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April, 2015

Seriously Slow – How Attitude Impacts Success

A week ago, I took my four of my attitudes – excited, hyper-focused, bad-word-mad, and crestfallen – for a little jog. A 5K fun run. The 5K that I’d gotten into a froth over the day before, when I picked up my race bib.

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I’m new to the fun run world, and there is still a lot I’m learning. Corrals, for instance; the grouping of runners in sections according to their self-declared pace. When I signed up months ago for this particular fun run, having no idea how fast I could go (or if I could even finish) I left the corral question blank.

Then I ran a few fun runs. And didn’t die. And I found I liked it. And found my groove. And went from mostly walking to waving the bragging flag of a 10-minute mile.

I was giddy and the expo was going full blast when I arrived; a wonderland of goodie bags, giant inflatable marshmallows, bouncy music, and stacks of race bibs. I stepped up to claim my place in the race. Read more →

Give “not good enough” The Bird

Today blessed me with three uninterrupted hours.  I had planned to use all of them digging into the inspiring book The War of Art – Break Thorough the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles; but by page 39, Steven Pressfield had convinced me that I really am a writer, so I tossed his tome aside to work on The Ninja Network.  At the closing buzzer I had amassed a good bit of text for the book, a crush on Mister Pressfield, and a bunch of texts on my phone.  Apparently it had been ringing like crazy.  I hadn’t noticed.  I’d been creating.

Scrolling through the conversations awaiting me, I noticed the query:

“It’s a beautiful day! If you could paint anything (no worries about being “good enough”) what would you paint today?” ~Linda Clayton, Artist

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“Bird.” I replied, and went on with my business.  As others flocked to add their answer, my notifications nagged and I thought, “Why not?” Read more →