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Choose Yourself

January 10th, 2010 No comments

We’ve seen a lot of changes since 2000.  If you’ll recall, back then the news focused on Y2K, the introduction of the Euro, Lance Armstrong’s 2nd Tour de France win (after recovering from cancer), mapping human DNA, Putin coming to power in Russia, and dot com collapse.  For most adults, each of these topics will evoke a different image, memory, or story associated with how the item touched them personally.

Pick a topic from 2000 (one of these, or a personal favorite), and take note of the first memory that comes to mind.  You’ll likely find an emotional charge associated with this memory.  This emotion is tied to how the event related to your life, and your personal perspective on the event.

Now think about the events that are unfolding around us today.  For most of us, the events of 2000 were out of our control, though they did have some effect on the course of our lives.  Events in 2010 are no different.  What we can control, however, is how we view and respond to today’s events.

Take a moment to think about how you want to experience the next decade.  How will you categorize the events of your life in 2010?  How would you like to look back on them?  What is most important to you now, and what will be important to you in ten years?

The way you interpret today’s events will drive your personal experience of the next decade.  Shouldn’t you choose this deliberately?

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A matter of perspective

January 9th, 2010 No comments

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

– Hermann Hesse

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The Power of One

January 8th, 2010 No comments

What is your top goal or resolution?  If you have several, and you’re struggling to meet them, then they may be conflicting with each other.  In yesterday’s post I mentioned the rate of change, and how it can be tough to change too much too fast.  Today’s entry focuses on the number of changes and is just as important.

Most of us don’t have the luxury of remaking our entire life all at once.  Unless you join the military or head out to a remote retreat, your life is probably relatively stable.  Adding additional exercise, new diets, different sleep patterns, and more time with friends is a recipe for exhaustion.

Why not change one item for January, and pick a second, different aspect for February?  It worked for Benjamin Franklin, but that will be another post.

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Too much too soon?

January 7th, 2010 No comments

Ok, how is everyone doing with New Year’s Resolutions?  One week into the year and already old habits may have begun their siren call.  Congratulations if you’re still on track!  Give yourself a pat on the back and hold tight for that powerful two week milestone.

If not, this is a great time to pause and assess how realistic those resolutions really are.   Did you expect to be able to change too much to fast?  Radical change is possible, but it can be difficult when there are competing demands for our time and energy (like work, school, sports, relationships, etc.).

It may be wise to keep your target (and standards) high, but try to adapt the rate of change to something more manageable.  In doing so, you’ll enlist the power of habit.

Our brains are amazingly good and helping us to perform habits once they’re established.  How often do you forget to brush your teeth, for example?  Probably not too often.  Something in our subconscious reminds us to do little things, even if we weren’t really thinking about it a moment before.  It works the same with other aspects of your life.

Digging in and sticking to it is certainly part of keeping a resolution, but being realistic about change is also.  Don’t beat yourself up over a missed day or a bit of regression.  Focus on doing a little bit better each day and you’ll be amazed how fast things change.

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Keep the ship afloat

January 6th, 2010 No comments

Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind.
Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.

– Alfred A. Montapert

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Best Day in the Year

January 5th, 2010 No comments

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that every day is Doomsday.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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How do you respond to change?

January 4th, 2010 No comments

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

– King Whitney Jr.

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Prognostication

January 3rd, 2010 No comments

Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.
– E. B. White (1899 – 1985)

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A Graph for the Decade?

January 2nd, 2010 No comments

How do you summarize a decade?

Waxing nostalgic is usually a pleasant pastime, whether driven by friends, family, or a writer who can take you down familiar mental pathways.  But it’s odd that despite the multitude of ways to break down, categorize, and summarize a given period of time, we still find that some common themes rise to the surface when considering the 80’s, 90’s, and now the “Aughts”.

So, how would you categorize them?  Here’s one author’s take on a surprising economic trend:

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-economic-chart-of-the-decade-2009-12

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New Year’s Resolutions for Two

January 1st, 2010 69 comments

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Update: Extended through 2011!

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Best wishes in 2010!

-Ken

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