Sometimes we all need to escape…plan your getaway from life, from stress, and from the in and out daily routine. Though routine is what keeps you going and keeps the income coming in, you still at times have to take a break from it. My son calls this, “filling your bucket.” We don’t all use the same techniques to fill our buckets, but if you do it right, it bring the same results.
What are those results?
Calm, peace, energy, a clear-cut plan, renewed vigor, fresh ideas and an unstoppable attitude. It’s amazing what a little time off will do.
If you plan is off in your business, you may have to tweak it. If your plan is off a lot, you may have to rethink it. If you plan isn’t completely made, finish it, and then commit to your plan.
After you’ve done all of that, take a break, escape…plan your getaway.
So for the next few days I’m taking my son’s advice and filling my bucket.
Fill your bucket
If you’ve been working hard and burning the midnight oil…that’s great! Persistence is good. Even the persistent need a break by getting refreshed. Fill your bucket. It’s good for your health, and your family.
If you’ve been working non stop for month on end… the time to escape…plan your getaway is now!
Like a spy, or private eye, when you follow the gold in business, you may have to set up your own covert operation to discover where it really is. Any good detective will examine, and thoroughly consider all information collected. You then process the information to see if it lines up with your other discoveries.
John Reed, of Cabarrus County, NC owned a rural farm in 1799. His son, Conrad, found a large gold rock weighing around 17 lbs on their farm. The rock was used as a door stop for 3 years, until a jeweler from Fayetteville determined (in 1802) that it was a gold nugget. The jeweler purchased the gold from Mr. Reed for $3.50. John Reed the next year partnered with three other men, and opened The Reed Gold Mine.
Even when gold is dropped into our laps, we may not know the value. That’s why it’s important to check with the experts (mentors) to see what you have. Other valuable tidbits may be found by checking with the locals (colleagues). Just like any small village, or town, the locals usually know where to find the best of the best. Of course, don’t rule out your own instincts in determining the information you’ve gathered. When you follow the gold inside your covert operation,give yourself time to consider your discoveries.
Find a mentor.
Learn to listen.
Examine your information thoroughly.
Learn to trust yourself.
You are the most important one who has to live with you.
Every mentor will not be for you.
If you’re setting up your covert operation and need some help…
When writing your daily affirmations, and you’re making your list and checking it twice…
what do you choose?
Are you making the choice that will lead you out of bondage?
That’s what our mindset call was about this morning.. choosing to be free, out of bondage, and out of debt.
Choosing to be free from whatever is holding your back.
Today I choose… to live an abundant life
What do your choose?
Do you choose to live the life that you’ve always wanted?
Do you choose to reach down inside and pull out the greatest part of you that you feel is hiding deep within?
Do you choose to follow your dreams, or sit quietly on the couch?
Today is my day…my choice.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss
Many attribute a mind-surfer to be a surfing enthusiast.
For me mind surfingare those random thoughts that lead from one to another. It’s a way to look for ideas and solutions. Also, the collecting of unrelated ideas and connecting them, in a story, solution, poem, or some other needed place.
For example…this morning I woke up, and turned on the computer to check our bank account balance. Google is my home page, so I clicked on an arrow to a clip that was present this morning. I went from the Google clip, to the artist of the graphic that the clip was designed by. From there I went to another graphic artist, who was linked to the first artist…which lead me to an incredible “Ted Talk”…and before you know it, I was a half an hour in, and still hadn’t checked my bank account balance.
Some would say “ADHD,” and on this point, I may agree.
However, mind surfing can be a quite useful tool if you let your thoughts catch the right wave. The right one for you may not be the right one for me. We all are looking for those things that help us find solutions, invoke creativity, passion, emotion, and help us to think on a deeper level. For me, if I’m not feeling it, then I’m not likely to stick with it. It becomes drudgery. I want thoughts and ideas which move me, and make me think. I like to collect some of these thoughts from others, and tuck them away for the appropriate time.
Being a part of a team where mind surfing is used to bounce ideas off each other, is another great option.
Collective thoughts riding the wave…starting low, going higher, and then cresting to the perfect idea or solution is exciting . The passion of others can be quite contagious.
Albert Einstein puts it this way:
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” ― Albert Einstein
For me, often times, ideas come from others. That’s why listening is so important, and being open to digest ideas. (Chewing on words).
A couple of decades ago I read a book by Dr. Robert H. Schuller on “Possibility Thinking.” Dr. Schuller found different ways to find solutions for problems that were out of the ordinary. This book opened up a whole new way to look at things for me. (I’m still looking.)
Do you see that solutions can be found in these streaming live random thoughts from others, or from ourselves? I can.
If you have a problem that needs a solution, let your thoughts ride the wave, and see what you come up with.
Is my way of thinkingbringing success? We often hear how “mindset” is critical for getting you where you want to go. When we’re in business, we need to ask ourselves, “Is my way of thinking aligned for success?
Just like Pavlov’s dog, we are conditioned. Is it for success? We all want that piece of kibble, at the end of the day that will bring success.
So, my query begins with this… does every aspect of my business need to be conditioned, or a conditioned response, for growth?
Discipline and focus is needed when working our systems (conditioned). However, to maintain creatively and that “thinking out of the box” attitude…are we giving ourselves enough time to just ponder other possibilities?
After reading an article on, The Butterfly Effect on Thinking, I began to wonder, if I was taking into account those things, like unpredictability, that just happened to pass my way. Perhaps an unpredictable word, or idea, spoken by someone who resonated with me; a concept that brought a new view to what I was doing. Are we taking those ideas that others pass to us, and let those magnificent ideas develop into others, which develop into others, which develop into others ? It may all come about because of one different element that started a spark. A spark which lead to another thought, which lead to another idea, which lead to another system, and another way of doing things. Idea built upon idea…concept built upon concept.
One different element introduced into my way of thinking could take me from 211 degrees to that 212 degree boiling point.
And then… I’m on fire! What a great possibility!
Great men like Thomas Edison who would have had to use both a conditioned thought process, and unpredictability, in getting his experiments to come to fruition. In Edison’s case, (the light bulb) his conditioned thinking led him to knowing what worked in parts of his experiments, because they were tested (a good system). In furthering his attempts for success with his light bulb…he had to bring possibility thinking into the equation.
Am I taking those creative ideas and using them in my business?
So I’m asking myself, “Is my way of thinking, broad enough to bring creativity to the equation?”
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