We need a bigger “why?”
Because “Why” ignites and drives achievement. It creates the tension between what we have and what we want. It motivates us to close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. It gives the reason to get the singular focus to go after what we want.
Want more? Then get more. Start with a bigger “why?”
The cumulative effect
The secret to a great life is simply experiencing a bunch of great days, one day at a time.
The secret to disaster is errors in judgement, repeated day after day after day.
Life is a balance sheet of days. Keep accumulating the great ones. Maximize the uptime.
Stop with the repeated errors in judgement, and focus on what contributes to the better days.
It’s the dead fish that go with the flow.
Time to to get out of the comfort zone, find a better channel, and start swimming against the current.
The counter to progress is not regress, it’s death.
The main thing
The main thing is to keep your main thing the main thing. No slippage. No distraction. No dabbling with other things.
If you believe in your main thing, you must focus on it. You must make it the main thing.
The one thing.
What’s the one thing I can do today that will make a difference for a thousand tomorrows?
What single step can I take today to grow, to become more valuable, to chip away at some obstacle in the way of what I want?
Tomorrow will be easier when I do that one thing today.
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Do you want to be safe or strong?
There is no way to wall off some portion of reality and create a fully predictable and safe space. No way to banish everything threatening and dangerous.
To stay too safe is to design a life filled with caution, life surrendered to a more infantile state, life that becomes dull and pitiable.
Challenge and danger drive us to reach our potential. Not safety and withdrawal.
Get strong. Step up. Confront fear and unleash the potential waiting to be revealed.
Master of chaos
You’re doing just fine, living in certainty and order. Then the bottom drops out, things start to fall apart.
The thick ice you thought you were skating on turns out to be thin – cracking and crumbling at your feet. Now you’re plunging into the cold, dark abyss of chaos. Your brain is responding at hyper speed.
The orderly life is a temporary state. How will you deal with the confusion, fear and despair when things change? How will you embrace chaos and rescue yourself? How will you step up to master it, to leverage it to your advantage?
Maybe you’re a loser.
And maybe not. But if you are, or in some way you are, you don’t have to continue.
You can change. You can change some things quickly, others slowly. You can start by stepping outside the comfort and predictability of losing. You can figure it out, design your plan, and take your next steps. You can stop the downward spiral and start creating upward loops. You can establish small victories that build on each other.
It starts when you acknowledge your higher desires, when you dare to be dangerous, and move forward in spite of your history.
Every time we retreat from what we fear, we create a feedback loop. Our inner wiring starts telling us that what we ran away from is dangerous. The proof of which is that we ran away.
Left unchecked, our continued retreat from what we fear start making us smaller, and the world around us more dangerous. We allow the tyranny of fear to expand and control us. We allow fear to impose limits to our lives.
To stand tall is to accept life and all the fear-inducing stuff it throws at us. To stand tall is to confront what scares us with eyes open, and keep moving ahead.
Stand tall. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – H.D. Thoreau
What’s your life’s balance sheet telling you?
Are you willing to let go of encumbrances in order to live a larger life? Are you willing to self-impose constraints on spending to push you to become more resourceful and self-sufficient? Are you willing to discover how to enjoy more with less?
Life grants no extra points for pursuing immediate gratification, blowing your budget, becoming a servant to the bank.
There is satisfaction in living deliberately, living larger, and accomplishing more with less.