I was reminded by someone yesterday of a wonderful definition of integrity - having the courage to go with the truth as you know it with a heartfelt response with care and consideration for others.
Look at how you are managing your agreements especially with appointments. Cancelling a meeting via email five minutes prior to the meeting time basically tells the other person you had no intention of showing up in the first place (unless of course it is an emergency).
Consider your appointments as a sacred trust with yourself that you will show up. Otherwise don't make the agreement. And, if something is going to interfere with any appointment, it's important to reschedule it in advance so as not to inconvenience others.
Cancelling by email five minutes in advance in my experience is not care and consideration for others. And, if that is what needs to happen given extenuating circumstances, have the courage to call vs email the person waiting for your call.
We all deserve to be treated better by ourselves.
Managing our calendars allows for advance notice.
December 30th, 2011
I have been doing one year follow-up with clients and am appreciating people's willingness to keep up-leveling their systems. What I see over and over is the importance of the physical part of a next action. (A next action is doable, physical, and one step.) The tendency to write down verbs that are mental constructs vs. physical movement stops the flow of action. An example would be analyze budget numbers vs add up budget columns in Excel spreadsheet and compare to last year's budget. The second is a physical action that is doable in one step. The first example is a mental description which doesn't give you the first step. The difference may seem simplistic, but that tiny language difference will move your actions to completion.
Looking vs Thinking
November 22nd, 2011
Watch what you tend to do when someone asks you about your availability or what you are working on. If you go to your mind vs. your calendar then you have an opportunity of letting more go into your systems and allow your mind to rest. There is true freedom when you don't know your schedule and have to look at the calendar. Looking allows the mind to relax and trust on a new level.
Staying out of In
November 25th, 2011
My office internet service has been down for four days. What that meant was a once-a-day trip to the local coffee shop with wi-fi to send and receive email. During the day I could monitor emails on my iPhone but could not respond because replies needed attachments, etc. What is very clear to me after these four days is that the less time we spend checking email, the more we can complete.
November 22nd, 2011
I am aware more than ever before of the importance of consciously using my time and making only the agreements I intend to keep.
I see many verbal agreements and promises that never make it to completion. Be careful of the things you agree to that you don't write down. Agreements in writing are far more likely to occur.
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