Are You Being Thoughtful At This Time of Year?

pondering-guySomehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

So I decided to take some time off this week. Time to be with family, add on to our already awesome personal Sodor with the 200 miles of new wooden track my kids got for Christmas, and begin reading one of the best gifts I ever received – The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. It’s also given me some time to think – which quite honestly, is one of my favorite pastimes.

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An Easy Chair Full of Cockroaches

Your comfort zone is like an easy chair full of cockroaches. It may feel good now, but there’s something disturbing squirming underneath.

roach-chairThey call it the comfort zone, but it’s not really all that comfortable in the true sense of the word. Staying in a relationship because it’s comfortable is never a good thing. And living a life just for comfort’s sake can be even worse.

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What Do You Want to Be Known For?

kicking-guyI love talking about passions, purpose, dreams, and goals. I could spend hours talking with folks about their own visions of the good life and what motivates them (and some times I do).

I’m a firm believer in questions being one of the most powerful tools available to a person seeking their path – the right questions that is. So, let’s kick-off the weekend with a question. One of my favorites is:

What do you want to be known for?

If you could only be known for one thing, what would it be? The answer to this question will offer some fascinating clues to finding your purpose.

If you’re on that winding path of self discovery, take some time over the weekend to explore this question. Imagine you are watching or listening to a pre-recorded interview with yourself, and the host says “[Your Name], best known for …

How would that sentence be completed?

Your purpose will arrive when the time is right. The idea is to prime the pump, ask the right questions, and listen carefully for the answers.

Have an enlightening weekend ;).

Advice on Keeping the Half-Full Perspective

tip-guyThe venerable Starbucker has a brilliant post over at his Ramblings From a Glass Half Full blog entitled 5 Quick Tips To Keep The Glass Half-Full. Including such great advice as “Get off of the ground, but stay out of the clouds” and “Open mind, open skies,” these tips really provide a perfect framework for developing the right focus for true success.

Someone once told me that optimism is over-rated, I quickly countered with “so is success, but that doesn’t stop folks from striving for it.” When you combine critical thinking with an optimistic outlook you have a powerful tool for achieving your goals.