Getting close to Christmas and still we have no snow here in Sweden. Not that I encountered much of it during our leadership week in Dubai that we just came back from. Neither was there any of it London where I attended the innate health conference with personal development greats like Michael Neill (click here to listen to an interview I did with him), George Pransky, Dr. Bill Petitt and a host of others.
Filled with insights and having that wonderful interal sunshine that is independent of the dark days of winter. Ever had that feeling after a seminar, event or trip? Actually, was pretty close to making the same mistake that I try innoculate people attending my seminars of making: Wanting to share so much that we feel like stopping people in the street, bubbling over with enthusiasm with our loved ones… but it might not be appreciated. People get their own best insights when they can come to them in their own sweet time.
There is more to life than to increase its speed” – Mahatma Gandhi
Anyway, I get a chance to inspire you who are reading this and hopefully this is your own sweet time. A place where a space opens up in your mind so that new thought can spring forth. And hopefully, my ideas in this months letter can be helpful in that regard. Because this time I take look at how we can handle all the possibilities that literally coming at us 24/7. Not even 10 life times would be enough to take advantage of them all, and trying to is not actually enriching our lives. So what to do? Hopefully, taking 5 minutes and investing in reading this months letter will be a productive way to start…
Make Your Life a Masterpiece,
Quote of the month
" What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. "
If you are one of those people who have followed me for a while you probably know that I’m a big fan or reading biographies. Not by people who haven’t lived much yet, but by people who are nearing the end of their lives. The most recent one of these is about the Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. It’s a fascinating read and my personal notes and highlights would almost make up a whole book by themselves.
Probably because it contains both the good and the bad which, according to me, is more inspiring than just the positive. Anyway, one of the things that he believed in and sternly enforced in the organization was to keep things simple. Here’s what he said during a speech to his co-workers in which he wanted to explain the core of what made Apple great:
“We believe that we are on the face of the earth to make great products, and that will never change. We believe in the simple – not the complex. We believe in saying no to thousands of projects, so that we can really focus on the few that are truly important and meaningful to us.”
I have no idea if these words are as impactful for you as they are to me, but I do think we all can relate to the human fact that it is all too easy to make things more complex than they really are. And that, quite freqently, that unnecessary complexity comes from having a difficult time saying no to things that are neither important nor meaningful to us.
If not, I can only congratulate you. But in my experience this is something a lot of us have in common. That it can be quite a challenge for any of us to say no to certain requests. We so want to be nice and please other people. Or are afraid of hurting anybody’s feelings, don’t want to disappoint anyone or have them think badly of us. To change our behavior we need to come to a new understanding. And one way of doing that is seeing it differently so here is my take on it: We are not really saying no. We are saying yes to something that is more important to us.
We aren’t saying no to watching TV. We are saying yes to spending time face to face with our loved ones. We aren’t saying no to eating candy and junk food. We are saying yes to vibrant energy and fewer days of illness. We aren’t saying no to random, time-wasting surfing of the internet, we are saying yes to having time to focus on the most important tasks of the day. We aren’t saying no to a constant stream of activities, we are saying yes to rest, sleep, creativity and better productivity in the long run.
That’s why I hope this hits an emotional cord somewhere deep within you. Because when your level of understanding goes up the complexity of your life goes down. When that happens it gets even easier to see what is really important. All of a sudden you’ll find that all you ever wanted was already inside you. Where it always was lying in wait just waiting leak out into a passionate yes to life that turns what previously might have seemed like ordinary days into heaven on earth.
So my question to you this month is similar to the one Steve Jobs asked his team: What are the things that you want to passionately say yes to, and what then automatically becomes easy to say no to? Give your own personal answer to that question some thought and I am convinced that this edition of the coaching letter can be the beginning of something great for you.
Considering this months topic this book is a given to recommend. Most biographies aren’t the easiest read in the world, but I found this to be highly engaging and thought provoking. Every chapter contains some little gold nugget of wisdom, insight or innovative idea that jumps off page. A fascinating look at the life of arguably the most impactful businessman of our time.
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