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Everyone’s Always Looking At Their Smartphones

Everyone’s Always Looking At Their Smartphones

Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. So, why are so many people complaining? Parents, spouses, teachers, law enforcement officials, just to name a few, are not too pleased. We all have heard parents complain that their children neglect family time, preferring instead to interact with friends by texting and engaging in virtual reality by playing games.

Spouses wait all day for their husband or wife to arrive just to find the smartphone won out in the attention-getting department. Teachers have concerns about plagiarism and students texting answers during class. Authorities now have to police a no-texting-while-driving law that never existed before the advent of smartphones.

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Life Smartphone is a video that uses hyperbole to comically illustrate examples of disasters that occur because so many people are on their smartphones in lieu of fulfilling their responsibilities. You certainly don’t need to understand the Chinese that begins and ends this comical video clip that has an all-too-serious theme: People paying attention to their smartphones while neglecting their responsibilities can have dire consequences.

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What Can We Do Instead of Paying Attention to Our Smartphones?

Everything in moderation is an eastern philosophy. Its merit is certainly applicable here. If we deprive ourselves of smartphone use completely, it will make us want it more. If instead, smartphone users know they will still be allowed to use their phones at certain times of the day, they will be willing to agree to curb their use of the phones.

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For example, on Sundays many families have “Game Day.” Many people use their phones to play games, so the human-interaction that used to accompany board-game use is gone. Try to create tech free times for yourself and your family. For example, by having “Game Day”, or movie night, families still have bonding time.

In addition, there are families that have tech-free hours, for example, after 8:00 pm; tech-free days, and even-tech free vacations. Bear in mind: We don’t have to use smartphones for activities that used to bond people together just because we can.

Featured photo credit: Kevin Dooley via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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