You have to first start

“There’s always something I can be doing to pull the train out of the station.” – Brene Brown

When you wait for inspiration, when you wait for just the right time, you surrender to the enemy – resistance.

Resistance lives within.  It’s that unseen, malevolent force that spawns self-doubt, that convinces you that you’re not quite ready to get going.  It grows the fear that you’ll be found out for not being that capable, creative and inspired after all.  If you let it, resistance will put you in a corner and shut down your life.

You conquer resistance when you just start – where you stand, and with what you have.  You conquer it by setting yourself in motion, pulling the train out of the station.  The inspiration, the talent, and all you need for the job at hand will show up in time.  But you have to first start.

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Aspire for better

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

Grow the quality of your desires.  What you have in your life today is the result of your thoughts, the currency of your desires.

Want more?  Then aspire for more, aspire for better.  Raise the value of your thoughts.

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Go naked

“No place to hide is the only place to be.” – Seth Godin

It’s my fault. I chose to do it. I created this mess, am taking full accountability, and now leading the way out.

Being vulnerable, just naked out there and owning where you are, is the right place to be. No place to hide, no cubby-hole to duck into, no spin talk to mutate a problem into a fairy tale.

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing totally naked, totally accountable – escape pod not required. When you go, go naked – that’s how you get stuff done.

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Silver linings not required

“I refuse to be crushed by circumstance.” – Magnus Christian

Life at a higher level is not about hoping for a silver lining on a bad day.  It’s about refusing to embrace that it’s a bad day in the first place.

Silver linings are just unexpected, positive consequences that show up out of the blue.  Refusing to embrace that there is such a thing as a bad day is about personal philosophy –  a commitment to not allow circumstance to run your life.  It’s about the intent, the expectation, the power within to recognize what shows up on any day and  move ahead to still create value, still find outcomes that sync with your life.

How you frame circumstance is how you design your life.  There are no bad days, just some more challenging than others.  Silver linings not required.

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The courage to change course…

“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.” – Jim Collins

Don’t fall in love with your plans.   Don’t intertwine your ego with your choices.

If what looked so good last month is now starting to fray, starting to come apart and tank, be ready to rethink your position and change course.   Don’t let your ego continue to drag you down into a losing proposition.

The hallmark of achievement is the self-awareness to see the reality of your decisions, and the courage to change course.

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Stay in the game

The key is not to just start, but to keep going.

It’s not enough to start. You have to stay started, stay inspired, stay the course. You have to crank it up, renew yourself and get going – every day.. You have to maintain and even increase  momentum.

This isn’t an argument for what you should do, this is a demand for what you must do.

This is a demand for what you must do if you want to stay in the game and see results.  Will you stay in the game or move to the sidelines?

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Better than perfect

Done is better than perfect.
 
Perfect is fear empowered. Perfect eats away at your soul, forever reminding you that you’re not good enough.
 
But you are good enough. Move past perfect, move past that disabling fear. Just start. Start, and then have the heuvos to finish.
 
Get it done. Ship it. Move on. You’ll do better on the next try. You’ll keep getting better, but not until you get past perfect and get it done.

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Far more than a life of leisure

“Leisure is what you give up to have the audacity to build your life.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Life balance is an overused excuse for those who lack the focus and discipline to become remarkable.

Life’s just too important to take casually.  Take time to rest and recharge. Carve out time to cultivate relationships and connections that energize you. Reserve time to grow your inner life, expand your capabilities, and give back to others.

But know you’re never off the clock if you choose excellence, if you desire to make your mark on your world, if you want far more than a life of leisure.

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Where’s your list?

“One of the best places to start to turn our lives around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.” – Jim Rohn

I found mine. Where’s yours? More importantly, what are you doing with it? Are you working it and turning your life around? Or have you chucked it into a corner pile of lists that document a life of broken dreams?

Is your list the one that tells to get up a half hour earlier to meditate or work out; the list urging you to study an extra hour tonight to perfect your craft, instead of binge-watching the House of Cards? Is it the list full of the things that, if you followed them, would lead you to uncommon excellence and achievement?

Today you choose. Will you read the list? Will you act on it and change your life for the better? Or will you crumble it up and toss it, dooming yourself to one more day of life half-lived?

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No badge needed

“Badges?  We don’t need no stinkin’ badges….” – from The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Your success requires no permit, no badge, no scrap of paper.  You either pursue your dream, or wait for permission –  sit out life until you get the right credentials, get the right badge.  Guess what?  If you’re waiting for permission to move on with your dreams, you’ll still be waiting a year from now.   Success in life is about the action you take today.  You need no badge, you need no authority granted in order to succeed.  You assume your own authority.

Some professions require designations and certifications to do specific acts – like doctors, lawyers and certified accountants.  But no profession requires permission to step up and get going in some way – to do what you can with what you have.

You don’t need no stinkin’ badge.  You just need to start.

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