First Overcome

First Overcome

The unwritten implication about blaming people for your problems is that you have problems. Everyone does, but we shouldn’t publicize problems until they are overcome. That’s different from exposing a public need or coaching willing athletes, but don’t think you’re a coach when you’re not.

The dirty little secret about problems is that the world won’t listen to our warnings while we still suffer from the world’s problems. We must overcome problems from the world, only after inform the world about its need to grow up. That’s a loss for the world, but it’s a win for you. Overcome first.  · · · →

The Tornado

I darted down the street, not knowing whether it would find me again.

Everywhere I ran and turned, it chased me, pursued me, exhausted my strength.

Crouching in the corner, it returned.

Wind blew. Debris clanged. A leaf smacked me in the face.

It was here.

Jumping up, I ran away, but it kept pursuit.

Rounding each corner I turned, this monster had a mind of its own.

It could run me over. It could sweep me up. It did neither. It only gave chase.

As I give haste, it overtakes, but never quite reaches me.

When I wait, it closes in, but only enough to make me run again.

I’m not sure what that monstrous mind of this whirling wind wants.

Does it want me? It can have me.

Does it want the streets I flee through? It leaves them unchanged.

The only damage done is to my strength.

What kind of a miraculous, monstrous, mind steers this chasing whirlwind?  · · · →

Step In

Step In

Strength is never bestowed, it must be attained by ourselves. You will never get yourself to anyplace you want by blaming or excusing. Your results belong only to you and they can be earned only by you.

Moving along isn’t easy. When we get stronger and better, we enter a new territory. If we’re always improving, we’re always in new territory. Comfort doesn’t find a place there. A life of ongoing growth means a life lived outside the comfort zone—always.

So, don’t just stand there when you see something you want. Gauge your opportunity, then move in full tilt.  · · · →

Straight Path to the Real Finish

Straight Path to the Real Finish

Decisions are simple if we bear in mind two things: Be direct, be real.

It’s no good taking detours without need when you’re in a hurry. The problem is that we like to justify detours, without considering their costs. If we don’t arrive on time, whatever we’re doing won’t get done. Equally, it’s no good going somewhere you don’t want to go. Taking the direct rout over a cliff won’t take you to anyplace other than regret. The problem is that we like to justify being in a hurry, without considering the risk of failure.

Win. Be real. Be direct.  · · · →