What's a great part of a long plane ride? Having time to read!!
Yesterday I headed from San Francisco to Orlando, Florida to attend a two-day training event, and finally had more than a 15-20 minute stretch to really get into a book I've been wanting to read for a long time:
Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith
The premise of Triggers is that there are environmental (the people and situations around us) and psychological triggers that can derail us from our work and life. After helping us learn what those triggers are for us, and we are all unique, the book goes on to show ways we can defuse those and re-frame a situation so we can stay on track and move forward.
A couple of key take aways for me yesterday:
- AIWATT (rhymes with "say what") Am I Willing At This Time....to make the investment required to make a positive difference on this topic? Boy, does that bring clarity to our plans and goals -- a simple thing to ask oneself, with profound results.
- Many of us write weekly and daily plans. I review those plans on a weekly basis. However, I am now going to try switching up my assessment by asking myself, "Did I do my best to......" We are in charge of our actions, not always the results. So by switching my mindset from results (did I set 2 face to face appointments this week) to the action I took (did I do my best to set 2 face to face appointments this week) re-frames the question, which I now own.
The conference I'm attending is fabulous and keeps me busy from morning to night - I love it - but I'm looking forward to flying home tomorrow evening -- and finishing Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith.