Category Archives: Mindset

Mindfulness and the Key to Believing in Yourself

In episode 72 of Fresh Tracks I speak with mindfulness expert John Allcock. We dig deep into the role mindfulness plays in setting and achieving goals, our belief in ourselves, and how we handle failure. John shares that being mindful (aware) allows us to recognize if our thoughts are unrealistically negative – which impacts our belief in our self. Once we are aware we can then make the decision to check the thoughts out and see if they are correct and, if not, replace them with more accurate, positive beliefs and intentions. Which ultimately allow us to live a happier, fuller, and more meaningful life.

Sounds great, but how do you do this you may ask? John shares techniques to train your attention so you don’t get wrapped up in distorted thinking that’s not realistic. Awareness gives us the power to realize we are choosing to listen to negative thoughts and the choice to choose positive thoughts. In this week’s show we also take a look at how we handle failure. Because if you look at failure as something to avoid you won’t set lofty goals or cut Fresh Tracks. In reality failure just means that you are trying new things. John shares that mindfulness training is the solution to all of these difficult issues. Check out this week’s show and decide for yourself.

Show Notes:

4:00 – Why believing in yourself impacts the quality of the goals you set
5:50 – Tips for working your way through failure when you are in the midst of it
8:20 – The secret key to training your attention
12:00 – The art of being skilled in awareness
15:10 – An insight into how kids handle paying attention to their awareness
19:00 – You can try to pave every path or you can make some shoes….
22:00 – The one thing you can do to avoid anxiety
23:50 – What if much of what you believe is wrong?
26:20 – How to start assessing what your beliefs are – particularly if you are unhappy

About the Author:
John Allcock has dedicated over 15 years to the practice and instruction of mindfulness. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Mindfulness at Sea Change Preparatory, a trailblazing academy that regularly implements the practice of mindfulness in it’s curriculum. The school’s emphasis on mindfulness set the foundation for the success of it’s students, including world-record-breaking swimmers, which were featured on NBC Nightly News. John is also a Harvard-educated trial lawyer and has been the Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property Group. He lives in Del Mar, California with his wife and co-founder Cheryl. Together they have four children.
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The Enneagram as a tool for Getting to Know Yourself

In episode 64 of Fresh Tracks I speak with Beatrice Chestnut of The Chestnut Group about the Enneagram. The Enneagram is an ancient tool that shows where your focus of attention goes. When used correctly, the Enneagram can be used to get to know yourself, allowing you to create Fresh Tracks from a place of strength. Beatrice shares that understanding the habitual patterns of your personality and where your attention goes can be essential to your personal growth and development. Your focus of attention is often a coping strategy and understanding where it goes, as well as what you avoid focusing on, will help you become a better leader of yourself.

Getting to know aspects of yourself that you can’t see is important to understanding where you are now in life. Can you identify what have you been doing that works and what have you been doing that isn’t working? The Enneagram helps in identifying what motivates you and highlights your blind spots. It can also assist in identifying tools you might add to your toolkit to more easily accomplish your goals.

Show Notes:

3:40 – What is the Enneagram and why is it a powerful tool?
7:30 – How to use the Enneagram to understand what gets between you and a better life.
10:20 –Identify unsupportive patterns so you can determine what strategies to add to your toolkit to grow.
16:30 – Understand the role emotional intelligence plays in achieving success (EQ).
22:00 – Examples of how the Enneagram can help you work through obstacles.
27:00 – What it means to be a leader and how we get stuck in unsupportive habits because we don’t recognize what’s blocking us.

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies and an MA in clinical psychology and is founder of The Chestnut Group, which offers coaching, leadership development training, and team development services to empower change through the use of the Enneagram. A student of the Enneagram system since 1990, she is author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge, and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st century Workplace. She was President of the International Enneagram Association (IEA) from 2006-2007 and offers trainings on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for personal transformation.

Web site: www.beatricechestnut.com

 

Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

In episode 63 I speak with Dr. Gary Klein, founder of the Naturalist Decision Making movement. Gary discusses how we really make decisions and why the traditional, rational decision-making process that is taught in school is ineffective. Real decision-making is done on a subconscious level and is called naturalistic decision making. In this week’s show we discuss why experts make rapid decisions and how patterns play a role in the decision-making process. Struggling to make decisions while cutting Fresh Tracks? How to make and trust your decisions when you are doing something new as well as being open to see what you can be achieving instead of what you are not is covered.

Dr. Klein also discusses the role mindsets play in making decisions and gives examples on how we can change our mindsets systematically. There are, in fact, two types of mindsets; fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Which one you favor most effects your ability to cut Fresh Tracks. Struggling to make a decision? Gary shares that presenting things in a nontraditional manner or seeing the world through a different lens may allow you to see your problems in a new light and make the decision-making process easier.

Show Notes:

2:00 –Understanding how we don’t make decisions is key to understanding how we do
6:00 – How experts make decisions and how to learn from it
9:10—Why you should listen to your intuition but don’t trust it when doing something new
11:50 – How our mindsets affect our ability to make decisions and change.
16:00 – The danger of holding on to your initial goal rather than looking at what can work
20:42 – Recognizing when to change the plan vs change the goal
23:00 – The art of being stupid
27:00 – How to change your mindset systematically

About Gary Klein

Gary Klein, Ph.D., is known for (a) the cognitive models he described, such as the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model, the Data/Frame model of sensemaking, the Management By Discovery model of planning in complex settings, and the Triple Path model of insight, (b) the methods he developed, including techniques for Cognitive Task Analysis, the PreMortem method of risk assessment, and the ShadowBox training approach, and (c) the movement he helped to found in 1989 — Naturalistic Decision Making.

The company he started in 1978, Klein Associates, grew to 37 employees by the time he sold it in 2005.  He formed his new company, ShadowBox LLC, in 2014. The five books he has written, including Sources of Power: How people make decisions, and Seeing What Others Don’t: The remarkable ways we gain insights, have been translated into 12 languages and have collectively sold more than 100,000 copies.

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