Monthly Archives: October 2008

What the tide washed away – footprints

Have you walked on a sandy beach and left your footprints in the sand.   Have you noticed that when you stop and look back at those footprints they have been washed away by the incoming tide?  The wave gently erases our past as you walk on the beach.  Your footprints only last for a short while.

Life is much like your footprints.  While those footprints may be visible for a short time eventually they are washed away.  It is only where you stand that you let your presence be known.  When you step away the footprints will be filled in by the rushing water. 

You need to be present today where you are and you need to make a difference today.  Life isn’t about what you have done it is about what you are doing.

When you watch the tide come in and wash your footprints away do you lament the fact that your presence has been washed out to the sea?   Or do you look forward to the next step you will make.  You will make a new impression on the sand and for a moment that will be your signature.  

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

And one does not discover their self without consenting to look beyond the present.

Feed forward

Focusing on solutions, rather than mistakes, on the future, rather than the past, will enhance your self-image, enabling you to become more of who you desire to be.

Here is an exercise that you can try.  Find someone you know fairly well and ask them to help you with an area that you’d like to get better at.   Ask them to give you some suggestions that might help you get better in that area.

Before you begin record in a journal your experience and the goal you are trying to achieve and write in the suggestions they provided.  Work on following their suggestions.   Are those suggestions working for you?  Track your results in the journal.  

Try using feed-forward with others and focus on what is ahead of you.

“Every day is my best day; this is my life; I’m not going to have this moment again.
Bernie Siegel, “Love: The work of the soul, handbook of the soul.”

Frenetic activity

This past week has seen the axis of the world tip.  Financial markets are acting without the rational restraint that is needed to stabilize and slow the relentless activity of selling.  Fear is driving people to make irrational decisions and as that cycle grows the market on which we rely implodes. 

The cycle feeds itself and the vortex shrinks ever tighter expelling rationality all together. 

People are making decisions on the spur of the moment hoping to save what little  they have in a system that has been gratified by greed. 

To break the cycle may be to sit back and not do a thing, just allow the swirling to slow and the debris to settle.   Some will pick through the rubble and begin to rebuild, others will not.  

Our financial markets are not unlike the great storms that pound the shores of this great land.  Some people will choose to rebuild and others will not. 

Often to regain a rational perspective we need to work with someone else.  Working independently is one way to allow the fear to invade the consciousness which can result in a decision being made that is not going to be the best for the long run.

The cycle of relentless intensity suggests that when more is demanded of us that we increase our velocity (activity) and some of that activity will be a reaction to the demand without the requisite understanding of what really needs to be done.  As the pace increases we falter, just as a runner will when running a race without the training to run at the front.   Our minds begin to panic when we realize that we can’t keep the pace and chaos inserts fear into our minds.   With fear, action, any action seems like the right thing to do and the cycle repeats itself.  

What can be done to break the cycle?  What are you doing to break the cycle in your life?

What do you value?  What is important to you today?  

 

 

defining personal success factors

Where are the keys?

What is success?

What is personal success?  What does it mean?   How do you get it?   Where do you find it?

How long does it take to get there?

You have a key in your hand.  Behind one of many doors is your future, a future that is filled with the things your heart desires.   What your heart desires.   The key fits the lock that matches the desires of your heart. 

Finding the desire of the heart is the goal.  

Find the who in you.

Are you one that:

            Acts boldly
            Takes risks
            Acts implusively
            Seeks adventure
            Assertive and to the point
            Physical

OR

 

 

            Enjoys task and structure
            has a serious attitude
            is a helper
            Cares for body and health
            is Direct but cautious
            follows rules
            respects authority

OR

 

 

            Questions and explores ideas
            considers the ideas of other’s
            highly independent
            lives in imagination
            desires competency
            expectations are set high

OR

            Thanks others
            Integrity matters
            likes to make things better
            likes to brighten the day of others
            a team player
            clam – peacemaker – harmony

 

 

Which category fits you best?  Are you living at your best?

You do matter

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

 

Smile

Every once in a smile!

 

Try contagious smiling … make it viral, let it spread.   Find that smile and let it walk with you, let it talk with you and let it be you.

Have you tried smiling today?

Reach for the sky

Seek new heights.   Seek goals greater than you would think possible.  

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”  Michelangelo

Take time to imagine what your ideal goal that you are seeking is.   What does reaching that goal look like?   Break that goal into smaller objectives each just slightly out of reach.   What will it take to reach that first objective?   Now work on that first objective.

Celebrate those small steps just like you would cheer for a child taking their first steps.  Our small steps to a larger goal are no less significant than taking our first steps in life.  

Think “I can” and ‘you will”.