On turning potential into action…
“When you drop a pebble into a pool of water, the pebble starts a series of ripples that expand until they encompass the whole pool. This is exactly what will happen when I give my ideas a definite plan of action. Right now, I can project my thoughts into the future, I can see ahead of me.”
What if you give your ideas room to develop and expand? Let the ripples grow.
What if you turn their forward motion into a plan for action? Each ripple is a step in your plan.
What if you then act on that plan? One step at a time.
If you can imagine the furthest ripple away from “now” … then you can reach it.
On committing to the long game…
We humans get bored and distracted easily. We’re all for immediate gains over long-term outcomes.
Which is why it’s common for us to seek the quickest route possible to achieve our aims. Or give up entirely when it seems to be taking too long, or feels too hard.
“It’s easy to get on the path of mastery. The real challenge lies in staying on it.” ~ George Leonard
(Author of Mastery, an aikido practitioner and central figure in the “Human Potential Movement” started in the 1960s)
Taking the shortcut might be an easy route, but it means you lose out on plenty of learning opportunities…
Out there in the world, we tend to stick with what’s comfortable.
We usually stay on the well-trodden path or follow the well-signposted trail. The same goes for how we navigate our “self”. We avoid the bits of ourselves that make us uncomfortable.
But when we stick with comfortable habits and behaviours, responses and situations, we don’t grow. We close ourselves off to opportunities to develop. To discover our potential. To find out more about ourselves.
Who we really are in our hearts is what Joseph Campbell refers to as “our sacred space”. He likens it to a cave we’re afraid to enter, but which holds exactly what we’re looking for … if we’re brave enough to step into the unknown.
Becoming our best selves starts with self-knowledge, self-care and self-discipline.
And the often overlooked reigning strength behind attaining and maintaining self-sovereignty is RELIABILITY.
I wrote about developing our reliability skills for this month’s “DoContribute” article for The Do Lectures.
If you want to learn how to rule yourself in a trustworthy and consistent way, across all facets of your life, then head on over to read The hidden ‘R’ that helps us Do.
Imagine there were no limitations …
So often we get caught up by the limitations of our immediate environment, that we feel we cannot progress.
But, what if we’re not limited by our physical place in time? What if our location doesn’t actually matter when it comes to making our dreams a reality?
Imagine travelling as far as your mind can see?
Taking a long-sighted perspective is the starting point. Make your visions big, bold and far-reaching, not limited by your present location or circumstances.
Stretch what you think is possible to the furthest point imaginable. Back up those plans with the principles of endeavour – such as taking initiative, putting in the work and being persistent – and you’re halfway to the moon already.
And when you get there, what if you keep going?
The possibilities are as broad as your imagination!
Why we need to put ourselves out there in ways we’re not used to…
Do you have a hobby, creative outlet, or other means of self-expression? What activities do you do that help you let off steam, create value in your life, or enable you to be more present? How ready and willing are you to learn new things?
If you take tango dance classes or stills photos, do crossword puzzles or build sandcastles on the beach, craft quilts or poetry … or do any of a myriad of other challenging yet enjoyable activities out there … then you may know what I’m referring to.
To create and provide value in your life, and in your business, you need to grow yourself.
That means making YOU your no. 1 priority.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but in order for you to be your best for your loved ones and team members, you need to put your wellbeing first.
According to Brian Johnson, treating ourselves right involves mastering our “Fundies” or fundamentals…
Experimenting with Enforced Digital Detox…
Digital Minimalism involves being more intentional about how you use technology in your life. I wrote about digital minimalism for this month’s Do Lectures #DoContribute article – “Maxing Out vs Being Minimal”
My story was prompted by a personal experience, which included experimenting with my attention.
Just how much of your undivided attention is spent in front of a screen, instead of in front of a loved one? I bet it’s more than you think?
Head on over to Do Contribute on Medium to find out more about why taking control of our attention is so important.
Life has its ups and downs
Sometimes things go as planned, sometimes they don’t.
Sometimes you have the support you need, sometimes you don’t.
Sometimes mountains are actually only molehills, and sometimes they’re Everest.
Whether we make it through the peaks and troughs in one piece ultimately depends on our attitude.
Sometimes it’s easy to think that we need to wait until we reach some stage in our life before we can fulfil our potential.
But the reality is that our potential lives in us every day, at each stage of our life. Whether we are 5, 15, 35 or 65. We just need to be brave enough to embrace it. :)
“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.”
—Timothy Gallwey (Author of The Inner Game of Tennis)
So, how about nurturing your capability every day, every step of the way?
Never too late to start.
And while we’re at the clichés … no time like the present. :)