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Challenge Yourself to do Something Worthy and Memorable

What do you want to tackle that you know is within your capability?

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You might have seen the 2011 movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, wherein Tom Cruise as the character Ethan Hunt makes his way up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, from the outside of the building.

Pulse Pounding

It’s a harrowing couple minutes. We watch him attempt to rise several floors in an effort to foil the bad guys, as part of hoax that they will not be able to detect.

The film was universally admired within Dubai and United Arab Emirates, in general, because of the notoriety it brought to the Burj Khalifa. I visited the building in April of 2016 and can attest to its majesty. From the observation deck, you can faintly see the shores of Iran, 78 miles to the north across the Persian Gulf.

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Unbeknownst to most film-goers, the scene required 23 days and some 400 crew members to ensure the safety of Tom Cruise. He insisted on doing the stunt himself, and as you watch the film, clearly, he had no stand-in. Hence, insurance costs and safety precautions were at a maximum.

Too Cozy

It’s not hard to admire Cruise’s fortitude and resolve. His outside climb up that building, a thrilling and totaling nerve-wracking scene, will be long remembered and perhaps never emulated.

The feat prompted me to contemplate the question, what challenge can we undertake in our own lives that will be rewarding and memorable? Or, is perpetually seeking to dwell in our respective comfort zones too compelling?

What is too true for me is that I fall into a comfortable rut – maybe you’ve experienced the same. Things are going well, my bills are paid, I’m in good health, and the people I care about are doing well.

Complacency Cripples

Lo and behold, complacency sets in. I forget about my long-term goals. Fitness objectives are unmet. The idea of writing new articles or new books that would challenge me seems to fall to the curb side, and on it goes.

Ask yourself, what do you want to tackle that you know is within your capability, but you’ve been putting it off, because being in the comfort zone is, well, comforting?

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Simon Cowell gives Nightbirde the Golden Buzzer

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Simon Cowell gives Nightbirde the Golden Buzzer after her beautiful performance of “It’s Okay.” Nightbirde chases her dreams and proves that she is so much more than her cancer!

This is a message you will want to share! Watch below:

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Renewal for the Weary: Lunch Time

You owe it to yourself to have enjoyable, mindful, and healthy lunches

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Lunch can be a wonderful time of day — much more than the mere ingestion of needed calories. If approached correctly, lunch can be a time for rest and personal renewal, at least on a small scale.

How often, however, do we force lunch in between work-related activities, such as dealing with staff, reviewing files, undertaking online research, responding to email, etc.?

Wolfing down otherwise nutritious food can, in part, negate the value of what you are ingesting. If you are giving lunch short shrift, from a physiological standpoint you might not be deriving the optimal nutritional benefits from the food you consume.

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Clear Away the Time

Fortunately, you can clear away the time and space to have a relatively leisurely lunch that will help sustain and fortify you to handle the rest of the day’s activities:

If you haven’t already done so, schedule lunch each day. Go to your appointment calendar, or scheduling software, and mark those times during which you designate as lunchtime. Make it longer than it physically takes you to consume whatever you choose to eat.

If you bring your own food, for example, a 30-minute lunch time is usually more than enough time to finish what you have. Typically, a brown bag lunch takes only 12 to 18 minutes to consume.

By scheduling additional time, even if a few minutes, you can eat more slowly and mindfully, properly digest your food, and take a real break from your work.

In and Out

If you eat at a nearby restaurant, make plans so that you’re in and out relatively easily. Perhaps you can have a standing reservation on Tuesdays with one establishment, and then do the same for other days, with other establishments.

Consider the atmosphere and the food served. Is it calming and nourishing? If the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, consider having your lunch at a less busy time.

Reflect upon what you are eating. Is it nutritious and balanced? Whatever you choose to eat for lunch, ensure that it is not fast food. There is no need to recount the negative effects of consuming questionably sourced meat products, fried food, and foods laced with bad fats, sugars, and excess salt.

The cumulative effect of consuming fast food has been well-documented and does not support your health or well-being. So, before you run into that fast food restaurant, take a moment to think about what you will be eating and its effects on your body, for that afternoon and in the long term.

Keep it Light

When having lunch with a friend or staff person, strive to keep the conversation light. Lunch is not the time to dwell upon heavy duty issues. It is a good time to bond with others, to talk about topics unrelated to the office, or to simply shoot the breeze.

By all means, ensure that you have the capability to return from lunch in a leisurely manner.

No matter how unhurried your consumption of food might have been, if you have to hustle back to the office for a key staff meeting, once again, you might negate the benefits of everything that transpired before your frenzied return.

A Rewarding Time

With the right mindset and a few simple guidelines such as those discussed above, you can turn your lunchtime into something a bit more rewarding, if not much more, than it has been.

You owe it to yourself to have enjoyable, mindful, and healthy lunches, and to receive the associated benefits in terms of job satisfaction, effectiveness, and personal well-being.

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