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Set your Morning Rituals today!

Shift your story one Ritual at a time

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Hearing about all those successful people waking up at 4am, working out and following the exact same ritual every morning can be inspiring but also difficult to digest and implement directly in your life.
A morning ritual is a great way to kick starts your day, and become the leader of your own time. But sometimes, the morning rituals you hear of are far from the reality you live in and might not suit you.

Why a morning ritual?

A ritual is not a routine.
morning routine might involve exercising, showering, dressing, reading the paper and eating breakfast. In fact, a routine will prep your body for the day. It will physically put you on the go.
ritual may involve these same mundane chores, but a ritual takes on a meaning beyond getting a task completed. The ritual will set your state of mind; it will prep your attitude, focus and determination to be aligned with your daily goals and ultimately your life’s purpose.

Before going on setting your morning ritual, you will need to assess the mindset you would like to have every day, the right attitude that you will need to achieve your goals. How would you like to feel? Which mindset would you like to have in the morning?

A Morning Ritual makes you
the leader of your day!

Wolfpack

How do you set your morning ritual?

Think about when you feel the most excited, when you are the most productive, the most confident. Think about the days you wake up before your alarm. Think about the exciting things that make you jump right out of bed.
How does your body behave in those scenarios?
Focus on your breathing, on the power of your brain, your posture, your eyes and your movement.
You will want to replicate these behaviors to reach a mindset of confidence, productivity and excitement.
For some people, it is about working out hard in the morning, others might prefer a reading, meditating, watching a motivation video, listening to a podcast, writing your goals etc.

We are all different when it comes to how we like our mornings, but we all share one thing in common: Ace our day!

A climber’s mindset

Climbing – a life philosophy

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Birds chirping, footsteps trailing on the fallen leaves, waterfalls gushing and running through the campsite. Another regular weekend in the mountains, between the trees. Another regular morning at the crag, between the rocks. Another regular day where he packs his bag, checks his gear, and beyond all else, gets his mind in check.

Out there, it’s just him and the rocks. It’s him and everything he knows so well how to do. He takes a look at the route – his project that he knows by heart now – and gets ready, body and mind. Because climbing is so much more than physical capacity. Climbing means going so high to reach your limits and then going even higher, setting new boundaries with every single climb; every single move. And he knows that by now.

There on the wall, he feels unstoppable. He most certainly has the skills. The drive and resilience to push a little harder and go a little higher are anchored in the deepest parts of his being. The will to get what he wants takes over and he is one with the wall. This is not to say that he doesn’t assess the risks of failure; of falling. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. He knows the risks, accepts them, and even embraces them, but he progresses on his route not having the shadow of a doubt that he will succeed; because eventually he will.

Down there at the bottom of the 40-meter wall, the world is on hold. Everything around him stops moving for a while. The voices of everyone around him become nothing more but distant echoes in the mountains; their faces, mere shadows disappearing into the distance. Within minutes, he starts his long climb. He is not focused on sending the route, and instead wants to enjoy the climb every step of the way. He knows for a fact that every decision on the wall counts, so he has to be armed with his best weapons: self-reliance and patience. Even the smallest of decisions can make the biggest of differences; one tiny move to the right and he doesn’t quite catch it, moving his feet too high or too low and he doesn’t quite make it.

Climber: Mohammed Sleem
Photo credit: Nabih Achkar

It’s about the unequalled feeling of achievement and pride you get from doing what you do best: Climb.

Ghina chehwan

He knows that the higher he climbs, the more extreme everything becomes. Halfway through the route, when things seemed to finally have aligned, he doesn’t quite catch it and takes a fall. Hanging on that rope, in the middle of nowhere, you could feel his disappointment from miles away. Many would think that he hit rock bottom; many would wonder why he keeps going; many would question his ability to find a way to continue; many would ask why he hadn’t chosen another sport, something less risky and less challenging. But for him, the answer is obvious: he found himself in climbing. He found it in him to keep moving forward, even when he fell; especially when he fell. He found it in him to keep falling forward. Because each fall meant a new lesson. Each fall meant discovering new ways not only to climb, but also to live. There is no room for success or failure, only learning.

See when you’re as passionate as he is, you don’t climb for the audience, you climb for yourself and only yourself. He is focused not on the sending, but on the learning. It is the similarities between life and climbing that have always blown his mind away. Being given the opportunity to self-reflect and explore is far greater than any sending. Being given the chance to truly understand himself, to see where his limits lie and break them, to understand how he can live more and be more is his greatest reward.

Everything about this sport makes him come back for more. From the chalky face, to the bleeding fingers and the calloused hands. From the pounding heartbeats to the pumped forearms and the sore legs. Everything about climbing fascinates him: from the sunrises that blow his mind away, to the sunsets that take his breath away. But beyond anything else, it is walking that tightrope between risk and safety; it is the way he builds the endurance and problem-solving ability both body and mind that makes him get up, and try again.

To him, climbing is not about the sending or the grades. It’s not about the route or the moves. Climbing is about the people and the friendships. Climbing is about those close ones with whom you can share the “that was so close, I almost had it” moments. It’s about the post climb gatherings that last into the night and about the plans you make for the upcoming weekend. It’s standing on top of the mountains you only see in pictures with the people who matter most, feeling empowered, and inspired. It’s about patience, resilience and hard work. It’s about learning that there is no shortcuts to success, and if you want it, then you have to stop at absolutely nothing to get it. Climbing is about falling and getting up, and trying one more time only to fall again before you finally rise. It’s about that unequalled feeling of achievement and pride you get from doing what you do best: climb.

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

What type of Leader are you?

A military leader values continuity, A scout leader values truth.

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A general belief states that the best lessons of leadership are taught in the army. Concepts of team building, mission achievements, discipline, motivation and a clear vision have been glorified in the army. Military leaders have been celebrated as heroes.

In this post we will study the Mindset of an army leader vs a scout leader.

The Scouts movement, founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1907, is a non-political, educational movement for young people. Kids are taught character-based morals and skills to survive and thrive in the outdoors. Most importantly they are taught skills to help them deal with their fellow scout members.

We will explore in this blog post the difference between the Military mind and the Scout mind.

Why you think you are right even when you are wrong is the ‘soldier’s mindset

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Julia Galef describes the rigid mind: Why you think you are right even when you are wrong, the ‘soldier’s mindset’.

On the opposite, a scout’s mindset, in Galef’s words is ‘seeing what’s there as accurately as you can, even if it is not pleasant’.

Military Mind

Protect and Defend
Signed on to a Cause
Value Community
Rooted in defensiveness and tribalism
Value being on the right side

Leadership as a Mission

Scout Mind

Explore and Learn
Investigate options
Value Truth
Rooted in curiosity and intrigue
Value objective, revealing facts and truths

Leadership as a Message

Whether we adopt a military or Scout mind has to do with our attitude about the things around us, ask yourself at work, home, or even in your community: are you defensive or intrigued when you find information that contradicts something you believe in? Are you here for the mission and the continuity or for the truth, the values and significance of the issues at hand?

Depending on your answers to those questions, you will learn about your Leadership DNA, the essence behind you as a leader. Are you here to deliver, achieve and accomplish missions; or are you here because you have a message to convey, something to say and an ideal to share?

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Good things come to those who WORK for it

No Athlete was born with exceptional performance!

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With the booming of social media, it is now easy to follow the success of a well-known businessman, just as much as keeping up with the success of a former classmate who now owns his own business. Consequently, it is also easy to compare yourself with these people and to wonder “why them and not me”. Words like privilege and luck come to mind, and the most comforting way to brush off these thoughts is to think these people have had it much easier than you.

However, the role we play in how our life turns out is much bigger than we think. And while acknowledging this can be hard, it also is the only way we can start taking control and working towards the goals that we want to achieve, whether they are professional, personal or financial.

Here are our top 3 things that will make you harvest success!

1. Personal Responsibility

We are responsible for every decision we take, every situation we accept to stay in, and subsequently, every step we don’t take.

Society has pressured us into thinking we had to follow a specific path in order to reach our goals, and sometimes our goals are already chosen for us. However, we underestimate how much we are in control of every decision we take during our lives: you took the decision to take this job, you took the decision to study a major you don’t like, you took the decision to eat fast food and to skip your workout.

The first step into embarking a journey of success is to understand that we are the most valuable player in this journey, and that every single choice we make either brings us closer to our objective or holds us back. Most of the time, the fear of the unknown stops us from making a move. This is when we must make a choice between comfort and fulfillment.

2. Discipline

Discipline is about choosing between what you want now and what you want most. Taking the decision to start is already an amazing progress, but maintaining this mindset is much harder than we think. The road to achieving a goal starts with a plan and is completed through action. Wanting it only will never be enough.

No athlete was born with exceptional performance. Innovators go through hundreds of trials and errors before releasing a product. Reaching your goals will require of you to choose every day the hardest and scariest path. It will require of you to choose what you want most every time.

3. There is no such thing as an overnight success!

Every successful person you see has worked day in and day out to be where they are now. Whoever tells you the opposite is wrong. From a rising artist, to a booming local business, to an innovative corporation, those are people who have understood that they are responsible of their own lives and chose discipline every day.

Adapting to your environment, overcoming the obstacles, and adopting a “no excuses” mindset is what will get you to where you want to be.

Every component of who you will play a role in your journey to success: what you’re passionate about, the books you read, the hours you put in, the people you surround yourself with.

Every ounce of the person you are plays a role and therefore there is no such thing as an overnight success. Success is defined by the small choices you make everyday that will lead you to where you want to be.

So, if you’re wondering how you can get there, it’s all about seizing opportunities instead of waiting for luck, choosing the harder path instead of comfort, and it’s about understanding how much control you have over your life.

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Find out how Privilege can ruin your life!

Privilege is a valid reason for the downtrodden

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Making something happens starts with the decision of taking action. We all know this but we don’t always do it. We are all aware of the things that make us happy, we can spot those patterns and repeat them, but somehow we always fall back into the rabbit hole and lose our drive.
The captain changed his ship’s course.

A common misbelief is the thought of being under privileged, or that someone else on this planet is more privileged than you.

Our Mindset exercise is an exercise we have designed to help our clients learn how to take control of their lives on a daily basis. Setting new patterns and habits that will help you move forward towards your goal so that they become a part of you and help you live your Why and closer to your Vision.

Last week, Maria, in this exercise was feeling down, had lost hope, and had completely let go of her will to make something happen. She wasn’t only playing the victim but also blaming life on being unfair. In her eyes, the world was so unjust to the point that her actions would not make a difference in her life anymore.

“Other people are more privileged. They live in a country where their basic needs are provided, the quality of life is better and the opportunities are more frequent”.

anonymous

While this statement might be true, the mindset behind this statement is the one in the wrong.

Where does privilege start? Where does it end?

What defines privileged people, what are the standards?

Isn’t there a child somewhere in the world thinking about the majority of us who have access to clean potable water?

Isn’t there a mother in the world who still has to walk great distances to provide food and nutrition to her children?

Isn’t there an investor or a stockbroker blaming the market for his recent losses?

You can focus on playing the victim, sitting in the passenger’s seat; or choose to play the leader of your life and sit in the driver’s seat!

We invite you to adopt a GAP mindset! Do the following exercise and let us know how do you feel:

G – Gratitude: Are you grateful for what you have? Do you know what are the things that make you happy on this planet?

A – Attitude: What is your attitude towards what you have achieved? What is your attitude towards what other people have achieved?

P – Perspective: Do you have the right perspective on the things you want in your life? Are you looking at them from the passenger’s or the driver’s seat position?

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

3 easy steps to lead your emotions!

Analysis is the interpretation we place on something

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Stay Strong.
Hang in there.
Be resilient.

Difficult periods come with the challenge of going through them.
How many of us have tried to set our emotions aside and ‘rationalize’ our problems?

Somewhere down the road, our emotions will catch up with us, and we will start living on a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

Being the leader of your emotions starts with accepting them and understanding what they want to tell you.
In fact, our emotions are our sensors, a signal to a certain malfunction.

1. Stop, Spot and Accept

Our reactions to certain situations can be blurry. A million thoughts going through our mind and we cannot really understand what we are feeling: anger? sadness? disappointment? fear?

A good method would be to ask yourself: “How do I feel?” “Why do I feel this way?”

Writing the answers to those questions can help you declutter your mind and make your thoughts clearer.

After identifying our emotions and labeling them, it is important to accept feeling this way. As it is normal to feel happy after hearing good news, it is completely normal to feel sad after hearing bad news, or scared after going through something traumatic.

Understanding why we are feeling this way and accepting that we are allowed to express our feelings can help us embrace them, and finally overcome them. Accepting your emotions helps you shift your focus from “I am weak” to “I will overcome this by understanding this”.

2. Assess don’t Analyze!

Assessments are evaluations of the nature, the ability and the quality;

Analysis is the interpretation or the explanation that we place on something.

How are my emotions affecting me? Am I staying in bed all day? Did I stop working out? Am I less productive at work?

How are my emotions affecting my surroundings? Am I always fighting with my brother? Am I being distant from my best friend?

Realizing that our emotions have an impact on our day to day life can be a wake-up call to start taking control and making it a priority to heal. It is important to know that even if it is okay to feel a certain way after going through a difficult situation, it is unhealthy to let this emotion invade all the aspects of your life, especially the ones that give us personal satisfaction, like our health, our relationships or our jobs.

3. Lead!

When you see the engine light sensor go on in your car, you may ignore it and live with it and decide to suffer from the consequences later, or you can choose to fix it and

After realizing the impact of your emotions, it is time to adjust your perspective, and know that you can be the leader of yourself and of your day by reframing your thoughts accordingly.

Start by asking yourself: “What would I tell my friend if he was feeling this way?”. Looking at your situation in an objective way can help you find solutions without being clouded by sadness, anger or grief.

Finally, set daily objectives that revolve around self-care and productivity. Think “how can I make this day better?” and act accordingly. Whether it is going to the gym, cooking yourself a healthy meal or finishing the report you have been postponing for 2 weeks, when you’re done, the feeling of self-satisfaction and productivity will boost you and make you feel motivated to keep going.  

*While these steps are helpful to the majority of the people, individuals with PTSD or any other mental disorders should seek the help of a professional.

A podcast that will help you climb the summits of your life!

Elias’s why is the reason he wakes up in the morning everyday motivated to help people live the best journey of their lives.

Elias dedicated his time to study leadership, people behavior and personal development, while designing coaching and training programs. He now leads Wolfpack, successfully working with executives, young professionals and organizations to drive change, enhance leadership, and strengthen workplace culture.

Live Without Judgement

Everybody has a story.

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The pack believes in people making an impact on each other, an influence that will lead the others to perform or feel better. That performance and feeling are related to two factors: perception and attitude.

Let’s dig into each factor alone:

Attitude

This is your settled way of thinking or feeling about what is happening around you. Your attitude is greatly affected by where you come from, your beliefs, your education and your background. It can be permanent, your general attitude towards things, people or life in general; or temporary, depending on a specific event or emotion that you have recently experienced.

We are often driven by attitudes that we have inherited from previous generations, specific backgrounds or environment, or from past experiences. Living with those attitudes is accepting life as it is, and accepting the idea that nothing could ever change. In fact, having an unchangeable attitude is like having a camera with one zoomed in lens: You will never be able to see a wider or different angle.

Your attitude is the lens in which you will see the world. Change the lens, and your perception will change.

Elias Soueidi

Perception

The second player at stake in performance is divided into two parts: the ability to see, hear and become aware of something or someone around you; and the way it is regarded and interpreted.
When was the last time you perceived something without interpretation? When was the last time you were able to become aware of something without applying your own personal understanding of it?
Perception with interpretation is inducing judgment and applying your beliefs onto your surroundings. Perception without interpretation is an act of awareness, of maturity and intelligence.

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Inducing our perceptions on people is looking through our fixed lens and expecting people to come and only use our camera. It is looking at a flower and deciding the colors of its petals without it blossoming.
It is almost very hard to look at someone or something without applying our personal understanding of the situation, but if you do, you would be allowing the person in front of you to reveal its truest colors, its genuine character. You would be allowing yourself to travel into their world!

Be a traveler of the mind.

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”

bill bullard

3 things you should do as a Leader

Value trust, and trust will value you!

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Social and economic crisis can have a toll on us both physically and mentally. While it is important to indulge in our feelings and understand them, it is also important to keep being productive, and adjust to the uncertainties that surround us. In order to do so, having a mentally healthy and motivated pack can help us adapt and overcome these challenges. Maintaining a positive environment, communicating and empowering your pack are three ways to keep them motivated to push forward.

1. Maintain a positive environment!

A sick employee will not enjoy coming to work every day to talk about his or her illness. Equally, to maintain a positive team morale, we should make sure the workplace is an optimistic environment; a place where they can come, be productive, be together and do their best to overcome everything.

This can be accomplished by creating more collaboration between departments, more collective meetings, events and lunches. While the budget might not allow for much, a collective coffee hour to start-up the week might allow the team to catch up, have a laugh and start the week with a boost!

Engaging work begets an engaging team!

Lauren Karam

2. Value Communication!

We are social animals, we love to connect, in all sort of ways. Communication plays an integral role in building trust and relationships within the pack.

Relationships within the workplace define the ability for your team to connect and communicate, work and brainstorm together. Relationship creation can be endorsed through genuine interactions and spontaneous gatherings.
Trust is built upon those relationships. Building trusting teams are interwoven structures that allow for exponential growth. Trust is what will allow team members to interrupt each other, shout, and connect freely in brainstorming session. Making everyone feel safe, fulfilled and satisfied develops trust.

3. Empower everyone around you!

Feeling helpless kills motivation. Your team’s morale will affect how engaged they are with work. By making them feel empowered and responsible, they will feel motivated to create a change within their position.
Try asking each person in your team the following questions:

– Do you think we are doing everything we can to adapt and overcome the situation?
– What do you think we can do to make this situation better for us?
– How do you think we should implement these changes?
– Could you prepare a proposal about the changes you think are necessary?

By asking these questions, you are making your team think about how they can impact the company, know their opinion matters to you, and motivate them to take action.

Which center dominates your life?

Shift your paradigm and adopt an
‘inside – out’ strategy

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A ship was sailing in the ocean when a light appeared on the opposite side on its sailing course. Rushed, the captain orders to send a signal advising the other ship on the opposite side to deviate its course by 20 degrees. The message was delivered, the sergeant on the other side confirmed the intersecting course and advised the first ship to shift its course by 20 degrees. Furious, the captain sends the signal himself saying: “This is the captain speaking, change your course or we will crash!” The sergeant agrees and replies: “This is a sergeant speaking, I agree, we advise that you shift your course by 20 degrees.” The captain was impatient and threatens the sergeant by saying: “this is a battleship, I order you to change your course.” The sergeant replies: “this is a light house”.

The captain changed his ship’s course.

A paradigm is a distinct set of concepts, beliefs and patterns, including theories, research methods, postulates and standards; constituting a legitimate base for an aspect or field in life.
From the captain’s paradigm, he was right; meanwhile on the opposite side, the sergeant’s paradigms showed that he was right too.
From the captain’s paradigm, he was right; meanwhile on the opposite side, the sergeant’s paradigms showed that he was right too.

A paradigm is the lens through which we see the world. It may be blurry, too zoomed in or too zoomed out, slightly to left or slightly to the right and it could be completely off.

These paradigms are greatly affected by our principles, values and beliefs: our CENTERS.

We all have centers that control our daily lives one way or another, centers providing a narrow and focused paradigm blinding the bigger picture and clouding our judgments.

We might be spouse centered finding ourselves dependent of someone else, losing wisdom and power in the counter dependent negative interactions with our spouse.

Family centered getting our sense of security or growth exclusively from our family members, thus becoming vulnerable to any changes or influences.

Money centered, making decisions based on income and expenses, seeing the value of items only by their price and neglecting family or other priorities assuming everyone will understand that the economic demands come first.

Possessions centered, where our significance comes from materialistic items like fashionable clothes, home, cars and jewelry but also intangible possessions of fame, glory and status. If my state of security and lies in my reputation or my possessions, then I will live my life in a constant state of threat that these possessions might be lost or stolen.

Friend/enemy centered, making decisions based on dependence of one person or a group of friends. Acceptance and belonging to that group becomes the main concern, accepting or rejecting jobs, judging other people, going places and doing things based on the paradigm of making our friends “happy.”

Self centered, violating the values of people around us by focusing too much on ourselves and becoming selfish, instead of taking part of interdependent relationships where service, production and contribution are the core values of our personal growth and fulfillment.

These are some of the centers we may be submerged in, dominating and controlling our actions without taking into account other paradigms.
Finding your center is important to your well being and to living a balanced life, but what is more important is to balance your centers to constantly shift your paradigms.
Shifting your paradigm will give you a clear and accurate image of the world and provide you with more wisdom to act.

What is your dominant center today? How do you think it is negatively affecting your other centers?

How to keep moving forward during uncertainty?

When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.

Eckhart Tolle

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As humans, what scares us the most is the unknown. We like to feel in control and we feel uncertainty robs us from being in control. Moving forward and reaching goals in an uncertain environment comes in 3 steps: Acceptance, Assessment, and Setting an action plan

1. Acceptance

Embracing the idea that nothing external is really in our control is liberating. The pressure created from this idea limits us and drifts our focus from what really matters. However, we should also know that the only thing we can completely control is our reaction. Acting as enablers instead of reactors opens infinite possibilities in front of us and helps us turn any situation to our advantage.

During this pandemic, accepting that it is impossible to go down to the office, and looking as the situation from a positive perspective will make it easier for us to use this time towards productive activities, and things we want to do and have been postponing for a while, whether it’s working out, learning to play a new instrument or starting a side-business.
In order to be in control of our reaction, we should avoid panic and look as rationally as possible at the complete situation.

2. Assessment

The average person has around 70,000 thoughts per day. It is very important not to get lost between thoughts, losing focus from what the problem really is, and how we can solve it.

One very helpful tip would be to write down the things we feel we’re not in control of, and on the other side, all the things we feel we are in control of. Being aware of our thoughts, and transforming them into words makes us understand what really scares us, and therefore helps us control how we react to this fear. The root of uncertainty is the fear of failure, and by stating the things we are in control of, which are our actions, how we divide our time, our routines and our habits; we realize that we can do much more than we think to improve our situation.

3. Setting an Action Plan

After accepting the extent to which we can control external elements, and that we have assessed the things we feel in control of, our strengths and our weaknesses, it is much easier to set an action plan that can bring us closer to our objectives.

Setting Goals

Setting short-term and long-term goals that match our vision helps us track our progress, and staying motivated towards our journey. Having personal goals gives us something to look forward to, as well as accountability to change our situation, instead of being pushed around by external factors we cannot control.

Moving Forward

Now is the time to connect the dots: matching your strength and weaknesses to actions according to your goals. What seemed at first as an unknown and unstable situation suddenly feels clearer. Someone who saw his business come to a stop during the pandemic would have identified his weakness in digital marketing, a set a short-term goal to open a social media account and selling his products online. This shift in perspective turned a “dead-end” situation to an opportunity of improvement.

Ready to start moving forward?