Tuesday, July 12, 2005

100 Things I'm Gonna Do Today (51-60)

51. Say “Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You.” Go to bed with these words on your mind, wake up with them and pop em in often throughout the day. Watch what your mind comes up with when you plant this seed…It’s amazing.

Reminds me of Meister Eckhart’s wisdom: “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice.”

52. Know What You Want. What’s your intention? What do you want in your life? In this moment?

Quick tip: You’re a LOT more likely to get it if you know what “it” is.

So what is it?

53. Work Hard. Thomas Edison reminds us that “Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.”

Are you sweating?

54. Relax. Can’t work all the time! Relax, buddy...take a load off. When’s the last time you took a vacation and actually “vacated”? You give yourself time to unplug and unwind? Good.

55. Know What You Believe In. Have you blindly accepted everything your parents/family/society told you was true. Thank God you haven’t! What is YOUR truth? What do you believe in?

56. Practice What You Believe In. You want to piss God off? Believe one thing but do something else! That’ll piss her off every time! She’ll be slapping you around with anxiety and depression faster than you can say “Yikes!”

Be congruent. Be integrated. … Or suffer the consequences. Your call.

57. Put Your Socks On. John Wooden is a cool guy. For those of you not familiar with Coach Wooden, he's arguably the best coach ever (especially if you're a UCLA alum!). His UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA Basketball Championships, including 7 in a row. (Go Bruins!)

Coach is a humble man who believes in and teaches fundamentals. One of my favorite Wooden stories is about the first thing he taught his players--some of the best players in the country. What did he teach them first?

How to put on their socks!!

Why? Because if they didn't get that simple act perfected then they might get a blister. If they got a blister they'd miss practice time. If they missed practice time they wouldn't win championships.

And his teams won--ten NCAA Championships, of course.

In my opinion, the same rules hold true for our lives. If we don't nail the simple things in all aspects of our life, then how are we going to win championships (aka experience areté, reach our potential, achieve consistent balance and happiness, whatever you want to call it)?

58. thinkarete. “thinkarete”? Yep.

Gandhi got it. Einstein got it. Mother Theresa got it.

Tiger gets it. Gates gets it. Oprah gets it.

The Greeks got it.Get this: Guys like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle said that if you want happiness you better live with areté--a word that literally means virtue or excellence but has a deeper meaning...something closer to “constantly striving to reach your highest potential.”areté.

How beautiful is that? It was one of the highest ideals of Greek culture.

It should be one of ours.Tragically, it’s not. (read more…)

59. Explore. Dream. Discover. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

(That question AGAIN??!? Yep. Always.)

The remarkable Mark Twain reminds us that:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

60. Shine. Are you shining today? Good. Marianne Williamson would be proud, ‘cause:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

(Yes, that quote is from Marianne Williamson—NOT Nelson Mandela. Although Mandela has done a lot of amazing things, coming up with that thought is not one of em…that quote is from Williamson’s great book, Return to Love…)

…Now get out there and shine!!

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