushing themselves constantly to prove their worth create the conditions for burnout and yet a few small changes to our habits can make burnout less likely.
Research tells us we have approximately 60,000 thoughts each day, and in order to function quickly our brain takes mental shortcuts by operating the majority of the time in ‘fast thinking’ mode.
Knowing what causes pressure to turn into stress for you is vital. The more you recognise your personal triggers the more chance you have of combating them before they take effect. Remember your triggers are personal to you and can be different to even your closest family and friends, let alone colleagues and complete strangers.