Day #954 :What relationship with the future will you choose?

Some people believe that tomorrow is likely to be better. Better opportunities, better technology, a brave new day to make a new kind of difference.

Others think that yesterday was a lot better than today. Tomorrow represents diminished resources, fewer opportunities, one step closer to the end.

As a person, the question is even more profound: What relationship with the future will you choose?

The thing is, the future happens. Every single day, like it or not. Sure, tomorrow is risky, frightening and in some way represents one step closer to the end. But it also brings with it the possibility of better and the chance to do something that matters.

Day #953:”Meet with a success unexpected in common hours..”

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Day #952:Becoming a Warrior

A warrior accepts the responsibility for his actions – even the most trivial ones. A common man never admits his mistakes, but claims any victory, even if it is that of another man. He is a winner or a loser, can become a persecutor or victim, but will never achieve the condition of warrior, for he does not deserve it.

Sometimes a warrior must be available, and at others he must remain hidden. It is useless for a warrior to be available all the time, just as it is useless hiding when all know where has hidden. By alternating availability and unavailability, he does not tire easily, and does not tire those around him.

For the common man, the world is strange because when he isn’t tired of living, he is suffering because of things he believes he doesn’t deserve. To a warrior, the world is strange because it is stupendous, frightening, mysterious, unfathomable. The art of the warrior consists of balancing the terror of being a man, with the wonder of being a man.

Acts have power. Especially when the warrior knows that each fight might be his last battle. There is a strange joy in acting fully in the knowledge that we might die at any moment.

The most difficult thing in this world is to adopt the posture of a warrior. Being sad and complaining is no use, nor is claiming someone does us wrong. No one is doing anything to anyone, and much less to a warrior.

The confidence of a warrior is not the confidence of a common man. A common man seeks approval in the eyes of the spectator, and calls this certainty. The warrior seeks to be impeccable in his own eyes, and calls this humility. The common man is tied to his neighbors, the warrior is in contact with infinity.

There are many things that a warrior can do at any given moment, and which he could not do some years ago. It is not that things have changed; what has changed is the idea the warrior has about himself.

Power always places the warrior within reach of a cubic centimeter of luck. The art of the warrior consists of being permanently fluid, in order to use it.

Everyone has at his disposal enough power to achieve things. The warrior’s secret consists of capturing the energy which was before dedicated to his weaknesses, and using it in his favor in this life.

– (This piece is  one of Paulo Coelho’s adaptation of  the writings of Carlos Castaneda)

Day #951:Face the Fear

In Hamlet, Shakespeare says, “…take arms against a sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them.” The interesting discovery is that as you move toward the person or situation that you fear and take action in spite of your fear, your fear goes away and is replaced by courage.

However, if you back away from the fear-inducing person or situation the fear continues to grow, and soon consumes your thoughts and feelings, distracting you during the day and keeping you awake at night.

A young journalist, Arthur Gordon, was interview Thomas J. Watson Sr., the founder of IBM, and asked him, “Mr. Watson, how can I be more successful faster?”

Watson replied with these classic words, “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate… That’s where you’ll find success–on the far side of failure.”

Day #950: Just 50 More Days to go!

Yaayy!!

Just 50 more days to complete 1000 days of inspiration. But who’s counting really? I know there’s the temptation to write out ‘X number of lessons from writing for 1000 days’, but I wont do that. For me, the most important part of writing this blog is not about how many clicks and shares and likes it gets, even though that would be good. The most important point for me is just the exercise of overcoming ‘the resistance’ and writing something everyday no matter how bad the piece is. The ability to make the committment to myself, not anyone . Show up everyday and write something.

My challenge to you: There’s no point in reading alot of books if you are not going to use any of the ideas or let the ideas shape how you think and relate to the world. Reading this blog is great. Writing one will be even better.

 

Day #949:”Staying Stupid Don’t think. Act.”

I have always wondered what Steve Jobs really meant everytime he used the expression ‘ Stay hungry, Stay foolish’. The ‘Stay hungry’ part is not a big deal. I think we pretty much know what that means. It is the ‘Stay Foolish’ part that confounds me. I always thought, what sort of advice would tell someone to ‘Stay foolish’. But I realized the wisdom in this after reading this line from Steven Pressfield’s book: Do The Work. He says:

The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began. Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act.”

It is not that we dont want to go ahead and do those awesome  things like start a blog , write song, write a book, start a non profit that supports kids with autism or start a business that changes the world. It is not that we dont want to do those things. It’s just that our fear is stronger than our dreams. We continue to feed our fears with those ‘smart’ , ‘realistic’ ideas and reasons why we are not ready and why it wont work, why we are not good enough and dont have enough knowledge. We feed our fears and starve our dreams with all our ‘smart ideas’.

You dont write on your blog because your lizard brain tells you, ‘you have no authority’, ‘you are a nobody, who is going to read what you write?’, ‘what if people dont like it?’, ‘what if you fail?’ The hard truth is, it’s possible no one will like what you write. And thats fine. Thats not your’s to worry about. Your job is to put something out there today and do it over and over again. Everyday.

 

Day #948:Why You Should Do Your Work

“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself,. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”