“Life is like skiing. The goal is not to get to the bottom of the hill. It’s to have a bunch of good runs before the sun sets.”
—Seth Godin, American author and former dot com business executive
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Do you or have you participated in winter activities such as skiing or sledding? Although I tried my hand at skiing in my late teens and made it down a few bunny slopes, sledding was my thing as a kid.
When our wintry prayers were answered for snow days, I was out the door with my friends to visit venues we named Suicide Hill and Dead Man’s Drop.
As fast as we would race down each run, we would immediately dart right back up each incline again and again, holding on tight to our flexible flyers, snowboards, and toboggans.
We couldn’t get enough and only frozen toes, growling stomachs, and looming darkness would have us head home.
How many good runs have you had in your life? What intentions and actions are you planning and taking to make the most of every day you wake up to see the sun?
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
—Leo Tolstoy, 19th Century Russian writer & Nobel Prize winner
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Come out, come out, wherever you are!
It’s happening all around… more and more people are heading out with a bit more pep in their step into the longer, warmer days.
What plans and projects are still in the formative stage or well under way in your life? Perhaps you are engaged in spring cleaning or have headed outdoors to work on your lawn or begin planting a garden.
The word “spring” itself is all the coaching we need to turn our intentions into action. How will you make your mark on the world through your personal and professional efforts?
What are some of your most inspiring and exciting plans and projects?
Get the message out to see who else may wish to join you! Consider asking others about their plans and projects, and offer to support their springs into spring!
“Life is actually an essay, not a series of responses to someone else’s agenda.”
—Seth Godin, American Author
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In order to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools and other learning institutions closed for the year.
Once the initial “extended summer vacation” excitement wore off and the reality set in, we were given an extremely important assignment.
Our homework is to write and experience the next chapters of our life stories. Some of us might look to the limitations and constraints. But we can also see new levels of creativity, innovation, and freedom to express ourselves through the amazing examples set by others in our various communities.
What will you include in your Hero’s Journey essay? How can you continue to influence your communities, expand your capabilities, and make an even more purposeful difference in the world?
What would happen if more of us put down the remote and picked up our pens to pursue our personal agenda?
“It may be time to play screenwriter and take another pass at the script of your life.”
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Given that we are nearly 60 days into the new year, how would you say things are going compared to 2019?
Where are you on track or ahead of your plans to achieve your goals? Where are you stuck, or even falling behind?
To what extent is it time to get out your favorite pen or sit at your keyboard to rewrite a few scenes? How might you remove or replace supporting or leading characters to minimize drama in your life?
In what area of your personal or professional life is it time to edit your life script to add significantly more fun, laughter, adventure and joy?
FRIDAY REVIEW: PLANNING
Are you a planner? How often do you plan out your day or week? Here are a few planning-related posts you may have missed.
“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
“Plan your day and work your plan.”
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
—Ralph Marston, 20th Century professional football player
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The critical word in today’s quote is “can.”
There is, of course, no guarantee that today will improve all, or perhaps more realistically, most of your tomorrows.
With the right attitude, planning, and of course, inspired effort, the likelihood of a more positive and successful future is inevitable.
What attitude-enhancing efforts will you bring into your day today?
What planning did you do yesterday, or this morning, to assure you are working on your top personal and professional priorities?
What inspired and committed actions will you take today to guarantee many better tomorrows?
“Things do not necessarily happen for the best, but I can choose to make the best of things that happen.”
—Tal Ben-Shahar, Israeli-American Author/Lecturer
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Take a few minutes to reflect on your day if it is evening, or on yesterday’s events if you are reading this in the morning. To what degree did everything go as planned, and work out exactly as you hoped?
If things did not work out for the best for whatever reason, what consequences did you experience?
How did you react or respond, and what emotions or feelings came up?
Consider the metaphor of a sailboat. How might you adjust your sails and rudders of mindfulness and adaptability to the sometime stormy seas of life?
Feel free to reply to this post to share the approaches you take on a daily basis to make the best of things that happen.
“The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.”
—Christian Bovee, 19th Century New York City writer
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To what degree are you a “Go for it” person?
When you put on your thinking cap, how creative and bold are your ideas and plans?
Once your strategies and tactics are formulated, how inspired, energized, and motivated are you and those around you to execute them with passion and purpose?
Where and on what personal or professional priority would a far more enterprising approach be what is needed to achieve a more audacious outcome?
“Now is the perfect time to prepare.”
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Prepare for WHAT?
When I reflect on my days, I see numerous areas where I prepare for activities that help my life run smoothly and successfully. Some of them are:
- Meal preparation
- Layout out my exercise clothes
- Creating agendas for meetings
- Reviewing my calendar to plan my day
- Preparing checklists for shopping
- Organizing and preparing financial documents to review with my accountant
Where and on what personal or professional matters – big or small – is it time to prepare more fully, to realize the goals and objectives you most desire?