IFARI: Cultural Vibration
Guess what? Sometimes we do things other than partying – like figuring out how exactly we can be our most productive selves. Turns out, sleep has a lot to do with it, as we discovered from Greek-American media mogul Arianna Huffington and her own experiences with how much sleep deprivation can really stand in the way of success. The consequences of being exhausted hit her smack in the face one day at the office when she literally busted her cheekbone on her desk, and had to have it stitched, all because she hadn’t gotten enough sleep. Since then Huffington has done a series of TedTalks and other videos advocating the benefits of sleep in a culture of burn-out, going even further and saying that getting enough rest is in fact the secret to success. Listed below are some of the key points made by Huffington about life, leadership, and getting enough Zs, that are sure to add some value to your life.
1. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.
At Huffington Post for example, no one is expected to answer email after hours or over the weekend. “Ninety nine percent of the time it’s not urgent, and to create a culture where you are constantly plugged in and expected to be always on is to create a culture of a burn-out.” Reiterates Huffington: “Creating the culture of burn-out is opposite to creating a culture of sustainable creativity . . . shut your engines, and discover the power of sleep.”
2. To tap into our own creativity, we need to slow down.
Who hasn’t been there? You’ve taken on too many projects and now you’re overwhelmed. So you rush things, and end up way off the mark. While its important to know that in order to be able to fully move on, you need to complete your projects, it’s also vital to note that sometimes you can complete a project by dropping it. In other words, “learn to prioritize, and learn to let go.”
3. Holding grudges is like drinking poison; it saps a lot of your energy.
Whatever the reason, it cannot be said often enough that forgiveness is for you, and not the other person. Since we’re on the topic of preserving energy and being our best selves, find ways to set yourself free, and reap the very real rewards.
4. Pioneering comes with initial misunderstanding and disapproval.
You may be criticized but don’t give up. People are often intimidated by what they don’t understand. Charge forward, and do what feels right for you.
5. Be patient.
“We walk through life feeling like we are running out of time. It’s a terrible way to live your life,” says Huffington. Most of the time, when you ask people what they want more of in life, the answer tends to be more time. In her words, there is need for us as individuals to take charge of our own success, and be wiser about what or who we let rule our lives. Before we’re able to do that, it’s important that we determine for ourselves what success means to us. What’s your definition?
Sometimes you just need to make a decision, call it done, and move on!