Take Time To Take It In

Right now I can feel the morning coolness coming in through a living room window. I hear multiple birds singing and if I don’t try to hard I can imagine the sounds from the freeway are a not too distant waterfall. The singing of the birds seems to be becoming more intense.

How often do we miss the opportunity to appreciate nature and the physical world?

When was the last time that you spent time without the internet, television or radio (or the movie theatre?)?

About 10 years ago when I attended Expressions Unlimited Toastmasters every single week almost without fail we had a guest from Orange County who traveled to Carlsbad regularly. He was heavily involved with the internet and I think I asked the wrong question because he never returned. Here is that question:

What do you do to get away from the internet?

I don’t remember his exact answer, but he seemed to think it was a terrible question.

He response was basically, “WHY would you take a break from the internet?”

I’ve seen articles written about such things in recent years. Maybe I was ahead of my time.

Recently we had fires in our area. You can see photos I took at Instagram.com/ACrowdFunder.

In dealing with that situation and the other things that got put on hold during the fires I found my schedule for Coach Zero disrupted.

Now our lives are being disrupted again by a beagle puppy that our son, Stuart, has named Bones. You can see video at Vine.co/ACrowdFunder.

I’m taking more time to appreciate nature and the physical world today. I believe my original schedule for Coach Zero is out the window.

By the way, maybe “out the window” is where we should all be looking more often.

Maybe we can get up and open the door and go outside and touch, see, hear, smell, taste and feel what we see when we look out the window.

In other words, take time to take it in.

That’s what I’m going to do as soon as I get this puppy to stop biting my foot.

Something Real & Fun & Inspiring & We Will Do It Together

Yesterday I watched a little bit of the Tom Cruise/Renee Zellweger movie, Jerry Maguire. There’s a scene where he’s leaving the company he helped build and I found that his words resonate with me and inspire me. The title of this post is a close paraphrase of what Jerry Maguire declared before he and Zellweger’s character left to start an exciting (and risky) new venture together.

Is there something you’ve been putting off?

Do you have an idea that you want to bring to the world, but you’ve never really sat down (or stood up) and simply started?

My friend, Fran Cannon, talks about your “dream drawer” where you’ve put your dream (or dreams) until you think the time is right for you to work on it.

NOW is the time.

Even if you’re wondering how you can move forward on it, NOW is the time!

If you have the slightest belief that you have something you want to do and you haven’t done it yet, I know of a website (and article) for you.

I just found this a couple days ago and finally read the article this morning.

I’m going for it.

Join me!

I want to help you make it happen!

Here’s how to get started:

1) Click on “Coach Zero’s Dream Survey” in the upper right (Start Creating Your Dream Now!) and let me know what you want to do. What is this dream you want to achieve? Give me a way to contact you and soon we’ll be talking about your dream/project over the internet and/or phone!

2) Visit this website & read this article AND subscribe to their email newsletter.
3 Steps To Stop Procrastinating

3) If you have skipped either Step 1 or Step 2, make sure you go back and complete both steps! Then if you want to get started even faster (DO IT NOW!), send me your phone number & email at Facebook.com/BigManWalking or Twitter.com/ACrowdFunder.

Let’s do something real & fun & inspiring – TOGETHER!

There’s More Than One Way To Get Things Done

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day I was pretty busy and I didn’t blog on every day on my schedule. I have thought about blogging ahead of time, saving a draft and then pressing “publish” on that particular day, yet my usual habit has been to blog early in the morning and publish right away.

This morning I’m up earlier than my wife and son and I know they’ll be getting up sometime during the next half hour. A few minutes ago I wasn’t in the mood and feeling a little groggy. It’s too early for me to play music until I get some new headphones. We have a heatwave coming this week and we’ve been sleeping with most windows open. So I was sitting in the coolness hearing all the birds chirp (we don’t need a rooster!) and I decided to close my eyes and listen to the birds.

An interesting thing happened when I did. I could hear about half a dozen distinct birds. I heard a particularly loud one stop completely at some point. Soon another one stopped. Then I realized that there weren’t dozens of birds as I had previously thought.

Unlike some people I happen to enjoy the sound of the birds singing – even early in the morning. I like bits of nature in my suburbia. (I love trees, too.) After I took a few minutes to close my eyes and listen to nature I found myself ready to write. As my late “poor country boy from Illinois” dad used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

About a week ago I wrote about another method for getting started in my Jumpstart post. Whatever the task, you will want to be ready with different methods of getting started so that you waste less time and get things done even when conditions are not optimal. Blogging last Friday and reblogging on Saturday was not critical for CoachZero, but it’s important to create consistent habits to get done what you want to get done.

Even as I type this post my son gave me word from my wife to get something started on the stove and soon my wife and the dog were up while our son showered. In about 40 minutes I’ll need to take my wife to school. I find that it’s easier to continue typing when the rest of the family gets up than it is to start writing from scratch. You are reading a completed project, yet I am interacting with my wife who’s telling me about a pain, our son who’s relaying the story of a woman who was saved from a tsunami by her dog insisting that they go for a walk in a different direction, and our dog wanting to go out and then come back in.

You likely have other methods than closing your eyes for a few minutes in order to get focused and get started or keep yourself on track. Use what works for you. Consistently.

While it’s literally true that Rome wasn’t built in a day, it’s also true that consistency helps you hone the skills to continue through interruptions. Life will interrupt all the time and we still need to get done what we need to get done. Now it’s time for me to get dressed and take my wife to school.

We’re Human Beings First

Lots of people want to narrow everything down with a website or a brand or a group and I’m sure I will as I progress, yet I believe we need to always remember that we have “being human” in common.

No one you encounter is from The Crab Nebula.

There are no invading reptilians that refer to themselves as The Race. There are no Martians, Kzin, Kryptonians, Gorns, Hortas, Bajorans, Shelliak, Klingons, Minbari, Scarrans, Sebaceans, Stykera, Delvians, Vogons, Reavers, Mondoshawans, Mangolores or even Targaryeans here. There is no Fifth Element – no Leeloo. *Sigh* (There are also no Vulcans or Romulans which means, sadly, no Vulcan or Romulan women.)

We’re all Homo sapiens from Earth.

We separate ourselves into groups for different purposes, but there is definitely one purpose we should avoid:

Believing that our group of humans is above another group of humans.

Just don’t do it.

Give the title of this post some of your “mindshare”.

Always. Always. Always. Remember.

We’re human beings first.