No alibis or excuses

You are complicit in creating what shows up

Somewhere in the clash of human will and the elemental randomness of life, stuff happens, outcomes show up.

You have a starring role in this drama.  You’re not an innocent bystander.  You’re not a victim.  There are no victims in life.  Only conspirators, collaborators, and participants. 

What you get, and what you don’t get, are the result of what you do, what you don’t do, and where you place yourself in the arena of life.

It’s time for full accountability, no alibis or excuses.

Burn down the billboards

The walls of your comfort zone are plastered with excuses.

Some surround themselves with billboards, proudly proclaiming they are not  responsible for all the crap showing up in their lives.

But if you’re ready to follow your inner voice, if you’re ready to look in the mirror and ask the hard truths, you know it’s time to break down the walls.

You know it’s time to burn down the billboards, and let go of the excuses.  It’s time to step beyond the borders of your comfort zone and become totally accountable for your better life.

Work the problem

The problem is the problem

It’s not you.  It’s the problem.  Nothing personal. 

Maybe the train went off the tracks.   Maybe you now have to go back to square one and start over.  That just means there’s a problem to be fixed. It doesn’t mean you’re incompetent, worthless or crazy. 

The problem is not you.  The problem is the problem.

Work the problem.

It’s the same clock

Lack of time is lack of priority

We all live under the same 24 hour clock, yet some manage to get far more done in their day.  Is it because some focus on their priorities?  Is it because some pay attention to getting the right stuff done?

Being busy is not the same as being productive.  Being busy is not the same as getting things done.

When you’re busy, it’s because you’ve made choices.  Right or wrong, you’ve put yourself in that position.  Being busy isn’t necessarily bad, but being busy and not getting things done means it’s time to step back and recheck your priorities.

Powerful beyond measure

Do not fear the light within

Too often we fear not the darkness, but the light within.  That brilliant reflection of the power we possess.  And when we fear that light, we stay small.

Yet, we are meant to shine, to reflect that brilliance.  We are meant to grow and thrive and proclaim the higher power that lives within each one of us.

Playing small does not serve the world.  When we proclaim our power, we enable others to do the same.  Why not show the world we are all capable to be powerful beyond measure?

If that’s good enough…

Put the song first. (Bob Dylan)

That’s how you wind up selling more than forty million albums.  That’s how you win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  That’s how you become a legend who has prevailed for over 50 years.

It’s not about putting you first.  It’s about the priority of your work, your calling, your contributions to the world.  Not your fame or fans or fortune.

There are no guarantees on outcomes, but you will feed your passions, you will find greater meaning in life, you will make a difference in someone’s life – maybe millions of them.

If that’s good enough, put the song first.

Honor your dreams, honor yourself

No regrets

Make your words be “I’m glad I did,” not “I wish I had.”

When you honor your dreams, you honor yourself.  You make sure every day counts.  You choose to do what matters.  You know your success is an inside job.

Go live your life.  Live it fully.  Boldly. Beyond fear.  With purpose.  And never give up.

Being held to a higher standard

Show me your friends and I will show you your future. (Magnus Christian)

Who’s influencing your future?

Resist choosing friends because they’re just easy and comfortable to be with.  Resist hanging out with cookie cutters of you.  Friends do more than just say they support you.  True friends enable you to expand your horizon – they hold you to a higher standard.

Friends inspire and challenge you.  They push you to go beyond where you are today. They ask tough questions. They introduce you to others you need to know, and widen your circle of mentors and influencers.

You become the average of those you spend the most time with.  Who do you spend the most time with? 

Make peace with chaos

Accept chaos

Make peace with it.  Manage your energy within it. Define and own your personal space  within chaos.

The key to achieving growth and excellence is learning to thrive and see possibility within an ever expanding universe – a place filled with the constancy of seemingly random events.  It’s discovering opportunity within the problems and disorder that show up in a world of constant change.

Why not accept the chaos that shows up in your life?  Why not commit to thrive – not only in spite of it, but because of it? 

No regrets

It’s the domino effect

Lift the limits of your thinking and expand the limits of your life.  Think big, and then go small.

Getting to extraordinary results requires that you go small.   Getting to big is a chain reaction of small, focused actions.  It’s the domino effect.  Actions build on actions.  Success builds on success.

Look at your dreams today – perhaps the vision of where you want to be three years from now.  Will your series of small actions today feed the chain reaction you need to get there?  If not, why not? 

It’s never a bad day to get focused, make it simple, take the next action and let the dominoes gain momentum.  No regrets.