Bet you’re glad you read this story by Jack Canfield…
“My earliest mentor, W. Clement Stone, was once described as an inverse paranoid. Instead of believing the world was plotting to do him harm, he chose to believe the world was plotting to do him good. Instead of seeing every difficult or challenging event as a negative, he saw it for what it could be — something that was meant to enrich him, empower him, or advance his causes.
What an incredibly positive belief! Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity.
Successful people do just that.”
We do that to ourselves regularly.
I’m not good (fill in the word) enough.
We ARE good enough. We are sufficient to the task. Sure we need help and as we take the action the answers are there.
You are needed. Remember these wise words from Helen Keller:
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Never tell yourself no
Here are some quotes from Steven Pressfield’s new book, Do The Work (the Kindle version is free for now).
“Don’t prepare. Begin.
Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.
The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.
Start before you’re ready.
Good things happen when we start before we’re ready. For one thing, we show huevos. Our blood heats up. Courage begets more courage. The gods, witnessing our boldness, look on in approval.”
Pick your favorite quotes from the selection and while you are there check out The Domino Project to enrich your life.
We have our marching orders today. Begin, then share your success.
How do you grow?
In February 2005 George O’Kelley taught me “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Mostly I focused this outward viewing others and their actions but recently realized my lack of change.
My comfort zone has been reading the same types of books. Really I had not realized the depth of things until I read The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have changed and grown mightily through reading yet now realize I have really not achieved escape velocity.
Has my growth been stymied? Have I been comfortable in my learning/growth and perhaps even proud?
Like in an old movie fight scene; my head was rocked. I was accepting the status quo by doing what I had always done. My comfort zone evaporated. Would I patch it up and continue the status quo? Afraid not.
Walking outside my comfort zone bears out the the truth Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. proclaimed; “Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
I am stretching.
Great time this month with Kevin Kelly dipping in his mind reading New Rules for the New Economy. Much learning to be had as with most reading undertaken with a curious mindset. Some may be put off when something is not hot-off-the-shelf and they miss out. Even though New Rules for the New Economy is not new there are gems to be mined. Are you a life-long learner? Is growth a passion? Does Sri Ramakrishna speak of you when he said, “Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”?
Speaking of our ‘culture technology’ Kevin quotes Laurie Anderson; “Technology is the campfire around which we gather.” It is not the technology that is king, it is that technology enhances our communication. Technology enhances our story telling.
Rule 9 Relationship Tech – “Networks haul relations the way rivers once hauled freight.” How will you amplify your relations?
Welcome to the new economy.
Today was an adventure for my daughter’s birthday. The two of us took off this morning seeking treasure at the Dallas Museum of Art and other places downtown. To mix things up we drove to Plano to catch the DART train for the excursion into the city.
I wanted her perspective on the day so I asked her to tweet. These tweets and (really) listening to her questions set the stage for our grand adventure. She was excited buying the day passes at the rail station and boarding the Red Line. It was interesting observing what she took pictures of as we traveled from station to station. As we clanged along it was also fun imaging we were inside looking out in the spaces we passed through. We had sneak-peeks from the backsides of the structures to the activity out front.
Dallas Museum of Art was a huge perspective shift watching her move from room to room looking at the pieces and reading about them.
Doing things differently today added new perspective for the two of us. My desire is to make it a habit.
What’s your perspective?
“All is perspective. To a worm, digging in the ground is more relaxing than going fishing.” Clyde Abel
F. Scott Fitzgerald made a statement that we would do well to live by; “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
Reading in Dear Professor Einstein I find Professor Einstein “disliked the authority and rankings of the military system, in which men would blindly follow a leader no matter what he said or what they personally might believe.”
I admire Professor Einstein and I am a man that flourished in the military system (USMC 1978-2001). Can’t say these are opposing ideas but this is a good point and I think Professor Einstein would have liked me were we to have met.
One of my students wrote in their Senior Letter to me; “You are the best and weirdest teacher I have ever had.”
Like Professor Einstein “I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.”
“But a man who doesn’t dream is like a man who doesn’t sweat, he stores up allot of poison.”
Judge Cool taught me this today in The Grass Harp.
No dreams = poison
Sounds like the person you want to avoid (being or being around).
Want to get some insight to dreams? Type dream in the search window here and enjoy the ride.
So much goes into making you. Keep it all in there for everyone’s sake. The world needs it.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
Thank you for your life.
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill
We are writing history each day. Yesterday has already been written. Tomorrow will always be tomorrow.
Today holds the world for each of us. How will you write the story?