Always learning

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Now that I’ve committed to myself to document the process of my mission to greatness one of the crucial steps I have taken so far is to eliminate negativity from my life.

I no longer consume news and internet content indiscriminately,  instead I choose to focus on reading/listening to/watching great people who I can learn from.  And I truly believe that to become our best selves we need to be continually learning.  So every morning instead of the daily dose of depression that is conventional news I check out a podcast or You Tube clip from at least one of the following people:

Evan Carmichael

Robin Sharma

Casey Neistat

Lewis Howes

Gary Vaynerchuk

If they publish a book chances are I’ll buy that too.

This way I begin my day in a really positive and pumped state.  And I learn a bunch of tools and techniques to keep myself that way and to reach the outcomes that are important to me.

One of my core beliefs is that I can learn ANYTHING. So if I’m not reaching my desired outcomes for whatever reason  I  commit to doing whatever it takes, learning whatever it takes to get there.

One of the tools I’ve learned recently is to have a Morning Routine and this daily dose of inspiration and learning is an integral part of it.  In my next post I’ll detail how a regular morning routine can have a huge impact on your life.

 

 

Success leaves clues

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So one of the realizations I’ve made on my mission to greatness is that success leaves clues.  I don’t have to walk this road alone, others have gone before me and I can follow their path.  And all I have to do is follow – it’s not even difficult I just have to do what they are doing to reach where they are going.  As I wrote about in the previous post it’s taking it step by step.

Three of the steps I’m taking toward my goals are:

  • having a morning routine
  • surrounding myself with greatness
  • being responsible for my results

I’m going to write about the first two  in subsequent posts, but here’s to the third!  By sharing my very modest goals with the world in the previous post I am taking responsibility for my results.  I want to document the process in the hope it is useful to other people to watch me follow that path with all its switchbacks, dips, swamps, and hilltops.  To watch me fall and get back up again  but ultimately to carry on.  I have an idea where it’s going to take me along the way (those goals), but where I will end up will be beyond anything I can possibly imagine.  If I can inspire others along the way that will be awesome.  So here’s to documenting the process.

 

Step by step

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My mother used to describe me as going at things “like a bull at a gate”,  like a “bull in a china shop” or like a “fairy elephant”.  Quite apart from the unflattering references to large heavy animals,  I think she may have had a point.  Enthusiasm rather than execution tended to rule the day on many of my projects.

As I gather more life experiences (ha!  there’s a nice euphemism for getting older) I’m realizing that enthusiasm and energy can be a double edged sword. Intrinsically, they are great qualities to have, BUT in the race to embrace the goal, so many of the important learning opportunities and experiences get overlooked.   I’m learning to have patience, focus on the details and to take it slower and to let events unfold at their own pace.  In other words enjoying the step by step process rather than rushing headlong to the outcome.  So here’s to a bit of quiet but steady and sustained exploring, and some very modest goal setting.

As Will Smith said ” a wall is built one brick at a time”  and Lao Tzu “every journey begins with a single step” AND I might add, every adventure.

My goals for now are:

  • To do one full pull up
  • To lose the last of my excess weight – about 8kg
  • Reach 100 followers on social media
  • To increase my regular income by $100 a week

So there they are – my very modest goals.  The aim is to crack them by 31 December 2016. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

#explore

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I’ve been wondering how to continue this blog now I’m home.  How relevant is Adventures Before Dementia now that I am back to everyday life?  Life between travels.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s really relevant, for me anyway.  I figure that if I find meaning in this thinking someone else will also.  I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting lately and I’ve realised that for me life has always been about exploring.  Not necessarily physically exploring (although I’ve done a bit of that in my time) but exploring possibilities, boundaries (oh yeah) and exploring my limits – physically, mentally, spiritually, intellectually.  I love to be learning, doing new stuff and seeing how far I can take it.  To me an integral part of having adventures is exploring.  Hindsight being what it is, I look back and think I’d make some very different choices if I knew then what I know now, but the thread that runs through it all, is that whatever life dished up I looked for the opportunities to explore and grow.

I’m at a stage of my life now where the kids are living their own lives and need very little direct input, the mortgage is under control and I have the luxury of time, energy and experience on my side.  It’s my time to make my mark on the world – until now I’ve focused on marriage, children and career – those things we “should” do as a part of society.  Marriage and children for me have been a raging success, if not always easy!  But career wise I have a load of unfulfilled potential, and at 55 I’m not ready to quietly potter on until retirement – whatever that is.

I believe that there are a lot of people in my situation, post children, post career for whatever reason, with a lot to contribute still, but perhaps undervalued by the mainstream employment market.

So call me a late bloomer, whatever, but this is my time to shine, my time to leave a legacy, my time to push to my absolute limits in every sense. I don’t know how I’m going to do it exactly but I know I will.  What I do know is that I want to create good in the world, encourage more loving kindness, more connectedness and more care for our beautiful planet.  What I do know is that I want to live by these values.  What I do know is that I want to build something good, to push my entrepreneurial limits  and create my own income rather than relying on someone else.  And I will.

So here’s to the process, to enjoying the journey and to adventures!  #explore