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Keeping Your Eye On The Ball

Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our day to day doings that we forget why we are doing what we are doing.

So today, let’s take a deep breath and remember back to when it was that you started out on this business, this path.

  • Why did you choose this?
  • What was it about this that excited you above all else?
  • What is your business all about in the greater context of your life?

This is what it’s all about – even if you’re doing something mundane or boring.

And it is good to remember that sometimes.

From:

Would You Rather Be Rich … Or Right?

Alright, so we all have our pet beliefs about this, that, or the other.

We can get pretty entrenched and defend these beliefs – even in the face of ALL OF REALITY rising up against us and trying to show us most practically that we are making a big mistake here!

So here’s our 60 second exercise.

What do you “believe”, that if you changed your mind on it and accepted the evidence of reality, would really, REALLY help you get rich much, much quicker?

It doesn’t matter what it is or why you are “clinging” to that belief, and I’m not even asking you to change it in any way, I just want you to consider that question honestly.

“There’s a HUGE difference between “the truth” and what people believe.”

~SFX

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Fun With Work!

“Life without fun is like a dead flounder.”
~SFX

No matter what you’re doing, no matter what you’re into, today, remember a time when you really, REALLY enjoyed your work.

  • When you were excited, motivated, inspired and you knew COMPLETELY why you were doing what you were doing.
  • When you had a really GOOD TIME at work, with work, and through work.
  • Remember what that was, and make a decision to DO MORE OF THAT.

Work is a big part of our lives, and if it isn’t fun, or it isn’t exciting, we are wasting the most precious commodity we have!

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You’re Great!


Complete the following sentences:
(This is MUCH better if you speak your answers out aloud!!)

  • “I am really good at ….”
  • “I am also really good at …”
  • “My friends appreciate me because I am ….”
  • “What I like best about me is ….”
  • “I am proud of me because ….”
  • “I KNOW I’m going to make it because …”

All this is true. Allow yourself a moment to be glad who you are before we get to work.

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But I Don’t Want To…

When I was writing this post, it occurred to me that the morning routine of my boarding school experience mirrors, in many ways, what happens every morning now….

It went something like this… Finally, I am asleep. Feeling warm and comfortable… safe even… and possibly loved. And then clanging and banging, doors open and slam shut… bells ringing in my ears…. and here I am, alone with people who don’t know me, who don’t like me, who want to kill my spirit… and I don’t want to get up. I don’t want to be good. I don’t want to be happy. I don’t want to be a part of it all. I don’t want to fit in. I don’t want it… any of it.  They reject me – I reject them. I wake up and I think “fuck you!” Well… not actually those words, but that same feeling of rage and resistance…

And, I have to say, that it served me well. I didn’t turn into a little robot kid, I stayed a squarish peg and never ever fit into a round hole. I maintained my sense of self. My barriers held. My life is my own. And yet, I find that still… all these years later. I wake up all too often in a state of resistance, and a feeling of dread.

“No! I don’t want to … ” is normally my first thought. I have that sinking feeling as the alarm goes off. Yes, it’s not nearly as intense as boarding school, and not nearly as miserable or as lonely and isolating, but it’s there… like a wash of gray where there could be color.

Interestingly, this seems to be true for me no matter what day it is… even when I’m on a camping trip and having fun… I wake up… a feeling of dread… “I don’t want to get out of the warm sleeping bag… I don’t want to hike down to the bathrooms… I don’t want to …”  it sets the tone for the day. Everything that happens after is an uphill climb, a downward spiral, or a dead stop.

Clearly, this survival mechanism has succeeded far too well. Yes, some days I need it, but every day? No.

And what about you? Are you stuck in a morning mode that has outlived its purpose? If you examine the morning routines that you find yourself falling into year after year, do you find that they mirror childhood experiences? And if so, how do they serve you now? What would you keep? and what would you change?

Six Months Later…

Melissa suggested that it would be a good idea, when we complete a project, to check how things are going six months later. So this is a check back on results from the Laying The Groundwork project we kicked off in February of this year. If you want to refresh yourself as to what we did, how we felt about it, and etc, you can visit this link: Laying The Groundwork

Here are a few questions to stimulate some conversation:
  • Have you ever revisited any of the exercises in the Laying The Groundwork project?
  • When you think back, do you feel that your life has changed in any way as a direct result of that particular project?
  • What are your thoughts and feelings about it now?
  • Any interesting experiences you’d like to share?

Find Your Inner Border Collie

A border collie is a perfect example of great focus and concentration in action. Here is a collection of photos to get us thinking about our own inner border collies, and how we might get them motivated to focus with intensity and have fun doing it.

Most of all, I think it’s important to make friends with and get to know your own inner border collie! If the two of you are friends, you can work as a team and just about anything might be possible.

 

Where is your focus now?

Now that we’ve figured out what it is that we WANT to have more of, it’s time to take a quick look at what it is that we normally spend most of our mental and physical energy focusing on.  This is important because one aspect of our project is that we will be working on tweaking, or changing our focus so that it works for us instead of against us. So, we need to know where the biggest changes may need to occur.

When I was thinking about this, I realized that my life is divided into 3 distinct time zones:

  • At home
  • At work
  • With family

When I’m at home, I spend most of my mental and physical energy working on my website, which I enjoy very much. However, I have noticed that my running mental commentary consists mainly of stressing over not having enough time to get everything done. As a result, I am constantly tired and stressed.

When I’m at work, I spend all of my physical energy doing my job, and my mental energy is pretty much used up by my resistance to having to work so hard. My running mental commentary consists mainly of wishing I could just get it over and done. Even when it’s not that bad of a day, my mind is still firmly entrenched in just wanting to get done and get home…. to work on the website that I don’t have enough time for. No wonder I’m exhausted most of the time!

When I’m with family, it seems like I focus mostly on them. Usually I have a lot of fun, and find it relaxing – probably because I’m not resisting, and I’m not rushing… LOL

What about you?

  • Does your focus change depending on where you are and what you are doing?
  • What do you find yourself putting the most energy and effort into?
  • What do you pay the most attention to?
  • Where does your mind like to go when you are at work? at rest? with family? alone?

The Little Elder


Adults are the offspring of the Child
Let us ponder this awhile
When we arrived upon this Earth
Were we grown up?
Or did the Child come first?
Adult that I have come to be
Is offspring of the Child in me
Who can tell the total truth?
Without the Purity of Youth
Who has fun in all they do?
And to their feelings oh so true
Who can ride upon the wind?
Who’s growing is a constant trend?
Who faces Life with opened arms?
And who’s is the most irresistible charm?
Who is first to forgive?
Who truly lives and lets live?
And who has Love for the stranger?
‘Til programmed with the fear of danger
The Child within shall never die
The greatest truth of you and I
Growing up is never done
‘Til everyone’s Elder is the Little One
So let us ponder this awhile
The Blueprint of Heaven
Is in the Heart of the Child

Here is an audio only version of this talk:

Sources and Links:

Mind Maps

I found a wonderful series of “mind maps” from Mind Map Inspiration. I thought these might be helpful to those of us who are finding ourselves lost in the wilderness of not getting stuff done that we said we would do, that we wanted to do, that we intended to do, that we wish we would do…

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