Recently we introduced people to the Purposeful Living Paradigm. This paradigm is based on over 50 years of study, learning, experience and helping/mentoring business owners, students and colleagues.
We have learned from hundreds of gurus and we believe they have missed a couple of elements that we believe are key to the paradigm.
We believe in personal responsibility,
We believe in true equality (no hierarchy)
We believe that business can be conducted in a manner where everyone gains what they need in a timely fashion which eliminates poverty and isolation.
We believe that living in the paradigm means that you are connected to others but your realise that it is a privilege, not a right.
In the paradigm, you know the difference between responsibility to and responsibility for.
Awareness is a key to living in the paradigm. You acknowledge that everyone is and they are perfectly them in this moment. You accept that they have a right to their point of view, ideas and concepts and you appreciate the differences and similarities.
You live by a manifesto of doing your best, assuming nothing, taking nothing personally and regret nothing because you did your best and learned from the experience.
Because purpose is important.
Purpose keeps you going through tough times.
Purpose ensures that everyone benefits.
Purpose removes the need for security blankets because it recognises the continual growth and development that purposeful living people experience.
Purpose challenges assumptions and helps one acknowledge, accept and appreciate others
Purpose keeps you grateful, humble and living in the now.
Purpose helps you enjoy day to day more fun, funds (resources) and fitness (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual).
If you want to join the paradigm or learn more about living in the paradigm, join our Facebook Page and watch for more information coming shortly.
If you want your organisation or business to be more purposeful and enjoy the true benefits of purpose let us know.
We all get feedback every day. Some of it is positive. Some of it is negative. Some is actually neither but we perceive it as one or the other. And some of it is just down-right MEAN.
Feedback comes in words, actions, lack of response, and from our own bodies. Hunger, habits, pain, bodily functions are all feedbacks of different types.
But today let’s talk about verbal feedback.
Recently I received a feedback that I am a negative person. Now I look at the comments and want to check if I really am as negative as they say? From my viewpoint all I wanted to do is understand their thinking, I was asking for information or making comments on things I could see that could be improved. But it seems that it is easier to call me negative rather that admit they don’t want to look at the situation I am seeing. This is over-simplified as there is lots of other stuff happening and that does affect the choice of words on all sides of the equation.
Business, governance and even life are about managing risk. If you bungy jump or parachute or do some other risky potentially life threatening activity, you check to see that the situation is safe. You ask about the risks and the safety provisions. You understand that there are back-ups, safety harness, secondary chutes. Often we assume that they are in place but we fail to check that they are. We believe that since we are paying for the experience, the staff and owners will ensure our safety. Have you ever really read the forms you sign before stepping out on the ledge?
Maxwell Maltz wrote a book on Psycho-cybernetics many years ago. It was written as a personal development book and the basis of the book was that feedback both positive and negative would benefit athletes, staff and even parents raising children.
Feedback – Reactions/Actions?
How you give that feedback affects the person receiving that feedback but the effect depends on the relationship. A strong relationship means the feedback can be discussed and both parties learn more about themselves and the other person.
Unless you understand exactly what the person giving feedback means by the feedback given, the resulting actions and emotions can be unexpected.
Bullying is a form of feedback yet we often pay coaches and others to help us change a habit or improve a performance.
The person receiving the feedback can accept or refuse the feedback depending on their level of respect for the person giving the feedback or their opportunity to respond to unjust feedback.
Feedback happens on many levels. Touch a hot stove, a sharp knife or walk into an unknown situation. Feedback helps keep us safe and teaches us to watch out for certain situations.
Movies, television, media, books and other entertainment provides us with feedback on worlds we may never encounter. Our expectations on what will happen is coloured by our experiences, knowledge and ideas.
We can give permission to people to give us negative feedback – sports coaches, diet coaches and sometimes bosses. But that feedback can then carry over into other areas of our life unless the feedback is constructed to comment only on our behaviour or the viewing of the actions, not on who we are.
When feedback is destructive to “who the person is”, then what tends to happen can be soul destroying and can lead to depression and other serious health states. Telling a person they are stupid or useless are examples of this kind of soul-destroying feedback.
When you receive feedback that hurts you can modify it by saying yes at the moment that may be true but…and then do something that builds esteem. A gratitude exercise can help and so can a hug
Remember that feedback is a loop, a loop you can change. The Universe sent this message to me today. I think the sage advise here is a great way to deal with feedback.
The next time someone upsets you, think, “Thanks for pointing out that I’ve begun depending on you. Time I lose the expectations.”
And the next time someone doesn’t take your view into account, think, “That’s okay, I was once like that.”
And if someone steals from you, think, “It was nothing, my supply is the Universe.”
Or lies to you, think, “I’m sorry you feel that need.”
Violates you, “All for my growth and glory.”
Is rude to you, “Cheer up, dear soul, it’ll be okay.”
Judges you, “Thanks for sharing your truth.”
Drives by you like a bat out of hell, “Be careful, my friend. I love you.”
And the next time someone greets you with a smile, smile back, like you’re sharing a secret.
It started as a parody on Einstein’s equation (E = Mc2 ). The thought was that there should be an equation that fits how we live. Not a linear equation, but one that was at least quadratic in form.
But what would be the elements, the equivalents to E and M and c?
What do people look for in their lives?
Our first attempts were money, health and entertainment. But these were too fixed to suit our approach. So, we started with synonyms: Wealth, Health and Enjoyment. Still too restrictive for what we wanted, and extremely hard to measure.
We eventually opted for the Three F’s…
Fun: that’s enjoyment, entertainment and more. It can also incorporate “bliss”, “energy”, and more.
Funds: the available resources that someone can have. Accounting tends to put everything down to money, and we were using the parody in a business sense. To simplify, we added the meaning of Time — you need the TIME to get things done. And it alliterates nicely with Fun
Fitness: If the other two began with F, then the health component should also start with an F. But Fitness can also include “being fit for purpose”, hence we could use it for physical fitness, emotional fitness, mental fitness and even spiritual fitness, whatever that could mean.
But what would be the right equation?
F = F * F2
But which F stands for which element?
That’s the humorous part — they just all need to be there.
It gives us six life equations….
The Development Equation (Early Years)
Fun = Funds * Fitness2
As children, our lives are (mostly) about Fun. We don’t have to worry about where funds are coming from, and we do our best to be fit for all the fun we can have.
The Rebellious-Phase Equation (Teenager Years)
As teens, we start to look at fitness for our future lives, so the subject has to be Fitness. We get fitter in all kinds of ways by mixing Funds with Fun, but Fun is the biggest contributor:
Fitness = Funds * Fun2
The Finding Your Place Equation ( Young Adult)
Suddenly, resources are the main concern, Fun isn’t as much a contributor but we have to have the knowledge and skills to generate the funds:
Funds = Fun * Fitness2
The Maturing Equation (Family/Career/Adulthood)
Funds are still our main concern, but Fitness drops, and we want to really enjoy what we do. We buy into the idea that Fun (our Bliss) is the main contributor to our earnings.
Funds = Fitness * Fun2
The “What Next” Equation (Change of Life Style)
Fitness = Fun * Funds2
At this stage of life, we usually have all the resources we can use, but we are more interested in the quality of life, rather than the quantity.
The Rewards Equation (The Final Third Stage)
Fun = Fitness * Funds2
The circle of life/business is complete.
The stages apply to business, life and community but the key is evolution and the continual need for the components of FUN, FUNDS and FITNESS in some proportion in your life.
REMEMBER – teach your grandchildren the components and the formulae so that their world has purpose that is fulfilled.
One of the greatest challenges people are experiencing every day is understanding each other. Why?
Because we fail to define what we mean and that steals our success with the relationship with that person.
If we look at the Trump-Clinton clashes, how many of their differences are the result of how they define the problems and issues.
Many years ago my son and his wife were going through a challenging time and one of the comments that was made at the time was the different way they described the situation which meant that they dealt with the situation very differently.
Working with the Behavioral Archetypes, we know that a person who is primarily a “face” has very different definitions than someone who is a “heart” or “hands”. Recently I have been very challenged by the face behaviour people in my life and have left an organisation I loved dearly because the definitions of concepts like respect, sharing and seeing the best were so different.
Look at the words in the picture. How do you define each of those words?
Now go ask a business colleague for their definition of the same words? (No prompting just what does “…” mean to you)
Now ask your grandparents 0r parents how they define those words and if you no longer have grandparents or parents ask someone at least 20 years older than you are.
And then go ask a child, someone 20 years younger than you, for their definition.
What happened? Did you get the same definition?
Is anyone right? Is anyone wrong?
When you get a “rich shared map” of what people mean by a word, concept, activity, you start to build a shared idea and can move to a different level of communication.
And when that happens, success thieves are stopped. You now can make a real difference to your relationship. And that leads to – WHATEVER You DESIRE.
Please share what happened when you asked about the definitions. I know that when I talk with my children and grandchildren, it is always enlightening.
Over the last forty years I have been studying success and all of the different meanings and measures.
Success Magazine is a wonderful resources. Many of their resources date back to the start of last century. Others are more recent but one common theme – you need to decide what success looks like for you.
A while ago, I was listening to Ian Ferguson, one of New Zealand’s top Olympians discussing the secrets to winning gold medals. The secret…paying attention to what is happening to you and your body – i.e.AWARENESS.
Business advisors constantly tell you to focus on one thing at ta time. And when you focus you have to be aware. Aware of what you are doing what results you want. Aware of what is actually happening.
When you meditate, you are aware of your mantra, your breath or some other specific point. The greater your awareness of a single thing, the more you can find peace and answers.
Success requires that same level of awareness.
A laser focus.
A clear picture or objective, goal, outcome.
And when you are so totally aware of what you want, there is no way anyone can steal your success. You stop those success thieves simply because there is no room in your mind for them.
Doubt occurs only when you stop being aware of your objective and activities
Fear happens when you pause and lose focus.
Anything is possible if you truly believe. The challenge is to keep doubt and fear away. Awareness is the only way of doing that.
What exactly should you be aware of?
What you are thinking
What you are doing
What others are saying and more importantly not saying.
What is happening that you can control.
Always remember the Guide to Purposeful Living – Awareness, Acknowledgement, Acceptance, Appreciation and Action.
And live by the Manifesto to a Meaningful Life – Keep your word, Assume Nothing, Take Nothing Personal, Always do your best and Regret Nothing.
Through AWARENESS YOU control.
Through Awareness You make choices that keep success thieves at bay.
Being Aware helps you feel purposeful, passionate and happy.
When you are flexible you have the ability to control and change and that stops success thieves.
How can you be flexible?
Awareness is the first step in being flexible.
Be aware of what you are doing so you can decide if it is worthwhile to continue doing it.
Be aware of the what is happening around you. So often we act on autopilot, doing the same things in the same way and never looking at why or if there is a better way or even if it is needed.
Be aware of the reactions to what is happening around you and avoid shiny object syndrome (buying because media or friends say that you have to have something).
Next is acknowledge what is happening. Just being aware is never enough. You need to acknowledge that people and things are what they are. So often we can put blinkers on and pretend that things have not changed or that people are the same as they have always been. But in truth, change is a constant and you need to acknowledge that the change has happened and accept those changes. Flexibility depends on acknowledging and accepting the difference in people and things.
Then be grateful, appreciate that things are evolving. After all do you really want to be stuck?
And the final thing to do is act of the changes.
Make a choice.
Make a decision.
Change and move in a different direction.
The success thieves are stopped because you no longer ignore the changes. Your flexibility removes rigid responses and helps your development.
When you look at the definition of transparent, it means you can see through it. But seeing through something may not mean you actually see what is happening.
If you take a look on social media you find many stories where the organisation claimed to be transparent but in actual fact the people who were looking at the entity were unable to see what was really going on.
Given the nature of transparency therefore does that mean you can actually see what is happening or is it like so many things..if I have to tell you I am honest, integrous or transparent does that mean that my actions make you think otherwise.
Leaders, politicians even family and friends want us to think of them in a particular way. They object when we find their actions and their words conflict and make us feel uncertain.
The conflict usually is the result of mismatching and misunderstanding the Archetypes involved. You may have been taught that communication is tone and posture are more important than the words but in our experience the words have impact, if not immediately than when reflection occurs.
And miscommunication can occur when you think we have shown all our cards, explained everything, been transparent, but have not been understood by the other party. Every day people are so busy that they often do not take the time to understand others or actually deal and question what others say to them. It causes stress. It leads to confusion. And unfortunately it can lead to health problems. I remember several years ago when my boss and I had major communication problems and I became crippled and unable to talk. It lasted until one day after I quit the company.
Similar things happen with many of our clients, especially when they have made a clear decision and suddenly someone challenges them on their decision. They then start judging, questioning and feeling uncertain. And when that doubt occurs, they become virtually stuck. The success thieves have stolen their ability to take action.
If transparency really means that you see what is happening or just that you see the outcome someone else wants you to.
Words have power and we respond to words based on both the situation and the Archetypes involved.
Our success depends on how we respond to the communications that happen around and with us.
Words do have power. Use them wisely and ask for help when you feel a conflict.