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R ==> Relationship Rewirement:  Focusing on Those That Matter Most

Stress in relationships leads to emotional exhaustion, which eventually can compromise physical health and invariably reduces our level of happiness. This holds true regardless of context, whether a strained relationship with co-workers that jeopardizes achieving organizational goals, a strained relationship with a spouse that undermines the presumed benefit of long-term coupling, or a strained relationship with an estranged but loved adult sibling.  Whatever the particular circumstance, a rewirement toward a fresh approach likely will prove beneficial.

E ==> Emotional Rewirement:  Overcoming Challenging Curveballs of Life

Life is messy, rarely following whatever trajectory one imagines in their youth.  Much of the messiness stems from randomness, and our tendency is to passively  embrace the many seemingly random positive events in life -- while obsessing on the innate unfairness of a seemingly random negative event.  Whether dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one, the trauma and guilt that often follows an assault, or perceived failures in a classroom or workplace, a rewirement can provide perspective that helps provide context and a path toward better times.

W ==> WorlD AWARENESS Rewirement: The Advantages of Crossing Borders

Childhood perspectives are necessarily limited by family life and immediate surroundings, but over time it becomes a choice whether we expand our horizons by crossing borders to engage other races, cultures, and societies.  Those seeking to cross physical, social or cultural boundaries to become “global citizens” tend to become more tolerant, more compassionate and more informed.  They also expand their personal toolkit for approaching lifes’ challenges by recognizing alternative perspectives, borrowing from what works elsewhere, and overcoming the blinders that may limit those less worldly.

I ==> Instructional Design and Technology:  A Post-Pandemic Imperative

The 2020 pandemic and its disruptive impact both accelerated our reliance on technology and demonstrated the need to better understand and harness it for our individual and collective benefit.  The education sector was exposed as woefully underprepared for delivering effective and enriching learning experiences outside traditional classroom settings.  The elderly sector was flummoxed as restaurant menus became accessible only through “QR scans” with cell-phone apps.  Both providers and consumers of services could benefit from technology rewirement, fresh thinking on providing more intuitive, engaging and productive interactions with the web.

R ==> Retirement Finance:  The Art and Science of Asset Decumulation

During the “go-go” stage of the life-cycle our focus is on accumulating resources to provide basic needs and aspirational wants for self and family.  At the “slo-go” stage some struggle with loss of identity as they scale back or depart from work.  Shortly thereafter, and often throughout the ensuing “no-go” years, many struggle with the challenge of a financial rewirement from accumulation of assets to a strategic decumulation over an unknowable future time horizon and set of risks.

E ==> Expectations Rewirement:  IMAGINE Possibilities, Trust Probabilities

One of the primary impediments to a happy life is unrealistic expectations.  While there are many examples of people and companies that “Think Different”, go against conventional wisdom and accomplish the seemingly impossible, there are far more examples where defying the odds is a path to disappointment, even despair.  Realistic assessments early can provide a rewirement toward reality.

M ==> Money Matters:  Personal and Family Finance throughout THE Life Cycle

Many people dislike working with numbers, and therefore shy away from financial analysis beyond perhaps a rudimentary budget.  Unfortunately, that approach has a potentially large opportunity cost.  Furthermore, there are tools and strategies available, ranging from online financial calculators to glide path portfolios and exchange-traded funds, that capture much of what one needs to know about their financial decisions without bogging down in numbers.  They require a rewirement.

E ==> Education Leadership:  Global Perspectives on Local Imperatives

Each municipality, region, state and country has the responsibility of educating its citizens. Humans are basically the same all over the world, so why are their educational achievements so dramatically different? Budgets and parents’ funds certainly control  educational outcomes to a great degree, but  money alone fails to explain the above.

The world is increasingly global and interconnected. Educational policies need to be examined on local issues, while introducing global issues as if their own. Entire educational systems need a thorough overhaul and rewirement to present circumstances and opportunities, while also preparing students for futures we may not fully anticipate.

N ==> Neuroplasticity: The Brain Science That Justifies a "Rewirement"

The basic structure of a brain is established by heredity, but throughout life it changes as synapses and neurons sprout, reroute and/or die.  Recent research highlights the way in which neuroplasticity, or brain reshaping, is a consequence of the choices we make, habits we form, and experiences we process.  A basic awareness of this process can motivate actions leading to beneficial rewirement.

T ==> Time Rewirement: Our Most Valuable Asset; SPEND It Wisely

Many folks are careful in how they spend money but careless in how they spend time, although there is substantial evidence that managing the latter is much the more fulfilling  endeavor.  Sociological research has established a clear link between increased vacation time and variety yields subsequent work productivity increases and stress level decreases.

S ==> Spiritual Rewirement:  When Logic and Science Reaches Its Limit 

Spirituality can be thought of as an intelligence among the other identified and commonly accepted intelligences. It is prewired in the brain but needs to be stimulated to contribute to holistic decision making in life. It manifests itself as wisdom and contributes to a person’s overall sense of being connected to something bigger than oneself. It is not a religion. Cultivating spirituality is a life-long process; it is a rewirement of mind and heart to help navigate toward whatever we perceive as our ultimate pursuit and purpose in life.


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