Category ArchiveProductivity & Effectiveness

Quote of the Day: Do What Is Necessary

“Do what is necessary. Get right to it if that is in your power. Do not look around to see if people will know about it. Do not await the perfect time, but be satisfied with even the smallest step forward and regard the outcome as a small thing.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”, 9:29(4)

A Proverb About Acting 

I’ve heard this attributed as an African proverb. It’s a great piece of wisdom that speaks to about regret and getting caught up in “what ifs”. Now is only moment we can act in, the only time truly own. 

Recrimination needs banishment. It robs from the now, and steals our ability to make here at things happen. 

Quote Of The Day: Bruce Lee & Over-Thinking

This reflects one of my key challenges: done over-think things. I know this comes from fear, and a sense of inadequacy. Sometimes it’s hard to know when you’ve considered “it enough” and just need to act. At least it is for me. Writing is the tool I use. When I’m starting to rehash the same concerns, it’s time to quit and act. 

What tools do you use? How do you get yourself unstuck and starting moving forwards? 

Leave a comment and a like, I love hearing from everyone! 

Bill Murray: Being Present 

A great video featuring an interview with actor Bill Murray, in which he talks about being present. Rather good insight into the Zen mind, whether intentional or not. 

Dignity Is Critical

Never compromise
Your dignity or values
That damage is deep

Embracing the possibilities of Monday 

A new week begins 

Embrace possibilities

Go and do great things 

The critical importance 

The power to choose 

Perhaps the greatest of gifts 

The root of progress 

Peter Dinklage: Don’t Wait

Peter Dinklage, currently famous for his role as Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones spoke at Bennington College’s commencement in 2012. Here’s a nice highlight reel. 

The basic theme: Don’t Wait. Don’t wait to pursue your dreams, to take risks, to be fully alive. I also appreciate his incorporation of Beckett: “Ever tried, ever failed. No matter, try again. Fail again, fail better.” 

Now, this advice scares the crop out of me. But i know it’s true. Greatness is never achieved without facing fears, without taking risks, without facing failure. The only real failure in life is giving up, or it’s mirror image: never starting. So, don’t wait. 

Today’s Meditation: Gratitude

I need to reclaim my focus on gratitude and service. It’s so easy to lose sight of this, with our focus on the individual, on entitlement. I see so much energy on getting what’s deserved we lose sight of what we can do. Who can we serve? What can I do to make the world better? 

I’m grateful for my family, for that kind of love. It’s easy to get caught up in the challenges, though, and forget that all things fade. What’s here, right now, relentlessly shifts to memory. Keep the mind here; don’t miss this. 

Far too easily I mentally wander into entitlement. Resenting other’s gifts, successes, and foci. Sadly, looking back, I spend far too much time in this soul-robbing state. Wallowing within misery, losing touch with my gifts, my talents. So easy too sink into resentment, where mindfulness and focusing on contribution bring joy. Seeing what I can do, and fo well brings a far happier and effective mental state. 

Living gracefully

So easy to lose myself 

Gratitude focused 

A thought for your Monday

Came across this and thought I’d share this with you. Hope it gives you energy and focus.

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