It's very easy for us to get caught up in life's "Emergencies" to the point that we forget to take care of the important things. After all, the world is full of an endless array of distractions, all pulling for our ever diminishing time and attention. But if our attention gets lost among piles of todo lists and obligations, we can quickly find ourselves frantically moving, and yet getting no where. I find myself really liking Seth Godin's definition of busy-ness, where we mistakenly substitute action for progress. One can answer emails and phones all day long and yet not make any substantial move forward on the true goal at hand. We are lost in the trenches of the battle and unaware of what is happening beyond what we can see in this very moment.
If you have trouble setting goals and bring your ideas into reality, then you'll definitely want to check out The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol. Matt Furey, a motivational speaker and a man of whom I hold a lot of respect, credited several of the techniques discussed in the book as having helped him on his way to winning a national title in wrestling. For me personally, learning the index card technique alone was worth the $6.99 I paid for the book.
If there was an alcoholic's anonymous equivalent for obsessively success driven people, I would probably require a lifetime membership. To be fair to myself, I wasn't always that way. Growing up I was far more focused on varsity sports,video games, and going fishing with my brother at the local farms and along the side of the Mohawk River. It was a time where I allowed myself the time and space to play.
More Poison Being Spread Faster: An interesting post on the web today at Huffington Post entitled As Internet Use Grows, Is It Polarizing Political Views? It could be more aptly titled "As Internet Use Grows, More Poison Being Spread Faster?" Gossip is black magic, a poisonous use of our powerful words to create more illusions that have little or no basis in reality. It reminds me of a (probably fictional) story I heard a few years back about the negative power of gossip.
Discovering a lump on someone's body can be terrifying because of all the cancer horror stories one hears about anecdotally. We recently had such an experience with Linus, or 85 pound doggy, when it was revealed to us that he had a weird looking growth between his 4th and 5th digits on his right front paw. At first it looked benign, but it kept growing and looking more insidious each day. So my wife and I had it removed as soon as we could.
Boundaries can be very useful. Example: when my wife and I moved into our new place, the fence in our backyard provided our Dog Linus with a great play area that didn't require constant supervision or the use of a leash. This gave me peace of mind, a break from having to take long walks, and the ability to just sit out and enjoy a book while he could entertain himself by chasing the birds and squirrels.
Several years ago, my brother had a vision to create a clothing company based on feeling good: both in terms of the fabric (more breathable than cotton) and an attitude (focus on the good in life). While the business itself never took off due some business management trip ups, people LOVED the logo. In the last 10 years, I think only my wife has ever noticed and commented on the shirts I've worn. Yet feel good shirts? Strangers in planes, clerks at best buy, an inventory person at Barnes and Noble, people on the street—all types of people have at least found it interesting or cool enough to warrant a mention.
GTD and Renegotiating Agreements: As you may or may not have noticed, there was no previously promised post on my 30 day journey through each one of The Four Agreements. Honestly, I was inspired to write something else. Have I failed my goal just 4 days in? Not at all! It was an intentional act to learn one of the key lessons of being impeccable with ones words; a lesson that I wish to share now.