“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.
“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?
“I love the smell of fresh ambition in the morning.”
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In the late 90s I was lucky to meet Dr. Wayne Dyer, who was the keynote speaker at a coaching conference. Following his presentation, many of us stood in line to purchase Manifest Your Destiny, which was his new book at the time. I also purchased the optional CD titled Meditations to Manifest. I had always wanted to learn to meditate, and felt this was a good time to start.
The CD contained two meditations: one to kick start your morning, and the other to slow down your pace and quiet your mind in the evening, so you could recharge for another day as you slept.
I particularly liked the premise that each of us is endowed with a god-like quality to manifest our days as we choose.
What new or augmented morning habit or ritual could you engage in to help you inhale and pursue your highest ambitions each and every day?