Archive for 2007

New Years Challenge – Don’t Make Any Resolutions!

December 30th 2007

<img src=”” alt=”923537_new_year_image_2.jpg” align=”left” />I find it amusing that every year, billions of people set themselves a couple of New Year’s Resolutions in the hopes that they will change something significant in their lives and enjoy the coming year more than the last. Most of those resolutions are long forgotten even half way through the year and many never even had a single action put towards it. Ignored since the day it was made!

So, my challenge is this, don’t make any resolutions for 2008 that are likely to go nowhere. Don’t make those empty yet hopeful promises to yourself of endless amounts of exercise and perfectly controlled eating habits. Don’t worry so much about that job or money or item you’re after, they really don’t matter anyway. Don’t pretend that a resolution or goal that isn’t written down and planned is going to happen, simply forget about it. When new years comes, simply take the night off and stay away from all that forward thinking. Revel in the moment and enjoy the time your spending with others.

New Years resolutions often just stirs up past memories of previous years’ failed resolutions, and what good is that? Why should you be disappointed by a goal not written down? You shouldn’t, because a goal not written down is nothing at all. So, since New Years resolutions are generally utter failures for most people anyway, don’t waste your time this year. Real goals are thought about with time, attention and continual measuring and adjusting them, not a one time event shared with a couple of people once a year.

So, this year when 2008 rolls into action, think about this challenge, don’t make any empty promises or wasted resolutions!

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The Best Business Books of 2007 Candidates

December 28th 2007


Well, it feels like I’m constantly playing catch up with the books on my list that I want to read and that list just got a whole lot longer. I’m a regular listener of the podcast, “The Cranky Middle Manager” and the latest episode #125 is a great discussion with Jack Covert about the best business books list of 2007 by 800 CEO I’ve only read a couple from this year’s list but many are already on my list to read for next year after hearing about them on this podcast or from other’s recommendations. Most of the books I’ve read are recommended books and books from previous years “best of” lists so you can view more of them here with a book review search.

There are a lot of great books in this list as well this year, each with a short description and obviously very high rankings so no need to hunt for reviews for individual titles at the bookstore or online. I absolutely love these types of recommended lists since there are books for just about everyone, which gives me a lot of knowledge as a manager to make an easy recommendation for any particular topic even if I haven’t read it myself, yet still trusting it will be a great book.

Just for quick reference, here were the top four books listed:

The Dream Manager

Matthew Kelly

The Last Tycoons

William D. Cohan

Made to Stick

Chip and Dan Heath

Strengths Finder 2.0

Tom Rath

I hope others will get as much value out of this list as I know I will next year!

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Merry Christmas Holiday Cards

December 24th 2007

Seeing, I didn’t create my own holiday season card here this Christmas, I thought I would still wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and that I would show some of the artwork down by several artists using modo 3D. So, have a great holiday everyone and Merry Christmas!!

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Passion: Express Your Passions

December 24th 2007

Passion - Express your passions

I’ve already introduced the topic of passion here and written about finding your own passion . This article now covers expressing your passion and the value in doing it. I believe there are two main reasons people don’t express themselves more, especially when it comes to their passions. Living with passion isn’t always easy and here are two reasons it isn’t often expressed.

  1. You don’t really have a passion or even know what it is.
  2. Fear of exposing a passion in fear of critique from others.

As for number #1, this is something that can be addressed and simply takes work. It requires some time and brutal self honesty to come to the belief based conclusions that reveal true passions. Finding out your passions is what I wrote about here.

#2, This is often the direct cause for not knowing your passion in #1. This fear is usually based on some life experience related to expressing your passion that caused pain and now its easier to ignore it and shield yourself than it is to risk that pain again and put your passion out on the line for others to see. Keep focused on the pleasures you’ll gain with living and expressing your passions, not the pain. It can also help to think of the pain it might cause you if you don’t express them.

The Importance of Passion

What would your workplace and home environment look like if each and every person looked at every event, every hour to make the most of it. What if you took action every single day on something you truly loved and were able to share that comfortably with others. What if everyone lived for the moment and spent life enjoying it and encouraging each other’s passions, instead of judging and tearing them down. Think of a world where you can share your feelings and beliefs without fear of criticism.

God has given us the gift of feelings, emotions and free will. Making the most of those and collaboratively understanding each others desires, beliefs and passions can only be learned and experienced through the expression of them. Society and business continues to pound us into a boxed in robotic like non-individual existence where we are trained to suppress our tears of joy and sadness, hide our fears, shield our excitement, and muster our love and convictions from the rest of the world. Technology drives us to be connected more and more at a superficial level while ignoring the feelings and passion we each have inside us.

Expressing Passion

One of the easiest ways to express your passion is to tell your close friends and family about it. Get comfortable with it. Accept the vulnerabilities it reveals and share those fears as part of the reason you have your passion. Don’t let your past fears and worries continue to affect you today. Learn from them, recycle the pain and make it useful in your life now. Your pain and experiences can be a lesson to others and will inspire you to continue forward. Spread that circle of sharing even further, tell your friends, your colleagues, even strangers about your passions. This will open many new doors for relationships and connections with others. Building that foundation of trust and getting over any fears of expression will be in itself, a wonderful experience.

Take on and get involved with activities and events that relate to your passion. These might be relational, hobbies, music, writing or any other past times. Focus some of your time you spend every week on the very things that you have passion for. Continue to expand those areas in your life. Identify the bad habits and time wasted in your life and replace them with these passion based activities.

Find other people with similar passions as you and spend time together. You can really feed off each other with enthusiasm and encouragement to continue to develop your life around your passions. Offer help to others in finding their passions, and allow each individual to find their own passions. Accept the beliefs of others and ensure you are not blocking anyone else from finding their passions.

What Does Passion Do?

Passion makes us unique, it shapes our character, exposes our purpose in life and draws upon us questions about our souls and true beliefs. This opens up the heart and spirit to see each day and opportunity in a positive light, a light that inspires others to express and explore their passions. The power of passion guides us to what our hearts truely want, reveals to us the awesome experiences and feelings we all share and triggers us to understand our purpose and mission on earth. Embrace it, explore it, express it!

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Passion: Find your passion in life.

December 21st 2007

Passion - Find your passions

I last wrote about passion, one of mine specifically and now want to explore how to find your own passions. A few people know already what their passions are, however, many more do not. Passions are not just a single thing or a one time event, it is much deeper than that. Passion can’t be faked, it isn’t something you can turn on and off, and it never fails to survive through any criticism.

Where does Passion Come From?

Passion exists because of many combined experiences and it drives a whole person (mind, body and spirit) to express, utilize, and hold true to core values with joy and enthusiasm. For example, guys do it with passion. Passion is energetic and lets difficulties be overlooked and ignored to help recognize the positive boundless potential in the people and events in our world.

While that may sound great, finding your passions isn’t easy. Passion is often the cause of pain in people’s life so it gets buried and ignored with an attitude to simply get by in life instead of living it to its fullest and taking the risks needed to continually follow your passions. Whether this is personal or professional, living with passion is often seen to be risky and may reveal truths about you and your true values that are not always convenient from the mind’s perspective. Living safely can seem easier, however, it is certainly not as meaningful.

Finding your Passion

So, what are some of the ways then to find your passion? Here is one method I can recommend for doing this on your own.

1. First, you need to have some serious time to reflect and its best to do it alone with no distractions. At least a couple of hours. Go somewhere you feel very relaxed, calm and comfortable. Use a pen and paper and write out all of the major events in your life that you remember to be very positive and joyful. Then do the same for all the times you have felt crushed, alone, sad, mad, and any other painful or hurting times in your life. Take some time for this, it can easily take 30 minutes or more. Pick events that relate to your career, education, childhood, family, friends, accomplishments, major events, fears, dreams, purchases, emotions, and spirituality.

2. Review the pleasurable side of your list and write out a reason why you think it gave you pleasure in your life. Keep asking yourself why you feel and think that way for each of the items on your list. This helps to explore the meaning behind each item and will drive out your beliefs on each item, instead of thinking of the item itself. Your beliefs are the key with passions and that is what you need to get to the root of.

3. The same thing applies with the pain side of your list. Ask yourself and answer why you belief it was painful or what caused the pain. Keep asking about each response until you get to a value or belief on each item, since this always is the root of any feeling or thought. You need to understand your beliefs in different areas to truly see any of your passions in your life as well.

4. Next, you need to group those beliefs, order them in how you would prioritize them, which ones are reoccurring and which ones contradict each other. Examine and determine which beliefs are most important to you. This is the hardest part, you need to be truly honest with yourself. Don’t answer for anyone else, what you’ve been conditioned to think, or play it safe here. You need to FEEL those beliefs for them to be real. Belief comes from the heart and soul, not the mind.

5. Now, for each of your beliefs, you need to find some commonalities with them. Most beliefs are related and can often just have a painful and pleasurable side. And those are the key to identifying and building your passions. The values and beliefs can be controlled by each individual and making the choices to steer towards the pleasurable and away from the pain, is exactly what a passion is based on. Living consistently and energetically for these values and beliefs while choosing and following that which re-inforces your beliefs, no matter the risk or consequences is exciting and inspiring. Its Passion!

Next I’ll be looking at how to express your passion and the power of it.

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Passion: Which came first, learning or passion?

December 19th 2007


What is Passion?

I’m not sure about each of you, but I know that I get very passionate about things I learn. Or is it that I have the passion for those things and so I learn them? Well, I really don’t know, probably a bit of both. I do however, find it very interesting how much I personally find that my learning and passions align so much in my life. Whether its a similarities in my work and personal life or how I explore books, I continually see alignment of how the things I learn apply in so many areas of my life. Those are the areas I’m most passionate about and it continues to feed the passion in a strengthening cycle. The more I learn about something, the more I enjoy it, and so then the more I want to learn even more about it.

Passion Roadblocks

I’ve spent a lot of time reading leadership/management and business books to improve my career and at the same time, most of the authors I’ve enjoyed most mix the business life with a personal touch and write about applying this in your personal life as well. Changing bad habits and improving one self cannot happen solely in the workplace even if business books, performance reviews, your boss and your company are pretty much only concerned only about your day life at the office. Your actions, mannerisms, character and passions are not completely separable from your personal life no matter how hard you try. In order to change these things, you need to change them everywhere in your life. That’s where passion often plays its part. A passion can be so strong it will steer every area of your life, home and work and can drive a person to learn and follow more about that area of desire.

Using Passion

Now, I’m talking about a positive passion, something to improve your life or the life of others. Recognizing this, understanding it, following it and learning from it are then different for each person. Using a passion in your life can lead to an extremely successful meaningful life. Its a sad fact how many people in this world simply “get by” in life and don’t make the most of it. One way to do this is to have and use your passions in life to be more joyful and to live with purpose and meaning. I’m planning to explore the topic of passion in several upcoming articles.

See Part 2: Passion: Find Your Passions
See Part 3: Passion: Express Your Passions

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