“Your attention is being spammed all day long.”
—Michael S. Hyatt, American Leadership Expert
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We can all easily think of a handful of spammy occurrences in our day, and agree that spam is something we detest and wish to avoid. Many of us have begun using spam detection and elimination tools to lighten the load.
Despite our efforts, few of us experience the full level of peace, calm, and freedom we desire throughout our days.
Over the past few decades, top astrophysicists introduced the phenomena of dark matter as the reason galaxies are held together in diverse and beautiful shapes. It is estimated that there is actually five times as much dark matter as regular matter that makes up the stars and planets we see.
What if there were five times the amount of spam than what we actually detect?
How might looking into the dark world of spam and its gravitational pull on our attention release us to lead far better lives?
“Surf what is happening versus suppressing it.”
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What do Oahu, Hawaii, Jeffrey’s Bay South Africa, Tahiti, French Polynesia, and Bali, Indonesia have in common?
Given today’s quote, you might have correctly guessed that they are top global locations for surfing.
Closer to home for those of us in the U.S., California, Puerto Rico, Ocean City New Jersey, Virginia Beach and South Padre Island in Texas are places people recommend to hang ten.
It is estimated that there are around 23 million surfers worldwide, compared to the total population of 7.8 billion. That means, if you do the math, less than .003 percent.
Where in your personal or professional life would a few surfing lessons come in handy? How would being steadier and more balanced help you more successfully trim the waves in your world?
“Follow your heart. Purpose will reveal itself to you only while walking your own path.”
—Brendon Burchard, New York Times best-selling author
Image from Unsplash by Lucas George Wendt
These days, many people are feeling a bit lost.
The proverbial bread crumbs they placed along their life paths have been blown, washed, or burned away by the events and challenges facing us all.
Taking time to look around at reality—and within our hearts—to revisit or discover our foundational values and core life principles is a good place to start.
Doing so will likely reveal various paths you can take and what direction to head. In these moments, it can be enough to step forward in ways that express these values.
Trust your heart that purpose and meaning will meet you on the way.
Consider completing the Life Vision Exercise to see what your heart has to say, and pack a few snacks for your purposeful journey.
“Laws are never as effective as habits.”
—Adlai Stevenson II, 20th Century Governor of Illinois
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To what degree do you see yourself as a law-abiding citizen? Take a moment to examine the laws and some of the “do’s and don’ts” that influence and govern your household, organizations, and communities.
How do you feel when any form of authority tries to enforce any particular law?
Given our current pandemic, how are you and others viewing social distancing efforts and the wearing of masks?
We all love our freedom and the ability to choose our own behaviors guided by our values. In groups and organizations that have empowering cultures, it is the sharing of these values and principles that guide the norms and habits of its members.
Where and how could you and others in your various communities be even more effective by encouraging better habits and enforcing fewer laws?
“The truth is in you. How much room do you give it?”
—Laurent F. Carrel, Founding Partner of Carrel & Partner
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Imagine you are about to embark on a hike along the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail, or Camino De Santiago De Compostela. You have trained for months, eaten all your veggies to lose those extra pounds, and freed up your calendar.
In the process of packing your gear with what you consider the essentials, you find that it feels like you’re wearing an elephant.
Where is your life over-packed and wearing you down? Where do you need to unclutter your head and heart and make more room for your truth?
What actions can and will you take today to live your truth even more fully?
FRIDAY REVIEW: STRATEGY
What are your strategies for success? Here are a few strategy-related posts you may have missed.
“Making it into a Game.”
“It is high time to step out of your own shadow.”
“Play the tiles you get.”
“Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself.”
—Charles De Gaulle, 20th Century President of France
We need more Level 5 leaders today!
In his classic book, Good to Great, Jim Collins describes Level 5 leaders as more like Abraham Lincoln and Socrates than George Patton or Julius Caesar.
Level 5 Leaders have a mixture of humility and stoic resolve, doing what it takes to make organizations—and hopefully a nation—truly great again.
These special people demonstrate character by shouldering responsibility for difficulties and generously acknowledging and praising others for the efforts and progress that are realized.
Where are you seeing evidence of great character and resolve in the leaders in your personal and professional communities?
How and in what ways can you also fall back on yourself during these difficult times?
“When a man eats his words, that’s recycling.”
—Frank A. Clark, 20th Century American lawyer and politician
Image from Unsplash by Artem Beliaikin
Here in Rochester Hills, Michigan, we are very proud of our recycling efforts. We were the first city in Michigan to pioneer a program where recycled waste was weighed during weekly curbside pickup — and each household was provided a tax credit for their efforts.
What recycling efforts do you participate in and see occurring in your part of the world?
These days, various forms of verbal and written pollution are damaging our environment with many hurtful and toxic effects on our local, national and global communities.
Where in your world would eating a larger portion of your own verbal missteps make the biggest difference?
Imagine the world that would result if all people took on this recycling effort!
“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”
—Harry Emerson Fosdick, 20th Century American Pastor/Author
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I hope you voted early.
If you exercise this right in person today, please do so safely.
Consider having a few significant conversations today with friends and family about the extraordinary possibilities you envision and intend to be part of in the years ahead.