Today’s quote, and the related statement, “Just Do It,” helped make Phil Knight (CEO of Nike) one of the wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated net worth of 34.7 billion.
I am sure you are thinking there were many, many steps on his and Nike’s journey to success, but it all started with that first step. From there, it was on to the second and third… and the wonders of momentum.
It is a fact that something in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force.
How often do you stop yourself before you even begin?
On what priority project are you procrastinating, or stopped in your tracks?
What one step will you take to begin the journey to realize what you desire?
Consider sharing this goal or objective with a friend, family member, mentor, or even reply to this post to let me know what you intend, and for added social support.
Did you know that the United States population of 328,748,284 represents just 4.27% of the world population?
Despite our modest population footprint, the U.S. consumes 24% of the world’s energy, one third of the paper, and 27% of the aluminum.
If you do the math and all people around the world consumed resources as we do, we would need about six planet earths. Given the increasing global population and the fact that all nations are on a journey towards greater prosperity and quality of life, how can this continue?
Mahatma Gandhi once said that the world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed. What actions can and will you take – starting today – to live a more gentle, human-sized life?
“Plant the seeds of beautiful ideas in your mind and water them with belief and action.”
Image from Unsplash by Joshua Lanzarini
The X Prize Foundation’s tag line is “We Make the Impossible Possible by Incentivizing Great Minds to Make a Difference.”
The Foundation and its supporters believe that the solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges will only be reached through the ideation and realization of critical solutions by pioneering individuals and organizations around the world.
Some of the current projects include:
Discovering the mysteries of the deep sea
Empowering children to take control of their own learning
Transforming the lives of low-literacy adults
Transforming CO2 into valuable products
What beautiful ideas for a better world inspire you?
Regardless of the size and scope, how can your belief and motivation to act help you and others reap the harvest of a better world?
It seems that most innovative and pioneering organizations and people use a form of rapid experimentation and iterations to come up with amazing products and services. Those products and services eventually come into our lives just like a delivery from Amazon.
One example is the process Google X (or just “X”) uses to support their prolific product development. Their “Never Fail to Fail” innovation principles use this rapid iteration process to fail frequently, fail fast, and most importantly, fail forward.
How can you increase your level of action and experimentation to create far more innovative solutions to better your world?
Pick up a copy of BOLD to examine many other ideas to make a far bigger dent in your own universe.
“Don’t just go with the flow, take some dares through the rapids.”
Image from Unsplash by Benjamin Davies
If your life were a movie or TV show, how likely is it that it would be a blockbuster everyone talks about?
Mine would probably not be a big hit with most people. When I ask people who know me best to describe me, some words that pop up often include: dependable, disciplined, reliable, steady, cooperative, honest, loyal, and friendly.
Being a “Steady Eddie” has served me well, and I consider myself very happy with my reasonable, predictable life.
On the other hand, there are many displays in my office of my favorite quote: “When patterns are broken, new worlds will emerge.” This thought constantly reminds me to keep checking in to see where I am committed to something bigger, better, or just different from “going with the flow.” It’s at these times I periodically jump into the fast-moving or riskier waters of life, and go for it. It’s interesting to note that a high percentage of these times are associated with some of my most memorable and significant accomplishments.
What is one important area of your life in which it is time to jump into the rapids and be a bit more daring?
“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.”
—Mattie J.T. Stepanek, late American child poet & agent of peace
Image of Mattie Stepanek from oprah.com
What is the best time to plant a tree? If you’ve heard this question before, you know the answer is something on the order of, “25 years ago.”
The typical follow-up question to this riddle is, “What is the next best time to plant a tree?” The answer is, of course, “Today!”
Those of us who desire a more fruitful future continually look for and take the next step that will begin or continue the journey. In this way, we can realize the future that may initially seem far away.
What specific seeds will you plant within your community efforts today? Better yet, what will you do right now to make this possible future a reality?
Intention plus action: they are a formidable pair. Together, they have been associated with extraordinary achievements that have moved the world. Take a look around at past, current, and some of the upcoming quantum leaps we are capable of, and try not to be amazed.
On the other hand, when these two qualities stand alone or are completely missing, progress seems to limp along, stop, or even regress.
Where would summoning your most desired intentions and most committed actions help you realize even more of what you wish to achieve in your personal and professional life?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
—Maya Angelou, late American poet, author, and civil rights activist
The process of coaching kicks many areas of life into a higher gear, given its experiential and interactive nature. Regardless of whether we are a senior citizen or infants, we all interact with the world, receive feedback, and then determine how to proceed in the future.
Through its emphasis on self-awareness, constructive feedback, and experiential learning, coaching expedites this process. It allows individuals and organizations to know more and do better at a more robust rate.
How and where can you do your best in a more intentional learning environment? How would the assistance of a teacher, mentor, or coach help you do and be better every day?