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Five-Bullet Monday - December 6, 2021

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

Here is your Five-Bullet Monday

A quote I am pondering:

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” – Vesta M. Kelly

I awoke on Saturday morning to our first snowfall of the season here in West Vancouver. It was pretty, but I knew it wouldn’t last, given we were only a few metres above the snow line. So, I found this quote that summed up the snow quite nicely, providing a lovely contrast of by-ourself fragility versus in-a-team strength.

A question I am asking myself:

How do I make people feel?

I have asked myself this question many times over the last week. It comes from this great quote, “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Too many times, my insensitivity and lack of care have resulted in hurt feelings. I have a long, long way to go in this regard, but I am working on it.

A book I am reading:

The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential – Wim Hof

Wim Hof is known as “The Iceman” for his astonishing physical feats, such as spending hours in freezing water or running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields. Scientists and experts have been studying him now for many years, and bit by bit, his unusual methods are earning the nods of scientific and medical approval. I have been working on his one recommendation: finish your shower with a one minute cold shower. I won’t go into all this does for you, but from my experience, it does increase your alertness and energy. My goal is now to stop yelping while enduring Vancouver’s 4° C temperature water 😊.

My favourite podcast this week:

Straight Up with Trent Shelton – Ep 87, Status Has Nothing to do with Your Worth

I came across Trent Shelton when he spoke on another podcast. I was so impressed that I started listening to some of his podcast series called Straight Up. Episode 87 is where he talks about knowing your self-worth, independent of your status at work, on social media, with friends or with family. This message is compelling and liberating, so I hope you get a chance to listen to it.


Go easy this Christmas

As much as we enjoy the build-up to Christmas, January is often the month of reckoning when all the overspending on Christmas gifts and celebrations comes home to roost. Family and friends’ present-size peer pressure makes us scared of being seen as miserly if we don’t buy expensive enough gifts. So we, like the others, feel compelled to spend more than we want. I have seen family pacts done where caps on spending and gift limits are agreed upon upfront (no doubt to many peoples’ relief), and good sense prevails. It only takes one person to be brave enough to propose the plan, and the others are likely to follow gladly. It also means that future Christmas’s become more manageable with a few upfront ground rules. It is also a great time to teach kids the importance of giving over receiving and think about those who have very little to celebrate each season.

My highlight this last week

How well Conuma Resources was represented at the Canadian Coal Conference this last week

The annual Canadian Coal Conference was held this past week, after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19. It was a pleasure to see how well Conuma was represented at the Conference, from recent starters attending and being excited to wear the Conuma badge to an excellent presentation by our CEO to our new branding that was so evident and well-received. It was also pleasing to hear recognition and appreciation coming from several delegates for the leading role our Company plays in Canada as its second-largest steelmaking coal producer.

My challenge to you for this week

Allocate yourself 30 minutes of think-time each day this week

As I put down that challenge, I could see some rolling eyes and thoughts of “I’m rushed off my feet. How can I possibly find time for that?”. Well, let me tell you, ______ you need to make that time. My advice is to block out 30 minutes in your diary each day. Try and do it in the morning because our thinking brains tend to work better earlier in the day. Then, when your thinking time starts, make sure you don’t look at your phone or email. And then be deliberate about your thinking – don’t just let your mind wander. Take a topic and chew on it, and when you have finished, make some notes. There are several different ways to get the most out of your thinking time, and you will find some of these on a blog I wrote last year. The link is below if you want to take a look.

Have a great week

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