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The Hidden Benefits of Discipline
September 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm 0
This morning I was thinking about some of my role models. Specifically I was thinking about older people that achieved the life they wanted – and I realized that they all had a huge amount of discipline. I thought about their habits and patterns, and how even in the later stages of their lives they stick to a steady routine that keeps them healthy and happy. Sure, they are humans, so they splurge on occasion too, but for the most part they know their limits. It seems like we get messages everyday to do new adventurous things – like spend a little more money on a super fancy lunch, skip our exercises and go to the movies instead, forgo cleaning the house for drinks with friends on a patio - but there seems to be a hidden value in discipline that is easily overlooked. Sometimes discipline or routine seems boring – like eating a healthy and well portioned diet everyday – but that’s what often keeps us balanced. So today I’m going to think about all the ways my discipline has served me well. For starters I know that discipline got me through my masters thesis. I hated the whole proces...I wasn’t that excited about the subject, the huge amount of hours in the lab doing research were painful, the many, many revisions to the writing was tedious, and the finished product isn’t something that I am particularly proud of…but I made a decision that I was going to finish it and now I can say that I have a masters degree. The only reason I have my masters is because I had the discipline to go to the computer lab everyday after working a full time job, plug away on the computer, and stay until I had reached my goal for the day. I hope you’ll think of the ways discipline has served you well too. Maybe instead of thinking of discipline as boring and routine you’ll find it to be a major asset.
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Seven Secrets to Success
August 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm 0
I was at a conference recently and there was a lot of chatter about success. When I got home I took a reflective moment to figure out all the things that make us successful in all aspects of life and in love. From my early life on a farm without electricity to my life now there have been some clear things that have helped me along the way. 1. Risk taking. What do Gandhi, Steve Jobbs and Rick Hansen have in common? They all took a huge risk. What if nobody cared about their political cause, computers or wheelchair ride across the world? What if....there are so many “what if's” that make us second guess and stop in our tracks. Only risk takers follow through and expose themselves to the “what if's”...... 2. Innovation. Doing the same thing over and over again will rarely get you different results. But doing something new or changing something slightly makes all the difference. Look at Starbucks - they didn't invent coffee, but instead they looked at coffee drinking as something different, more like an experience, and sold it accordingly. Some of us have the creativity to come up with a completely new idea, others of us can improve an existing idea - either way doing something different makes all the difference. 3. Talent. Notice this is not number one? It never is. Talent is the natural ability to do something well and it's something you have or don't. Talent alone won't get you far, but talent combined with all these other parts make us successful. Don't know what your talents are? Expose yourself to new things and also look at the things you love doing - usually, we enjoy things we are talented at. 4. Courage. Courage my love, you have done me well! I would not be the same person at all if I didn't have courage. After university I picked up and moved to France....without speaking any French, and the experience helped mould me into a better person. Sometimes courage places us in foreign territory well outside of our comfort zone, but it's what keeps us going on, and on, and on, to find greatness. 5. Honesty. Being honest enough with yourself to admit what works, what doesn't or why you succeeded or failed at something will get you far. Only after you look honestly into success and failures can you learn from them and move on to bigger and better. 6. Luck. Ever been in the right place at the right time? Met a pivotal person in your life by chance? Sometimes we take all the right steps and it's not until something happens that's a little out of our control that we truly make it big. 7. Happiness. This one is usually overlooked, but is so critical. Would we ever realize we were successful if we weren't happy? Likely not. Happiness allows us to not take it all so personally, to stop responding to everything in a hurry, and instead be more planned and strategic, and happiness also allows us to step back and smile at what we’ve accomplished. Ever met one of those people who has everything yet they are full of complaints? This went wrong, that is working, this guy is a dummy, and nothing is ever their fault – it’s just bad, bad things that keep on happening to them. They may have everything that qualifies them as a success, but without happiness they’ll never realize that they actually are a success!
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Monthly Goals – August
August 4, 2009 at 10:00 am 0
It happened at 230 am in Rome. After overindulging in Italy on wine, meats, cheeses, pasta and gelato for a full week I woke up in a cold sweat. My mind was racing with plans. My clothes were no longer fitting, there was an extra layer on my tummy, and changes that had to be made. So, I came up with a plan by 3am. August was going to be my month of two’s: 2 x per week I could eat treats 2 x per week I could have drinks/wine 2 x per week I’d take a long walk / run 2 x per week I’d join an intense exercise program (bootcamp or martial arts) 20 minutes every weekday morning I’d go jogging I’m hoping to get back on track quickly! When I uploaded my vacation pictures on my computer I found some photos from last year, and I’ve definitely been waaaaaay too kind to myself. But I’m working on it, and I will win this battle!
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