Day 331-337 / 365 Days of Fulfillment Blog

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Day 337/365 – December 4

“Keep a Written List of Gift ideas”

With Christmas around the corner, it behooves you to have a list of gifts at your disposal. An old fashion written list of gift ideas allows you to add onto the list and cross off accordingly, and with greater ease and convenience. Always having to go back onto your computer to cross off gifts you’ve purchased is time consuming and not all that practical. Not to mention having to try to remember what gifts people have asked for.

 I suggest keeping this list on you at all times, that way you can always reference it when in a store, even if Christmas shopping isn’t the main objective. A list like this also allows you to see your list get shortened, which is always a fulfilling sight and feeling. I know I’ve been guilty of constantly having to remind myself who I have left to shop for and who I already have gifts for, thus adding unnecessary stress to my holiday shopping. Categorize your list appropriately, with people and their gift ideas sectioned together; once you finish shopping for a particular person, cross their name off.

I would also recommend putting possible stores the gift ideas can be found next to each gift idea, that way you can pop into these stores when you are nearby, and avoid exhausting travel shopping days – of course online shopping is a fan favourite as well. Regardless of how you go about your shopping, a written list will only increase your ability to organize your gift giving this year.

Day 336/365 – December 3

“Come up with an Elevator Pitch”

Elevator pitches are crucial to capture the attention of someone important in a short period of time, describing to them who you are and what you are all about; these pitches are also useful when making conversation with someone new to describe what you do, while eliminating any unnecessary jargon or complicated useless information. An elevator pitch does not mean this description of ‘who you are’ or ‘what you do’ has to take place in an elevator (thought I’d clarify), It’s given its name for the conciseness of its description. Our elevator pitch is meant to be short and concise enough to tell someone what we do in the amount of time we spend in an elevator – no longer than 10 seconds.

You never want to try to improvise an elevator pitch. Traditionally this ends with you rambling on and missing out on important details that are relevant to your pitch. Take the time to figure out what is the best way to describe who you are and what you do with as much detail and as little jargon as possible. One to two sentences should cover it 😉

Example:

“Hey there, names Brandon, I’m an Adventure Athlete and Speaker. I help create more engaged, excited, and well-balanced organizations. Would love to help in anyway I can.

Day 335/365 – December 2

“Decorate Your House for Christmas”

Christmas is a unique, special time of year. There’s this certain blissfulness, cheer, and joy that attaches itself to this particular holiday season and all that embrace it. The community tends to be much more pleasant, the events in town promote an even greater sense of connected-ness, and love and giving are seemingly at their highest degree. With all this goodness, comes the festive nature that Christmas brings with it; i’m talking about the big red bows, wreaths, garland, lights, mistletoe, holly and of course the Trees, nut crackers and ornaments. There is tons of opportunity to add some festive cheer in your home, and doing so, make everyday feel like it’s a special time of the year – which it most certainly is.

Decorating is an extension of the Christmas season. It’s important not to get overly attached to the commercialism of this holiday, and with that, remember all the good we can do for others, as we appreciate all the added beauty that surrounds our homes and community.

Day 334/365 – December 1

“Converse, Instead of Email, When it’s Practical”

The amount of time people spend navigating through endless email threads is asinine. I get that we like convenience and we think staying in one spot adds efficiency to our day, but in reality, the endless interruptions, misunderstandings and lost focused caused by email is easily taking away hours of our precious time. Converse when it’s practical; when you can talk directly to your colleagues, or when you can just walk down the hall or even when a call may be appropriate. The goal is to speak, decide and apply. Talking about something in person or on the phone speeds up the indecisiveness and clarifies the context behind what both parties want achieved.

Day 333/365 – November 30

“Throw away Empty Useless Boxes in Your House”

Boxes seem to be one of the most common items for clutter; they’re big, awkward and rarely utilized. We like the idea of having boxes around, just in case we may need one some day, but this “some day” probably won’t come for a while and in the mean time, you’re stuck with all sorts of boxes lying around your house. As I write this, I can spot 6 boxes in my room, that are definitely not necessary: shoe boxes (3), headphone boxes (2), camera boxes (1). We think that we are going to use these boxes to put these things back into as well, but this again is rarely the case. Once we open a package, that item stays out. I can see holding onto them if you might return them, but once that return date passes, toss em!

Your mind will feel less cluttered by simply removing these boxes and the space in your room, basement and home will seem so much more open and clean.

Day 332/365 – November 29

“Work on Your Communication Skills by Talking with in-store Vendors”

Communication skills should never go under appreciated. The ability to make conversation, present yourself as witty, confident and relaxed, are critical aspects to thriving in social situations. But where do we start? I love any type of exercise that allows us to actually apply our teachings and learn simply by doing, but in a more natural, relaxed environment. Vendors giving out samples of food are perfect opportunities to practice this skill. These men and women are hired to smile, be friendly and make conversation, so our job to get them to respond and have rapport with us has never been easier. This doesn’t mean we are just getting perfect, flowing conversation, but it’s a great starting point for us to have some back and fourth with a stranger without feeling nervous about it.

When I talk to vendors I simply be myself and try to add a spark to their day; I ask questions, I try to make them laugh and shed some personality their day, ultimately to put a little smile and fun into their rather repetitive day. The more you go away from the simple “grab, ask how much and leave” routine, like you do with more vendors (if that), the more you begin to see their mood change – from dull to energetic and joyful. By focusing on how to actually make their day better – with your positive attitude – communication will never seem less stressful. We can make their day more entertaining by giving them a compliment, asking them about their day, quizzing them on their pallet, and discovering 1 or 2 personal details about that person (family, weekend plans, Nationality).

When we focus on bettering someone else’s day by being curious and friendly, we shoot up the social latter of effective communicators and lessen the pressure we so often put on ourselves in new social settings. Use this tip to not only become a more effective communicator but to add some authentic interaction and positive stimulation into what could have been another quiet, reserved errand run.

Day 331/365 – November 28

“Stop Circling for the Perfect Parking Spot; Park farther away, Walk and Rid Yourself of the Stress and Wasted Time”

Now don’t get me wrong, finding an amazing up close parking spot is a unique satisfying feeling, however, this occurs very infrequently and most likely comes at the expense of wasted time, energy and a temper tantrum at some point due to the lack of spots available. This is a big tip for stores like Costco or malls during Christmas time. We spend 20-30 minutes circling in and out of lanes with other drivers who are trying to beat us to the spot before you beat them, only to end up awkwardly maneuvering your way through a slow, jammed parking lot, and parking farther away eventually anyways. Why not just eliminate the middle man, and park where there is guaranteed spots, and just walk farther? You are going to walk in the mall anyways, why not get a jump start on our 10,000 steps!

Parking far back in the “empty lot” may seem like a loss in the moment, but in reality, you controlled your situation, mood and prevented any unnecessary anger, stress and irritation. This also means that you will have a quicker, smoother exit on your way out, BONUS! To summarize, get your steps in, eliminate the inevitable stress and appreciate the lack of congestion on your way out.

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