Jason Barger checks-in with author and teacher Gina Mollicone-Long during times of isolation and quarantine in April in her hometown of Whistler, Canada. This thought-provoking and challenging conversation focuses on how we budget our focus and attention each day. How does our mindset, focus and language help us navigate today and create tomorrow?
2:08 – Jason welcomes Gina Mollicone-Long, author and co-founder of GreatnessU.
3:22 – We are all living in Groundhog day, where we have the same day and the changes we make is what we can control in our day. Focus on your focus says, Gina. You have a limited bandwidth of focus so be in control of how and what you focus on and where you budget your time. With downhill skiing, where you look is where you go, crisis is only revealing that even more to us.
4:20 – Instead of what gets your attention, consider, what are you giving your attention to? You cannot control the circumstances around you at any time through life. Your mindset is what you can change. Social media is a great way to reach out to people and to help people out there. What is your focus? You have a limited bandwidth of focus. What you dictate your focus dictates how you behave. Researchers at Bell Labs found that the processing power of the human brain can process 120bits per second.
6:32 – It is not that you gave your attention to them but that by default the fact that you did not focus your brain somewhere else will dictate that you will focus on the thing that is in front of you. “Where you look is where you go”, says Jason Barger. The analogy of mogul skiing is mentioned for the extreme focus that it takes to make a successful run and that Gina is from Canada where it is very popular.
12:23 – We are broadcasters and also receivers for information. Language is extremely important. Do this exercise, “Don’t think of a blue tree!” What did you see? Our brains are unable to remove the word “don’t” and instead use what it is stating. A discussion of statements and linguistics is given around how to accomplish your needs.
15:10 – Gina talks about an example she often gives saying, “this year I want to be fit”. We often cloak it in these words and the illusion of what we want. The emotional state will always indicate the true focus. When we are in positive emotional state, then we can be confident we will be focused on what we want. When in a negative state, we can be focused on what we do not want. The emotional guidance system is discussed.
18:26 – Jason discusses the thermostat and how to use those tools to recalibrate your thermostat in life.
20:24 – All the work that Gina does it to reveal what is already there. The hidden talents that you already have but need to bring out and to remove barriers that you have put upon yourself. The light at the tunnel is not the illusion, the tunnel is.
22:15 – Gina shares the true test to see if the content you are watching is worth it, If when you consume it you are in a positive state, continue, if you are not, then don’t.
24:03 – There is only so much budget and attention that you can have. Plato said, “what is honored will be cultivated”. What is it that I am going to honor and what is it that I will invest in? If I can’t be the best at XYZ then everyday you have to budget what you can be. We can’t all be the best at our job, our family, being a hairstylist during quarantine, so we have to budget out time.
27:40 – Gina talks about an acronym that she has called SNAP, Stop, Notice what it’s called, Alter it, and then Proceed.
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29:30 – Gina and Jason go through a specific example working together with how to let go of worry. Jason shares a personal problem with his family and children that he hopes to solve at this time.
32:10 – We all have worries and fears and doubts that we need to deal with and it involves a practices to solve this. The important step that Gina reveals is that you have to be willing to solve the problem and let it go. If you are willing then you can use the previous technique to help solve problems and alleviate worries.
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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.
A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.