The Power of Reframing

Okay, do you tend to see the glass as half empty or half full?   Check out this week’s conversation, where Randy and I talk about the power of reframing and how our circle of people can help us see the world to our advantage!

Links mentioned in today’s show:

Career Mastery Kickstart
May Busch, Host of Career Mastery Kickstart
Leo’s books: The Power of Peers and What Anyone Can Do

Book Talk: What Anyone Can Do (Season 2, Episode 3)

Get a preview of Leo Bottary’s new book, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity and Personal Growth!

 

Peter Carrington and Being All in the Same Boat

Peter Carrington was born and grew up in Ireland. His background is in sales and marketing and 4 years ago his career took a significant change in direction when he and his wife Wendy, embarked upon the development of a luxury hotel barge business in South West France. Today, the 5 star Saint Louis Barge offers one of the mostly highly rated barge experiences in France, offering week long charter cruises for up to a maximum of 6 guests. The barge has 4 full time crew dedicated to providing a relaxed and informal backdrop to what is a unique holiday experience.

 

The Intersection of Mindfulness & Peer Advantage

Yesterday, I embarked on a four mile hike in Crested Butte, CO (one of my favorite spots on the planet) to enjoy the fall aspens and a magnificent panorama that lacked any of the traffic or the stop lights of southern California.  To paint a more complete picture, I spent part of my hike listening to Earth, Wind & Fire’s greatest hits through my ear buds.  I haven’t listened to that “album” in years, and I can’t for the life of me tell you why I selected it, but I felt transported.

It reminded me of how, as a kid, when I listened to music, I was always fascinated by the harmonies and instruments playing in the background – it’s what, for me at least, gives music its richness.  I thought about why I always loved bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Miami Sound Machine, and Chicago (yes, I’m dating myself).  The words can be poetic and the melodies are catchy, but the arrangements are pure genius.

I enjoyed my time alone yesterday.  Nothing else in the world mattered.  I was living in the moment, enjoying sights and sounds that rendered anything else completely irrelevant.  It was my personal brand of mindfulness.  As I sit here now, I’m contemplating what I’ll call the intersection of mindfulness and peer advantage.   If I am more mindful, will I experience peer advantage more fully for myself and create more value for others?   Based on a piece I read recently by Dr. Melanie Greenberg in Psychology Today, I would have to say, “Yes, of course!”  Her article speaks to nine essential qualities for mindfulness including being fully present, openness to experience, non-judgment, and connection, to name a few.  Turns out that her nine qualities align perfectly with the five factors required for experiencing peer advantage for yourself and others.

Next month, I will participate in a mindfulness workshop delivered by Amy Sandler.  (I’m really looking forward to it.) My guess is that Amy will reinforce the idea that being more mindful as an individual will only make me a stronger peer – that being truly mindful and being connected more deeply with others gives life its richness, too.  Can’t wait to tell you all about it!