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Happy New Year! A time for fresh beginnings! As you start to reflect on where to put your energy for 2016, I encourage you to consider your brain into the equation.
This month, I am wrapping up my NeuroLeadership Series: To Build Better Brains with a double whammy feature to help you make 2016 your most powerful year yet!
There are many things in this world out of our control, but we get to choose how we treat our brains. Our attention to our brains impacts how they will treat us. I encourage you not to leave your brain health to chance. Learn some more ways in today's articles on how you can leverage the most sophisticated tool on the face of the planet, your brain, to achieve a whole new level of life and business success!
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
Build a Better Brain by Pumping Up Your Compassion Muscle!
A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at a store when a lady in her mid-fifties with fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair flung back in a loose pony tail, cut right in front of me! My first reaction was to assume she did not see me. But as I examined her, I noticed she was fidgeting and avoiding my gaze.
I didn't say a word to her, but I could feel this dark cloud of tension moving over us. I began to feel angry inside as my mind started to weave stories about how her actions would impact me. I began throwing judgements in my mind about the lady and her character.
The 'old me' would have let the mind train circle around for a few hours, carrying that experience with me throughout the day and probably even telling others about it, getting myself more worked up.
But since the brain injury, I have learned some invaluable tools to help me navigate life in a different way for the purpose of taking stress off my brain to allow it to heal. What I have seen in the work I do as a Coach is that brain injury or not, our brains operate best when we are not under constant stress. We tend to carry so much pressure in our lives that it feels like the norm.
I can tell you when I was forced, completely out of my control, to slow down I learned some crucial lessons about how our brains best work. One of the tools I have learned through brain rehab is how to teach my brain to use compassion to help build a stronger brain. Read more about how compassion changed the outcome of this story.
Tidy Up to Improve Your Brain Space
Have you ever spent an afternoon cleaning a closet or your work space and felt great when you see the finished product? A sense of pride and feeling of being super-organized often emerges from participating in the simple task of tidying.
The book 'the life-changing magic of tidying up' by Marie Kondo discusses discarding everything in your house that does not bring you joy. I agree with this concept as I think we tend to overuse shelf organizers when we should just get rid of more stuff.
Today, I want to share with you how de-cluttering your space, at work and home, can have a profound impact on helping de-clutter your brain. Read more.
Today's Thought: "One of the great responsibilities I have is to manage my assets wisely so that they can create value." Alice Walton
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
A Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award winner and nominee as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.