The problem with always trying to “make things work” is, well… it starts to feel like work — and who wants that? If we label the process as work from the outset we may be unknowingly hindering our enthusiasm and creativity to accomplish the goal.
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Even if the world is grey around you, you don’t have to follow suit. You still have the opportunity to light yourself up. In fact, the quality of your life depends you on doing so… frequently.
Of course, this has nothing to do with a nighttime sleep-disorder. However, it does have everything to do with mental daytime vacancy. The number of people who mindlessly navigate through life is staggering — especially at work. The imaginary switch on their back is permanently lodged in the off position. Not surprisingly this stifles productivity, creativity, motivation, passion, happiness, and the list goes on.
It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States… one of my favorite Holidays. Why? Because it urges us to do what is too often shrouded in the inertia of Western culture: Slow down and reflect. No physical gifts, only gratitude (ironically, one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, others, and the world).
We’ve all heard the expression/question: “Is the glass half-empty or is it half-full?” Our response is intended to reveal the degree of optimism we live by. I think it’s a worthwhile question and I also believe our response represents more than just our psychological perspective… it impacts our physiology…
Unless you live in an ivory tower, some chaos in life is inevitable. In a passing storm of chaos it is entirely possible to use the additional pressure to inspire resourcefulness and urgent action. In fact, the greatest leaders thrive under such circumstances. BUT no matter who you are, it’s impossible to live in chaos.
Apart from the rare exceptions (that, for better or worse, also get the most exposure), one’s true passion in life is most often preceded by a passion to do excellent work.
And it all begins, somewhat ironically, with an often self-initiated passion to become passionate about giving your all.
At the crazed pace we live today, sometimes the hardest place to be is where you are. We constantly and easily drift mentally or worse, emotionally.
We’re all familiar with gravity, but we don’t often anticipate life’s responsibilities and challenges to develop their own gravity as well.
In Western culture, the ‘rush hour’ has turned into the ‘rushed lifestyle.’ Too many people are busy looking only to their next appointment or reminiscing about past times.
The challenge is learning how find the place in between: the present.
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