Beyond the self-murdering lies

“Stop the self-murdering lies.”

You’re killing yourself, dying daily, when you dismiss your worth, when you underplay your value, when you engage in undue self-criticism that feeds self-hate.  Stop it.  If you won’t love you, how can you expect others to love you?

How can you thrive?  How can you discover and then share with the world your wonderful talents and passions and creative impulses if you smother your soul with the vocabulary of self-derision, the burden of perfectionism, the fear that you’re just not good enough.

Stop it.  You are good enough.  You are worthy.   It’s time to get motivated, to move beyond fear, beyond passivity, beyond the self-murdering lies.

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Find expression

“He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.” – William Blake

The unborn work, the chance not taken; the life cocooned and bound in hesitation, in failure to act.

You need not act on every whim and impulse, but you need to find expression, to break free of bonds, to give yourself space to explore.

Take the time to pursue what’s important to you, to pursue possibility.

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Hard work pulls the lever

“Talent is cheaper than table salt.” - Stephen King (encore)

You have to be willing to do what it takes.  No matter how difficult, or how long.

Hard work separates the merely talented from those who achieve great measures of success.  Talent is leverage, but hard work is what pulls the lever.

You are responsible for the results you intend for your life.  If you intend to be world class, if you intend to exceed expectations, if you intend to live at a higher level, you must put in the time and make the effort.

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Pick your goal and get focused

“Success is only inevitable in hindsight.”  – Jeff Haden

You’ll know later, but not today.  Today, the vision isn’t quite clear, the plan, imperfect, the path, littered with obstacles.

Yet you know that tomorrow it will look different.  You’re persistent, willing to adjust direction when it makes sense.  You’re committed to your future.  You’re committed to creating value for you and those who surround you.

Pick your goal, and get focused.  You’re becoming the next you.

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Get unstuck

“Small minds choose small pastures.  Great minds choose the unknown.” – Hugh MacLeod

You place yourself on a treadmill going nowhere special when you fail to look beyond where you are today.  You play life seemingly safe.  You stick to well-known comforts.  You stay on the well-worn path.  And then, one day, you realize you’re stuck.

Get unstuck. There’s so much more waiting for you outside your comfort zone.  Choose to live at a higher level, choose to discover the beautiful unknown.

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The golden rule got it wrong

“The golden rule got it wrong.”

It’s not about treating people the way you would have them treat you.  It’s about treating people the way they would like to be treated.

People care about how they want to be treated.  They’re less concerned with your needs, your ego.   It’s not about you, it’s about them.

Drop the ego.  Seek to understand.  Seek to step into the shoes of others and get genuinely interested.  Cultivate empathy.  Create chemistry.

That’s how you live at a higher level.  That’s also how you make friends and influence people.

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Think critically

“Think critically about the worst that can happen.” - Jeff Haden

Because most of the time your fears and frets are groundless.  Everything new and wonderful involves risk. Yet when you evaluate the likelihood of the world falling apart when you step forward and try something new, the probability of the worst case scenario – in the larger scheme of your life – is fairly small.

Don’t let fear cause you to back away from the edge.  Know that your worries are just possibilities you haven’t chosen to face.

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Because that’s how you start a miracle

“Start a miracle.” 

Knowledge not invested in labor is wasted.  Wisdom, without action, is delusion.  Without action, there are no miracles.

Want a miracle?  You have to move beyond the inner language of should and could.  You have to move past don’t and won’t.  You have to start – to just start.

How do you start?  You start with what you have, with where you are, with what you can do.  You start today by doing something, by taking action, by making the attempt.  And you keep going, because that’s how you start a miracle.

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It’s not about the failures

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” –  Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth had 714 home runs in his career – a record that stood for thirty-nine years.  But he also had 1330 strikeouts – he even led the American League in strikeouts for 5 seasons.

But The Babe never defined himself within the limits of strikeouts.  He recognized that in the larger scheme of things his batting average – and amazing number of home runs –  carried far more weight than the strike outs.

What about you?  Do you allow failure to define you or motivate you?  Are you willing to risk the noes in order to get the yeses?

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Write it down

“Get stuff out of your head.”  – David Allen

Write it down. Get the stuff in your notebook – captured in paper or electronic form.

When you write things down, you get to engage objectively with your issues.  When you write things down, you get to clarify your thoughts and set your priorities.    You can’t engage, clarify, or prioritize purely in your head.  There are simply too many concepts and ideas floating among your brain synapses to trust your memory and psyche.

Use your head to create and expand ideas, not permanently hold them top of mind.

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