Daily Bread: Thoughts to Start Your Day
I usually spend the first part of the day reading, thinking about the bigger picture and writing in my journal. I try to do this everyday day but you know how that goes. Life has a way of getting you back and forth with your plans. This blog entitled Daily Bread: Thoughts to Start Your Day will offer insights for everyday living and productivity. Ideas and resources are given to help you (and I) remain focused on what matters most to us.
My new favorite book is Jim Rohn’s Leading an Inspired Life. It is a compilation of a lot of his speeches and really gives you a lot of food for thought. At $20.00 it is the most expensive Kindle book I own, but it is a must have. It will be the best $20.00 you have ever spent.
Are You Settling for Less?
Here’s what is interesting: humans are the only life form that will do less than they possibly can. Humans are the only life form that will settle for less. All other life forms except human beings strive to their maximum capacity. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. You’ve never heard of a tree growing half as high as it could. No. Trees don’t grow half. Trees send their roots down as deep as possible. They stretch their limbs up as high as possible, and produce every leaf and every fruit possible.
Giving 100% all the time. It sounds great but how often do we compromise just a little bit? We get tired and some days don’t want to do anything at all. It can be hard to just keep at full throttle all the time. For me the main thing is to keep trying. I know there will be good and bad days. Some days I will eat healthy, have a great workout and do everything on my list. Others will be pizza, ice cream and beer. That’s just life. I find the important thing is to strive for a good average like a baseball player. Three for four is a good average. If three weeks of the month, 5 days of the week and a great morning and afternoon of the day are productive, that adds up. Will it always happen? Of course not! But is is a good baseline and place to start. I wake up every morning that this will be the best day ever.
The Thief in Your Mind
I’ll close with another quote from Mr. Rohn:
Forget the thief waiting in the alley to snatch your purse. What about the thief in your mind? He is tempting you to become lazy, not stimulated by thoughts and questions. Don’t become a victim of yourself. Ask yourself these questions: “Is this the direction that I want for my life? Is it someone else’s direction? Is it a goal that has been ingrained in me since my childhood?
Is it my parents’, my spouse’s, my boss’s, or my children’s? Is it mine?”
My thought of the day: Fight the thief in your mind.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. -W.M. Lewis (1878 – 1945) From The Big Book of Quotes $2.99 at Amazon Kindle
November 12, 2016
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