“If you’re too busy to sit for 10 minutes you need to sit still for an hour.”
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During my busiest working years, it was a source of pride for myself and many of my colleagues to pat ourselves on the back for our workaholic tendencies.
When asked how someone was doing words like slammed, jammed, and swamped were ways we stoked our egos and compared ourselves to mere mortals.
We were not only booked virtually every minute of the day, some folks actually overbooked themselves to show how incredibly important and indispensable they were.
For many of these people this way of operating had a double edge with a considerable downside to their health and their espoused important relationships.
To what degree do you include buffer/relaxation time into your daily schedule?
Consider starting with blocks of ten minutes and work your way into hours, days, etc.
Feel free to reply to this post on how this proverb applies to you and your world.
“Ambition is a get-a-head-ache.”
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For much of my life, I’ve been pretty ambitious. How about you?
Examine your school years, sports, and even sibling rivalries — how much did you want to get ahead and stay ahead?
Where have your ambitions served you well?
Where have they caused you to stumble and experience pain?
Where is getting ahead of others driving your every action, and where is it driving you crazy?
How might you relieve the ache of ambition by focusing on getting ahead of yourself instead of always taking on the world?
“The forced separation from ordinary ambitions temporarily right sizes one’s life.”
—Arthur C. Brooks, faculty member of the Harvard Business School
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How often do you wake up in the morning with a strong sense of peace and calm?
What percent of the time do your thoughts spring into action with all the to-dos for the day, before your feet even hit the floor?
When do you first check your phone for texts or emails that have piled up overnight?
How many truly important messages do you receive each day, and how many do you consider clutter of junk?
Although we are now well into summer, there is always time to do a bit of spring cleaning.
How would some forced separation from your ordinary ambitions that clutter your various inboxes help you right size your life?
Where would unsubscribing and removing various barriers to your aliveness make the biggest difference?
Where can and will you begin today?
“Don’t aim for consistently heroic efforts. Aim for being heroic at consistency.”
—Brad Stulberg, Performance Coach
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We all get excited when we observe heroic acts in the world. These efforts almost always require extraordinary levels of physical, mental, and emotional effort. Unfortunately, as Brad points out, we all know that these efforts are not sustainable.
Although not as sexy, consistency provides a compounding effect that is both sustainable and sticky. These habitual actions often result in excellence in virtually any life domain you choose.
Select a single area of your life where you will make the heroic effort to be more consistent. Feel free to reply to this post and share the area you selected.
“We remain young to the degree that our ambitions are greater than our memories.”
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How long do you expect to live?
Dan Sullivan, the co-founder of Strategic Coach, expects to live 156 years. Over the years, he has had a voracious passion for longevity and optimal health. In the Exponential Wisdom Podcast, he and Peter Diamandis explore where the world is headed by discussing cutting edge technologies and global trends.
Exploring topics such as gene editing, stem cells, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology, they look into the multi-disciplinary crystal ball of the future of health care. Peter Diamandis, founder of Human Longevity, Inc., expects to live 700 years. He is best known for his X-Prize Foundation and competition, and the commercialization of space. Sullivan and Diamandis encourage the rest of us to release the idea of traditional retirement. They council us to stay actively engaged in making our future ambitions far more extraordinary than our past.
Consider reading Peter’s book Abundance, or Dan’s book The Laws of Lifetime Growth, to help guide you to an even more extraordinary future.
Check out their podcast on this and other provocative subjects at exponentialwisdom.com
“The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
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Where are you today in regard to some of your most ambitious personal or professional goals for the new year? Are you in full stride, ahead of schedule?
Perhaps you are stalled, have lowered your sights considerably, or have stopped completely.
Today’s quote points to the small, consistent efforts we can all make on a daily basis to begin again, make progress, and eventually move mountains.
What are the “small stones” you will move today, to make progress toward your most desired personal or professional objectives?