Thursday, June 09, 2005

OTTL 2005: "Balance or Integration" by Steve Robinson

My notes from an Our Turn to Learn 2005 presentation by Steve Robinson from Georgian College. The presentation was built around powerful metaphors, such as water, that I haven't adequately captured in my notes.

  • Mice live approximately 2 years normally. Under stress (frightened, food water deprivation, etc) they may only live for a couple of weeks! With a little TLC however, a mouse may life up to 5 years.
  • Stress is a reaction, suggesting that if we are able to change our perception we have some form of control over it.
  • What inspires you? Turn off auto-pilot. Taking time to identify and become aware of the things that make you feel good. Attention becomes intention.
  • We are like balloons, bursting under pressure but we also have a resiliency to bounce back.
  • Concept of balance - not static, in motion, ups and downs. Someone mentioned a concept called PIES (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual). The problem with balance is that it implies that aspects of life are separate and distinct when they really overlap. How many of us can leave our family life away from work? How many of us take our work home? Has technology may have caused or contributed to these blurred boundaries?
  • Juggling the 5 balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. The work ball is rubber. The others are fragile and cannot be dropped.
  • 13 tips:
    1. Spend time organizing & planning
    2. Set goals (the power of a glacier)
    3. Prioritize
    4. Use a TO DO list
    5. Be flexible (rivers never form a straight line but always reach their destination)
    6. Consider your biological prime time
    7. Do the right thing right
    8. Eliminate the urgent
    9. Practice the art of intelligent neglect (learn to let things go, play, have fun)
    10. Avoid being a perfectionist
    11. Conquer procrastination
    12. Learn to say "no" (but gracefully). If you never say 'no' then what is your 'yes' worth?
    13. Reward yourself
  • The Life Wheel, adapted from Deb Clifford's "Inspirational Coaching" model. How bumpy is your wheel? How comfortable a ride?
  • If you were a boat, what type of boat would you be? What kind of waters would you be in? William Shedd: "Boats in the harbour are safe, but that's not what they were built for".
  • There is wisdom in the "Row, row, row your boat" poem.
  • The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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