Small strokes fell great oaks.
That’s a quote from Ben Franklin. “The journey of 1000 miles,” said Lao Tzu, “begins with a single step.” Creighton Abrams wrote, “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.”
We live in a world that conditions us to want it all and want it now. These quotes remind us to take a breath. Big things start small. Small, consistent actions, over time, move the needle a great distance. If we try to “eat the elephant” all at once, we’ll probably get indigestion.
I’ve often used a basketball analogy for this idea. If you get behind 20 points in the first half, there are no 20 point shots to get you back into the game. The way to get back in is one trip up the floor at time. Score and go play defense. Score and go play defense. If you come out trying to get it all back at once, you’ll probably do foolish things and lose by 40.
The overnight success is a rarity. The truth is most overnight successes have been working at it for years before they finally attained their success.
What’s my message? It’s easy to feel like your dreams aren’t happening fast enough. I’ve often felt it myself. Remember there is no deadline. There’s amazing lessons and experiences along the way.
This I promise, though, if you keep whacking away, even the greatest of oaks will eventually fall. Rome wasn’t built in day and neither are you.
Patience and keep working. Good things will happen.
P.S. – No elephants or oaks were harmed in the writing of this blog post. What great metaphors they make, though.
It’s late, late evening here on the east coast of The United States, However, for many of my readers around the world from London to Johannesburg and Sydney to Tokyo, Friday is well underway.
Here’s some morning motivation for you. This served as my personal affirmation back in 2008. I used to read it daily to begin my day. I hope you will find it useful and inspiring. It’s all about claiming your right to be you no matter what anyone else thinks or says about it. You’re only accountable for your vision of you.
Who I am is not for sale at any price! I am brilliant and beautiful and a best friend to everyone who knows me. I am peaceful and happy and more successful than ever before. I am relaxed and confident and trading in my old fears on new hopes.
this year is going to be a wonderful year for me; a year of breakthrough, options, and opportunities for new paths to follow. I am excited and ready for the challenges and the triumphs that lie ahead.
No, my self-worth, my happiness, my freedom, my unbounded optimism about what is ahead is not for sale at any price.
You are a one-in-a-trillion miracle! Here’s the power hack. So is everyone else you meet today.
Follow your bliss.
For years, I’ve ended posts with the phrase, “Follow your bliss, experience your bliss, become your bliss.” I borrowed and modified the concept from the great Joseph Campbell. He famously stated, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
The quote was based on Campbell’s firm belief that following your bliss was a vital – perhaps the most vital – message coming through the great historic myths to us. Campbell placed each of us in the role of “the hero” on our own heroic journey. As with all heroes in myth, there comes a moment of decision and choice. Often this is a climatic moment where all will be lost or gained. This is the magical moment Campbell is speaking of when he counsels to follow your bliss and watch walls turn into open doors.
The hero – you – is a chosen being. You’re here in this place and this time to fulfill your purpose. When you do, the universe rewards you in ways someone not living with that life force will never see.
So, today I want you to commit to following your bliss. You’ve defined a big dream, you’ve worked on creating a burning desire for its achievement. Listening to your inner-self and understanding what your bliss is will give you game cheats to reach your objectives more quickly.
Here is Campbell and the great Wayne Dyer giving you some master insight on following your bliss.
Once you follow it, take those next two steps. Really feel it and experience it fully. This is you at your absolute best in the flow. Next become your bliss. That is you embodying your bliss so fully that you and your path become indistinguishable. MAGIC happens then!
Here are three affirmations to keep you on track this Thursday. The choice is yours.
- Everything in my life is a choice and I choose wisely.
- I always have the power to choose my reactions to life’s challenges.
- I choose to see the best me and be the best me all day long.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
We humans are comparison shoppers. It’s probably some kind of a survival mechanism that we’re always weighing, ranking, and judging ourselves and everything around us.
- “She’s so much prettier than me.”
- He’s so much more successful than me.”
- “They’re so lucky.”
- “I wish I had that life.”
- “I hate rich people.”
- “I’ll never be that smart.”
These are a few of the millions of ways we judge, compare, and become jealous of what other people have. There is nothing productive in any of this. The time we spend doing this is time better spent working on ourselves.
One of the sure keys to success and happiness, though, is to stop doing this and run your own race. Masters, gurus, and weekend motivational teachers galore have offered some version of the only person you need to be comparing yourself to is you yesterday.
Get in the habit of being so into doing you that you don’t have time to worry about what others were doing. You’re in a one-person race, but if you’re consciousness is in everyone else’s lane, you’ll never run your best.
Every flower is beautiful in it’s own way. So are we!
Aloha from Kauai!
Power hack: If you have trouble doing this, try “tick-marking.” Have a sheet of paper handy throughout the day. Each time you catch yourself comparing yourself to someone else, stop, make a tick mark on your sheet. Consciously stopping and awareness of how much you do this are great ways to reduce it.
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My wife is a crafter and she’s a magician with her Cricut machine. She made me this awesome t-shirt. It’s my reminder of the two words I’m working to live by every day in 2019.