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I watched him in his circle of friends at the mini MUN( Model United Nations) award ceremony. They were all chatting joyously and a bit nervous. The results would be coming out soon. The Secretary General started announcing different councils and the winners. The heat was going up as the General Assembly and other minor awards were announced. We were getting closer and closer to the highest recognition, the Outstanding Delegate of the Security Council. I watched them all listening, hoping, wishing to hear their own names, yet looking at my son, patting him on the shoulder and telling him to get ready to collect his Gavel.
“ This delegate is an amazing speaker, showed impeccable knowledge about the subject and his country, was most active, a great listener and a respectful debater. He collaborated to pass the resolutions while demonstrating strong leadership skills. And the award for the Outstanding Delegate of the Security Council goes to…..”
Of course, his country was called and he completed his half seated spring and ran to the stage. The position of someone who knows, who believes that his name will be called. As I watched him shake hands and pose for pictures, I was thinking about how much I have learned from this blossoming young adult. And his three year winning streak in every MUN competition, as he likes to put it.
When it comes to assignments, deadlines and responsibilities he plans every detail and writes them down. Sometimes plans are double checked with me to assure availability. Nothing is left to the last minute. Harder and more time consuming tasks get out of the way first.
What are some of the ways you manage your time with all the social media and network distractions present today? How do you set priorities? What are some ways that you manage your time?
Focusing on & Dedication to Goals
The task at hand is what needs attention. Right here, right now. Focusing is becoming harder and harder. There’s hardly ever time for reflection and creativity in our lives.
If he picks up a task you should trust that it will be fulfilled. With his presence, he easily gets into the “ FLOW” state. A state of high functioning and focus where he uses as much mental capacity as he can.
How do you experience “ presence”? What are some of the ways you get in a “ flow”?
Respecting Self & One’s Capabilities
Knowing where to draw the line, how to avoid burn out is crucial. Being aware of ones gifts and skills. Especially for some personality types who love adventure and a variety subjects interest them being able to define what’s best is truly helpful.
He doesn’t allow anyone to push him beyond his capabilities before he is ready. He respects what he truly loves and feels he is best at. He defines his limits and creates a plan to overcome them without getting himself out of balance.
How often do you create pressure for yourself due to “ musts” & “ Shoulds”? How well are you aware of your capabilities? How do you prepare to overcome limitations?
Relationships can have an immense effect on the choices we make and the results we achieve. Setting proper boundaries, defining contracts that are clear and supportive of one’s perspective set the right tone for success.
He chooses friends, team mates and partners very wisely. And he frequently revisits and observes what is working and what is not working. Being kind and generous, for him, is not in conflict with being fierce and strong.
How effective do you set boundaries in relationships? How much do you have to be stretched to break free from a toxic situation, a toxic relationship? How often do you revisit them?
Developing Strategy For Learning & Competing
We all learn differently. And when it comes to competing ( which I believe we are always in the middle of!) it’s important to be aware of the dynamics, the competitors, the strategy.
For every competition, he develops a learning and competing strategy. He defines the competitors’ blind spots and aims for it. He does not leave any ambiguity on the table.
How do you learn? How many hours a week do you dedicate to learning and sharpening your skills? Even if those skills are totally personal. How often do you become curious?
Allowing Time to Rest & Reflect
Rest and Reflect is far from the common descriptions we give them these days. Most often we return from a vacation even more tired and stimulated. Rest ends up being in front of a screen and reflect is summarized in getting drowned in “ mind talk”.
Resting is a walk by the lake for him and those are the times when he reflects on the events, choices and their results and discusses them at times. Nature is the best retreat. Rest is also aways from a screen, creating something. As small as an origami bat.
What defines “rest” for you? How often do you give yourself time to “reflect”, evaluate your choices and responses and your future path?
Giving It All You Got
Whatever he does, he does it wholeheartedly! He lives life wholeheartedly!