The first segment of the 10 year great books reading plan is Plato’s Apology and Crito. I think I have read them before in college and there were some wonderful quotes. The unexamined life is not worth living. This blog is part of the examination of my life and an attempt to improve it. I worked out the other day that I should be averaging the completion of one activity every 9 days in order to do it all in the time allotted.
One of the goals for 101 things was to read a business book at least once every other month – however, I needed more items on the list so I listed 15 untitled business books and I figured I would list them as I read them. So yesterday, I got an audio copy of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and it was really good, normally I leave the audiobooks in the car and just listen while driving but this one grabbed me and I couldn’t let it go. I could relate to all the team members, I’ve worked with them or been them at one point in time including the clueless marketing manager (okay, I’ve not had the title but I’ve run over teammates in a clueless manner like she did).
I do wish the book had more specific information on dealing with specific personality types. The part that did hit me hard was the leader biting her tongue so the team could figure things out on their own. A wise man I recently met told me that I would do well to implement a “lean” system with information I possess. Instead of pushing and causing an information backlog, I should bide my time and allow people to pull the information they need. That one piece of advice has really helped me in job interviews. I’ve been getting better results with informational interviews since implementing it.
So for this week I was working on putting together a daily devotional habit that consisted of 1. Arising Early 2. Exercise 3. Reading something uplifting 4. Meditation and prayer
So I did achieve a full week of doing 3 and 4 but only made a few days of 1 and 2 – and it made a difference. For my reward, I took Friday afternoon off from job hunting and spent some hobby time. Interestingly enough while I was doing that, I got 4 calls and did one informational interview and set up 2 interviews (one informational and one with a recruiter) for Monday. Oh, that 4th call was telling me that I didn’t get a job where the interview lasted less than 15 minutes – um, kinda knew that one was coming.
So this week the project from Faithful, Fit & Fabulous is to put together your Life Vision Statement, an over-riding theme for your life. All the other goals for the remaining 6 weeks relate to this theme but are in different areas of life. So the goal for this week is to write and post my Life Vision statement and prepare a template for posting the upcoming weekly goals including the My Life Paragraph. I haven’t decided on a reward yet – I’m thinking either replacing my broken iPhone cover or giving myself permission to work on a hobby project other than my Carousel horses. They’ve been my focus of completion this year.
So today I’m at WordcampSLC, learning about better ways to use WordPress to accomplish what I want on my website. Right now, I’m in a class on Widgets
Friends are relatives you make for yourself. ~Eustache Deschamps
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Sicilian Proverb
A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. ~Author Unknown
A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Author Unknown
It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~Oprah Winfrey
Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine
Several years ago I had the pleasure of training to be a life coach for Connie Sokol and her LifeChange organization. With Connie’s help to focus, I accomplished some incredible things. And then I got distracted – okay those of you who know me very well are laughing your guts out at that turn of phrase.
Well a few weeks ago, I got a notice that Connie was launching her new book “Faithful, Fit and Fabulous.” I went to the book launch and it was wonderful seeing Connie and several of the LifeChange coaches again. And I took the book home and set it aside and it ate at me that it was sitting there unread. So over the weekend I started it and it brought back all my LifeChange experiences and reminded me that I’m capable of so much more, I just need to find my center again and get doing. That’s what Connie’s book did for me. Starting this morning, I am back to setting an over-riding goal for the week and working on it as a priority that week.
I’ll still have daily to do lists but the big rock for the week, the thing I do first will be my weekly goal and the best part is after the goal is achieved, I get a reward. Planning the reward in advance gives an added incentive to achieve the goal and to reach just a little farther.
With the new book and program, the first goal area to work on is tapping back into your spiritual base. Connie writes from an LDS perspective and the book is geared to her belief system. I realize that many of my friends are spiritual but not religious. I have found truth in many places and would hope that others are open minded enough to consider and apply the good principles they find while discarding what they don’t believe in. So, back to the point, the book is designed to be read a chapter a week and the first is on developing holy habits. Basically much more can be accomplished when tapping into help from a higher power. This first week, I’m working on a goal to create a morning devotional time for myself. As the book suggests – I want to arise early, exercise, be clean, pray, and ponder on an uplifting thought, taking time to listen for inspiration from higher sources. I’m starting this morning and that is my over-riding goal for this week. I still haven’t decided on the reward but I know that just doing this activity will result in a reward of peace, power and confidence in my own abilities.
While at the library yesterday, I found an audiobook copy of Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. It’s been on my list of books to read and it made it onto my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. It was only 3 CD’s so it was a quick listen. I was amazed at how many of the things we take for brown cows today were purple cow ideas at the time of the writing, i.e. Cell phones which take pictures.
So item number 65 ends up being the first one completed.
This blog is about me and for me. I hope to get feedback and encourage others to participate in self-improvement as well. After all, if we don’t share what we learn – of what good is it?
As I envision this today –
- I want a page of short term goals – most likely my 101 things in 1001 days
- I want a page of long term goals – things that I’m working on that are further out than 1001 days
- I want a page of dreams – things I would like to do which I’m not currently working toward but are documented so the universe knows that I want them.
- I want a 5 pages of challenges in some of the basic areas of life – financial, spiritual, relationships (social), physical, and educational.
- I want a page of accomplishments – things I’ve done, people I’ve met, places I’ve been, etc.
- I want a photo gallery
It will be interesting to see how it evolves