Happy Wednesday everyone,
I’m back with another quick post. I know we don’t always like to read seven chapters to get our fill of knowledge. So, I just thought I’d discuss the infographic above. I know you may have seen it on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook (FB is where I first saw it). But what does it mean?
I know that I’ve personally experienced some of the symptoms from both sides of the line as well as witnessing them in others.
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” -Winston Churchill
If I had to break down the messages in this infographic into their purest forms I’d say to start out, have a plan. I’m sure there is such a thing as over planning, but 99.9 percent of people don’t have a problem with that.
Next, don’t be petty. We all know that life is not always fair. We all know that sometimes things just don’t go our way, so to use a boxing metaphor that I’m all too familiar with, we must roll with the punches. You didn’t get picked for something, ie you didn’t get the raise, you didn’t get the promotion? I have a suggestion for you. Create better art! Whatever your art may be.
Three, exercise your mind. Like they say your mind is a muscle and it must be trained just like all other muscles. Read and write. Write especially in public. Write badly even. Try to do it daily or at least several times a week. If you know in your mind that you have to write something tomorrow for the world to read your writing will improve.
Another good exercise is to keep a journal. If you have Evernote, (If you don’t have it or something like it please get it. OneNote is another good alternative) this software is perfect for this application. There is a journaling add-on for Evernote by a company called Voyager by the name of vJournal. This app integrates into with Evernote seamlessly, although it is a separate app. Simply click the app on your iPhone or iPad (the first time it creates a new notebook called “My Journal.”) It nests notebooks inside your journal notebook by year. It does automatically add a time and date stamp but I still personally begin each entry with the time and date. I know what you’re thinking, “what if someone grabs my phone and clicks the vApp button?” No fear, this program has you covered. Once you make an entry it’s gone. The only way to see it is to go to your Evernote account. The app does not save your entries.
Four, be courteous. Be a good friend, be a good co-worker, or be a good boss. What does that mean? Sometimes it means helping out with projects when the first thing that comes to mind is “that’s not my job” or “I don’t get paid to do that.” If you can help someone do something and it doesn’t cost you anything or cause you to fall behind in your own tasks, then why wouldn’t you help? As the old adage goes, “you’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” Be part of the solution.
And finally, have a plan. I know I started with this, but this is paramount. Decide what you want to do, where you want to go and start working on a route to get there. Nobody is going to do it for you. If you truly want to find a way then you will.
Can I use one more quote? Please!? Ok this was said by Hannibal Barca when his generals told him it was impossible to cross the Alps. I try to live this one every single day in everything I do:
I will either find a way, or make one. -Hannibal Barca
Just so you all know I’m by no means a success guru. Far from it. I’ve had as many failures as anyone else, probably more than most (that makes me an expert, I guess). I’ve also been very lucky in that I have a couple really good friends that I’ve been able to fail, and the wheels haven’t totally fallen off. I’m truly grateful for these friends, but that’s another post.
This post is basically me talking to myself, if that makes any sense. These are the kind of conversations I have with myself but I’d like to see what other people’s thoughts are on this subject. Please leave your comments below good, bad or indifferent. I’m very curious to see what you all think regarding this.
Hopefully, I can get some of my mentors to chime in.