Being Brilliant and Human January

Being Brilliant and Human January 2020

“Being Brilliant and human” curates and shares human, practical and realistic approaches to life and work for those who are following their own path and are juggling multiple projects or streams of focus.

Thoughts on making decisions, even at the best of times, it's hard!

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I don't think it is too late to wish you a hopeful new year and I hope it is going ok for you so far.

I feel I am made for winter lockdown and with my natural inclination of hibernating, I am doing OK, as well as, working by the principle of having low expectations, it reduces my disappointment.

This January, especially, I am struggling to get motivated and get going and I am sure I am not alone, but I am forcing myself out of my comfort zone. I am using my knowledge and experience of how important it is to connect and converse with others to fill my diary with plenty of virtual coffees with friends and people they know rather than with strangers. If you fancy catching up, drop me a note!

It is one of the many things that I have decided to stop doing. With the current situation, I am finding it hard to make future plans and decisions when things are so ambigious and we don't have timelines to focus on, therefore, I have stopped doing what I don't enjoy and removed elements of my work/life in order to make space for things that bring me joy.

It feels a little childish and immature, but I hold by the principle that I should be able to do more of what I enjoy and less of what I don't to live the life I want. All I need now is for some things to come along that will fill that joy space.....

I have found a couple of articles that have helped me and I hope they help you too.

Warmest Wishes
Ghilaine

30+ Good News That Will Help Restore Your Faith in the World

This came from the Do Chronicles newsletter and another gem from them. It just gave me a boost and a reminder that good things do happen, we just don't see it so much.
Link to article

The riddle of boredom

This gave me some perspective, no answers, but when time to ourselves seems endless, we need to give ourselves a break. Laurence recommends the book The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts, which is now on my reading list to read next.
Link to article

How to murder happiness with a chainsaw

This is an extreme way of showing that the "I'll be happy when...." statements don't work. I found it helpful when I was going through my 'not caring' phase just before Christmas.
Link to article

Fork in the road

Is it really a fork, is it a binary decision you are making, is it all or nothing?
Link to article

Leading through Anxiety

"Anxiety can impair our judgment. It can cause us to focus on the wrong things, distort the facts, or rush to conclusions. Ideally, we could postpone critical decisions until we’re in a better frame of mind, but that’s not always possible" This has realistic tips that give approaches to try, or validate your feelings if you are on the recieving end of someone else going through these symptoms.
Link to article

A great book!

The heat of the moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton (on Amazon)

Find practical approaches to building an environment for teams that need to work together and make decisions quickly. In life and death situations, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton does that daily, in a very male dominated environment, as a small women. Inspiring and insightful. An easy read with gold on every page.
Check out our previous recommendations on Goodreads

Podcast worth a listen

Culture, Sir Clive Woodward

Culture, Sir Clive Woodward
Whilst this focuses on success in teams and what Clive did for the England Rugby squad, I really got the most from the TCUP - thinking correctly under pressure, which looks at pre-empting situations and deciding what you would do before you ever need to do it.

Ghilaine is passionate about allowing people to do their best work and delight others. She activates people to collaborate better in fast growing businesses, building effective operations, increasing motivation and improving customer relationships in a fast paced, changing environment.
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