Having deep thoughts about the role of chains in life. I worked out I can link where I am now back to where I was five, ten, thirty years ago through a chain of events. It’s much like what Steve Jobs said here about connecting dots;
Then I was thinking about the function of those chains. Is the strength of those links to past events holding me in place like an anchor? Alternatively, is the inherent strength something I use to get to the next link, building a longer and stronger chain in the process?
The fundamental question from all this is, am I pushing on or be pulled by the chain?
The cure is to get out there and do it anyway, or do it inside. As long as you keep doing it that’s all that matters.
I confess two regrets. Not having a polarizing filter for this image and perhaps my use of an Oxford comma in this post…
Something I pass daily, patiently waiting for the sunrise to graze across it just right. Hundreds of overcast mornings, rain or shadows preventing me from recording what I saw until this week.
Last week I spoke a little about the fear of disappointing someone who sat for me and that it was necessary for me to fail in order to progress. The first thing to know about fear is that it never travels far without uncertainty and doubt tagging along. They are a tag team evolved to keep us alive but often keeping us from doing things we want too.
In contrast, confidence is accompanied by passion and knowledge. The confident person is no more certain at the outset but determined to overcome that by learning skills and applying them. They also keep going after failing when others falter.
Determination is key. There is a great quote from Dr Mark Goulston that nails this.
“The essence of it is that you need to have a clear, precise, compelling and totally convincing vision of what your best life looks like. When you see it, commitment naturally follows. If commitment doesn’t follow, the vision wasn’t important enough.”
Sometimes the bogeymen are all in our minds…