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Rethink

Approach and avoidance messages

Look for the chipped paint or look for the smiley face? Photo: Hotel parking garage next to Goucher College.

Read yesterday’s message in the next paragraph…

You will never reach your potential, and discover your purpose, by staying in your comfort zone.

Now, read today’s version, rewritten with an approach mindset rather than an avoidance mindset (above)…

You will always reach your potential, and discover your purpose, by getting out of your comfort zone.

Feel the difference?

In the last few weeks, it’s been nagging me that my traditional approach leads with avoidance. Casually, yet with decent intentionality, i’ve been playing around with moving to an approach mindset. My clock is ticking (so is everyone’s) and i’d like to transform in a way i never have.

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Recommit

Commitment device

How do you keep your motivational fire going? How do you keep calm in the heat of a tempting moment? Photo: Yesterday, prepping for last night’s temperature dip into the low 60’s.

A commitment device allows your cool-headed decisions to not get destroyed by the temptation of your hot-headed desire for pleasure or pain avoidance.

Couple commitment devices i use:

  1. Being an example not a warning
  2. Consistently using compelling deadlines
  3. The long way is the shortcut
  4. Loving risk more than comfort

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Dear Son

Two weeks into a Summer of Disney Business Books writing

Disney Business Books author
Writing two hours every morning helps me think. Thinking helps me do. Doing helps me serve. Serving helps me find peace and contentment. Peace and contentment floods me with joy.

 

 

Two weeks into a Summer of Disney Business Books writing.

You can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to show up.

The world is not changed by people who sort of care.

Be amazed and be amazing.

It’s yours to take as far as you want.

 

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Honey, It's For You

Dear Past

dear world
At Rollins College cafeteria yesterday.

 

 

Dear Past, thank you for all the lessons.

Dear Future, if you will have me, i am ready.

Dear Me, i know you’re invested in the path you’ve created, but it’s time to walk away from it.

You cannot demand your way to commitment from others.

You can only (repeat, only) inspire and develop others to become committed.

And even with that, the odds of others being inspired by what you do is low.

Wish i had better news for you.

Your attitude in hearing this news right now….

Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.

Go.

You can do this.

It will be hard.

You will want to turn around – to quit, to retreat, to not change.

You know you can’t because, then, nothing will ever transform.

 

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Dear Readers

3 basic tools for growth and positive change

Nursing home info board
Upper left, November 5th (yesterday). Be intentional about preparing for your death. Ask and answer life’s important questions with a determined sense of urgency. Some questions take decades to answer. Fear is a poor excuse to postpone your efforts (and obligation).

 

Three basic tools for growth and positive change:

  1. Paradox
  2. Questions
  3. Common Sense

With yourself and others, argue like you’re right and listen like you’re wrong.

And be convinced about where you stand.

No one else can do this for you.

Please remember, your clock is always ticking.

No amount of rationalization makes it ok to leave this as a burden for someone else, especially when you don’t discuss it with them.

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