Over Thinking

“We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein

Over thinking is something we all do as a way to protect ourselves against making mistakes. This thought pattern can cause us to worry about things that have happened in the past, second-guessing important decisions and cause us to be highly stressed. Rehashing one’s decisions may prevent us from making progress and weaken our resolve long term. Learn how to control your reevaluation habits to become more confident and to accept what has been decided.

Sometimes we tend to recheck our thoughts and decisions without knowing we are doing it. Acknowledging when and how we do this is the first step in realizing these thoughts aren’t productive and won’t lead to positive actions. Re-examining decisions too often restrains you from doing your best.

Over thinking about events that have happened in the past or are going to happen in the future won’t allow you to live in the present. Instead of over thinking something you have made a decision about, train your brain to find solutions to that problem and then put those thoughts to rest. Try keeping a list of solutions or strategies you can use to focus on situations you can control.

Changing what you are physically engaging in can also help alleviate this habit. Exercising on a daily basis, reading a book, or watching a video on a different subject can be a great distraction and allow you to clear your mind.

Just like any other skill, it takes time and dedication to improve. Don’t let over thinking take over your time and energy. Learn how to develop mental discipline to stop over thinking and have a more productive and peaceful thought process.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Understanding the Value of Social Media

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
~Albert Einstein

We have learned over time that the use of social media can either make or break a business or organization. With many different social media platforms reaching thousands and even millions of people, it’s necessary to understand the different and most current methods to reach and connect with your audience to increase the exposure of your business. Many businesses, it appears, can’t quite seem to engage their audiences online for any ongoing period of time. Learn how to balance your output to get the most from social media.

Whether you want to post news updates or amusing video clips, understanding which platform to post content on is crucial for getting your brand recognized and remembered. Facebook is widely used for all types of content, with millions of users scrolling through and reading the news feed. Twitter has become more popular and is the best way to send a short concise message and is preferred and utilized more and more.

Focusing on attention getting content is always important when deciding what to post on social media. Your content should create interest to your audience and give information about your business, its history, success and future goals. Providing this information will draw your audience in, and help create your brand in a consistent fashion.

Social media may seem simple to understand but there are many creative nuances that can add value and make your business grow on all platforms. Understand your audience and your message to accomplish your social media goals.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Making Change Easy

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Resisting change is a natural reaction for many people. We often find trying to adapt to a new way of doing things uncomfortable or too much of a struggle. However, personal and professional changes can be some of the most important factors when trying to improve your life and world as well as improving your business or organization.

Understand that when you want to act or react differently you must think differently. Any major change requires us to train our brains to step out of our comfort zone to accept something new with trust.

While going through changes in life, surround yourself with the right people. This can make a difficult process easier and more fulfilling by having a support system in place. Identify people who have toxic personalities and avoid them particularly during any time of stress or change in your life. Spend your time with positive people who understand the differences you are attempting to achieve.

Make sure you are always looking at the positive benefits when change is needed to improve yourself. Focus on how this will benefit your life, your accomplishments and your overall well-being. This will help give you motivation to keep evolving.

Personal and professional change is not something that happens naturally for any of us. Allow yourself to think differently to accept the new changes you are experiencing throughout life

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

Making Meaningful Connections

“Nonsense and beauty have close connections.”
~ E.M. Forster

Making connections among fellow coworkers is important for creating a more exciting and enjoyable place to come to each day. Striking up a conversation with someone new can sometimes feel uncomfortable but, as with most things, practice makes perfect.

Whether you are interviewing a new employee or having a casual conversation, train yourself to ask and answer with authentic dialogue so you can get to know someone on a personal level.

Developing a meaningful, well thought out conversational style allows us to have in-depth conversations that are beneficial in many ways. No matter what kind of business or personal situation you are in, form questions that open people’s minds to creativity and honesty.

For example, asking more probing questions such as: What was your biggest fear as a child?  What are you most proud of? What is the failure that you learned the most from? can often open up a round of in-depth discussions.

Don’t fall into the trap of losing someone’s interest by asking weak or typical questions. Learn to ask interesting questions in any situation to make the most meaningful connections and to get the most interesting answers.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results