We Must Plant our trees before we want the shade

Try hard not to create too much hope and fear,” for they only engender more mental gossip.” (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)

“What stories are you creating in your mind as you tumble through your life experiences?

When we construct this mental gossip, how attached to outcomes do we become?

To what degree are we choosing to don blinders which deny us amazing possibilities?

This work must begin within and work itself outward.

Practice Practice Practice, and expect only to be surprised.

Will you choose to spend 2021 just as you spent 2020?

If so . . . Are you expecting different results?

Seth Godin has some words of wisdom for us:

Infrastructure

“If you want to see wisdom and maturity in action, look for someone (or a community) investing in infrastructure before it’s too late.

Part of what makes my part of the country so lovely is that the trains work, the water is clean and the health department inspects restaurants.

But for the last fifty years, around the world, few communities have invested enough to maintain the systems they were smart enough to build. Now, my block loses power for days at a time after a storm… And it’s far more dire elsewhere.

In our personal lives, we can coast on a particular credential or bit of knowledge for years. And then one day, we realize we’re obsolete. The idea is the same:

We need to plant our trees before we want the shade, and fix our systems before they break.

YES!
Infrastructure is SO essential, and so many take the approach that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” . . . which invariably results in unnecessarily HUGE expense and inconvenience.

I know you may already have mapped out your plan for 2021 (I’m writing this on January 3, 2021). Your “Business Plan” is fresh off the presses and your New Year Resolutions may be printed and posted in all of your conspicuous places.

Take a look at it NOW!

Is it more of the same?

If so, are you prepared have the same results in 2021 as 2020?

psssst – You CAN change all of that – It’s NOT “too late” even if you’ve chiseled it all in granite – Just roll it into the archives under the “ReDo” heading.

Begin anew with an in-depth, exhaustive examination of your infrastructure. Will this infrastructure support the needs of TODAY’s environment, or have you been annually jerry-rigging the infrastructure you created 10 years ago.

That system is unstable at best . . . and you know it!

If you’re committed to STELLAR results throughout 2021, do this!

You might be thinking of the cost and energy and time you’ll have to invest . . . How can you possibly AFFORD this all the while serving your current customers?

Methinks: “How can you afford NOT to do this?”

Final thought – You might think about checking out that foundation before you start fooling around with the infrastructure.

So much to do – So little time, Eh?

Excel or BUST!

When I was a kid (50 years ago), our family vacationed on Cape Cod EVERY summer. We always stayed in East Brewster in Ellis Landing in the same Bay-front cottage (Channel View), and our cousins stayed in the (larger and fancier) Seabreeze next door.

We loved every minute we had on those vacations . . . but the down-side was that we DROVE the 1200 miles there and back . . . PACKED into a station wagon – all 6 of us – Cartop carrier – Mom & Dad in the front, 3 of us kids in the back seat . . . and Amy or Liz in the “WAY Back.”

We played games – 20 questions – counted state license plates – I spy and invariably hated each other until we saw the Cape Cod Bay in front of us as we topped the hill in Ellis Landing . . . and the 1200 mile trip home was veritable inhumane torture in our minds.

On the way TO vacation, we would always make posters saying “CAPE COD OR BUST” . . . NEVER on the return trip.

Same trip – Different directions – Polar Opposite mental outlook.

We were “ALL IN” as we departed Nashville. Spirits HIGH – EAGER to count off the miles travelled . . . The return drives were fraught with squabels and even BRAWLS and always seemed to take an ETERNITY.

50 years later and I wonder . . . What if we were to make posters saying “NASHVILLE OR BUST” signs for the drive back?

Listen to your mindset and adjust accordingly, and I’m certain you’ll smile more and have WAY more WINS..

I wonder . . .

How ’bout YOU?

What’s the first thing YOU say to yourself each morning?

To what degree does this first conscious thought frame in the whole day?

Dread begets dread!

Wonderment (Curiosity) begets energy and excitement.

Begin with LET GO!

and

Let’s GO!

Let every day be an exciting adventure, and don’t let Eeyore bring ya down.

Enjoy your Bonus Week

I’ve heard more than a few people mention that this December seems less frantic than most.

It’s as if time is stretching.

Throughout my life, I remember a sense of frantic urgency to do all of the shopping, prepare for travel and/or visiting relatives, planning things to do . . .

Is this because we’re all tired after all we have endured through 2020?

Many of us are in self-imposed quarantine – not mingling IRL (in real life) with other people – avoiding crowds – ordering gifts on-line instead of shopping and mailing.

What are the blessings of these circumstances?

Can we cease our incessant whining about 2020 even for a few moments to embrace the relative silence . . . the space that has opened for us to BREATHE and smell the roses?

Don’t be scared!

It’s OK to enjoy some of these by-products of this covid environment.

Last Friday, I pledged to myself that I would begin daily blogging on Monday (Today 12/14).

Interestingly, the first email I saw this morning is Seth Godin’s blog for this morning.

Uncanny, eh?

Where is your place to write?

A place to write

One reason that successful and prolific singer-songwriters are prolific is that as soon as they’ve written a song, they can record it and publish it.

And a huge advantage of having a daily blog is that the software is always open, waiting for you to write something.

Your story doesn’t have to be a book, it is simply your chance to make a difference. “Here’s what I see, here’s how you can be part of it.”

When we remove the pre (finding the pen, the paper, the notebook, the software) and the post (finding a way to publish it), it turns out that we write more often, and writing more often leads to writing better.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, it can simply be the next thing you do.

The patterns matter. Streaks work.

All part of your practice.

Laser focus blinds us to the ideas that won’t work

Seth Godin does it again!

Seth’s blog post today is Subconscious pre-filtering

Seth says: “All of us get an endless supply of ideas, notions and inklings. Successful people, often without realizing it, ignore the ones that are less likely to ‘work’, and instead focus on the projects that are more likely to advance the mission.

My commentary: “We can all learn to do this by simply knowing where we want to go and focusing on traveling the path of THAT azimuth. With this intensity, the ideas that won’t work are invisible to us“.

Such a refreshing insight on this day 🙂