“Separate must they remain or my career will die” writes Og Mandino in Scroll IV. This particular passage struck me this week. I work from home and reading this, I realized that one big obstacle for me has been the blending of work and home.
When I am working, I am still at home and it is so very easy to get a few household chores done – just a few in between, you know… Likewise, it is so very easy to mentally leave the family and follow that great idea I just had…
Of course, this is a recipe for Continue reading “Week 15 – Separation”
I hate being late. When I go on a trip, I get to the airport or station very early. When I go for a meeting I like to arrive early. When I go for an event I like to get there early. And I do mean very early.
And guess what, I am almost never late! So this attitude seems to be working, right??
Perhaps, but what I’ve learned Continue reading “Week 14 – Late”
Travels, family, old patterns… in short: Excuses. Yes, the holidays are upon us and my new good habits and carefully crafted productive routines are pushed aside by strong old patterns and habits. Not all of these are of the healthy-positive kind I should add…
Yet it is not as bad as you might think. In fact, I have realized, it is only as bad as Continue reading “Week 13 – Holidays”
This has been a difficult week. Lots of social activities, meeting people, dinner parties (hard life 😉 and very little time for anything else. Which is why this gets posted so late… If the past week is any indication of the holiday season to come then I’m in for a challenge.
But that’s fine, I welcome challenges! And I am grateful for this early warning because now I can make proper mental preparations Continue reading “Week 12 – Persistence”
“Why do you sound so angry?” That’s what my wife asked me the other night after listening to my reading aloud of Scroll III of The Greatest Salesman.
I was quite shocked for a moment. The scroll is about persistence, about pushing through obstacles, overcoming challenges, and keeping the goal in sight. “I will persist until I succeed” is the refrain of the chapter. I had been reading it Continue reading “Week 11 – Anger”
This week’s exercise has caused me considerable frustration. Which is good – I welcome challenges! These past weeks I have been constructing some great positive mental images to use for my daily visualization of my new reality. I can see these things clearly. I can see myself and my family on the beach at sunset and I can feel the sand under my feet, hear the roar of the ocean, smell Continue reading “Week 10 – Line”
“We reap what we sow” we are told. I have been sowing to the best of my ability for nine weeks now and I am starting to see something sprout. Not sure what it is yet – a flower? an oak tree? broccoli?? (I like broccoli!) Whatever it is, I do like the new me that is appearing.
For example, this past weekend Continue reading “Week 9 – Seed”
“The one purpose of life is growth” writes Haanel in 8.2 and this week I have been pondering this sentence more than any other. First, what exactly is growth? I have decided to define growth as follows:
Growth is the maximum expression Continue reading “Week 8 – Growth”
“A negative attitude towards others can never bring me success” writes Napoleon Hill, and this is the key, yet it is difficult to maintain. Most people can keep a positive attitude “when required”, for short periods of time, some people can even maintain a positive attitude most of the time, but all of the time is difficult. Very difficult. Continue reading “Week 7 -Attitude”
What’s my biggest challenge? Take a wild guess… it’s consistency, or rather the lack of consistency. Looking back over my life I see one project after another started, then abandoned. Hobbies started, then abandoned. Interests started, then abandoned.
I knew this day would come, Continue reading “Week 6 – Consistency”