Today is Boxing Day in New Zealand. A day generally spent getting over the frenzy that is Christmas Day. Sleeping in, reading books you got as presents, groaning over how much food you ate and remembering the silly things that happened during the day.
I spent part of my morning thinking about what to write and saw the cool pic below. It got me thinking that Christmas time is the perfect time to think about, and see in action, the Power of We.
Family members coming together to get things done. Whether they be preparing food, looking after kids or ganging up on each other, it’s all done together.
The Power of We will always defeat the Power of Me. Even little kids seem to get that at Christmas as they watch everyone else open presents too they realise it’s not all about them.
This week think about the Power of We and how it can be applied when you get back to work. In my opinion things are more fun when you’ve got someone else to share, or do, them with and that can be applied all year not just at Christmas.
© 2009 Derek Sivers
Recently I had a conversation with a guy who is a DJ and really into a certain type of music. During the conversation I mentioned a few other DJ’s and the music they played, he flat out didn’t like it. Not at all.
He made quite a point of it and at the time I thought nothing of it. However, yesterday the thought occurred to me that by being so admanent about something you can easily limit your beliefs.
Limiting your beliefs, even if it’s music choice, will flow into the rest of your life. Silently and like an assassin it could creep in and put you in danger of missing opportunities, or fun, or health, or enjoyment.
You might think I’m taking it to the extreme but am I? Have a think about beliefs you have and the effect it has on the rest of your life.
In my opinion there will be beliefs that move you forward and ones that shut of your mind and take you backwards.
Be aware which is which because one day you might hear a piece of music you really like but it’s a type you have said you don’t, what then? Argh! Exactly. Be aware of what you put out there because it will definitely be back to either pat you on the back or bite you on the bottom.
Have a great week and an awesome Christmas.
How To Work Better (1991), by Peter Fischli und David Weiss
The past year has been a whirlwind of opportunity and pace. A whirlwind because of all the things and events that have been happening not only to myself but in the New Zealand and the World. HUGE events. And pace because the speed of which those things happened and how fast the time has appeared to go.
There are 13 days until Christmas …
Over the last last year one thing has kept occurring again and again; getting clear on what I want and sharing that goal / dream has meant more opportunity and brought fantastic people into my world.
Robert H. Waterman said, “Organisations exist only for one purpose: to help people reach greater ends together than they could achieve individually.”
This has proven itself to be very true, once I got clear on what I wanted.
You have to be able to sell the dream so it has to be simple. And that is the hard part. Making it simple and making it inclusive. It can’t be all about you because you cannot achieve success without help and a team.
We are coming to the time of the year when we get to hang out with friends and family. It’s a great time to come up with a dream, talk about it, tweak it, sell it to yourself, then hit the ground sprinting in January.
If you do, you will discover that once you are clear on what you want, and you start sharing it with everyone you come across, it will get more refined and more refined until your dream is other peoples dream too.
And that is when a-mazing things happen. Things you will look at later and go, wow! How the dickens did that happen! I can’t wait for that to happen and looking forward to hearing your success stories in the New Year.
This week get clear and share the dream.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1893
Take time every so often to lie down and look at the stars. They are truly, truly awesome to see.
Always good to be breathing.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
Someone once said, “It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.”
Good reason to get up earlier then 😉
A lovely quote from Roald Dahl.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?”
-Dennis and Wendy Mannering
Bit of a play on another quote I have read before but the outcome is the same – is your attitude worth catching? If you have kids this is something to remember 24/7 because they will be catching yours.
This mornings subject line might appear to be esoteric at first blush. However, after observing several things over the weekend I can assure you more believe that than you might think.
We are coming to the end of what some have called the Information Age and entering the … well no one is quite sure what to call it yet. The Connected Age, The Wisdom Age, The Attention Age. Wisdom isn’t all that evident and you really don’t have my attention for long (news, advertisers) so I think the Connected Age is more along the lines of where we will end up.
If this is to be the Connected Age than we must be careful with what and who we choose to connect to.
For example Douglas Wright was on 60 Minutes last night. Don’t know who he is? He is perhaps New Zealand’s foremost choreographer. He also should be dead having been diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago and yet dance appears to keep him going. Or is it pushing the boundaries of imagination, dance and the human body that keeps him going? From all accounts he is a prolific reader and thinker.
Then we had a man shoot a woman through the window of her car outside a police station over the weekend. What was he thinking? What thoughts consumed his mind to the point where he thought it was ok to do that?
Thoughts do become things when we act upon them. Choose your media carefully because it appears from both sides of the spectrum, brilliance to brutality, thoughts do become things.
This weeks image – Douglas Wright