David Allen writes “Mosquitoes ruin the hunt for big game.”
Having lived a portion of my life in Minnesota, where the state bird might as well be the mosquito, I can visualize what he is talking about.
I remember one time, a friend of mine and I were trying to light fireworks at his farm.
We had covered ourselves completely in insect repellant.
Yet, I couldn’t hold the lighter to the wick long enough to light the fireworks because the mosquitoes would literally swarm my hand to the point of insanity.
What are the numerous little things that are distracting you from making the big decisions towards you making a difference in the lives of others?
What will it take for you to eliminate those mosquitoes from holding you back?
John Wooden, head coach of UCLA basketball for many years, reminded himself of 7 things every day.
Here they are:
- 1. Be true to yourself.
- 2. Make each day your masterpiece.
- 3. Help others.
- 4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
- 5. Make friendship a fine art.
- 6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
- 7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
My favorites are #2 and #7. What are yours?
Let’s start with some definitions:
- Prefrontal Cortex: the energy-intensive part of the brain | used when things are changing
- Basal Ganglia: the part of the brain requiring less energy to function | functions well without conscious thought | the part of your brain that is used when you develop habits
The prefrontal cortex functions like a manual transmission; the basal ganglia like an automatic transmission.
In brief, when life demands change, it actually takes more energy from our brain to adapt to those changes – at least until those changes become habits. This is why people resist change. It takes more work. And if people aren’t connected to the “why” behind the change, they will resist even more.
The future must become more compelling than the present, in order to pull ourselves and others into something new.
Are you willing to put in the work to create that compelling future for yourself and others?
Is the status quo really that exciting that it is worth staying just because it’s easier?
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In our quest as humans to connect with others, at times we run into obstacles.
And I am sure that people run into roadblocks when they attempt to connect with me.
Life is so much about what we do with these obstacles.
Do we simply give up on others when barriers surface?
Or do we forge ahead, committed to connecting to them at all costs?
A good friend, Sarah Grieb, said to me one time, “Don’t let others let you down, fight for them.”
Fight for them, no matter what it takes. Let them know you are committed to connecting with them, and you are willing to breakthrough any barriers that might show up.
Imagine the feeling of someone refusing to let you let them down.
Reality Illusion: Believing that your interpretation of reality is all of reality. Assuming everyone sees the world the same exact way you do. Assuming you know everything. Etc.
Three Signs you are living in your reality illusion:
1. You don’t get regular feedback.
2. When people give you feedback, you get defensive.
3. You don’t utilize curiosity.
If you do one thing today, take 5-10 minutes and think about what difference you would love to make in people’s lives today.
And then feel free to get creative regarding what it would take for you to make that difference.
Once I started this simple practice, it changed everything for me. Try it for a week and see if it works for you!