364 and One to Go

On January 3rd, 2019 I created the first post for this blog.

When I started my goal was to create a productivity blog by finding interesting posts and adding my own analysis.

What ended up happening was different “phases” of posts. I did start with productivity articles but moved into lessons learned and open questions about the nature of things.

I learned a lot. I had enough positive comments to keep me going. I messed up. I missed posts. Spelling errors got through. I kept at it.

I had two goals: help anyone who was struggling in their work and improve my writing skills.

Not sure if I helped anyone but I think my writing improved.

I intended to only go for one year and I met that goal. I didn’t quit in February (when I thought seriously about it). I’m glad I pushed through.

So, this version of the blog is ending and at the right time. I have other interests and areas I’d like to explore.

It might take a few weeks to figure out what’s next and I’m excited for the journey.

But before I go, I want to leave you with a “new year, new you” type article. It’s by a personal favorite Jim Rohn. It covers, in deceptively easy prose, how to succeed in life.

I encourage you to read and save it. Post it were you can see it. Try and look beyond the words and see the meaning. Jim’s guidance has helped change my life, over the last year in particular.

You’ll see me soon.

Have a happy, productive, and successful 2020!

Everything You Need to Know to Improve Your Life

The Last Safe Place

The world is a constant stream of noise. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, and sometimes beyond.

Our minds didn’t develop with the ability to cope. 500 years ago, a half blink in the history of man, it was possible for a person to live and entire life and know less than 500 people.

I work in a room with over 200.

The noise of our existence is never ending.

So, it’s important to find a way to calm the noise. Give yourself a break.

Where is the Silence?

The Hard Choice

I was presented with an interesting choice this week.

It presented me with a choice to get exactly what I wanted. Or so I thought.

When faced with the thing I thought I wanted, I blinked. I don’t know why.

The problem is that I’m not sure I was being honest with myself.

How honest with yourself are you? Do you take time to reflect?

The choice, the hard choice, is that we need to choice to be honest with ourselves. Always. It’s a choice we have to make everyday.

If you haven’t really thought about what you really, really want, now might be the time to do so.

Pressure Valves

Rage is anger fermented. Garrett J. White taught me that.

Everyone gets angry. Anger is a good thing. It can help with tough situations. It focus attention and increases awareness.

Rage, on the other hand, is a problem.

Anger needs to be processed like any other emotion. Failing to work through your anger causes it to grow. Ferment. It’s insidious and never goes away.

Anger can be released at will. Rage boils over uncontrollably.

Deal with anger before it becomes a problem.

Find your way. Ask others for help.

Find your pressure value.

It’s That Time Of Year!

Yup! New Years resolutions are upon us.

That wonderful time of year when we BS ourselves about what we’re going to accomplish next year.

And then bail on the whole thing mid-February. A best.

Some people don’t even make it past their new year’s hangovers.

There is a different way. The power of will isn’t enough to sustain you.

You need to find a why AND that way needs to be compelling enough to keep you motivated.

Leo Babuta wrote a fantastic guide to the intention and goal setting process. If you never read anything I post, please read this. There’s an ad at the end, but the gist is in the article.

Sacred Bow Challenge: Review Your Year & Set Intentions for 2020

Sweat the Small Stuff

Lots of people like to think of themselves as “big idea” people. Only working in broad brush strokes.

The reality is that it’s the small details that snowball into larger wins.

No one wins a race by simply showing up.

They win by ALWAYS showing up.

Doing

Life is full of people who will tell you that you can’t. You shouldn’t or you’ll fail.

Many times it’s these people projecting their own insecurities and failings on to you.

James Altucher says that sometimes it’s people thinking they know better than you.

For those reasons alone, it’s worth trying.

You Can’t Do That