Know where you suck

“Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t suck at it.” – Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)

Drop the ego and find out more about you.  Just loving something is not enough. Take a 360 look. Ask those you trust.  What’s good, what’s bad, what needs to be improved?

When you step up to the what, you get to start the process of finding out the how – how to get better.

Don’t go through life with the blinders of ignorance and poor self-awareness holding you back.  You can’t get better until you know where you suck.

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Intention creates your reality

“A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The universe began through the invisible force of intention. You begin there too.

Intend. Not wish or hope. Intend. Act with the full expectation that what you intend can and will show up. Because it will.

Your intention creates your reality.

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Duty is beauty

Obligation sucks, but duty is beautiful.

Duty is about your higher purpose, about the meaning of your life. Duty inspires and empowers. It’s your call to act – to act on what matters to you.

Duty is about choices you make. It’s about the actions you take out of respect for yourself and your contribution to the world. It’s about your commitment to do things right.

There are three duties in life: to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others.   How you do anything is how you can do everything.

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Become your own Houdini

“Being trapped is just a position, not a state.” – Ryan Holiday

You can become an escape artist, your own Houdini. There is a way out.

Even success can shackle you in golden handcuffs. Being trapped is when the walls close in, life gets smaller. When your day becomes a series of “going through the motions.” You see your choices as limited, your vision clouded.

You don’t have to settle for where you are and what you have. You can create a process to move beyond circumstance. You can think critically, you can chunk out the steps to move above and beyond where you are. But you have to take ownership for what you do and what happens.

Breaking free is about changing it up, about stretching yourself and taking risks.. It’s about learning, meeting new people, nurturing new ideas and shifting the path you’re traveling.   It’s about choosing to see with a fresh pair of eyes. And the good news: it doesn’t have to happen all at once. All it takes is for you to take the first step forward.

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What’s important today?

What’s important now?  In this moment?

I’m learning to focus on what I can do today.  Not tomorrow, or the next day.

I won’t get stuck on my bigger vision, my longer term goals.  They’re top of mind, but today I’m set on doing my next step.  I’m set on crushing this step,  and tomorrow that one, and the day after the next one. 

I’ve found that progress is about process. I’m learning to chunk out my big goals into steps I can finish, with skills I’m working to master.  I’m connecting the dots, one by one. That’s what’s important today.

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Dance with it

Dance with your fear.

When I tried to bargain with fear, it grew. When I tried to rationalize fear, it got stronger. When I tried to run from it – to minimize it – it tried to take over my life.

Trying to dismiss and dodge fear was a waste of my psychic energy. It always came back bigger and faster and stronger than before.

When I finally decided to acknowledge and confront it, when I decided to dance with it, it got small.

Celebrate fear, dance with it – embrace it. Gain the upper hand. It’s a shadow that will always be near. The paradox of fear is that, like any shadow, it grows when you run from it, and shrinks when you take the action to close in on it.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

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Stand alone

You stand alone.

Your vow to achieve excellence and become remarkable demands that you let go, accept the prospect of difficulty and pain, and be ready to stand alone.  There are very few – maybe none – who will accompany you on this journey. 

The midnight hours at the desk, the ceaseless toil in the studio and place of work – it’s time seldom  shared with others.  You’re taking the extra mile on the less-traveled road. This is your dream, your passion, your journey. 

It’s also your wonderful life.

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On the hook

“I am the only person I can truly rely on to get things moving.   I have my vision.” – Magnus Christian

 I’m on the hook.  I’m taking my turn.  It’s up to me.

 If something goes wrong, the buck stops here.  No blaming other people, or the bureaucracy, or the unfair system.  I’m not looking to be soothed and comforted by passing the blame.  I’m personally accountable, it stops with me.

 The choice to be on the hook is the choice to see opportunity and make a difference.  It’s the choice to contribute, to deliver, to matter.  It’s the choice for freedom.

 I’ve stepped up.  I’m not backing away.

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Just doing it right

“Failure’s not fun, but failure is required.” -Seth Godin

Failure is the key catalyst in the service of learning. You do it wrong,  you get to learn, to try again, and then do it right.

The trouble with failure is not failure. It’s the shame that gets attached to it – by ourselves and others. Commit to move through and beyond any idea of shame. It’s hard, but you can do it.

Forget shame.  Focus on learning from failure, and then just doing it right.

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Fight or follow?

“Fear doesn’t go away.  …the battle must be fought anew every  day.” – Steven Pressfield

Every day, fear walks along side, watching your every step.  Every day fear tries to push you aside, jump ahead, and take the lead.  Every day, you must decide whether you will fight to lead or follow fear.

What are you choosing today?  Fight or follow?

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