Simple illustration. Various applications.
Source: Carl Richards
Simple illustration. Various applications.
Source: Carl Richards
*When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
~ Steve Jobs @ a Stanford commencement speech
This was soooooo talking to me…
So, here’s a short list of HIGH volume REPETITIVE activities where I have achieved advanced Mind Control:
I am a subject matter expert on very few things (ask my team or my family) – however, I am a Master Craftsman at saying NO! (Ask them about this too! They would also likely say it is hard to distinguish between Steve Carell in this video clip and me.) I believe saying “NO” is critical to FOCUS, to achieving the benefits of Paredo’s Law, to effectiveness, to productivity, to Mastery, to success and to stable mental health. (Well, maybe I should have left that last one out.) Three of my favorite recent posts on the topic:
James Altucher @ The Altucher Confidential in his post: How to Be More Productive. “…Life is simple. Saying “Yes” adds complexities to that: yes I will buy X, yes I will have sex, yes I will have that meeting and this meeting and that meeting, yes I will do that deal, yes I will buy that stock, yes I will that house. Yes, I will meet for just a drink. Don’t ever do anything you don’t want to do…No. Stop. Do I want to go visit some relatives five hours away. No. Do I want to go make a speech about something boring. No. Every time you say “No” you add to the value of your time. You add to the value of your body. Your mind. Your emotions. Your time, each second. You add to the value of right NOW. You respected yourself. Every time you say “NO” you put money in the bank. When thoughts are angry and you say “no” to them, your brain gets stronger, more flexible. When you say “no” to the worries of your future, your future leaves open the possibility and probability of more abundance, since most worries are just fictions. So when should you ever say “yes”? When you love something. Then say “yes” to it. That’s it.”
…don’t ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
~ Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Source: Daily Inspiration & Motivation
Thank you swiss-miss for share via Forbes Managing Distraction: How and Why to Ignore Your Inbox
“A relatively new field, called interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you.”
NY Times: The Brain on Love, by Diane Ackerman
“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”
~ Simone Weil
"[The French philosopher Simone Weil said, 'Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.'] I love that. I think that could be as close as someone can get to a wonderful definition of prayer. In that sense, prayer has nothing spiritual or religious about it. A mathematician working at a problem or a little kid trying to pick out scales on the piano is a person at prayer. She’s not saying prayer is absolute unmixed attention; it’s the other way. The attention itself is the quality that she wants to call prayer. So whatever context you’re putting it in, whether it’s inside a church or inside a toy box, that’s the quality that is the sacred one."
—Translator Stephen Mitchell via Krista’s Journal: Approaching Prayer.
Personal Behavior Pattern Observed:
Major deliverable assigned. Have several weeks advance notice. Weeks click down. Put off preparation. Then half-heartedly start framing work. Set it aside. Get distracted. Deliverable constantly looming, hanging, distracting, irritating and making me irritable. Sleepless nights. Clock ticking down. Tell myself I’ll get to it during the weekend. (Right) Weekend comes and goes. Monday arrives. 1.5 days to go. Scrambling now. Can feel heart pumping. Grinding teeth. Anxiety screaming. Finish. Deliver request. Passed without giving blood…yet internal organs are still rattling.
Post Game Review: C+ (Gracious self assessment.)
Behavior of Colleague Observed:
Preparation commences weeks in advance. Back to back meetings scheduled. Full team engaged. Countless hours of preparation. Brainstorming. Discussions. Planning. Drafts. Work. Re-work. Ideas and issues are socialized with key constituents and decision makers attending meeting. Project rehearsed. Project presentation flawless. No surprises. Senior management feedback: Rally Hats On! “Wow.”
Post Game Review: A+ (Priceless)
Here’s a terrific post by Scott Ebling @ Next Level Blog: Am I A Good Leader? Take the Sheryl Sanberg Test
“Ever wonder if you’re a good leader? If so, I have a simple three question test that will help you answer the question. I call it the Sheryl Sandberg test.
OK, I know that some of you are thinking “Is it really fair to compare myself to the COO of Facebook - the same woman who spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos the week her company did an IPO that took her net worth past $1.6 billion?” I’ll be the first to acknowledge that there aren’t many of us who can compete with Sandberg’s calendar and bank account. That said, there’s a lot that leaders of any station can learn from Sandberg.
When Sandberg left Google to join Facebook in 2008, the social networking site had 70 million users and no profit-making business model. At the end of 2011, Facebook had over 850 million users, revenue of over $3 billion and profits of just over $1 billion. It’s not too big a stretch to conclude that Sandberg has some leadership skills that might be worth emulating.
Great blog post by Chris Brogan today titled “You are not as busy as you think…” (I think he must have been talking to me.) Top excerpts…
…I had a very interesting conversation with my shrink the other day, where he was calling me out on some of my less-attractive behaviors. He said to me, “Maybe you don’t do those things because you think you’re too busy and too needed elsewhere to do them.”
…If you’re busy, you must be important. If you’re busy, people need you. Humankind’s greatest need: to feel wanted. If you’re busy, you’re not the loser you worry you might be. If you’re busy, maybe you’ll crack the code on what people will pay for faster.
…But busy isn’t the same as “fulfilling a purpose” or “walking a path.” Seeking feedback excessively means that you’re not comfortable sitting with your own thoughts, and that you’re not comfortable with the question of whether what you’re creating is of value in your own mind.