A challenge to beat all challenges?

“Less is more”

A few years back, my New Year’s resolution was a full year of buying nothing new.

I made it until August …

Then my willpower began to erode as I travelled around Europe for a couple of months and my birthday drew close.  I rationalised I wasn’t ‘really’ buying that new handbag in Greece because my parents had given me the money specifically to buy something for my birthday. (Rationalising has always been a ‘strength’ of mine!)

And then I bought myself another wee gift, and another … Could I really leave Italy without a leather jacket?!

You could say I ‘failed’, but I bought about five new things for myself that year — not a patch on what I would normally have bought. And I completely transformed the way I related to shopping, forever. To me, that’s unqualified success.

So this year I’m excited to be taking on another ‘nothing new’ challenge. But this year, it’s not so much about shopping, but ‘doing’.

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What is the ‘dog that barks’ in your life?

‘You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks’.

I’ve always been a chaser of ‘shiney new things’. Not so much material things as new experiences,  opportunities and challenges.

’Never say no to an opportunity’, ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, ‘If it matters, you’ll always find time’.

Those mantras have shaped my personal life: run a half marathon, then a marathon, more marathons, the New York Marathon, compete in the Coast to Coast. Volunteer once a week teaching yoga, then twice a week, then three times, then four…

Why wouldn’t I? I love it!

Work has been the same. Any good project, development opportunity, chance to do something different, I’ll take it. Especially any chance to do something good in the world.

‘Shiney new thing paradise’

My last role was ‘shiney new thing’ paradise – delivering social good, leadership development opportunities, interesting new projects all around me.

Why would I say no to any of it?

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Commit yourself and providence moves too

Photo by Dyaa Eldin on Unsplash

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! – Goethe

It will cost $75,000…or thereabouts. It’s hard to say for sure.

Gulp.

Apart from buying a house, I’ve never spent $75,000 on anything, never considered it, never come close.

Who does that?!

Entrepreneurs do.

… so I guess I’m now officially an entrepreneur.

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What would you do if you had nothing to fear?

Don’t worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield.

Oh, how quickly fear can bite us!

Last week I wrote about redirecting myself towards cultivating kindness. I wrote about taking my time, letting the ideas percolate, not committing too early to just one thing. I was in control!

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Embrace the ‘messy in the middle’ on the path to purpose

‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading’ – Lao Tzu

I’ve pivoted.

This project and blog were meant to be about mindfulness.

I quit my job to spend a year exploring mindfulness, overcoming the struggles, finding bliss, blogging about it, and hopefully developing ‘some stuff’ to help other people get more mindful and blissful too.  Or so I thought.

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‘Do you think you are really happy?’

Whenever it feels like a dark day, remember that true light comes from within

“Do you think you are really happy?”

I was touched by the question from a young boy to his weary mother, in a film I saw this week.

She was living a good life: working, running a household, raising a son. Was she happy? Probably not. Did she want to confront that? Definitely not.

How is it that we get so caught up in ‘life’ that we lose touch with what makes us truly happy? How often do we stop and focus on what really matters to us?

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Are you crazy enough to change the world?

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’ – Steve Jobs.

What makes some people think they can change the world?

I’m mulling on this after watching the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Sequel this week.

It’s a must see for anyone who lives on this planet – but part way through I found myself wondering, why is it ‘all about‘ Al Gore? Isn’t the campaign for action against climate change bigger than one man? Is this just about his ego? (I smile now – I can see the Kiwi ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ at play.)

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