Connect the dots

“Without A, I wouldn’t have done B, that led to C.” – Cal Fussman

Opportunities travel a circuitous route.

Stay aware, be mindful of what shows up.  Even problems come with a solution hidden inside. Ask good questions; listen and explore.  Challenge your curiosity. Push your imagination. Get outside of conventional thinking.

Be ready to act – to move to B when you get to know A.  There could be an amazing C not far behind the B.

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Every day you must fight the resistance

One day becomes no day

You promised yourself you’d do it. You said you’d take the action and follow-up. You would engage. But it never made your list. Your loss.

One day becomes no day when you get lazy, careless with disciplines, reckless with promises you’ve made to yourself.  One day, without focus and priority, without stepping up and taking the action – one day becomes never.

Too busy is another name for failing to make priorities, failing to stay self-aware, failing to take the time to follow-up. Too busy is the lame excuse for one day.

One day is the resistance.   The resistance leads to regret. Every day, you must fight the resistance, not just one day.

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Become uncontainable

Rename it.  Then claim it.

Adversity can harden you. Or you can loosen up and let it be the catalyst to making you better.

You can become fluid and uncontainable, despite all the crazy constraints and difficulties the world throws at you. You can make yourself immune to all the external stressors and limitations that get in the way of you reaching your goals.

It all depends on how you frame your circumstances, how you see your world, how you choose to act – and not just react.

How will you use the incredible power you have within? Will you be loose and bold, or tight and controlled?

How you frame your world affects everything. External factors may influence your path, but never need to change your direction – forward.

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Send it packing

“Named must your fear be before banish you can.” – YODA

Recognize your fear. Know it. Go face to face with it. Until you know it, you can’t deal with it. It’s just a blob of thoughts and emotions that keep working to keep you stuck.

Fear’s ugly head shows up in many forms. It could be nerve-wracking panic in the face of impending situations. It could come disguised as optimistic denial – rationalizing things will somehow improve with time, or money, or when the right people come along. It could be a vague unease, an ambiguous anxiety that keeps you distracted.

Here’s one way to check how you’re dealing with fear. Are you better off today than a year ago, or a month ago, or last week?  If not, what fear is holding you back? You have to name it before you can banish it.

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No finish line, no ringing bell

Life is pursuit

There is no finish line.  No ringing bell to end the bout.

Like the shark who has tasted blood, I stay in the hunt.  I keep going.  I want more from my life.  I will continue to create meaning and purpose and value to myself and my world.

I refuse to surrender to the easy life – it leads to complacency, to decay, to dying by the inch.  I will not extinguish the fire that burns within; the fire that drives me to accept challenges and surmount obstacles.  I am driven to achieve excellence and grasp hold of what I dearly desire.

When my heart bursts I’ll go out, but no sooner.

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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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