Wealth

Noise

R.E.L.A.X…..  Aaron Rodgers made this statement several
years ago as the famed Green Bay Packers got off to a rough start in their
season.  The fans, the local media were
all over him, everyone doubting.  Sure
enough, as if out of a Disney movie, Rodgers goes on to lead them into the
playoffs.  RELAX…ha, that’s easier said
than done, so how about adding-  “Stop,
Drop and Roll”.

There
is certainly no shortage of NOISE today: a 24 hour news cycle, social media,
expanded media, a dysfunctional political system, the list goes on.  My hope is to give you an easy way to keep
your sanity and stay focused on your goals and dreams.
  Whether
it be fretting over the ongoing political environment, an ‘impending’ market
correction, or the latest gripe on social media, Relax – take a deep breath and
Stop, Drop and Roll –

Early in my corporate life, I was
taught the Bucket Philosophy:

  • Bucket
    1 are issues/actions you can control
  • Bucket
    2 are issues/actions you can influence
  • Bucket 3 are issues/actions you can neither
    influence nor control

This
was a common language often used by leaders to remind me to stay focused on the
activities and actions I could control(and frankly what mattered), and disregard
the NOISE.  Noise was doubters, noise was
haters, noise was all of the ‘stuff’ going on around me that could distract me
from the activities I needed to stay focused on to be successful.  Noise wasn’t always an external factor.  Noise is likely different for all of us,
distracting none the less.  

So
the next time you find yourself falling prey to the noise, RELAX – Stop, Drop
and Roll – Ask yourself these simple questions:

  1. Can I control this
    situation/item?
  2. Does this ‘really’ matter
    or am I just annoyed?
  3. Can I change it?  If so, how?
  4. What can/should I focus on
    instead?

25
years of active observation tells me the people who stay focused on Bucket 1
items and have the ability to put Bucket 2 and 3 in their place are the
happiest!  It’s hard to be happy with
yourself or anyone else around you if you give all the control away

So
the next time you find yourself getting heated up over …. <>  RELAX, take a deep breath and Stop, Drop and
Roll.  RELAX….

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