Archive for March, 2010

Surrounded By Greatness

March 29, 2010

I have a confession to make.  I’m the lone ranger!  I have recently realized that I often forge ahead in life thinking that I have to do it all myself.  What a relief it is to see the greatness and gifts of those who surround me.  The resources to solve whatever problem or challenge you face right now are present all around you right now.  Open your eyes and start seeing people.  Draw on your human treasury, and you will find that the balance in that account actually increases the more you use it.

If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.

– Sir Isaac Newton

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Toward, Not To

March 11, 2010

What if I were to give you a challenge to run to the horizon and back?  The horizon is not a real place, it is just a concept.  Sometimes we get stuck thinking we have to be perfect, and we are not OK until we get there.  Perfection is not a real place either.  You can’t really even get closer to the horizon because as you approach, your perspective changes and the horizon moves farther away.  When I teach boy scouts how to use a compass, I have them get their bearings by finding a landmark somewhere way out there in the direction I want them to go and then move toward that landmark.  They are not going TO the landmark, just TOWARD it.  Use perfection as a standard only to get your bearings so you’ll know what to move toward.  And remember, you are not going TO the horizon, only TOWARD it.

Be yourself… cuz everyone else is already taken.

– My Friend Shelby’s Facebook Status

Just Do It

March 1, 2010

Your mind has the amazing capability to create solutions and opportunities, and at the same time has the equally impressive ability to identify all of the reasons why you can’t do something.  You are naturally endowed with the ability to know what to do in certain moments.  You will know, for example, that someone could use a call or a smile or a kind word.  Your amazing mind then gives you a dozen reasons to not do what you felt and knew to do.  Follow your first impressions, your natural knowing, and watch miracles start to happen in your life and the lives of those around you.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!

The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand.

– Blaise Pascal

P.S.  I’ve been practicing this concept of following my impressions and not allowing myself to get stuck in all of the reasons why I shouldn’t or couldn’t do something.  One of these experiences came up for me when my daughter was doing a job shadow assignment for her Junior High class.  Lyndi has an interest in art, and her favorite artist in the whole world is Greg Olsen.  She has admired his art for years, and has several of his prints hanging in her room.  My wife said to me, wouldn’t it be cool if Greg Olsen were the one that Lyndi could shadow for her assignment.  My initial impression was to contact him (didn’t even know him or have any contact with him at the time).  I quickly came up with a dozen or more reasons not to do that, but followed my first impression and thus assisted my daughter to create a “dream come true” experience last week.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!  Tune in to Live On Purpose Radio this week for my interview with this kind and generous artist.