“We get what we pay for, and sometimes we pay for what we get.”

“We get what we pay for, and sometimes we pay for what we get.”

—Seth Godin, American Author

Image from Unsplash by Christian Wiediger

In January, we experienced a considerable snow storm. While shoveling the eight inches of wet, heavy stuff from my driveway, I saw very few vehicles trying to navigate the roads, other than Amazon Prime vans. They seemed to be everywhere, delivering what we conveniently pay for sitting at our computers or other digital device.

What is this instant gratification approach to getting what we want costing us? In what ways may it be impacting our self-centeredness, impatience, clutter, and the emotional roller coaster of debt?

EXERCISE:

Where and how would taking a “the best things in life are free” approach to living help you get far more out of life?

“I wish you way more than luck.”

“I wish you way more than luck.”

—David Foster Wallace, late American writer and university professor

Image from Unsplash by George Pagan III

Eliyahu Goldratt has a provocative quote about luck that has a bit more meat on the bone. It states: Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality.

Who hasn’t, from time to time, wished others good luck on some personal or professional objective?

Being nice, courteous, polite, and positive seems like a good thing to do but how much of a difference does it actually make?

Similarly, how much of an impact does liking or retweeting a social media post have?

EXERCISE:

What does wishing someone more than luck look like to you? How might it include supporting someone’s preparedness, or foster greater opportunities for those you wish to support?

Feel free to reply to this post to share your perspective.

“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.”

“Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.”

—David Foster Wallace, late American writer and university professor

Image from Unsplash by Thought Catalog

In late January, we reached our 2,000th Quotable Coach post, which represents eight years of Monday-thru-Friday posts to you, our loyal readers.

Beyond making these nuggets of wisdom available to others, this daily exercise is part of my own cerebral workout for my mental muscles.

Posing a wide variety of questions to you (and to myself) has increased my self-awareness and ability to guide my life professionally and personally for the better.

Thank You!

EXERCISE:

In the weeks and months ahead, please consider replying to at least one post that assists you in your own thinking efforts.

A weekly reply would be great!

Please also consider sharing The Quotable Coach resource with others in your communities who might also wish to exercise greater control over how and what they think.

“May you have ideas so big they grow wings!”

“May you have ideas so big they grow wings!”

—Author Unknown

1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers had a big idea that grew wings and took flight.

For many years, man has looked to nature for some other remarkable ideas that also took flight, including:

  • The Robotic Arm, patterned after an Elephant’s Trunk
  • The Bullet Train, patterned after the shape of a Kingfisher
  • Better X-Ray Vision, based on a Lobster’s vision
  • Harvesting Water, patterned after the Stenocara Desert Beetle
  • The Energy Grid, based on the hive mind of bees
  • Adhesives, patterned after the feet of the Gecko
  • Wind Turbines, based on the fins of Humpback Whales
  • The Shock Absorber, based on the beak of the Woodpecker
  • Ventilation Systems, patterned after Termite mounds

EXERCISE:

What are some of your best idea-generating strategies? When are your most creative times of the day?

Consider both times of great and limited focus to exercise both sides of your amazing brain.

Now, most importantly, which of these need less drag and more lift to take flight?

Friday Review: Mistakes

FRIDAY REVIEW: MISTAKES

What have you learned from mistakes you have made? Here are a few mistake-related posts you may have missed.

 

“Just because you’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean your mistakes get to make you. Take notice of your inner critic, forgive yourself, and move on.”

 

 

 

“One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.”

 

 

 

 

“We should learn from the mistakes of others. We don’t have time to make them all ourselves.”

 

 

 

“Let no one keep you from your journey.”

“Let no one keep you from your journey.”

—Mark Nepo, American poet and spiritual adviser

Image from Unsplash by Clemens van Lay

Where are you headed today, this week, this year?

What are your short and long term goals and objectives, personally and professionally?

Toward the start of each year, questions like these are asked so frequently that we often drown them out much like the safety instructions before a flight.

What if we now answered these questions on a far deeper level than at any other time in our lives?

What are your answers? If they don’t ignite a spark or engulf you in flames of passion and excitement, you’ve got more work to do and could perhaps use the support of a coach, mentor, close colleague, or family member.

EXERCISE:

What could possibly stop you from pursuing and fully realizing what you deeply desire?

How will you prevent anyone – including yourself – from keeping you from your journey?

Consider looking up Mark Nepo and exploring his work more fully.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

“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

Image from Unsplash by The New York Public Library

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?

EXERCISE:

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?