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10X

If It’s Not a 10x Improvement, Is It Really Worth Doing?  Marc Andreessen

10X … something to consider.   What are you doing that is 10X better at?   Are you 10X better in your job?   Are you 10X better in  your relationships?  Are you 10X better of a person?   What in your life is 10X better than it was before?

 Why 10X?

10X is ten times better.   Take a goal that you have and make it bigger and better.   Most people think if they just double their performance it will be good enough.   Not any more.   Doubling your effort or even your results won’t lead to a breakthrough in thinking and doing.   It takes a 10X improvement to make the breakthroughs to get out of the box.

If you set a goal that is 10X bigger than your original goal you’ll have a better chance of achieving a real result.   Losing weight, go bigger than your goal.  Your goal to lose a couple of pounds a month might be good but it will also be easy to revert back to the old ways.    If you had to go 10X what would you really need to change?

Think about your job or your career.   What would make it 10X better than it is today?   It would take something pretty radical and it wouldn’t just be something small, it would have to be a big change.   Are you in the right career?   Are you doing what you are really passionate about?

Your finances, where are they today?   Where do you want them to be?   Go for a 10X goal.   What would have to change or be different to reach that goal.

In the world of personal development and personal improvement on person is doing just that, turning his world into 10X.   Brendon Bruchard is leading a charge to change the way people think about doing things.   10X, think about it.  Where could you change something by creating a goal that is 10X what you originally thought of?   What can you do 10X better?

Take a look at Brendon’s passion. 10X is what he is giving.

What are you giving 10X to?

No matter where you are today, think about something you will make 10X better this year. Set a goal and make it 10X bigger. Push the limits of your imagination, your skills and your results. Go beyond what you think possible.

Now take it 10X.

Here’s another perspective. 10X it.

It doesn’t matter what you are doing, there is a seismic shift in thinking that is happening all around you and there is going to be a seismic shift in how the world will operate. Are you going to be ready?

weeds in the mind …

Why is it that the plants we want to keep in a garden are the hardest to grow?   The weeds hang tenaciously to the ground while the plants, the ones that will produce flowers of beauty, are so fragile and easy to pull from the ground.   Weeds don’t need to be planted, they don’t need water, they don’t need fertilizer, they survive the harshest conditions, and the promptly come back if they are pulled.  I guess that is why they are called weeds.   Webster defines a weed as: “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.”

What we want to keep, and what we want to grow take the most care.   The plants that provide the most beauty and enrich our own world take time and care, watering, fertilizer, the right temperatures and the right amount of sunlight.

The best gardens have caretakers, someone who will keep the soil watered and filled with the right nutrients, someone who will keep the weeds at bay and someone who will prune and develop the garden so that the best will appear one day.

Our minds are like gardens; weeds grow in them and reduce the beauty.   Our minds need caretakers as well as our flower gardens.   Our minds need the weeds pulled, those thoughts that just appear and steal happiness and joy.

The weeds in our minds don’t need to be cultivated; they just grow, and they grow quickly.   It takes constant work to remove the weeds in our minds.   The weeds like worry, insecurity, hopelessness, doubt, fear, and any other thought that removes from you your potential, your power, your happiness, your freedom or your dreams.

A gardener has to learn how to identify the weeds and remove them before they spread and damage the plants that have beauty.    Some weeds produce thorns and penetrating barbs, and like our minds the weeds there will produce defenses so that they won’t be touched and removed.   Our delicate egos resist having the weeds in our minds pulled.   Pull them anyway.

The gardener will work vigilantly in the garden to provide the best environment, the best fertilizer and the right amount of water so that the plants will grow and produce fruit.    You must do the same with those things in your mind, your dreams, your desires, your passions, and your destiny need feed with the right nutrients and your mind needs to be cared for.

Without spending time cultivating and nurturing good thoughts and good habits for the mind the weeds will grow and replace the positive, powerful and encouraging ideas, dreams and habits.   Pull out the parasitic weeds in your mind, the weeds that rob each day of its potential and let flowers of gratefulness replace the weeds, let the flowers of potential replace the weeds, let the flowers of peace replace the weeds, let the flowers of beauty replace the weeds, and let the flowers of dreams grow and flourish in your mind.Flowers

Visualize a garden, a garden filled with color, the reds, blues, yellows, oranges, violets and pinks  and let the images of those flowers be vivid in your mind.    Visualize each plant.   Each plant represents a thought, a dream a passion that is yet to be lived, let those thoughts live in their full beauty.

What thoughts are growing in your garden of your mind?

Pull the weeds; pull those thoughts out of your mind that are holding you back?   Plant thoughts of happiness, success, and joy and keep those in your mind.

make your talents work for you

Everyone has talents and skills that they can use.  Sometimes those skills have been identified and at other times they have not been identified.   Imagine having a great skill that has never been tapped or understood, wouldn’t that be a waste?

Talent can be our jumping off point to success if we know how to use our talents.  Talent by itself won’t make anyone successful but it can be a catalyst towards success.

“Have success and there will be fools to say that you have talent”, wrote the French Poet Edouard Pailleron.   Some people have success by just working harder than anyone else around them.   There are people who know they don’t have the great skills of a Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong or some other successful athlete, but they have something else, passion, commitment, desire and persistence.   It’s not that great athletes don’t have both skill and passion it is that skill alone won’t necessarily allow one to rise to the top.

John Maxwell illustrated some interesting bits of knowledge about talent:

·         More than 50% of all CEO’s  of Fortune 500 companies had a C or C- in college

·         Sixty-five percent of all US Senators came from the bottom half or their school classes.

Some would say that those statistics are visible with the business failures that we have seen.   And with 65% of all Senators coming from the bottom half of their schools explains a lot as well.

Are you using your talents, or are you wishing you could do something you aren’t good at instead?

It is far better to develop strength than it is to develop something you are not very good at (especially if you’ve been trying for a long period of time and you’re still not good at it).   Identify the strength and make it stronger.   Identify the weakness and manage around it.

Make your talents work for you.  Be passionate, take a stand, use your talent, use your gifts and consistently develop your strengths – practice building your strength.

Passion and skill

“Without passion, all the skill in the world won’t lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.” Twyla Tharp “The creative habit: Learn it and use it for life”

Skill and passion linked together create a powerful potion for success. Passion and opportunity linked together create a powerful elixir for success.

What happens when the passion is missing?

Perhaps the skill is there but the passion isn’t, or the passion is there and the skill is missing. It might happen often that one of the two, passion or skill is missing but we forge ahead without one of them and that is when we find that something is missing. Joy emerges when we are able to put both passion and skill into the crucible in the presence of a catalyst.

Too often both skill and passion are mixed together and nothing happens and as a result people walk away wondering if they are doing the right thing. The catalyst might be a bit of encouragement, or a person who continue to push for a result but it is an external force that ignites the passion and skill mixture. The catalyst might be bit of inspiration, a bit of wisdom, a kind word, a challenging word, a flash of insight or hard work late into the night.

What do you use as a catalyst for action? When are you able to use both your skills with your passions? Do you encounter joy when you are able to use both skill and passion?

Release your gifts and talents

“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the Sun?
Or —-?

Langston Hughes

“I (Robert Greenleaf) counsel you to be aware of your priceless gift of creativity. No matter how small and flickering a light it may seem to be at the time, cultivate it as a pearl beyond price. Whatever your competence in your chosen field turns out to be, and regardless of the size of the opportunities that may come your way in the foreseeable world, your imaginative capacity will measure the productive use of your strengths and opportunities.” Robert K. Greenleaf “The Power of Servant Leadership”, 98)

Are you aware of the gifts you have?

Have you cultivated your gifts so that you can maximize the results of your gifting?

Are you able to use your gifts in a way that passion is aroused within you?

Granted the questions are yes/no answers, and if the answers are no, what are you going to do to release the gifts that you have hidden away so that they can be a benefit to you and to others?

What can you do today to start utilizing your gifts, talents and strengths?

Ambition

“Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What if we substituted “ambition” with “significance”, would that become a true and viable statement?

Is ambition the right thing to never be satisfied about? Certainly ambition is tied to achievement and measurable results. Without ambition what would ever get done? Is ambition such a powerful passion that it is unquenched in the soul of man?

Is significance more important than ambition? It is doing what matters rather than what doesn’t matter from a big picture perspective. What are your thoughts?

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
-Mother Teresa

Inspired change

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling June 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech

I like to think about the hero’s journey in other terms. I like to think about a little boy who is being encouraged to leave a safe, known and desirable place to journey to a place that he has only been told about. I like to think of those blue-collar laborer who, after an agonizing deliberation, decides to risk the job rather than follow an unethical behavior. I like to think about the hero’s journey in terms of you and me and our continual search for meaning and definition in life. “ R. E. Quinn “Deep Change”

Inspiration, risk and failure and come together when we decide we need to change. Fear inhibits us from being all that we can be. Inspiration informs of us of what we could be. Risk is the step we must take to become all that we can be.

How often do we operate in pretense? We have to know who we are and what we can do and that can be frightening if we hold doubt in our hands and let it overtake what we know and want to be true. It is so easy to talk ourselves out of change. It is so easy to quit the race.

When we set the goals, create the plan and begin to execute the plan we should have someone who is willing to hold us to those goals.

Read these words by Kierkegaard, “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”

Seek the passion of the plan. Seek the passion of the goals. Seek the passion of realizing a dream. Begin now!