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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 018 - About Magic Mountains, Movement and Future Self

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By Anne Muhlethaler @annvi

About Magic Mountains, Movement and Future Self

❇The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her. Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one. - A. J. Jacobs

Right. It's June already. I don't know about you but I feel like a snake about to shed its skin. I was reflecting that when we cast our skin, let go of the old, we are first more exposed, vulnerable, sensitive. We are also more open. Tara Brach talks about this beautifully, see details in the Digest.

That said, I feel a bit raw and unprepared for getting back out into the world but luckily I have an Inner Mentor who I introduce you to in Looking Forward. She's wiser and smarter than me, so I'm trying to take a leaf from her book. Actually, I was reminded by someone yesterday that you can write to your Future Self and choose the delivery date of the message via FutureMe.org or even choose to write the message to someone else in the future where you thank them for how they contributed to your life. Fun exercise. Both worth a try.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 017 - Gatsby's advice

Gatsby's Advice

❇ To lead a successful life, it’s essential to know your limits, and then go as far as you can, but always within your limits. - Gabriel 'Gatsby' Van Deuren

I this post, I revisit the excellent advice from my grandfather, who had earned himself the glamourous nickname of Gatsby in his youth, name which our family lovingly mispronounced (and to hear how, listen to the audio version of the post). I wish I'd remembered his words earlier on, but now I've written about it, I feel they will stay with me.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 016 - A Change in Leadership

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❇ It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry Truman
❇ None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. – Mother Teresa

I am both exhausted and exhilarated this week. From war in the middle east (with close family in Israel), my second shot of the vaccine, terrible weather, and bad news coming from India and Spain/Morrocco, I feel the collective exhaustion and the sparks of anger and disagreement around me, my colleagues, my friends, my family. I wish we could all have a nice long holiday - not an imposed one, not another lockdown, no, a real relaxation. I'm concentrating on self-care personally, and writing for you here does feel like a version of that.

I am leaning towards change, thinking about better collaboration and still vibing off last week's musical metaphor: one-buttock playing.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 015 - Hitting the Keyword

hitting the keyword

❇ Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandi

Procrastination sometimes leads us to exciting explorations. That's what happened to me when I let myself be distracted instead of writing my Looking Forward post a couple of days ago. Borrowing from the podcast, I indulged in looking for a point of convergence between my favourite word and what brings me happiness, so doing I might have found my Ikigai. This brought me to revisit the wonderful audiobook 'The Art of Possibilities' by Rosemund and Benjamin Zander as well as the English conductor's phenomenal Ted Talk. Treat yourself to both and you'll thank me later, that's a promise!

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 14 - The Power of Words

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❇ You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. - Rainer Maria Rilke

With a couple of clients - and some great copywriters - I have been pondering the value and sometimes the power behind our words. This may have been prompted by my conversation with novelist and mindfulness teacher April Davila, my guest on Out of the Clouds. It could also be that I have been inspired by poetry of late, including the wonderful lines from Amanda Gorman, who graces the cover of US Vogue this month - see below in the digest.
Whether used as metaphors, in copywriting, mindful mantras or economic models, words carry intention and, possibly, the keys to our future.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 013 - Mindful Communication and DEI

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by Anne Muhlethaler @annvi

Mindful communication and DEI

❇ What you read and write can help you heal, so be thoughtful about what you consume.- Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Communicating

Working at the crossroads between business and mindfulness is an interesting place to explore life. I am, like others out there, working on integrating or pulling together these various parts of me. It's a complicated process but I hope that offering my own interrogations and a-ha moments, the good, the bad and the funny, will be of use for you, if not today, then sometime in the future.
This week, I dig into an important subject of study for me, mindful communication, what it means to create a 'container' and holding space, and why we all need it.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward - 012 - The Case of Too Many Cooks


❇ The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter. - Malcolm Gladwell, Blink

Last week as I was writing my weekly blog post, I got deep into research of the subject I was touching upon - namely challenges in group decision-making. So I chose to wait and come back to the subject this week. I guess I practiced what I preached a couple of weeks ago - I slowed down. Meanwhile, I was treated to a serendipitous email from HBR in which I found a wonderful article by Cheryl Strauss Einhorm on the myths behind decision making.

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AVM Consulting · Looking Forward 011 - WHY SLOW IS GOOD

why slow is good

❇ Keep the main thing the main thing. - Ralphie J Karam

I was never a fan of 'doing for the sake of doing' but as many, I am feeling the social pressure, social media that is, of posting for the sake of feeding the machine. So I explore my internal narrative, the way that stress narrows the aperture of our minds and why slowing down is a healthy move for both creativity and collaboration.

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