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Do the Big Rocks First

November 15, 2007

Life is a constant stream of distractions.  Dealing with them often keeps us from our work.  Consider that work is just another distraction.

Your goals create your future.  Your vision of that future empowers those goals.  As I’ve often said, the traffic is even worse when we’re paving the road.  How do we work on our goals when the traffic is so bad, when the distractions mount?

You have big rocks, little rocks and sand – and one bowl.  It makes sense to pour the sand, then the small rocks and then the big rocks –  The trouble is, there’s not enought room for the big rocks. Suppose you do it the other way round.  Put the big rocks in.  Then the small rocks will fit in the available space and the sand will flow around everything to the bottom.  It’s counter-intuitive, and it works.

Every day:  First meditate.  This clears your mind and puts you in touch with the universe.  Then review your goals – speak your affirmations.  Then write down your goals for today, then your plans for the day.  Give yourself time to study and learn.

If that crowds your morning, get up earlier.

Moving Forward

May 21, 2007

A man constantly complained about his job – it was dirty; it was smelly and it was hard.  “What do you do?” I asked.  “I walk behind the elephants in the circus and I clean up after them.”  So I asked him why he didn’t quit and he answered me with pride and indignation, “What?  And give up show business?”

In some ways, it’s the same for most of us (well – maybe not show biz).  We have to clean up one thing before we can get the next thing done.  There are different phases to almost any job – certainly, to any business.  Inevitably we love the show business, but there are always parts that are dirty and smelly.  Or simply something we don’t like to do. 

Invariably, this explains the dreadful statistics on failure – 95% of new businesses fail within a year and 95% of the remaining ones don’t make it past 5 years… because we hate cleaning up after ourselves or some phase of the game that we don’t like. 

One thing we can do is spend one hour every week working on our business, instead of just working.  If we spend one hour on cleaning up one week, we could figure out how to make it less onerous.  If you lay out all the different jobs you have in your business and spend one hour a week on one of them – then in 10-12 weeks you will have covered all of them – and then you start over.

Oh?  Was I talking about business?  Maybe I’m talking about life.  Your life has dirty, smelly, uncomfortable parts, too.  If you could spend an hour a week on each of those parts, your life will change dramatically.

Useful Quotes

 When I let go of what I am, I become what I can be.
Lao Tzu

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

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