Selected Life Lesson
Hard work yields results.
-Daniel F’s Life Lesson from Independence, Kansas
Last week I checked off a new item on my Life To Do List. Before I tell you what it was, I must ask, “How is progress on your list going?”
In our busy lives, it can be easy to forget about all the things we want to do — it happens to me too — but you mustn’t. The list is for you to experience; it is not for dust collecting. That is precisely why I recently dusted mine off and made it happen.
I sold a painting! 7th Heaven was from years ago in my early days of painting. John Elway was a sports hero of mine, so it was natural that I painted him holding the Vince Lombardi trophy after Super Bowl XXXII. The purchaser said he liked it because it symbolized victory. The day he purchased it from me, we both experienced victory.
Fact: We get what your brains are focused on. Nothing more and sometimes much less.
37Signals recently summarized the infamous Invisible Gorilla study where researchers found that 83 percent of radiologists, in reviewing x-rays of lungs, missed a superimposed image of a gorilla. Why?
Because they weren’t looking for it.
When I lead team building workshops, that lesson is something I drive home in how I give directions and it is a lesson for leaders:
The less you direct in black and white terms,
the more freedom your team has to discover new and great things.
The same is true in life:
The less you focus on one tiny thing, or the end goal,
the more likely you are to find amazing opportunities
and experiences along the way.
Open your eyes, uncloud your path and see what is out there.
Selected Life Lesson
It’s not where you’ve started or where you’ve been but where you finish.
-Mike P’s Life Lesson from West Des Moines, Iowa
I’ve been going back to a similar quote about needing to live life forward. We can look back and learn, but our eyes always need to be on the horizon, in front, forward, ready for the challenges that are to come. This year didn’t go as planned for me. But I was ready for the challenges that came.
And while my finish isn’t where I wanted it to be, I am ready for 2013. This upcoming weekend marks the end of the year and my annual review. I look at my goals, my plans and where I want to be in five years. I haven’t reached my finish line yet. This is just the end of a chapter.
What will the next one bring for me? For you? Only you can decide. It’s your book to write.
And it starts now.