Three Questions To Digital Freedom

Become a Digital Minimalist and Still Have an Online Presence

Do you find yourself sleeping with your phone?  When you wake up do you grab your phone before your feet hit the floor? Do you find yourself sneaking out of the office with the “smokers” crowd just to check in on your social media?  Do you bring your phone to the dinner table? Do you go to sleep with your phone on and scrolling through videos or posts?

If you answered yes to two or more of theses questions, then this post is for you.  Now lets get to the the questions that need your focus.

  1. Do you want to be in a health happy relationship?
  2. Do you want to sleep better?
  3. Do you want your body to be in its optimal shape?

Too much technology and all the constant digital distractions are effecting our mind and our body.  In his latest book “Digital Minimalist”, Cal Newport says, “Our current relationship with the technologies of our hyper-connected world is unsustainable and is leading us closer to the quiet desperation that Thoreau observed so many years ago. But as Thoreau reminds us, ‘the sun rose clear’ and we still have the ability to change this state of affairs.

To do so, however, we cannot passively allow the wild tangle of tools, entertainments, and distractions provided by the internet age to dictate how we spend our time or how we feel. We must indeed take steps to extract the good from these technologies while sidestepping what’s bad. We require a philosophy that puts our aspirations and values once again in charge of our daily experience, all the while dethroning primal whims and the business models of Silicon Valley from their current dominance of this role; a philosophy that accepts new technologies, but not if the price is the dehumanization Andrew Sullivan warned us about; a philosophy that prioritizes long-term meaning over short-term satisfaction.  A philosophy, in other words, like digital minimalism.”

Finding a balance can be a challenge especially if you work in a field that requires constant connection.  If you are ready to become a “digital minimalist” grab a copy of Cal Newport’s book and reach out to us at MYSmatters.com.  We help people and companies develop the right balance of communication online and offline.  We look forward to helping you.

Reboot The Future Lives the Golden Rule

An In-depth Discussion with Chairman and Founder Kim Polman

Kim Polman is an international public speaker, a polymath and a citizen of the world. She has been an environmentalist for many decades, has taught music, performs as cellist in chamber groups and orchestras, has initiated research on expats and ran a community-based website for the expat community in Geneva.

Chairman and Founder of Reboot the Future

Kim is a Vice chair of a charity dedicated to literacy for the blind and the visually impaired children in east Africa. She is an avid advocate of The Golden Rule ~ Treat others and the planet as you would wish to be treated ~ which is how she got to co-author the first book called Imaginal Cells – Visions of Transformation, and established Reboot the Future Foundation.

In 2016, Kim Polman and Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe invited 25 of the world’s most respected leaders and thinkers to build potential roadmaps across business and government, based on understanding the potential power of the Golden Rule.

The result was a landmark book, Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformation. An exhilarating, thought-provoking anthology that explores how a compassionate approach to business, politics and the environment can transform our planet.

It asked: What happens when we let the Golden Rule guide us to shift our thinking and behavior?

Motivated and supported by the inspiration and leadership of the authors, including Al Gore, Paul Polman, Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Yunus and many more, Reboot the Future was founded to take up their unifying cause.

It is our honor to introduce you to Kim Polman and Reboot The Future.  The team here at Master Your Story is thrilled to be in the company of such great visionaries, world leaders and people who care about humanity and the planet. Please enjoy our conversation and for more information log on to rebootthefuture.org

Master Your Story and Live Your Passion

3 Steps to authentically being who you were meant to be with Sean McCool

 

The following is an excerpt provided to us by Sean McCool.

Insight #1 – Trust Deeply.

You were created for a purpose and a time such as this. You may not even know what that purpose is, or you might be in the midst of resisting it, but trust deeply that you are here on planet Earth for a reason. For me, that’s always been teaching. I used to line up my stuffed animals in 4th grade and teach them in order to learn my spelling words.

I believe many people have an inner knowing of their purpose but it’s been pressed down and hidden. Typically, it keeps showing up in little ways. It keeps trying to peek through. When you get that spark of recognition, trust it.

Sean McCool

In addition to trusting deeply in your purpose, trust deeply in your uniqueness. My guess is that you, like me, admire people who have the courage to stand out and be themselves. We rarely admire those that imitate others. In short, trust who you are and that thing you can’t shake, that thing you can’t not do.

Insight #2 – Behave Boldly.

Nothing will leave you feeling more inauthentic than pulling back from your truest self. Nothing will leave a bigger crater in your self-esteem than going halfway when you know you could’ve gone all in.

One of my favorite quotes is from the movie We Bought a Zoo is, “Sometimes all you really need is 20 seconds of insane courage.” Goethe too declared, boldness has power. So, let me ask you:

  •             Where or how could you be bold today?
  •             Do you need to have a tough conversation?
  •             Do you need to invest in advertising?
  •             Hire some help?

Chances are, you have a pretty good idea of a bold step to take (it’s that nagging task you keep setting aside to get to when you have more time, money, energy, courage, clarity, or whatever else you rationalize).

Whatever you need to do, do it. And when you do, follow through with boldness too. It’s just as important, perhaps more so, that we make a decision right as it is that we make the right decision (you might want to read this paragraph again – it’s really important).

Tip #3 – Give Generously.

If behaving boldly were the science of taking action, then giving generously would be the art of taking action. Some call it flow. Some call it being in the spirit. Others simply call it what I was meant to do all along.

So what, exactly, are you to be giving? Yourself and your gifts, your time and your attention, your money, your view of the world—in short, everything that makes you, you.

Why?

Because what the world needs more of is you. How do I know? Because if the world didn’t need you, you wouldn’t be here. If you can’t believe that for yourself, trust me and let me believe it until you discover it’s true for yourself.

When you trust deeply in who you were created to be, when you behave boldly based on that knowledge, however slight or intense at the time, and when you give generously out of who you are and all that you’ve received, then you will find that peace that passes all understanding. You’ll find it precisely because you will be the embodiment of the purpose for which you were created. You’ll find it because you are it.

Note:

Sean McCool is an award-winning writer, published author, speaker, and life coach to the world’s greatest clients. He specializes in working with entrepreneurs who have the audacity to believe they can daily walk with wisdom, wealth, and courage in every area of life. You can learn more about Sean at www.SeanMcCool.com

We are thrilled to have Sean on this week’s #MasterYourStory podcast.  Sean, thank you for spending some time with us.  We look forward to having you back soon.