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Friday night’s takeaway from James White // Signal Noise was this: You don’t know where your work will end up if you don’t put it out there. He also went on to say: Do it. Do it today or do it tomorrow, because no one is ever going to know your work, if you don’t put it out there. I would gladly post notes, but I actually found a video of his presentation that was quite similar to Friday night. Of course, you should’ve been...

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S.P.I.C.E.S.


Posted By on Nov 11, 2013

Many years ago I took a religion class at a local university and one of the professors spoke of a Bible verse that talked about growth in wisdom and stature, and approval from God and man. He expounded on the verse by giving it an acronym of “SIPS”. Spiritual – having a belief and value system; acknowledging, recognizing and applying your values Intellectual – continuously learning and growing your knowledge, taking care of your mind Physical – living a healthful lifestyle, taking care of your body Social – having fellowship with others, recognizing community, taking care of all your relationships Several years later, I added two more categories: Creative and Emotional. So, in Jumble like fashion, I made a new acronym: SPICES. A few years ago, I discovered a similar concept from Zig Ziglar‘s Circle of Life goal-oriented diagram, where he added Career and Financial. Unfortunately, I haven’t thought of a clever acronym for those last two categories. What’s the point to all this? Going back to my Legacy post from a few days ago, these categories remind me what really matters in this life. It’s not about brand names or celebrities or trends, but about my life and what I choose to fulfill. It’s about asking myself [using all of the above categories], what kind of legacy am I leaving behind; what kind of contributions am I giving; what am I doing that matters; is my value system aligned in all of these things; how am I physically able to fulfill these goals…I could ask questions all night. But, not in tonight’s post. How about you? How are you doing with your life’s categories, your life’s...

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In my previous post, I talked about my battles, demons and obstacles that prevent me from finishing projects. I also mentioned that I’d come up with counteractive solutions. I was motivated by Jon Acuff’s book Start. In his book, he encourages to “mock each fear that you’ve written down”. Even though this is slightly different, it was a great exercise to do. Now I just need to keep these solutions and to make these inside voices louder! Embrace success Embrace failure – since it’s a great motivator for success Stop over thinking things Stick to the cause and to the deadline Remind myself LIFE IS SHORT Stay focused and do one thing at a time [use the Pomodoro Technique – where you set a timer and do it within that time] Start saying no to things and stop doing things that do not matter Start prioritizing Use my calendar to set realistic deadline How about you? What are some solutions that work for you in completing...

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