Saturday, 17 May 2014

Keep your eye on the prize.

   Chapter 4, Keep your eye on the prize. As I go back over each section I'm surprised what I missed. Or maybe as the words have slowly sunk through my thick skull, rereading has flagged the relevance of what  sometimes appears to be irrelevant.
   Anyway I digress. Keeping your eye on the prize, is pretty much self explanatory. Stay focused on what you want or need. It's easy to get side tracked and lose sight of the important stuff. Now most of us probably have other responsibilities other than ourselves but if we are trying to change something about ourselves or our situation. Then we have to learn how to separate. We separate all the time in our normal daily routines, we (or maybe, I mean .
me) lose that art of separation when we/me should be concentrating on the important stuff.
In other news, I'm snatching the odd day to do something with the house. While I wait for the weather to remaining consistent (so I can rip the roof off and replace it). I painted the front, it will need another coat but the window guys were keen to fit the new windows. So on Sunday the house woke up white and went to sleep blue. The windows went in Monday. Now you may not agree with my colour choice The architect and my neighbour Stuart don't but the kid opposite does, he and I think it's slightly more Swan now than ugly Duck. Not all the Windows were changed. The top left window will become the new front door, the old door below will be filled in and the central window in the basement
has another use but more about that another time.I plan to have window boxes and plant some bits in he small front garden. The blue will act as a good background to all the green. I'll post pictures from time to time, you'll get to like it. In the meantime I'm going to practice being more focused.

Onwards and upwards in the pursuit of fulfilment :-)))

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Faking it till you make it ...

   Or as Steve says "tell yourself a true lie." Lay out a fantasy blueprint you can then live up to (and hopefully surpass). SC also mentions, that most of us cannot see the "truth" in who we can be. Something that hadn't occurred to me before but it ties in with recent thoughts but more about that another time. There is something a little uncomfortable about the words lying or faking. It's against everything we have ever been taught. What if we could find a more positive take on "faking it till you make it." A future blueprint, sounds a bit businessy I know but a little more positive? Send your better answers on a postcard please. Although the chapter was pretty short it made me sit back and think a lot about what I'd like to achieve, there is a fairly long list but when I look at it in the cold light of day, some of the things on that list aren't mine or don't really reflect what I do want. So as badly worded as the concept is. It's a good form of motivation, as its tailor made to each individual's situation.
   In other news. All things personal are fine and dandy. Work and how I go about it are pretty much the opposite. I'm behind with jobs. So letting a nice customer down and getting nowhere with my house. My day today jobs listing works well but makes me feel negative if I don't get things done. However after listening to Dame Kelly Holmes (former GB Olympic athlete) on the radio, I think I know where I'm going wrong. She talked about her motivation. She said, she realized that her goals after winning her Olympic golds, would be much smaller but nevertheless just as important. It then dawned on me, that my "to do" list. Should really be seen as a "goals achieved" list. Thank you Dame Kelly. There's a wonderful story about Dame Kelly when she was a kid. I shall share it with you soon.
   OK I'm history.

Onwards and upwards in the pursuit of fulfilment :-)))