This is more stream of consciousness than anything.
But I thought it would be worth reflecting on this past month, which was mostly dedicated to my working vacation and some local travel.
Here is what August taught me:
- You need to be able to say “no” and not have it mean anything. Know when too much is too much and let others know when you’ve reached that point.
- Time away can transform your home. By the time you’ve returned, you will see it with new eyes. As the late Wayne Dyer said, “change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Returning home represents a good opportunity to begin appreciating what you have more.
- When creating change in life, the best place to come from is a space of gratitude and appreciation. Things tend not to change when you feel like there is always somewhere else to get to, something better to be, something more to do. When you come from that space, you only attract more things to get, to be, and to do.
- Leave the phone in the pocket and put it on vibrate. Turn off all but essential notifications. You don’t need constant reminders that you’re getting texts, messages, and emails, and nor does anyone else around you.
- Enjoy the scenery. Smell the roses. Again, put away the phones and cameras and just be there.
- People aren’t hearing what you aren’t saying. Are you speaking up and saying what needs to be said?
- Empty your head. Get everything down on a yellow legal pad, notebook, or whiteboard. Action can wait.
- When you’re asking yourself whether you should make a request of someone, the answer is almost always “yes.” Don’t give yourself more than 30 seconds to make up your mind and just do it.
- Opulence may seem out of reach at times. But it can always be rented, especially in groups.
- The beach you get to in the nick of time to enjoy the last hours of sunlight are better than all the “better” beaches you couldn’t possibly reach before nightfall.
Thanks for reading, champ!
It’s time to unify over what is good and right for humanity.
And to set aside petty differences.
It has often been said that if you want to conquer, you must divide.
Friends, we are being divided. And I assure you, we are not being divided over life-or-death matters.
Our hard-earned liberties and freedoms are being tossed around like a stinky gym bag, and that’s not right. Can you honestly say you don’t care about your ancestors and all they fought for? All their sacrifices will be for naught if we don’t stand up.
You and I aren’t that different. We all come from the same place. We were all born of our mothers, and we all eliminate bodily waste the same way. The color of our skin makes no difference. It’s just a narrative-driven device to pit one against another.
Evil is coming at you whether you like it or not. It’s going to take everything you’ve got if you don’t stand up. It came to steal, kill, and destroy. And it’s starting to take ground.
Now is the time to stand up.
Until recently, we’ve been living in a world of “more is more” and “more is better.”
Gradually, we’re moving to an ecosystem that flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
More is more only if it’s authoritative. More is better only if the parts that form the sum are already impeccable. 1’s won’t do much for you anymore. You want all your work to be 8’s, 9’s, and 10’s.
It isn’t time to create more. It’s time to audit what you’ve already got and eliminate, update, or combine.
And don’t stop once you’ve improved upon what you’ve created. Keep improving. Improve continuously.
We often feel guilty about saying no.
But at times it is necessary.
Others might take it the wrong way…
But that’s a risk we must take.
We’ve all been told “no” at times.
And sometimes we make a meaning out of it.
Although, without being in another’s head, there’s no way you can know their reasons for saying “no.”
Because we’re offended by a negative response, we vow never to say “no” to others – we don’t want to hurt them. And that’s not workable.
The truth is a negative response doesn’t matter so long as we don’t take it as “rejection.”
“No” often isn’t rejection. Timing is usually the critical missing piece.
Remember – your wellbeing is key. You’ve got to say “no” at times. It’s critical if you want to leave space for the best opportunities too.
So, let yourself say no when you need to.
Today marks the final day of the first quarter of the yearlong leadership program I’ve taken on.
Many of my thoughts and reflections are contained in the blog posts I’ve published over the course of the last two months or so.
My life has indeed transformed in the last two months. More so than I thought possible.
I did so many things kicking and screaming.
And I did so many other things diligently and faithfully to the point of exhaustion.
My two-week working vacation in Calgary ended up being essential. I don’t know where I’d be without it.
But the most amazing thing that came out of the program was bar none my team.
As I look forward to a new quarter, I’m reflecting on the results achieved and not achieved. Things completed and not completed. What I would like to accomplish next. And I am excited about the possibilities.