“The next move is yours.”
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Imagine your life as a board game that involves successfully navigating different frontiers or territories in order to win.
The frontiers are:
- Optimal health
- Quality relationships
- Professional achievement
- Contributions to your community
- Spirituality, faith, religion
- Life balance and peace of mind
Where are you falling behind, keeping up, or ahead of your current expectation for yourself?
What is your next move in these and other priority areas of your life?
Consider picking up a copy of Seth Godin’s book What to Do When it’s Your Turn to help you see and pursue your next move.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
—Robert Swan, OBE, FRGS—first person to walk to both Poles
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How are you personally coming to the rescue of planet Earth?
How aware are you of the significant impact we have on our beautiful world?
In the business world, we look at adding more revenue through various channels, making wise and progressive investments, and of course, we conserve resources and reduce waste wherever possible.
What if Earth was a business and all people, all organizations, and all nations became optimal stewards of the planet, so that Earth could truly be, as Jim Collins said, Built to Last?
How are you currently acting as a loyal and caring steward to our planet? In what new and expanded ways can and will you take greater responsibility and accountability to safeguard our collective home?
“Live a gentle, human-sized life.”
—Will Kestrel, kestralcreek.com
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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?
“No one wants to hear everything that’s in your head. They just want you to live up to what comes out of your mouth.”
—Adam Grant, American psychologist and author
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Who are the blabbermouths in your life? Who are the people who go on and on about their ideas, beliefs, and opinions, and never seem to take a breath? How do you feel around them?
To what degree might people in your world place you on their list of those who are more focused on being interesting rather than interested?
What makes these individuals even more troublesome is that on many, if not most, occasions, they appear to be all talk and very little action.
Who are the people in your life who are impeccable with their words? How would your life be enhanced if you and others lived up to what comes out of your mouth more often?
Consider reading or re-reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz for some added wisdom on this topic.
“When you say, ‘YES’ to others, make sure you are not saying, ‘NO’ to yourself.”
—Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Author
Throughout the seven years I’ve been writing The Quotable Coach blog, I’ve posted numerous times about saying, “Yes” and “No” to requests made by others in our personal and professional communities.
To add a bit more bite to this subject, I’d like to add the words, “Oh,” “Heck,” and even “Hell” before the No’s and Yeses, to see if it creates a bigger shift in how you react and what you agree to do.
Where would saying, “Hell No!” to others and “Hell Yes!” to yourself a few more times make the biggest difference in your world?
You may consider using the concepts from the book, The Power of a Positive No by William Ury to find more polite ways to communicate your decision.
“Watch what you say. Life might be listening.”
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Imagine you are given a special bank account when you are an infant, just learning to speak and understand language.
What you don’t know at the time is that the words you speak and hear have a form of value or credit to them. Some words contribute to your net worth, others drain and deplete your reserves. Some may even put you in debt, or a form of life bankruptcy.
Pay particular attention today to the words you speak and hear, personally and professionally. Notice how much value and wealth you create for yourself and others.
How can you fully listen and tune into the powerful and value-packed words of others? How can you more fully contribute to others by generously sharing only the richest and choicest thoughts?
“Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.”
-Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, 17th Century French Author
Image from Times of Malta
How often do you observe quarrels in your personal or professional worlds? If, for some reason, you don’t see much, simply take a look at our political environment and the resulting media circus!
Since it clearly takes two to tango, why is it that many of us blame others for missing a step or for stepping on each others toes?
What if, instead of pointing our index finger at others, we acknowledge the three fingers pointing back at us and take greater responsibility for our current realities?
What would happen in your relationships and your world if you looked at what’s right and good about others, and take greater responsibility for the quarrels you may experience?
“Often we change jobs, friends, and spouses instead of ourselves.”
⏤Arkbarali Jetha, Author of Reflections, Combined Edition
Image from Time to Play
Are you familiar with the phrase, “Wherever you go, there you are?”
Although it may seem obvious, this thought has tremendous implications in regard to our happiness, success, and general life satisfaction. Simply look at all the people and places in your life that aren’t working, or causing you some level of upset and struggle.
How much responsibility and accountability do you place on your own shoulders in these situations? How often do you blame others, or the system, for your dissatisfaction?
In what situations and with whom is it time to take greater responsibility and accountability for how you experience life?