Playing catch up

Catching up a bit. I was very frustrated with this project when the “what should the real you be doing right now?” theme ran for a few days. It didn’t help that it was happening during my org’s annual staff teambuilding and  planning meetings. (This is the time of year that I especially resent being in this position at this org and am really ready for change.) So, to catch up:

Day 6
Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.
Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?  (Author: Jonathan Mead)
– I must continue to look for the positive in every day. I must keep my chin up and my mouth closed when I cannot change the situation. I must also remember that I can change the situation or remove myself from it in most cases. 🙂

Day 7
Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for? (Author: Matt Cheuvront)

– Again, not the best question in the midst of our annual planning meeting. Especially when I’m the de facto second in command. The goal is to find a new gig. I need to network, apply, network and network. Perhaps I will post my resume to several friends and share my qualifications. I must know people who know people, right?

Day 8
There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years? (Author: Corbett Barr)
– To my five years ago self: Do it! Tuition will be much less expensive when you’re ready to go back for your degree. (I don’t regret this decision and very rarely consider “what would have been”, though when faced with this question, I immediately go to April.
– To my five years in the future self: Remember that quote you read a few years ago? “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.” – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
What have you read and who have you met since 2011?

Day 9
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say? (Author: Eric Handler)
– Hire me! 🙂 Okay, maybe not. But I’d be tempted. I think I’d likely say something along the lines of “Be what you’re like. Be like yourself. There are too many people trying too hard to fit in. It takes all kinds and our differences are what makes this world of ours an interesting place to live.” Something like that, but a little more eloquent.




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