What will move you forward today?

Over the next few posts, I thought we might muse on accomplishing those things that really matter to us. There is so much possible distraction in our days. From the challenges we face globally, to family and work pressures, life seems tailored for interruption and disruption.

How do I move forward with what really matters in a world that beckons me so many directions?

Well, in a word, FOCUS is critical.

This is more than creating a good "to-do" list--although that is also important. Consider the words of George Bernard Shaw:

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."

Focus does not begin with a to-do list but with a brave imagination. Accomplishment begins in the incubator of imagination. If you desire to move through your day with purpose and grace, first imagine it. See yourself remaining focused and meeting the important details of your day with determination and flexibility. Then, move that picture of yourself into the concrete world. Remember, the picture is bound to change in the concrete world. We have no way of anticipating in our imaginations the distractions that will come. However, we can see ourselves focused on the right things as they surface in our day.

The question then becomes, "When the interruption comes, how do I know if I should pay attention to it or let it go? Part of the answer is in Shaw's quote. More on this in the next post.

What will move you forward today?2008-06-30T08:24:32+00:00

Not sure this is really going to help Yahoo!

Just saw this news about Yahoo!

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Yahoo is planning a reorganization that is sending ripples through its executive ranks.

Yahoo executives are discussing a plan to centralize numerous product groups, such as its mail and search and homepage divisions, into a global product organization. The plan is being pushed by Yahoo President Susan Decker, who has been looking to improve communication between Yahoo's product teams and overseas sales groups.

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I really doubt this is going to help anything--except delay the real issue. Yahoo! has lost its way and is grasping for things to make it better. How do I know this? I don’t; it’s mostly speculation. However, it’s not all speculation. Yahoo’s! problems are clearly around leadership and finding a new voice. Reorg’s rarely fix these things. But they do make one feel better for a while. Kind of of like having a second helping of desert.

Not sure this is really going to help Yahoo!2008-06-19T17:49:01+00:00

I love my Kindle

A week ago I got an Amazon Kindle. I love it. The e-reader allows me to download, directly from Amazon, newspapers, books and other content. The ink paper technology makes reading a pleasure. When I hold the Kindle, I am convinced that it represents, at least in part, the way data will be handled in the future. I can imagine every student in the future having something like a Kindle to hold all school books and documents in one small device. The device could also be a phone, digital player, mp3 player and more. Students of the future, could have only one device for every need imagined. So could the rest of us.

The only thing that would make it better is if Apple made it.

I love my Kindle2008-06-18T17:57:13+00:00

The thing about Tiger Woods

...is that he's human.

The story of Tiger's U.S. Open win this year is amazing BECAUSE he's just like us. No really, he is. He's a human being. Oh sure, he's the Mozart of golf, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that what he teaches us is what can happen when we find what we're best at and aim all our passion at it.

To make Tiger super human is to deny that, in your own way, you could perform (in your world) just as powerfully as he does in his.

The thing about Tiger Woods2008-06-17T08:09:20+00:00

What I learned from Tim Russert

I can't believe Tim Russert is gone. Even from a distance, he taught me valuable lessons of life. I'll be sharing some of these lessons in my next e-newsletter. You can sign up for it here on the blog. Suffice to say Russert's deep appreciation for life, his passion for his work and commitment to his family is a model for us all.

What I learned from Tim Russert2008-06-14T08:32:38+00:00

Your best marketing…

I know a person. Let's call her Jane. Jane's full time job, it seems, is to tweak her marketing approach. It's all she talks about, and seemingly all she does. Jane must have other sources of revenue because I never hear her talk about actual work--only the prelude to it: marketing.

Jane has misunderstood the central tenant of marketing.

The best marketing is what you actually do, not all the bells and whistles that make you look "spiffy."

Do great work. Be a great and interesting person.

If Jane put half of her time into whatever it is she does as she puts into marketing, she wouldn't need to keep refining her approach. Nor would she have time.

Your best marketing…2008-06-07T07:09:16+00:00

Lived Greatness

                            We dull our lives by the way we conceive them.

This quote, from James Hillman's book, The Soul's Code, holds a tremendous insight for us. The way I view my life will determine how I live and move in the world. If I conceive my life as a series of tasks to be accomplished with death as the final task, that view may not generate much passion and energy for life. However, if I view my life as a mythical character who is living out a grand and important mission, it could change the very texture of my meaning and reality.

To conceive your greatness will change how you live and what you express in the world. When I use the word greatness, I'm not talking about ego inflation or pride. I'm talking about the life in you that is waiting to be expressed. When we view our lives as robotic or one-dimensional, the spark cannot catch flame.

Live today with a view that your life is significant and your day will arrange itself in ways that allow your significance to be expressed. 

Lived Greatness2008-06-02T07:49:34+00:00

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