Focus on it

The main thing

The main thing is to keep your main thing the main thing.  No slippage.  No distraction.  No dabbling with other things.

If you believe in your main thing, you must focus on it.  You must make it the main thing.

Step up

Do you want to be safe or strong?

There is no way to wall off some portion of reality and create a fully predictable and safe space.  No way to banish everything threatening and dangerous.

To stay too safe is to design a life filled with caution, life surrendered to a more infantile state, life that becomes dull and pitiable.

Challenge and danger drive us to reach our potential.   Not safety and withdrawal.

Get strong. Step up. Confront fear and unleash the potential waiting to be revealed.

How will you step up?

Master of chaos

You’re doing just fine, living in certainty and order.   Then the bottom drops out, things start to fall apart.

The thick ice you thought you were skating on turns out to be thin –  cracking and crumbling at your feet.  Now you’re plunging into the cold, dark abyss of chaos.  Your brain is responding at hyper speed.

The orderly life is a temporary state.  How will you deal with the confusion, fear and despair when things change?  How will you embrace chaos and rescue yourself?  How will you step up to master it, to  leverage it to your advantage?

In spite of your history

Maybe you’re a loser.

And maybe not.  But if you are, or in some way you are, you don’t have to continue.

You can change.   You can change some things quickly, others slowly.  You can start by stepping outside the comfort and predictability of losing.  You can figure it out, design your plan, and take your next steps.  You can stop the downward spiral and start creating upward loops.  You can establish small victories that build on each other.

It starts when you acknowledge your higher desires, when you dare to be dangerous, and move forward in spite of your history.

Do it anyway

Stand tall

Every time we retreat from what we fear, we create a feedback loop.  Our inner wiring starts telling us that what we ran away from is dangerous.  The proof of which is that we ran away.

Left unchecked, our continued retreat from what we fear start making us smaller, and the world around us more dangerous.  We allow the tyranny of fear to expand and control us.  We allow fear to impose limits to our lives.

To stand tall is to accept life and all the fear-inducing stuff it throws at us.  To stand tall is to confront what scares us with eyes open, and keep moving ahead.

Stand tall.  Feel the fear and do it anyway.

More with less

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – H.D. Thoreau

What’s your life’s balance sheet telling you?

Are you willing to let go of encumbrances in order to live a larger life?   Are you willing to self-impose constraints on spending to push you to become more resourceful and self-sufficient?  Are you willing to discover how to enjoy more with less?

Life grants no extra points for pursuing immediate gratification, blowing your budget, becoming a servant to the bank.

There is satisfaction in living deliberately, living larger, and accomplishing more with less.

What you need tomorrow

Success hides a multitude of sins. – Donald Passman

Success masks reality.  The reality that you may not be as good as you think.   The reality that what pushed you over the top yesterday will not work tomorrow.  The reality that the next challenge will be different; will require a better version of you.

Celebrate success, but get over it – quickly.  Become more self-aware.  Know your shortcomings.  Discover what you need to grow; what you need to succeed tomorrow.

What you need tomorrow will not be the same as what got you here today.

No compromise

What I want now.

Or what I want most.  Which will you choose?

Excellence and high achievement usually follow the longer path.  Never sacrifice what you truly desire by settling for the shiny object that makes you feel good today.

Never confuse a milestone with the desired destination.  Never compromise long-term goals by accepting instant gratification.