It was a short week with Monday and Tuesday being the last days of the holiday season. I had thought I would find time to work on video projects for work during the holiday break, but I never got around to it, so my return to work came with an anxious feeling of being behind schedule.
I managed to get the video editing I had put off completed by 5:00 on Friday, and feel happy with the results. It’s a video all about the benefits of reporting data to credit bureaus, and the impact it can have for small business.
So, it’s Saturday. Stephani and I are trying to find more quality time together these days so we went for an early walk around the local park before breakfast at Kathy May’s Cafe. Stephani usually spends most Saturdays caring for her Grandmother, so after breakfast I tinkered with my video gear. Stephani bought me a ND filter for Christmas, this special lens filter enables you to cut the amount of light going into the camera, and enables you to capture video with a blurred out background. Achieving the exact result proved elusive today, so I took off for another walk along the pier and a bite to eat.
During vacation I listened to a great episode of the James Altucher Show, a podcast I enjoy immensely. The guest was Dr. Susan David, Ph.D., author of the best selling book “Emotional Agility.” I liked what Susan was explaining so I downloaded the audio book and am currently listening to it. I remember listening to Susan on an episode of the HBR Ideacast a month or so ago and recall many of her ideas on this topic resonating with me. So today was the day to take action and lean in. Have you ever sat in a meeting at work and felt undermined by a colleague and had their actions impact you in a negative way? Sometimes we will shut down, sometimes we will express frustration with this person, and it can set us back in our professional lives. Emotional Agility is about recognizing when you are being triggered, becoming more self aware, and making a conscious decision to continue contributing in a positive manner. I’m excited to be starting 2017 in such a self-reflective mode, with an eye on making positive changes in my life.