Read This If You Think You’re A Rebel

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Someone said something to me yesterday.

He was talking about his attitude and how it matured as he got older.

He mentioned that early in his journey he felt like a rebel. He was out there making things, sometimes without guidance, sometimes without intention, and certainly without permission.

A rebel is someone who opposes things. They may not have a reason other than some general discontent with authority.

But then, this person mentioned that something happened to his mindset as he began to experience the results of his effort as he moved through life.

He developed intentions, purpose, and importantly, a plan.

He said, “instead of being just a rebel, I became a renegade.”

A renegade is someone who changes beliefs based on new information, often endures social ex-communication or stigma, and commits to a new belief or way of being.

Part of this commitment is taking calculated action on those beliefs.

How will you turn your work, attitude, or mindset into action?

Are you a rebel or a renegade?

2 Minute Action

Here are some ways you can turn an idea or intention into an actionable plan:

  • If you’re having trouble turning an idea into action, take 2 minutes to “phone a friend” and ask them to hold you accountable to a small goal. Let them text you to remind you, or you can offer to do them a favor if you bail on your goal. (I had a friend who wrote a $1000 check to a trusted friend and said he could cash it if he failed to take action.)
  • Set a block on your calendar that is reserved for just one part of your project and invite a friend to join you.

Read This If You Need To Start

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Why do we wait to get picked?

Why does someone else have to choose us for their team?

Why can’t we just start doing exactly what we want to do?

The answer is that you don’t have to wait and you can start right now.

Here’s a quick story as an example from my own life:

Once, when I needed a job, I found myself filling out applications.

I hunted down a good job description and eagerly wrote up a new cover letter. I sent it off, in the web-form, with my resume, to go sit in some database with all the others. I sent it along and waited.

I sent out more and more–and I waited, still.

I wondered who would pick me.

After enough time, I was frustrated and anxious. I knew that I needed to take things into my own hands.

I walked down the street to one of the companies I’d applied to. I walked in and said that I needed to talk to the HR director about the email I’d sent. This was true.

When I talked to the HR director, I asked “what is your smelliest, ugliest, most irritating problem that no one wants to solve in your company right now?”

She laughed and proceeded to tell me about a small, but important part of an upcoming project that could use some extra support.

I offered to work for free on this small project. In exchange, if things went well, she agreed that she would write me a letter of recommendation and send it out to her colleagues in the area.

You never have to wait to do something important or meaningful.

2 Minute Action

What’s something you’ve been putting off? Call or text a friend and ask them to hold you accountable for finishing it. Give them a clear time and day when you’ll be done and offer to wash their car/mow their lawn/walk their dog/whatever if you don’t deliver.

It’s too hard to motivate yourself to do something.

It’s easier to force yourself to do what you don’t want to do by changing the environment around you.

This Is Your Business

I post this every year because it’s important.

I don’t really see a future where I’m not thinking about it.

When you’re all finished with Christmas movies and presents and throwing away all that wrapping paper, and when you finally go back to work after the holidays . . .

Remember why you’re working on anything at all.

Here’s an excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that reminds me why I’m working so hard:

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Business!”

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

It held up its chain at arm’s length, as if that were the cause of all its unavailing grief, and flung it heavily upon the ground again.

“At this time of the rolling year,” the spectre said “I suffer most. “Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!’

Thanks for reading.

I hope you had a rejuvenating and reflective holiday.

With self-reflection, focus, and empathy, we can help others and live a life of purpose and fulfillment.

We’re all counting on you.