Here's Week 9 and its theme:
* Feed The Mind.
Feed it with content that's inspiring, helping, uplifting, motivating, teaching, connecting...you with your goal and those who share it, can help you reach it, can help you help them reach theirs.
* Start each day with a good breakfast.
Remember? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Right? Ok, I'm a big fan of breakfasts. And now I start my day with diet of positive news. Doing that sets the tone for the day. By starting my day reading them I noticed my patience for gloom and doom stories has diminished. And m interest, my antennae for good stories has increased. And I find them in more and more places.
* Curate positive and inspiring news.
Right now, I subscribe to a few. They are:
I created a Twitter list for Inspiration. I have a feeling my RTs from this list may appear pompous, a tone of lecturing (or hectoring). But I know when I see these quotes they serve as an inspirational roadsign....this way, this way. So, I know there are others who might find them easy.
My cousin, John, sends a daily email with inspirational quotes.
There are more. I may create a separate post to show who feeds my mind the most. (That may explain some things...)
And I start my day reading them.
* Join a mastermind group.
I never joined one.
But, I did join a CEO Peer-to-Peer coaching group from Peersight created by my friend Steve MacGill. This was a wonderful efficient means to create a collaborative teaching environment in private among my peers.
This habit is easy for me. I have always been an avid reader of books. One of my first disclaimers with my wife, before we married, was never leave me alone in a bookstore. I will drop $100.00 in a heartbeat. She laughed...but only once.
Now, this habit is satisfied with my weekly radio show. People send me books, for free! And I am honored with the chance to speak with many of these authors.
I use a quote from Jim Rohn to ask questions of my guests. That question is:
Leaders are readers. You're a leader. What are you reading?
Remember that leaders are readers. They are constantly learning, constantly feed their minds, new knowledge from new sources. Today, that demand to constantly learn, unlearn in order to relearn is at a premium. And it will only grow.
This week's guest on my radio, his book and message, falls right in-line. Today We Are Rich, by Tim Sanders, is a wonderful book that goes into far more detail and offers far more resources on the topic here. Our conversation starts at 9:30 AM, Central. You can listen here.
* Walk Away; Walk THAT Way.
You already know the following, right?
- We have a limited number of hours during the day.
- During this time, we will be challenged or teased or tempted by moments, experiences and yes, even our friends and family and co-workers to wallow in the mud.
Walk away when that temptation arises. Walk THAT way towards our goals and solutions and those who want to walk that way, too.
I am late to this. Well, maybe I am late to understanding how necessary it is.
At times, I have been the one that needed to be avoided. I am glad that happened. (Yes, at times it was painful.) Otherwise, those bad habits would have been reinforced. And, hopefully, I won't return to that role.
I have found now, as I start my day, set the tone and direction, repeat this practice daily, that this becomes easier. I walk THAT way. And in doing so, I think I help those around me walk with me, THAT way.
Reminder: We're all entrepreneurs.
Our whole life is a series "of hurdles, challenges, setbacks, disappointments, screaming euphoria, comparable levels of despair, a thrilling ride....” And like business entrepreneurs we’re pushed and pulled to invent and re-invent ourselves each and every day...or suffer the same fate as businesses who close their eyes to the world, refuse to change, and slowly disappear.
And like entrepreneurs in the business world, sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes, we need a tip, a reminder, a flashlight, a life buoy...And in this economy, we all need all the help we can get.
I hope this helps.
Feel free to share your tips, resources or means you have found help you keep.moving.forward.
Disclaimer: I'm a work in process with each of these steps, especially that last one. I'm getting better at the 2nd one. I overlook them all at different times, I handle them or have handled them poorly at others....But I Keep.Moving.Forward. I think you can too, if you take one of them today.
Where is the balance between real-world and pragmatic vs discouraged and demoralized? When do we cross from being positive into being pollyannish? And vice versa, when do we cross from being realistic into being cynical and discouraging?
By nature, I have always been drawn to the aberrant behavior. Just fascinating, I thought. But, somewhere things shifted. And like that album, What once were vices are now habits, suggests, aberrant behavior from 'back in the day' has now become...commonplace, routine. What's interesting for me are tales of hope and inspiratin and accomplishment, tools and resources to bring us to our goals, data and research that shows how we can feed our minds in order to replicate that pattern, that result, that world. It seems, we, me, could benefit with more of us feeding our minds...positive food. Imagine a media channel who broadcasts a daily list of World's BEST People or Today's 5 Inspiring stories? It is doable. The tools and resources from digital andsocial media make curating that news a snap...if you want. That is the key. The motivation for these media outlets might be there is a much bigger audience for this news and it would be an easy, inspiring way to differentiate yourselves and generate positive word-of-mouth for your work. Just a thought.
* istockphoto: Mark Swallow