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December 9th, 2019

Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly passed into law the International Human Rights Principles to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of that occasion, Maya Angelou was invited to address the United Nations Assembly in New York. In front of the US president and heads of states from all the world, Maya Angelou passionately read her poem, A Brave and Startling Truth. It spoke volumes then as it does now. Travel back 24 years and listen….hmmm. We still have a long way to go.

In the words of the Persian poet, Rumi, life is a balance of letting go and holding on. If you  have been thinking about the general direction of your life and think more balance is in order, perhaps we could chat. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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December 2nd, 2019

No Middle Ground

A busy mind is full of thoughts. A blissful mind is full of ideas. Amit Kalanti.

If you are still competing with the crowd, trying to look like everyone else or trotting out old ideas that clearly aren’t working for you anymore, maybe it’s time to rethink your proposition.

Here are three critical questions to consider:

  • Who, specifically, are you trying to reach?
  • What story are you telling them?
  • What do you have to do to reach them?

We’re in an era where the winners are coming from the ranks of those willing to creatively step out in front of the crowd. Being busy doesn’t mean being productive.

To grow your enterprise or advance your career in today’s hard scrabble environment, you’ve got to be open to change, absolutely clear about who are and work smarter.

In today’s world, there’s no middle ground. You’re either moving ahead or falling behind.

In the words of the Persian poet, Rumi, life is a balance of letting go and holding on. If you  have been thinking about the direction of your life and could use some help managing change and thinking strategically, let’s chat. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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November 26th, 2019

Self-Esteem

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out that they’ve a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. William James.

The ability to know your perceptions are accurate has to happen without the validation of others.

Intuition, a gut feeling, a voice whispering in your ear… whatever term you choose, the feeling is real.

It’s not the result of some secret potion or something in the water. It’s the natural consequence of having strong self-esteem.

Rock solid self-esteem, coupled with your courage and hope, is the greatest power you have. It continually fuels the flame of the great adventure that is your life.

In the words of the Persian poet, Rumi, life is a balance of letting go and holding on. If you  have been thinking about the direction of your life and could use some help managing change and thinking strategically, let’s chat. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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November 17th, 2019

Live In The Now

If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life.Tich Nhat Hanh.

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The daily demands on our lives at work and at home never seem to stop. They just keep on coming. Everybody wants a piece of us and our time, but there is only so much of it to go around. Fact is, there are only 24 hours in the day, 168 in the week. Faster and faster …. it’s tiring.

Faster and faster can catch up to you. It can ruin relationships, cut down on efficiency at work and suck the joy out of life.

All is not lost, though… not if you don’t want it to be. Living in the now is an attitude. It is all about being mindful, something you can learn. Practicing mindfulness will take time and discipline. It’s a process that takes longer to do than simply reading this. There are courses you can take, books you can read and groups you can join. But for starters, here are five things you can do now. Take a minute….

  1. Wrestle your to do list to the ground. Be ruthlessly honest. Remember you only have 168 hours and after you subtract time for eating, sleeping and doing all the daily required tasks, there really aren’t that many hours left. Do what’s important first.
  2. Learn to say say “no.” If someone asks for your a piece of your time, check your calendar before you commit. Arrange a mutually convenient time to get together. Mutually is the operative word.
  3. Stop being a slave to the Internet and social media. It can be a terrible time waster.
  4. In your face-to-face relationships, increase your awareness of how you interact and respond to others. Practice being aware. Be attentive. Listen. Develop more patience.
  5. Concentrate more on today and not so much on the future. If you are doing the right things today, the future will look after itself.

The here and now is all we have, but if we play our cards right, it’s all we really need!

Could you use a life coach? Need help managing change and thinking strategically? Let’s chat about it. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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November 11th, 2019

If Only We’d Listen

Sharing is a much better way to communicate than proving. Yo Yo Ma.

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Like a pair of giant knitting needles, globalization and the social media platforms have knitted us together, like it or not.

Whether we are in Toronto, Toledo or Timbuktu, we are living in a giant global village – interconnected, interdependent, challenging us to open our hearts and broaden our world view.

Generally speaking, a view world is a set of expectations and biases we have formed that shapes how we see and feel about people in other nations and, indeed, even in our own cities and neighbourhoods – each of them with their own world view, different from ours.

Accommodation isn’t always easy but as distances and time continue to shrink, it is good to remember that most of us, regardless of where we stand on the globe, are just trying to get through the day, striving to stay alive, better our conditions, to do the best by our families and those for whom we care.

We are all in this together. We are not the same, of course. Our cultures, religions, educational backgrounds societal differences can make strangers of us – but only if we let them.

The songs we sing, the stories we tell in sound and words can sound foreign, even scary, to others. Still, as the world gets smaller, we need to step up our collective effort to make the effort to narrow the gap, remembering that a stranger is only a person whose story or song we have never heard, if only we’d listen.

Need to grow some more and get going? Let’s chat about it. I’ll show you how. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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