IFARI: Cul­tural Vi­bra­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - COCKTAIL CORNER -

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?

6. De­cide.

Some­times you just need to make a de­ci­sion, call it done, and move on!

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