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A weekly kick-off e-message from Katherine Eitel 
to breathe life back into your practice, your team, and you!
 
Apr 19, 2010
 
  
Spring Into Something Different!
 
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Have you ever driven the same route to work so many times you arrive at your office without even remembering the drive there?  Ever sat in a seminar or team meeting and found your mind wandering?
 
Our ability to go on "auto pilot" when a situation becomes routine is a function of the part of our brain called RAS - the Reticular Activation System.  Located at the base, it is the part of our brain that keeps us sane... well, mostly sane, anyway.  Without our RAS, everything we smelled, heard, saw, felt, and noticed in any given moment would come into the brain with equal importance... in essence, driving us crazy!   The RAS works as a filter for all of the stimuli we receive through our senses and drives to the forefront of our awareness only the things it deems important for us to know now.  All other information is kept in the background. 
 
It's the RAS that tells us we can daydream and it will let us know if anything occurs that needs our immediate attention.  So when, on our drive to work, a car runs the stoplight at an intersection... the RAS notices in a millisecond and jerks us back into the present... keeping us on our toes.  And when, at the monthly staff meeting, your teammates file into the reception area or team lounge like ants in line at a picnic and you announce that you'll be meeting outside in the courtyard or down at the park or at local business or the top floor of the nearest high-rise... the RAS sense something different and puts them on full alert! 
 
 
It's Springtime - a time of renewal and newness.  If you are tired of bored faces and wandering minds at your meetings, shake up their RAS and head outside, to a local winery or a unique location for a whole new perspective!
 

   
 
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"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy
 in creative expression and knowledge."
 
 
~ Albert Einstein  
 

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I will remember that when I am feeling bored and uninspired, I can choose to lead powerfully by helping to "shake things up" ... get outside... and bring joy and the element of surprise to my world and that of my team. 
 

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