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The Art of Getting to the Point

communication focus Sep 16, 2019

What does it mean?  It means that we must get to what’s important, to what is really the heart of the message, and not talk just to hear ourselves talk, it means to focus on the basics, on the essential point.

On many occasions, I don’t know if it’s happened to you, you are talking with someone who goes around and around the issue and ends up not telling you what he or she wants to say, or maybe you find yourself in a situation that’s perhaps uncomfortable or complicated, and you don’t dare say things directly, and while trying to be “politically correct” or “polite”, you beat around the bush, or offer thousands of irrelevant...

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The cost of Distractions

distractions focus Aug 19, 2019

First of all, I want to say that distractions are not all that bad and that statistically, distracted persons have the great potential to find solutions to problems in ways that are unique and different.  With that being said, today we will talk about the cost of distractions while we are performing our jobs.  Distractions can help or affect us in different ways, and normally happen suddenly, at a bad time, and unexpectedly.  However, there are things we can do to avoid getting distracted and meet our objectives despite them.  In order to be able to work and classify our distractions, you must be very aware of them and follow these suggestions:

1.        Identify the type of distraction:

Distractions normally behave like noise in your mind and lead to not being able to concentrate 100% on the task or responsibility at hand.  This noise can come from your own thoughts, or from something or someone external. ...

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Saving money? What for?

focus planning saving Aug 12, 2019

Very few people these days are in the habit of saving money.  Not only for future purchases we would like to make but also to be prepared for a future that’s full of uncertainty and changes.  It’s important to consider that for younger people in different countries in Latin America and the world in general, we will find a huge difference regarding retirement funds we will have access to.  There have been many changes that affect the new generations, therefore it is very important to learn to save from an early age and thus have financial security later in our lives.

These days where we’re surrounded by credit cards, we somehow think that the available funds in these cards are ours already and we spend without moderation.  We don’t make a budget for our expenses and then we have difficulty fulfilling our financial responsibilities, pay our credit cards, pay other debts, and we don’t have the chance to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

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Avoid working when overwhelmed

focus Jun 24, 2019

Feeling overwhelmed is by definition a saturation of thoughts that create worry, fatigue and stress and it is then that our brain, in order to protect itself from overload, avoids having thoughts that could give us clarity to look for solutions, take action, and think properly.

The highly regarded university UNAM recently revealed a study where Mexico is one of the most toxic countries in the world when it comes to working in companies (almost 85% of companies in the country are ranked this way), this taking into account the actions companies take for taking care of the people and how they ensure both their physical and mental well-being, as well as their plans for motivation and personal development, and although it may sound very simple, it’s not, since this leaves us among one of the countries where they rate of psychological disorders and mortality due to stress at work is one of the highest in the world.

Now, the most common factors for stress at work and the ones that...

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A failure is a lesson learned.

J.K. Rowling, the English author who became famous with her Harry Potter book series, said:

 “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

This leads us to think about the importance of failing, because this means that you are daring to do something, and as much as a failure hurts, it’s an important part of life, it means you are living, that you are learning, that you are trying to do something, it means that you dare, you act, that you not only dream but that you do something about it.    

Personally, I have failed many times and they haven’t necessarily been small failures, some have been big and have hurt more than even I realized at the time.  I am talking about personal, professional, financial and even failures regarding my health, but all these failures have taught me something, from not repeating them...

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Get up 30 min earlier

focus planning May 20, 2019

Many times we complain that there’s not enough hours in a day to do everything we’d like to do or what’s on our To Do list.  But there’s a little secret that will help you feel very good throughout the day and that will help you achieve much more than what you are accomplishing right now.  This secret is, get up 30 minutes earlier.

Some of us have to set 5 or more alarms to be able to wake up and start doing our morning activities.  This is a sign that we have to make some changes to our routine to better take advantage of our mornings and to be more productive.

For many people, the early hours of the day tend to be the most productive, or of high efficiency.  It’s important to dedicate them to activities that will bring you greater benefits throughout the day.  There are not that many interruptions, it is easier to concentrate, and they allow you to do things that once the day really gets going and the flood of urgent and...

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3 Goals a day will lead to success

focus planning May 13, 2019

Have you ever consciously done your to-do list, either in writing or in your head, and you realize that there are more things to do in a day that are humanly possible to get done? If you responded affirmatively, we understand, and would like you to know that we’ve gone through it ourselves, as a solution, we set only 3 mandatory goals per day. Yes, only 3.

These goals must have certain characteristics:


#1 They must be do-able; what does that mean? That at first glance, we don’t see any setbacks that will frustrate us or our goal: for example, if you need to do an outside activity, let’s say, plant a tree, but there is heavy rain in the forecast or it is raining already, well, that’s an activity that we will not be able to complete. Better look for activities that won’t be affected if external factors won’t cooperate.


#2 They must be aligned with your life goal; we have talked about this several times and it is vitally important, if the activities...

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Goal or Process?

focus planning Apr 29, 2019

In our courses and talks we have mentioned how important it is to have a vision, an objective, a dream, since these are one of the keys to achieve success.  Human beings need a focus, something to work towards, a vision that excites us.  It’s the perfect motivator.  Without it, our lives seem not to make sense and we feel stuck.

However, as with everything, when taken to the extreme it could generate a stressful situation and therefore lead to a lack of focus.  Concentrating only on the final objective can make your brain abandon the excitement of the current moment and forget to enjoy the process.

When the final objective turns into the main objective, a situation develops where we don’t feel happy with the place we currently find ourselves in, we want to reach that goal, whatever the cost; we don’t feel satisfied where we are right now, we want to be “there”.  It is a reinforcement for our subconscious mind that we feel we are...

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Don’t let your excuses take over

excuses focus Apr 22, 2019

We all have different goals and objectives in life, many of them fill us with excitement and keep us motivated, and there are others we are not so enthusiastic about, but we know they are for our own good.  Everything is quite easy at the beginning since we find ourselves motivated, but little by little you start having doubts and negative thoughts get into our head and we start getting off track and another month goes by without having finished what we had wanted to do so much.  There are many reasons why we fail, but in almost all cases the reasons we have are really excuses. 

The 4 main excuses we give for not achieving our goals are:

“I can’t”

“I don’t know how”

“I don’t have money”

“I don’t have time”

You’re probably identifying with more than one of them right now, and can remember a time when you used each one of them.  This is completely normal and it’s happened to most of...

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One thing at a time

focus Mar 18, 2019

Last week we talked about the importance of taking a good vacation, since it relieves stress, helps improve your mental health which allows you to be more creative, and find sources of inspiration to solve problems, a lot of them even beyond “normal” solutions or as we say, think outside the box.
 
However, it is also true that the day before we have to go back to work, we start experiencing anxiety just thinking about all the things we will have to do as soon as we get back:  the number of emails we have to check, get up to date on several things we have to deal with and catch up on the meetings we did not attend, plus the work that probably piled during that week. 
 
This is precisely one of the reasons why many people think twice about going on vacation since they know what’s going to be waiting for them when they come back, or maybe they decide not to completely disconnect to somehow reduce the work load once back from vacation. 
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