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Universal Values to be Grateful For

Universal Values to be Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

In many homes across the globe people are giving thanks, and talking about those people, places and things they appreciate and are most grateful for. It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving Day practice, one that would transform us all into kinder, gentler, and more appreciative human beings if only we did it more often.

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Seven days ago, I asked you to “choose values” to help you “get everything else you need to be successful.” In honor of the day, I’d like to share the thanks I give, for the Hawaiian yet universal values of Managing with Aloha, for they are available to us all. To have them, we only need decide to live them, and the fact that we can seize them so easily, branding them as our own, is in itself quite a lot to be thankful for!

—I give thanks for the value of unconditional love and acceptance, for Aloha.
—I give thanks for the value of industriousness, and worthwhile work, for Ho‘ohana.
—I give thanks for the value of creativity and decisiveness in life, for ‘Imi ola.
—I give thanks for the value of persistence and perseverance, for Ho‘omau.
—I give thanks for the value of achievement and excellence, for Kūlia i ka nu‘u.
—I give thanks for the value of hospitality and generosity, for Ho‘okipa.
—I give thanks for the value of family and community, for ‘Ohana.
—I give thanks for the value of collaboration and harmony, for Lōkahi.
—I give thanks for the value of inclusiveness and togetherness, for Kākou.
—I give thanks for the value of responsibility and ownership, for Kuleana.
—I give thanks for the value of learning and mastery, for ‘Ike loa.
—I give thanks for the value of humility and modesty, for Ha‘aha‘a.
—I give thanks for the value of dignity and respect, for Ho‘ohanohano.
—I give thanks for the value of initiative and leadership, for Alaka‘i.
—I give thanks for the value of caring and compassion, for Mālama.
—I give thanks for the value of appreciation and gratitude, for Mahalo.
—I give thanks for the value of integrity, honesty and truth, for Nānā i ke kumu.
—I give thanks for the value of rightness and balance, for Pono.
—I give thanks for the value of hope and promise, for Ka lā hiki ola.

Be thankful that you have the ability to choose from life-shaping values such as these, understanding that they are but a few of your choices. You choose them in the everyday ways that define your behavior, your dignity, and your sense of worth. You define you, and for that capacity you have to create the very best of possibilities in life, give thanks and live in joy.

What are the values that have helped shaped your life, the ones that you are most grateful for?

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What will the next action you take be in celebration of them?

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Rosa Say is the author of Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business and the Talking Story blog. She is the founder of Say Leadership Coaching, a company dedicated to bringing nobility to the working arts of management and leadership. For more on the universal values of Managing with Aloha, click to the linked index in the left column of www.ManagingWithAloha.com


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How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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