You really need to step back in time to see where you’ve been.
Can you remember what was on your mind last year? Or the year before? Or ten years ago? Can you see the value of knowing what was on your mind in the past?
I do. I love and live the value of the review. I go back in time as often as it helps me.
I’ve become a huge fan of reviewing my day as a way of managing the meaning I have. I hate the idea that I’m sailing through my life without introspection or considering what I used to find important and have no awareness of now.
Reviewing the previous day is how I stay on track day by day. You can see what that’s like in my TEDx Talk here.
But I accidentally stumbled into what I was thinking about and focusing on 10 years ago. I seldom look back that far but it was an
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Here’s what I learned from the first days of publishing my book.
1. I wish I’d written it sooner. The satisfaction and joy of accomplishing that goal is huge. It’s been on my mind for 4 years. And the last 3 years of that 4 I’ve had the addition drag of the baggage of NOT getting it written. Plus, now I can see clearly how having the book finished will do exactly what I hoped it would do for our company.
2. I’m stunned by people’s graciousness. I can’t believe the number of people who spent 99 cents (some the full physical book price!) to help get the word out and drive early sales. “Best Seller” as a tag from Amazon delivers more visibility for the book. People helped with that. My book is a best seller because of that. Crazy. I really disliked asking people for help but it turned out to be…more than OK. It turned out great.
3. My fear was fascinating. Going into this I discovered I had two big fears. First, I was afraid of no one noticing. I’d launch it. Shove into the world this thing I’d been sweating over for months and NO ONE would notice. Second, I was afraid that people would notice and think it was dumb (and
In 2013 became a meditator.
I started the way people sometimes get in cold water. I eased in. Slowly. Cautiously. Timidly. Probably with that pinched, anticipating look on my face that icy water creates.
I jumped in (no I eased in) because I was struggling with anxiety and racing thoughts. Our business and personal life was challenging me in ways I wasn’t fully able to handle. All of that messed with my ability to sleep. And so I tried all sorts of “remedies” from alcohol to Tylenol PM (oh, and stupidly sometime combined those–really a bad idea). I was practicing yoga regularly which helped physically and some mentally but I knew I needed some thing more to have any chance of staying up with my crazy life.
Without meaning to I’ve become an ardent fan of rituals. And I believe you should be, too. Before you go out and buy incense and beads understand I’m not talking religion here. We’re talking about the building blocks to building the meaning you want in your life.
This is not a religious practice, but it is a practice you do religiously.
OK, let me back up.
In the TEDx talk that started this whole thing, I say that people should have rituals for the
Yep, I am a morning person. Some of that is body chemistry and wiring. But some of it is understanding my lazy, procrastinating, pathetic self.
5 or 6 mornings a week I roll out of our warm bed to start my day. It’s not my favorite thing to leave Hoots in our warm bed. But I know in my heart that the only certain way to tackle the slipperiest of my practices is to use the predawn hours.
There are some things I’ll find time for nearly no matter what comes up. Training my body is one. I’ll find time for a workout even in an insanely busy day. Hoots’ rhythms and her walking streak help with that. She’s doing her thing. I can find time to do my thing. Plus, I feel like garbage if I don’t exercise. I know that. I hate that feeling. I’ll work to not feel that way.
Some of you know about Hoots and her 10,000+ steps-a-day streak. September 21, was the 3rd anniversary of 365 days of her walking 10,000+ steps everyday. 3 and half years. Rain or shine, sick or well, busy or not, travel or home, she walks 10,000 or more steps every day.
On the 2016 on the “anniversary” of the streak her total steps were: 14 million on 1,096 consecutive days. And she’s still going.
Streaks are a powerful tool for changing and reinforcing behaviors. A streak is simply a string of behaviors — an everyday action. A behavior chain.
Streaks are most powerful when you keep a record. Write them down where you will see