If you don’t know Peter Shankman and what he’s done—and does—you really should. He’s a self-described author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector. And he helps me.
As a journalist, I frequently need sources for my stories and I post my need—or query—on HARO, a.k.a., Help a Reporter (in this case, me) Out. It’s magic and it’s his idea, and not his only one. I’ve also located wonderful, credible experts for Mind Your Body through HARO. It’s a dream-come-true for journalism sourcing, and makes me ask: “Gee. Why didn’t I think of that?”
To clear your air
When Health Care Communication News arrived in the ole’ Inbox this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the headline, “Five Pieces of Advice You Can Give to Anyone, Anytime.” The story is Shankman’s. It’s just so him.
Who doesn’t need this kind of broad-based wisdom? I am compelled to share the five points because they are spot on. Suddenly life is simpler. Finally.
As baby boomers, we have certainty that we’ve figured some things out. When we can’t, it’s nice to have the sage advice of someone else who can clear the air.
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It sure seems to work for him, so here in reverse order, is Shankman’s advice:
5. Don’t over-think things. I am of course never guilty of this. (Uh-huh.) We get so busy thinking about a problem that we can’t see the obvious answer, the forest for the trees.
4. Let go of the anger; it’s not helping you. This one’s easier said than done, especially when the more you recount a maddening situation, the more your blood boils. Kiss anger ‘bye-‘bye and you can “see more clearly, make more rational decisions, and imagine a better outlook,” he says.
3. Take some time away from the problem. That’s right in there with “Don’t send that inflammatory email when you’re mad.” Get away from it all, at least temporarily and, says Shankman, you’ll return with “a clearer head, a better brain chemistry filled with new dopamine receptors and neural passageways.”
2. If all things are equal, do that which is more fun. If it sounds a bit self-indulgent, remember, we don’t have forever. Without fun, Shankman reckons we’ll end up “old, crotchety, frustrated and sad.” No fun.
1. No matter how dark things seem, there’s always light somewhere. You’ve heard it before, so it must be true. “But every problem has a way out. It might not be the way out they want, but it’s a way out regardless.” Find that light at the end of the tunnel.
Make yours a good day. I’m certain these tips will help make it so.