I have fulfilled some of my goals for 2013 and thought to share some thoughts that are on the horizon and amorphous. I expect to solidify by New Years in order to work hard and achieve. Nothing is impossible. So, in no particular order, here goes.
1. Collaborate or die – Sounds gruesome, but only if you fear death. Having looked it in the eye, and still standing, I believe one of our earlier White House occupant, in the wake of Pearl Harbor said, “There is nothing to fear, but “fear” itself. Personal experience has shown me that indeed, fear goes quite well when combined with loathing.
2. Just do it – trite? Maybe. But what’s the alternative? “Just don’t do it”? Unless we’re getting into morbid acts that can lead to serious jail time, go for what you want. Play fair, be open, transparent, and real (no hidden agendas), treat others with dignity & respect, give more than you take, then give a little more and you have some of the ingredients of being a champion. Thank you Tom Hopkins, I got more from a 1 day seminar with you in Virginia Beach 20 years ago, when you mentioned how in a room of hundreds you recalled my smiling face – It was worth the 4 hour drive.
3. Think about what you can do to help others There is no better way to receive, than by giving. Not only physically but metaphysically. Produce more than you consume, say “Thank You” and mean it, Hold the door for the stranger. If you don’t align your actions with your ideals or words, what’s the point?
4.Let your actions tell your story – Chevy Chase summed it up well in Caddyshack to a young Danny Noonan – “See your Future, Be your Future”.
5. Do the right thing and lose the attitude – realize it’s not all about you. However, as “They Might Be Giants” sung in Ana NG, “I don’t want the whole world, just your half”. Get it?
6. Set some goals, or be very agile – this whole goal setting thing sells books. The reality is, in my humble opinion, once you do the whole goal thing or other cool title that sells books like “7 habits of people” …oops forgot one, new book, you limit your scope. Keep the goal in mind, and harvest whatever “collateral goodness” happens to come along – and it will. Sports is a good example. The goal is obvious – it’s the win, but how you get there is strategy and tactics. See 2 above for some tips on playing fair.
OK. A good place to stop because I could go on, but I think you can take it from here, assuming you’ve captured 80% of what I jotted above. There is one more, an I think it aligns well, and that is :
7. Stay open minded and always be a student – If you think about it, there is always something new to learn, from yourself and from others. Thing is, this takes a bit of humility which often is incorrectly equated with “dumb”. That’s part of your inner voice. Lose that negative bullshit inside your head talk – “give it up, can’t be done” and replace it with some lyrics to songs of simpler times – try the Dead, what do you have to lose. The lyrics are published.
Remember – “Once and a while you get shine the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”.
Regrets if you thought this would give you some secrets to getting rich. Save that for infomercials, and even then, look at what happened to Don Lepre. He had a great pitch though – sold me.
Lastly, and this is something I’m still grappling with, recognize the difference between “outcomes” and “outputs”. It’s subtle. I learned that from a former “retired” NSA’er. No irony there. They met their goals, right?
So, with a bit of a smile, a twinkle in the eye, and the next adventure around the corner, Mr. Bojangles moves along into the great wide open jaws of 2014.
MG – 26 Dec 2013
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