Got Brain Fog? 7 Self Leadership Techniques for a Clear Mind

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Do you ever find yourself easily distracted? Or find yourself having trouble concentrating?  Forgetting too much?   You might be experiencing brain fog.
Extreme brain fog can be a signal of a medical condition.  If you think that might be true of you – be sure to get the appropriate care from a health professional.

If you have mild to moderate brain fog, however; you might find the following self-leadership tips helpful.

Here are 7 ways for personal leaders to clear away a little brain fog.

1.Keep yourself hydrated.  In studies, dehydration has been shown to impair cognitive performance and mood.  In some studies even a 1% decrease has had a negative effect.

While you are at it, why not make sure your diet is rich in nutrient- dense foods in appropriate amounts too.  All those nutrients help to keep your brain operating at it’s best.     

 2.Try some Brain Gym type exercises:  Exercises to help your left and right brain make a better connection with each other.

A simple one?   Stretch your arms straight out in front of you – thumbs up and fingers tucked in.  Do big circles with your arms remaining out in front of you.  Follow your thumb nails with both eyes.   This is asking your eyes to follow your thumbs through all the visual access areas in addition to you using the logical and creative side of your brain.

3.Simplify and focus on less. Confusion and delay can sign that too much on your plate is too important.  Entertain the idea of simplifying.  When you simplify, you make choices of what is truly meaningful and then focus on that.  Simplifying is also allowing things to fall away – by choice.

Here is a very simple exercise:  Take a blank piece of paper and fold it half and then half again.  Open the paper and you will have  4 quadrants.  Label each quadrant as follows:

  1. Urgent AND important
  2. Important and Non Urgent
  3. Urgent and Non Important
  4. Non Urgent and Non important  

Next under each heading as appropriate list out your mental to-do list, putting the Urgent and Important items under that header, Important and non-urgent under that header and so on.   Afterward  – as a suggestion, why not think about abandoning the non-urgent and non-important items.  They don’t seem to be meaningful to you.   Then focus your energy on what falls into the two categories “What is urgent and important”  and “what is important“.

Look here for some additional ways to focus and simply in your self-leadership.

4.Take on a mental organization practice.  There are many forms of mental practices which clear the fog while giving you a sense of ease.  For example, you could write morning pages – a practice made popular by Julia Cameron in the Artist Way.  You might want to try Mind mapping, writing lists or try some simple mind clearing techniques.

5.Connect with Awareness.  There is a place, in the gap between your thoughts, where awareness of awareness lives. Slow down and allow yourself to be in the aliveness of the gap.  One of the best places I know to allow clarity to come and the fog to dissipate.7 ways to a clear mind

6.Take a time out.  Take a time out to slow down, take a nap, take a walk, listen to some slow-beat music or create a change of place or mind.  Making a change in your current state is one of the most effective ways to revitalize your thinking.  Let go of any practice of over committing yourself.

7.Shut away your committee of internal critics.  A loud and active internal dialogue can create a lot of fogginess.  Choosing to set aside the internal self-talk and have things be quiet in their can create enough space for your heart’s brain to send you a clear message.

 

Wake Up Your Courage – 7 Tips to be More Courageous

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Have you ever had a day when you’ve felt alone in the world?  Or a day, where you expected a tough day ahead, where you knew you would need to pull courage up from the depths of your being to get through it?

We all have those days.

 I’ve had one today.  I buried my Dad early this morning. 

It’s days like these that call you forth to be fully in your self-leadership and personal greatness.

It’s a day, like the day you bury your father.  Or it’s a day, like the day you are called to do something you would prefer not to face.

 

You will have these days.  At some time or another you will be called to face the unfaceable.

The blessing is, it is these days that will call forth your intention to also be a little more courageous.  It’s these days that will ask you to make a conscious choice to go beyond your perceived limits and limiting beliefs.  And, it’s this conscious choice that will help you to step into and beyond the fear that wants to paralyze you and the gut-wrenching feelings that want to overwhelm you.

It is this meaningful movement through limiting beliefs and fear that happens after you decide you are going to acknowledge barriers and still “do it anyway” (whatever it is) that will bring you success.   It is the movement that moves you through activities that you’ve never done before that will bring you self-inspiration. It is the movement forward as you repeat an unpleasant task – over and over again that will build your character.

It is this meaningful movement that once you complete on it – you stand taller, prouder, more confident and at ease for having taken the action that was most needed.

You have an amazing capacity for courage.  You too can go far beyond your imagined limitations.

Here are 7 tips help you to become more courageous:

  1. Recognize the distinction between real risk and anticipated or imagined risk.  Doing a grounded, level-headed assessment of whether your action will indeed have a negative result or if it is just imagined seems like a basic thing – yet when the part of us that wants to stay safe is running the show – sometimes there is a merged distinction. Separate the truth from the interpretation and you will do a better job of qualifying your level of risk.
  2. Bring in the resources you need.    Resources can be money, time or energy.  It can also mean bringing in a supportive relationship or making a physical change to accommodate your courageous action.  Making sure you have the resources you need is not a sign of weakness is an indication of wisdom.
  3. Be authentic.  The congruence that comes from being authentic is almost a necessity when you hope to trust your intuition.  When your head, heart, and hands are in alignment, the guidance you will receive from your intuition will be more in alignment to what is going on.
  4. Keep your focus on being effective. Effectiveness is doing things in a streamlined manner.  It’s about getting things done and eliminating delay.  By keeping “effectiveness” as your standard, you’ll access your courage more often.
  5. Master your state.  Effective state management means leveraging the emotional state that would most effectively allow you to carry out meaningful goals.   It doesn’t mean going cold or closing things down emotionally.  It does mean embodying resourceful states that allow you to be at your best.  Most people are surprised to hear this skill can be taught and learned.
  6. Inspire Yourself.  Having a view towards what is truly meaningful or the “Big Why” of your meaningful goal is imperative for holding a vision that pulls you forward. (Even in the face of a little fear)
  7. Keep the snowball rolling.  Courage builds exponentially with courage practiced.  The more courageous you are – the more courageous you become.  This is good news of course because this means you can start small and build from there.

Being courageous can take on many forms and happen in many, many contexts.

It may look like standing up, speaking up, walking through, writing a speech, standing beside, saying no, saying yes, or even being silent.

The need for courage may happen at home, in your career, with your partner, your family or your community.

However your call to courage appears – embrace it.  See the perfection of what you are being called to do.  Be your personal best. Be a great personal leader.