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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No time off…

“There’s no time off for good behavior.” – Pat Conroy, acclaimed writer

When you’re on a mission, stay on the mission. Whether you’ve committed to the first mile or the entire journey, stay on task until you finish what you promised yourself you would complete.

Resist the gravitational pull of multi-tasking, resist the excuse to pursue life balance. They’re a dismal vortex of distraction and diversion. Get done what you committed to do. Get it done because you won’t violate a promise you made to yourself.

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You’re not just anyone

It’s supposed to be hard.

If it were easy, you wouldn’t grow, you wouldn’t get better.   If it were easy, you wouldn’t value the outcome.  If it were easy, anyone could do it.

But you’re not just anyone.

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Are you ready?

“Chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

You are in a better position to recognize and seize the luck if you’ve logged some effort getting ready for it.

Are you ready for what shows up?

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Embrace the suck

“Everyone who runs the marathon gets tired.” – Seth Godin

There is no book on how to grow and excel without encountering difficulty.   There is no book on how to develop peak performance without doing it at the edge of your comfort zone.

If any effort is easy and automatic, you’re not improving.  If any effort doesn’t make you scared – even just a little – it’s not pushing you beyond your limits.

Growing, in anything, is about finding the mental space to put the difficulty.  Growing, in anything, is about developing the frame of mind to embrace the suck, not avoid it.

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