10 tips for managing your time with mindfulness

1. Overcoming the tyranny of the present. Pick up your head and look into the future.
2. Ask, “Is this really even necessary?”
3. Push your calendar reset button.
* What’s most important to get done today?
* Recognize the things that still have to be done.
* Schedule distractions to a future time.
4. Understand and set your operating schedule.
5. Schedule the most important rocks first.
6. Give yourself time for unconscious thought.
7. Set boundaries and guidelines.
8. Use yes and no strategically. Avoid a mindless yes.
9. Tame the distraction dragon.
10. Consider your impact. People are taking their cues from you.

Put the Glass Down

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed — incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down

10 Quotes that Should Shape Your Leadership

  1. “An organization is not truly great if it can’t be great without you.” — Jim Collins
  2. “Too often we argue about Christianity instead of marveling at Jesus.” — John Ortberg
  3. “Don’t just delegate tasks to the next generation. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. Instead delegate authority to create leaders.” — Craig Groeschel
  4. “You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.” — Bill Hybels
  5. “The signature of mediocrity is not unwillingness to change. The true signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” — Jim Collins
  6. “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.” — Patrick Lencioni
  7. “When you are angry, you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — William Ury
  8. “When you’re in a position of authority, you need truth-tellers around you.” — Condoleezza Rice
  9. “I failed him for two years because I was too chicken to have the difficult conversation.” — Bill Hybels
  10. “The morale failure of a leader will challenge the integrity of others as well.” — Mario Vega

Perspective

Here are some tips to help us keep the right perspective:

1. Pray everyday for discernment, and strength of heart and mind.

2. Set priorities so you aren’t overwhelmed with too many commitments

3. Take care of your body — eat healthy and get enough sleep

4. Plan ahead for work, family time, and prayer time

5. Keep a positive attitude and expect the unexpected! Your plans are not always HIS.

Character

1. Our talents can only take us as far as our character is able to hold us.

2. Talent alone does not make a man.

3. Last year’s trophy means nothing.

4. Our true self will come out when we are under the most stress.

5. Our actions, not our intentions define us.

Spotify — How it Will Help Your Music Career

Spotify

Spotify, a music service with instant access to over 13,000,000 songs, launched in the United States last month to huge buzz. Users have three options to access it. There is a free service, with limited access and commercials, a “computer” based sevice with unlimited access for $4.99/month, and a “mobile” service, also with unlimited access, but with higher quality streaming for both computers and mobile devices for $9.99.

It’s a great service. More or less, you type the artist you want to listen to, click on the song you want, and it starts playing.

And I think it’s good for the music business. At the height of the business, when people were both new CDs as well as back catalog, to replace worn out vinyl and cassette albums, the average consumer was spending about $3/month, which was split between retailers, distributors, labels, publishers, songwriters, producers, and artists.

If we can get 2–3x that money, without worrying about the “middlemen” and costs of physical distribution, we’ll be in good shape as far as revenue.

Plus, a service like Spotify allows consumers to explore music. You can find an artist that you like and, instead of focusing on one album or a single you’ve heard, you can dig deeper, going into back catalog and more obscure recordings, of which Spotify has many.

This gets people more interested in and involved with the acts they like. Knowing one song is great, but knowing entire albums worth of material creates a relationship.

Imagine having fans who knew everything that you’ve ever done, thanks to a service that paid you every time your music was played? That’s Spotify.

Spotify, and services like it, will help you to develop the type of fans you’re looking for. People who have access to music like this are more likely to come to a live show, more likely to buy a t-shirt or other mechandise, and more likely to support you in future endeavors.

If your music is not available on Spotify, you can make that happen now via CD Baby or Ditto Music.

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Leadership Principles

1. Know Who You Are: Wear one hat

2. Know Why You’re Here: Do it because it’s right, not because it’s right for your resume’

3. Think Independently: The person who sweeps the floor should choose the broom.

4. Build Trust: Care, Like you really mean it

5. Listen For The Truth: The walls talk

6. Be Accountable: Only the truth sounds like the truth

7. Take Action: Think like a person of action, and act like a person of thought

Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks.