The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision. – Helen Keller
When Helen Keller talks about blindness and vision we are well-advised to pay attention.
This quote reminds me of something similar: the only thing worse than someone who can’t read is someone who can and doesn’t.
So, what’s our lesson here?
Have a vision.
Do what you can.*
(And read; reading is huge.)
* BTW: that’s a lot.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
The only thing you’ll “find” when you look for yourself is who you were.
That kind of thinking puts you, and points towards, the past.
Nothing can be done, or made, or created, in the past.*
Look to create yourself.
That happens in the present and unfolds into the future.
* The past can be learned from, but so many people live-in/get-stuck-in the past. The past, and the future, are nice places to visit, but no where to live.
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey
Let’s imagine that the “truth” of life is that you’ll fall somewhat short of what you aim for?
I don’t necessarily believe that, but just for sugar and giggles, let’s pretend . . . .
What should you aim for then?
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Maybe the better question is, do you know what you’re aiming for?
Most people don’t, or have only a vague idea.
I can assure you that if you don’t aim for much, you won’t achieve much.
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Let’s assume you’re doing some “aiming” in your life. How high is your aim?
Are you willing to invite some fears and uncertainty into your life and name something that you’re not sure you can attain?
I hope so because it’s only way to achieve anything of note.
And, back to the “somewhat short” thing I mentioned before.
Aim high because if you find a way to reach it, great!
If not, you’ll “land” in a much better spot than you would have with “realistic” (i.e. low) goals.
Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness. – Pat Riley
If I can, allow me to add a twist to the above thought.
What if the opposite of complacency was engagement, not hard work, or super-focus?
Those things are important, to be sure, but what’s more important is to be present and aware with whatever you’re doing.
When you’re working, work.
When you’re resting, rest.
Whatever you’re doing, do that, wherever you are, be there.
Just. Be. Engaged.
Focus your messages on the results you expect, not on the methods for doing the job. – Marty Brounstein
Whether it’s a goal you have, or something you want from others, it’s always better to focus on being clear about what the outcome looks like (than try to prescribe the methods).
This way methods can be organic and created according to the conditions that arise.
Prescribing, or insisting on, methods stifles creativity and adaptation, which slow progress – or stop it all together.