Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson is always good for an outrageous quote. Here’s one of his best:
Don’t think what’s the cheapest way to do it or what’s the fastest way to do it. Think what’s the most amazing way to do it.
What a great way to make choices! The most amazing way ….
That means you know what amazes you. And that you can dream it. Because, if you can dream it, you can be it, do it, and have it.
And that, in itself, is most amazing.
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One way to look at New Year’s Resolutions is as an investment in your future. Investment’s good. That’s why I liked what Barbara Winter wrote in her Winning Ways:
Every day is an investment.
Not just the first of the year. Not just Mondays. Every day.
The real way we make investments is through our priorities. What we choose is what we prioritize. If you have an appointment with me, you aren’t going to see someone else at the same time. That’s priority. Priority is investment.
So, what are you investing in these days? Do you like your investments? Are they yielding the returns that you want? Excellent. If they’re not, choose again, reprioritize, reinvest in yourself and your life.
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Here is an amazing seed story from Mike Dooley’s Notes from the Universe.
It’s like everyone’s given seeds that are capable of growing into the garden of their dreams, but no one’s been told they even have them. Then, when they see their neighbor’s garden growing, whether it’s because their neighbor actually found their seeds or accidentally spilled them, there’s a rush to see what’s happening. In fact, whole industries are built around the buying, selling, and trading of other people’s gardens. Agents are hired, sales teams assembled, and sometimes stocks and bonds are issued. Vendors compete, lawyers are hired, and accountants are sued. There are mergers and acquisitions, buyouts and takeovers, and of course 401k’s, company picnics, and vacation days.
There are seeds that grow into private gardens. Seeds that grow into best sellers. And seeds that grow into happy families.
It’s quite a riot, and often good fun, but Susan, would you believe that one of the biggest impediments one has to discovering their own seeds, these days, is their fascination with the gardens of others?
So here’s the theme of this year for me, and that I’ve decided to teach everyone: M.Y.O.S.
Mind Your Own Seeds
Not in the get-out-of-my-business sense, but in the I-need-to-be-true-to-myself sense. When we spend less time minding the seeds and gardens of others, we have plenty of time to mind our own.
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