R U OK? Please ask this Question!

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Are you OK?  Three words that could make a huge difference to someone you know.

If you are like me I am sure you know AT LEAST one person who has committed suicide. When it happens it devastates whole communities of people and leaves everyone wondering “why didn’t I do something?”

Thursday 7 October, 2010 is R U OK Day. A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

Keeping in touch with others is crucial for our health and wellbeing, helping us to cope with stressful events. And having regular, meaningful conversations is simple; you don’t need special training to do it.

R U OK day aims to inspire all Australians (and lets be honest… ANY ONE ANYWHERE)  that they can have an immediate impact on our country’s shockingly high suicide rate by reaching out and making contact with others.

Most people don’t openly share their feelings, particularly when they’re struggling so don’t wait for a sign – trust your instincts. A conversation could change a life. It’s so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

If you need tips on how to start an R U OK conversation please leap on over to this page at the R U OK website.

But the challenge is bigger than just participating in this day… WE ALL need to be more aware of what is happening to the people we love and the people we work with and do our part to help support each other.

PLEASE….. use R U OK day to kick start a change in your life by having an R U OK conversation, then make it a mission to have these conversations regularly,  having the R U OK conversations can enrich your life and may well put someone on a path to getting the assistance they really need but have been reluctant to ask for……..

Why a small shift equals a big change

How often when you set out to change something you don’t like do you try to make a huge change?

Have you considered what making a small change might lead to?

Scientists have been looking at this question, see this article in New Scientist http://bit.ly/9hfZ4M . They argue that a range of very simple shifts in events could have profound outcomes for the evolution of life on earth.

But lets look at it from a different perspective… planning a route (orienteering, flying, walking, sailing) if you set out to go somewhere but you are only 1/2 a degree out on setting your course you could wind up many hundreds of kilometers away from your intended goal at the end of the trip.

So if a small shift can lead to a massive change on a global evolutionary stage, or a change of 1/2 a degree can send you way off on a new track…. what can you achieve by making one small shift in your daily patterns or habits that would set you on a path to a newer/better you?

Let me know in the comments.

A new paragidm – Election 2010 and social media

Election 2010, Australian ElectionAustralian Election 2010.

As anyone who follows me on twitter will know I have been actively participating in the #ausvotes commentary about the Australian Election 2010 (Again, apologies to any of my friends on various social media platforms around the world who are not Australians… I’m sure many of my tweets had you confused! Election 2010 has been an interesting time and this post is about my personal perspective on Election 2010 and social media, and a new paradigm that I needed to adopt during the election.

Before I go any further with this post I want to make a disclaimer in relation to Election 2010.

1. I am not a member of ANY political party

2. Comments in this post are my personal point of view.

Contemplating Getting Involved

While I do have an interest in politics until this election I have never been actively engaged in any political commentary or lent my support to any political candidate but have always closely examined the policies of the various political parties involved in the pitch for my vote.

Whenever I look what is going on within the political sphere my thoughts and ultimately my vote are driven by a number of personal values.  Those familiar with this blog will know that they include Passion, Persistence, Patience and Resilience. But my values also include Social Justice, Compassion and as an over-riding position being a Catalyst for positive change in people and systems.

Social Media Community – discussion, access, influence

More so than in any previous election I have been actively involved in a number of social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. This involvement provided an interesting and different perspective to previous elections. In previous elections my involvement and analysis was based around consuming the dominant “traditional” media and its associated analysis by political pundits and to my own investigation of the various parties websites to explore their policy positions etc.

Election 2010 was really different and the major difference was the ability to follow discussion about the election through a twitter hashtag #ausvotes. The really interesting part about engaging in the twitter stream was the diversity of participants from right around Australia (and even a few from other countries). The stream provided points of view from the far left, the far right and every point of view in between.

This diversity of opinion and commentary provided a lot of links out to interesting reading (both within “traditional” media and lots of “new” media) from the various perspectives, and contrary to what a few in the twitter stream may think, I actually looked at and devoured a lot of material from the various perspectives. I think a lot of people felt that it was OK to put out there a perspective on various aspects of the election campaign and opinions on various candidates.

There where some really interesting discussions and debates to be had over a number of issues  within the #ausvotes stream (unfortunately interspersed with some very low brow and uncalled for personal insults… but hey trolls are everywhere aren’t they?) I think the #ausvotes twitter stream actually encouraged a lot of people to engage in the discussion that may not have otherwise been involved in these types of discussions. I also think the enormity and diversity and to some extent anonymity of twitter gave people some space to engage that may not exist within their usual physical social settings.

Ultimately my position about election 2010 and my choice about participating in the #ausvotes twitter stream were guided by my personal values as outlined above. Participating in #ausvotes was a really interesting and more often than not enjoyable part of election 2010 and provided me with a whole new paradigm about social media access, influence and how it can play a role in so many aspects of life.

In the next post I will continue with an exploration of what the new paradigm meant and how it changed my involvement in the campaign, followed by another post on my thoughts about the Election outcome so far….

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Are you suffering self development overload?

Self Development overload and achieving your goals

There is SO much great information available on setting goals, getting where you want to go and achieving what you want to achieve. BUT….how many people are really actually close to achieving their goals? How many people are still off course and just devouring material without putting it into practice? How many people are really just suffering from self-development overload?

The Simple Message

When you really examine a lot of the self-development material there is really a few simple messages that emerge with a lot of different ways of looking at those messages.

One of those messages is just how close we are to really being able to achieve what we want to do, and how simple the process of implementing the necessary changes can be if you really want to.

Great examples of delivering on this simple message

Life often throws up serendipitous moments…..(Despite the fact that I hate him.. ;-}  )  I have been working my way through Tim Brownson and John Strelecky’s How to be rich and happy, [if you don’t know about their great Million Book project, go check it out {after you finish reading this of course}.

Tim and John do a great job of cutting through a lot of material to provide clear steps you can take to examine what really drives you, and actions you can take to live in alignment with what drives you.

Another person who has done an AMAZING job of examining what drives us is Dan Pink, and this RSA Animations is entertaining but hits home….. what is your PURPOSE.

There are also classic examples of a clear message about altering course to achieve your goals and this piece by Viktor Frankl, the famous author of Man’s search for meaning is a prime example.

Ben Lumley over at Six Aliens has put together a great compilation of pieces by Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn and a real blast of a video that shows how a great mindset can (and should) start really early in life. You can check out his compilation over at his Friday’s Personal Development Homework post.

The simple message is really clear… figure out your values, live your life in alignment with them, realize just how close you are, and don’t be afraid to alter course by a millimetre or two to REALLY achieve your goals!

What do you think?