And whatsoever you do,
do it heartily.
– Colossians 3:23
Dynamic! Gusto! Heartily!
Using words with some power behind them give you an idea of the energy you should be putting into whatever doing.
There is a saying that goes if you’re going to do something you may as well do it right. That saying could also be, if you’re doing something anyway you may as well do it with all your energy.
Another way to look at things you do is that it might be the last time you do it. Morbid, maybe. Truth in reality.
Whatever you’re doing today, put your all into it.
Just because we check
the guns at the door,
doesn’t mean our
brains will change,
from hand grenades.
– Twenty One Pilots
I love this line in Heathens. This line along with the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are”, is a reminder that the person who can change is you.
Part of the song refers to going down with the people you’re hanging out with. Question yourself about why you’re with the people you’re with. Because you’re either going up or down with them.
Choose up. It will have more of an impact on the people around you.
Enjoy the little things,
for one day you might
look back and discover
they were the big things.
Enjoying and being grateful for small things is something I am instilling in myself and my children. Not so they think small, but so they are aware of the little things that brought some joy to their day.
These sometimes get glossed over by our narrative selves as they round the day up into something resembling a happy ending.
Taking notice of small things is a practice I recommend. It’s easy to do. When something that ‘sparks joy’ happens acknowledge it and revisit it later.
Every dinnertime and sometimes out driving we ask three things that happened today and how they made you feel. Or, tell me something you’re grateful for today. The answers from the kids astound me with their innocence and quality.
Try it now.
The world breaks
everyone and afterward
many are strong in the
– Ernest Hemingway
The Japanese have taken this idea to its limit with Kintsugi. The art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. The idea is to embrace the flaws and imperfections and create a stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
That is how we should look at our breaks, our flaws and our imperfections. As we put ourselves back together we can imagine we are doing it gold. Self-knowledge is that gold.
Once back together, and you can get back together, you will have created a stronger more beautiful you.
How fucking cool is that picture in your head right now?
your power to
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr
H. Jackson Brown, Jr wrote a book for his son called, Life’s Little Instruction Book. I like reading it from time to time. In fact, it sits on my desk along with a few other books, so that I can pick one up and browse it for inspiration.
This is instruction #284. Seven powerful words from a small old book.
I recommend you leave inspirational books in places you can pick them up and where you will pick them up.
And, in doing so remind yourself you are so powerful, that like an Animagus or a Chameleon you can change.
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
– Sam Levenson
I do like quotes about keeping going. Mostly because I need that reminder almost daily myself.
The idea that you can stay motivated and hyped for what you’re doing is flawed. There will always be times you’re down and life is dragging.
Bring yourself forward in those times and look for an opportunity to have a positive conversation with a friend or customer. Not for you, but for them.
The energy from that is more powerful than just talking yourself up. Try it, see for yourself and keep going.
There is no lift to success you have to take the stairs. Step by step.
This is the truth. Success is a build up of a step each day in the direction of where you want to be. Step by step you get there.
Sometimes you might have some luck and take a great leap. But’s it still just a step, although a big one.
Keep this in mind if the step forward today doesn’t seem like it’s getting you anywhere. It’s still a step in the right direction.
Now take another one.
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If life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.
And if you get up, you can stand up.
And if you stand up, you can fight for your dream once again.
You have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!
– Les Brown
You know those days when you get good news and then bad news and the bad news seems to outweigh the good?
Those are the days you need to look up, get up, stand up and keep punching.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. – Oscar Wilde
The question for me is, how do I know if I’m thinking someone else’s thoughts? This requires questioning and thought.
Lot’s of questioning that takes time and requires space. This space is hard to come by with business, kids and life. But they must be sought out, found, stolen or however else you get those moments. Because as Ryan Holiday wrote Stillness is the Key and a minute can be as good as a month.
Get those moments and start questioning. It’s a lifetime of the best work you will do.
This oak tree and me,
we’re made of the
― Carl Sagan
Yup. Same. I’m not a tree or Carl Sagan. But, you, me and everything and everyone else are made of the same stuff. So, I’ll keep on being the pebble in my own pond and hope the ripples go further than what I can see.