Are you doing what matters

“Are you doing what matters, or just reacting to the noise?”

—Brendon Burchard, American motivational author

Image of a man holding his ears to block out noise

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It is a rainy Sunday as I write this. I am at home in my designated writing and reading chair, where I am rarely interrupted. Reading and writing are two activities that matter a lot in my life, so I proactively carve out time – especially on weekends – for both.

Rest, recharging, and renewal efforts on these days have also had me limit my cell phone use, primarily to family and friends. I’ve also cut back on virtually all forms of noisy media, to about 20% of what it was a year ago.

EXERCISE:

Consider taking five or ten minutes to create two lists. Label the first “What Matters Most in My Life?” and the second “What Represents the Noise in My Life?”

Once you have a solid list for each category, please apply the More/Less, Start/Stop Strategy to enhance your happiness and life satisfaction.

Never throw out anyone

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.”

—Audrey Hepburn, 20th century British actress

image of a jointed doll

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The human body has the miraculous ability to renew almost all of its various cell types.

Did you know that we have 30 trillion red blood cells, and approximately 100 million are being formed each minute? If you do the math, it gives each red blood cell the life expectancy of about four months.

Here are the renewal rates of some other cell types:

Small Intestine 2-4 days
White Blood Cells 2-5 days
Bone Osteoclasts 2 weeks
Bone Osteoblasts 3 months
Fat Cells 8 years
Skin Cells 10-30 days
Liver Cells 6 months-1 year

EXERCISE:

In what ways beyond mother nature can you support the restoration and renewal of yourself and those around you to live a longer more fulfilling and happier life?

Exhaustion is not a status symbol

“Exhaustion is not a status symbol.”

—Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston

Image of a hand holding a candle burning at both ends

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Do you ever hear yourself or others making statements such as:

  • I work 24/7
  • I work 60, 70, 80 hours per week
  • I only need 4-5 hours of sleep
  • I can’t remember when I took all of my vacation time
  • I usually eat at my desk, and sometimes in my car
  • I bill more hours than anyone else in my firm
  • I’m burning the candle at both ends

Somehow, many of us took the idea of hard work, and got carried away. Some of us have gotten to the point that our self worth and value equates to “giving it my all,” taking it to the point of endangering our very lives.

The evidence that we need to conserve and recharge our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies before it is too late is overwhelming.

EXERCISE:

Select at least one personal or professional activity that you will do less of or stop entirely, so you can step back from the ledge of exhaustion. See if you can reclaim at least one hour each day, and then consider reducing or eliminating a second activity.

I highly recommend reading The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr if you want to take this concept further.

Friday Review: Renewal

Friday Review: Renewal

We all need time to renew. Here are a few renewal-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.

 

“The will to win … the will to achieve … goes dry and arid without continual renewal.”

 

 

 

 

“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.”

 

 

 

“The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy. They come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest.”

 

 

 

 

Take Rest

“Take rest. A field that has rested gives bountiful crops.”

—Ovid, ancient Roman Poet

Close up of a small crop

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Mono-cropping occurs when a farmer grows the same crop in the same place for many years in a row. It disproportionately depletes the soil of certain nutrients essential for optimal growth.

A strategy used to optimize productivity of the same field is crop rotation. This is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar or different crops in the same area in sequenced seasons, allowing the soil vital recovery time.

EXERCISE:

Where and how can and will you insert more frequent or longer periods of rest and sleep into your 24/7, workaholic, overwhelmed days, to lead a more bountiful life?

“The answers you seek never…”

“The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy. They come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest.”

—Author Unknown

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Image from huffingtonpost.com

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “Silence is Golden.” Perhaps it is the value expressed in today’s quote that makes it so. It is virtually impossible to explore new ideas and inquire into new levels of thinking when our minds are going a million miles per hour.

EXERCISE:

Try blocking out five to ten minutes today for quiet reflection and personal inquiry. Consider choosing a topic or question worth pondering closely, and see what you discover.
Also consider making this a daily habit and explore the added value of capturing any insight you will likely have in a journal or notebook.

“The problem with doing nothing….”

“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.”

—Nelson DeMille, American author of thriller novels

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Image from NickyMenarkayaonline.com

We all need a break from time to time to recharge, refresh, and simply stop the frenetic pace most of us keep.

A potential challenge to this usually well-deserved respite is to know, as today’s quote states, when we are finished.

EXERCISE:

Instead of an open-ended period of “do nothing,” please consider actually scheduling it in your calendar. When the time period is up, you can determine if it fits your recharging needs or not.

Consider learning about Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Program, and his concept of Focus Days, Buffer Days, and Free Days.

“The will to win … the will to achieve … goes dry and arid without continual renewal.”

“The will to win … the will to achieve … goes dry and arid without continual renewal.”

—Vince Lombardi, American football coach

Image from Flickr by Harry Thomas Photography

Every weekend I have my list of household chores and duties. Among these responsibilities is watering a wide variety of plants. Frequently I will find one or two in a somewhat wilted state.

Seemingly within minutes of giving these plants a drink, I notice that they are once again renewed, reaching out with their leaves to secure their full share of sunshine.

Exercise:

As water renews a plant, what strategies can you employ to maintain, or perhaps expand, your will to achieve and win?

Please consider replying to share your most effective ideas for personal renewal. Thank you.