Word-Of-the-Week #775: Recalculating

June 13, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #775: Recalculating 

Recalculating re-thinking and or re-planning in order to eliminate errors or to incorporate additional factors or data.

Have you arrived at your “perfect job” destination? Are you living the life you dreamed of? Do you ever feel you are off track?

I am taking the liberty to rerun this WOW. It came up for me personally as its how I feel about parts of my life right now. I probably have 25% to 30% of my life left and that has caused me to think about how I want to spend that precious time. “So instead of accepting things I cannot change, I am changing things I cannot accept.” I am recalculating relationships.

Henry DeVries, assistant dean for external affairs UC San Diego, featured a UT article titled, Recalculating the next career step.” He writes, When Karen Jacobsen walks on a stage, there is no question she is in the driver’s seat.  Known as The GPS Girl, Jacobsen’s speaking voice is in over 100 million GPS units giving drivers directions worldwide as “Australian Karen.” 

“You could say I specialize in telling people where to go,” says Jacobsen, an Aussie who moved to New York over a decade ago and had an unexpected twist in her singing career when she got a 50-hour voiceover gig giving driving directions. 

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Today she is also an author who speaks to audiences on how to create a road map for their future. Jacobsen, who is also the Australian voice of Siri for the Apple iPhone, has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the NBC Today Show, the CBS Early Show, in the New York Times, Glamour magazine and was named one of People magazine’s Most Intriguing People. 

In her book, “The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future,” she writes about how to listen to your Inner GPS and to ‘recalculate at any time in life’ just as we do when driving. She knows drivers hate it when they get off course and hear her say, “recalculating,” but she loves the word. 

“I think the word recalculating is actually good news,” says Jacobsen. “It may mean you have been off track, but by the time you hear the word recalculating, you are already back on the right road. Recalculating is how I got from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Apple.”

This week’s focus is on listening to your inner GPS. Are you in the Driver’s seat or the Passenger’s seat? Is there a part of your life that needs recalculating? How would it feel to create a new road map?

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Word-Of-the-Week #774: Receptive

June 6, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #774: Receptive 

Receptive willing or inclined to receive suggestions or information. 

How willing are you to receive suggestions? If new updated information comes to you how receptive are you to accepting it? Would you say the company you work for is open and receptive to suggestions or new information?

My dear friend, speaker buddy, and mentor Gloria has given me great “Words of Wisdom” over the years that I found to be very timely and helpful. She would always start by saying, “If you are receptive…”

Sometimes I would answer, “No. I’m just not feeling that today.” And then giggle. She has been a great teacher and I a great student. In order to learn and grow you need to be receptive to new ideas or different ones. As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

I got lots of positive responses to the past couple of WOW’s and felt they were worth sharing. That’s of course if you’re receptive!

This from my sister Lurene, “I think if everything in our life was certain it would be boring. The Buddha says, “Life is uncertain, death is certain.” I had a Yoga Master tell me that quote in one of my very first yoga classes and said “If you came here, to this class with certain expectations – wait – you might leave with something much different or better – be open.” 

And this from long time subscriber Joe, “Fear can be used as a crutch to not try anything or go beyond one’s abilities to change and better oneself. It can be an excuse. But when we actually go into the arena to attempt something that no one else will, regardless of the consequences, that allows us to conquer whatever fears we have in this life. 

The unfortunate thing in this life is that so many people fear death so much, that they don’t LIVE”. 

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!” – FDR 

On Comprehension Joe had this to say,“These skimming habits don’t allow us to really sit down and take our time reading a newspaper, magazine or even books. It is too bad, really, because in the process we lose the basic communication skills we need to connect with our fellow man. 

Too many people today, especially the young, need to stop looking down and start looking up, or they will miss life.”  

This week’s focus is on being receptive. Is there an area in your life where you’d like to see different results? Do you have a good friend or mentor who can help you with that? Could you be more open to receiving suggestions or information?

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Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation

May 30, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation 

Trepidation a state of fear or anxiety. 

How often have you felt trepidation? Is there something you need to confront that you just don’t want to do? How would it feel to just deal with it so it’s all over and done with?

Once again, Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought provoking piece!

Great Question: Fear To Hear?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)

“What do I fear to hear?” (Or see?) (Or experience?)

Coaching Point: This S3MC surfaced when I recently realized I was avoiding having a necessary, but probably unpleasant, conversation. As I projected the thought of it onto the future the imagined emotional energy felt really uncomfortable. Simply put, I didn’t want to experience it. So there I was, uncomfortable in what-was-so right now, yet unwilling to experience the (imagined) greater discomfort of having the conversation.

And that’s the key to moving forward – notice the cost of what you fear to hear (see/experience) and know it will continue to accrue until you act. The longer you delay taking action the greater the cumulative cost.

Of course, one time, long ago and far away, you put off taking action on an issue and it resolved itself. “Maybe it’ll magically happen again,” you tell yourself. Really? ‘Maybe’ is a winning strategy?

Not for people leading highly successful lives. They have learned the cumulative cost of putting off what they fear to hear is far greater than the cost of action.

Where in your past have you experienced the truth of this?

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This week’s focus is dealing with trepidation. How often have you put off doing or saying something that needs to be done? Is the cumulative cost affecting your emotional well being? How would it make you feel to take action and resolve it?

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Word-Of-the-Week #772: Inspiration

May 23, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #772: Inspiration 

Inspiration a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something. 

When was the last time you felt enthusiasm for something or someone?

This is the follow up to last week “Blind San Diego sailor completes trans-Pacific crossing to Japan.  Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto and his sighted sailing partner Doug Smith have become the first blind sailing team to sail nonstop across the Pacific Ocean,” by Pam Kragen.

“The men sailed 24 hours a day, alternating 6-hour shifts at the wheel. Iwamoto mostly sailed at night since he’s comfortable sailing in the dark. They subsisted on a lean diet of power bars, protein drinks and freeze-dried foods. Smith lost 30 pounds and Iwamoto lost 10 during the voyage. Both also grew thick beards. 

Iwamoto, 52, grew up on the Southern Japanese island of Kyushu where he began losing his sight at age 13. By 16, he was completely blind. Faced with a future of being dependent on others, he initially thought of committing suicide but decided instead to push his own limits to inspire others. 

He went to medical school, studying in Japan and San Francisco, to become an acupuncturist, and in his 20s he met his American wife, Karen Young Iwamoto, who had moved to Japan after college to teach English. They married 22 years ago, moved to San Diego in 2006 and have a daughter, Leena, who’s in eighth grade. 

Iwamoto runs a holistic health medicine practice in Kearny Mesa and travels the world doing motivational speaking. It was on one of those tours in Japan in 2016 that the two men met through a mutual friend. 

Smith, 55, grew up in Alexandria, Va., and graduated from college in 1990 with an economics degree. He flew to Japan, found work in the real estate finance industry and met his wife, Naomi. They married in 1995 and have two daughters, Rachael and Hana. Smith commutes between Japan and the U.S. for his job with GreenGen, a Maryland company that creates sustainable energy systems for companies worldwide. 

Smith had dreamed for years of sailing across the Pacific but he didn’t know how to sail and couldn’t find anyone to go with him. When he met Iwamoto, he saw a way to fulfill both of their dreams. 

Most of the news coverage over the past few months has focused on Iwamoto, which is just fine with Smith. Instead, his focus has been on the adventure itself and raising money for four charities including San Diego’s Challenged Athletes Foundation. He said he’s enjoyed helping Iwamoto’s dream come true. 

“I looked at this trip as our moonshot,” Smith said. “We needed a spaceship, we needed mission control and we needed an astronaut. There was always the plan that I’d build the spaceship, which was our boat, and be mission control keeping track of all the data every day. But he’s the astronaut. We did it together in our different capacities and we did it with the Dream Weaver. I think we both felt there were three of us on the voyage.” 

Iwamoto said he plans to spend a month relaxing in Japan with family before returning home to San Diego. He’s considering writing a book about the experience from the blog he kept along the way. Smith is moving Dream Weaver to a different harbor in Japan for long-term storage. He isn’t planning to sail the boat back to the U.S. for at least two years. But if and when he does, he knows exactly who to call for a second hand at the wheel. 

“We share the same determination,” Smith said of Iwamoto. “He wasn’t going to let people tell him he couldn’t do it and I wasn’t going to let people tell me I didn’t have enough sailing experience to go with him. If you tell us we can’t do something, we’ll work hard to prove you wrong. That personality trait really bonded us.”

This week’s focus is inspiration. Have you ever dreamed of doing something that you had no idea how to do? Would you risk your life in order for that to happen? Is there someone in your life that shares the same determination as you?

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Word-Of-the-Week #771: Determination

May 16, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #771: Determination 

Determination the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is very difficult. 

If you were faced with numerous failures would you continue trying to accomplish something that was death defying? Is there anyone you would trust with your life?

This week and next features UT article “Blind San Diego sailor completes trans-Pacific crossing to Japan.  Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto and his sighted sailing partner Doug Smith have become the first blind sailing team to sail nonstop across the Pacific Ocean,” by Pam Kragen.

“In spite of difficult winds and currents and numerous equipment failures, blind sailor Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto of San Diego and his sighted sailing partner, Doug Smith, arrived in Japan on schedule Saturday, becoming the first blind sailing team to ever achieve a nonstop trans-Pacific crossing between the U.S. and Japan. 

The 8,700-mile trip, which started in San Diego on Feb. 24, took 55 days, though in Iwamoto’s mind, it was a journey that really began six years ago. In June 2013, he and a different sailing partner attempted to sail from Japan to California. But just six days into the voyage, a 50-foot blue whale accidentally struck their boat and it sank in minutes. The two men barely survived drowning.

Smith met Iwamoto 2 1/2 years ago and was so inspired by his desire to try again despite the odds that he bought a boat and offered to serve as Iwamoto’s sighted crewman so together they could complete what they called the Voyage of Inspiration. 

Describing the emotions he felt on Saturday when they sailed Smith’s 40-foot sailing yacht, Dream Weaver, into Fukushima’s Onahama harbor, Iwamoto said he’s “the happiest guy in the world.” 

“I am so happy I stood up and said I want to try again. I’m so lucky I met Doug, who heard my passion and helped me make my dream come true,” Iwamoto said in a phone interview from Tokyo on Tuesday. “I want people to learn from my experience that the only limitations we have are in our brains. My message is never give up.” 

While the duo arrived in Japan with a bit of food and emergency fuel to spare, Smith said the trip was difficult. They got off to a slow start in February when a lack of trade winds along the Baja coast forced them to re-route their westward route. Then, when they got close to Japan about eight days ago, they encountered strong currents and heaving waves that held them offshore in rough conditions for days. 

They also had numerous equipment failures. The boom brake — which keeps the heavy sail holder from swinging rapidly with the wind and, potentially, knocking a passenger overboard, broke — so they had to tie the boom in place, which impacted the boat’s response to changing winds. They also had electrical problems with their hydro-generator, their alternator, their regulator and their geo-location system. 

Smith, who was a novice sailor with just a few months of sailing lessons before the trip, said he learned a lot about sailing and electrical repair during the trip. He also learned a lot about himself as he and Iwamoto patiently worked through all of the problems they encountered without ever losing patience with one another. 

“What would we argue about? We were in the same boat both figuratively and literally,” Smith said in a phone interview from Fukushima on Monday. “We were trying to achieve the same thing and we learned a lot more about each other. It was great.” 

Iwamoto is a veteran sailor, but because he’s blind there was always the danger of falling overboard if he missed a step. And if Smith fell overboard, it would’ve been difficult for Iwamoto to find him. 

To ensure against that, Iwamoto memorized every inch of the boat before they left, and both wore life vests 24 hours a day that were tethered to the boat with a system of cables. There was one day when a sail line broke and Iwamoto had to make his way to the tip of the bow in heavy seas to help Smith fix it. Iwamoto said that was the scariest day of the voyage for him. 

“Fortunately, Doug and I worked together very well. We have a friendship and trust on land, but when you’re out in the Pacific in a boat with just one other person, you develop a much deeper trust.”

This week’s focus is on determination. If you failed at something would you try to do it again? Have you ever dreamed of accomplishing a major feat? Do you know anyone who could help you make your dreams come true?

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