I recently read a post on Johnny B. Truant’s blog that really hit home. So much so that I wanted to do two things: share it with my readers and 2) think on and write about each piece of his post. The post is “20 Truths About Life No One Wants To Believe” and the eighth one I am going to tackle is:
8. Worrying is useless.
Worry is like bitching. It changes nothing, but we feel like we’ve got to do it because if we don’t worry about something enough, it seems like we’re being flippant. But try something for me: the next time you’re worried about something, ask yourself how much the problem will improve if you worry really, really hard. That’ll fix things, right?
Johnny really nails it here.
Not much for me to add, other than to say: worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
Even if you don’t actually pray, you get the idea…
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Because, regardless of what happens outside of you, when you’re kind, you chip away at any hardness covering over your soul.
Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company. You own your career! – Earl Nightingale
Are you acting as if you own your career, or are you just renting it from your current employer?
Are you doing only what’s necessary to get by each day? Doing just enough to not be (negatively) noticed by your boss?
Or are you an Owner?
Do you see yourself, as Brian Tracy likes to a say, a personal services corporation owned and operated by you, selling your services to a company?
Do you look for ways to add value each and every day, even if it’s something small, tiny even?
Do you look for ways to build and strengthen your network, both with people in your company and those on the “outside” (vendors, etc.)?
Are you always looking for ways to improve your skills and knowledge, whether they are company-financed or not?
Are you preparing for your next position, project or team, whether it’s in your current company or somewhere else?
The difference between renting your career and owning it is consciously and consistently developing and building yourself as a key asset.
If you’re not doing this you will see yourself evicted from your rental unit, sooner or later…
This week’s external resource is a transcript of an interview with Mirabai Bush. She teaches meditation and mindfulness.
The article describes different programs she has been involved with and the myriad benefits of increased mindfulness: better listening, team work, stress and anger management and improved health.
I want you to read the article, but more importantly I want to impress upon you the importance of taking some time to increase your mindfulness.
So many people say they don’t have time to meditate, or they don’t know how. They think they have to set aside 30-45 minutes and completely empty their minds of thought.
Neither is true.
Start small: three minutes per day, for 21 days.
All you need to do is sit quietly, close your eyes and notice your breathing. As you get distracted by a thought – and you will! – just return to your breath.
Imagine learning how to meditate is like a baby learning to walk. You’ll stumble at first, and it’ll be awkward for a while, but you’ll get the hang of it. And once you do, the World will open up for you.
Again, here’s the article.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your troubles you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt
There really little I can add here.
We are not responsible for what others do, but we are responsible for who we have in our lives.
We are not responsible for what politicians do, but we are responsible for our level/quality of citizenry.
We are not responsible for the economy, but we are responsible for any excuses we make for why we can’t succeed.
We are not responsible for the mean things people might say, but we are responsible for whether we take those words to heart.
Where do you need to be more responsible?