Inspire your work

Do you ever have that sense that your brain is ‘full’? You just can’t take in any more information or stimulus … your virtual barriers go up, your mind shuts off. Or maybe you notice the frustration before you reach ‘completely full’ as things stop making sense? How effective is your learning after you reach that state?

These experiences can be a sign that we’re tired, stressed or both and need to look after our rest. At other times it can be a sign that we need to stop and make space to all...

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Recall a time when you were working towards a meaningful goal that was also really challenging. What kept you engaged, even when you met obstacles? Did you feel like giving up at any stage? What brought you back?

When we’re engaged in a task that’s challenging but meaningful, that meaning or purpose is an important part of what keeps us engaged. Seeing progress or impact – however small – is another factor. And it’s likely for a task we’ve set ourselves that we have some level of trust or conf...

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We all know we should back up our devices – laptops, tablets, phones. But…I’m guessing most of us have had an experience of looking at a blank screen realizing we don’t have a recent backup.

It can seem as if it should be obvious or straightforward to figure out what is within our control or influence, or beyond it, but as explained in the previous newsletter it’s not necessarily plain and simple.

And even once we’ve figured it out, we may not get the outcomes we expect. Sometimes we can b...

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Have you ever started work or study in a large building or campus? It can take a while to find your way around – to your workspace or lecture rooms, to the coffee machine. It can take even longer to figure out when it’s a good time to go to the coffee machine!

In unpacking the aviation frame so far, we’ve covered the importance of accepting that things can go wrong, and ways to strengthen our preparation for challenges and responses to them.

The final element – understanding what is within...

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We’ve all been there, or at least worried about being there … that heart-stopping moment of our mind going blank while we’re speaking in public. Eventually – or perhaps fairly quickly – we take a deep breath, refer to our notes, collect our thoughts and get back on track. Sometimes we may even be able to manage it with humour.

As discussed in the previous newsletters, a noticeable change in circumstances, whether sudden or slow onset, can cause us to react with startle, surprise or both.

I...

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