Are You Looking in the Right Direction?

We all seem to be in search of something. Moreover, there are many people out there who are willing to lead us on that search in exchange, in exchange for something they want. They may want money or attention, or understanding or belief they are doing good or fulfilling some purpose. They do want something.

The question is, do those offering you guidance understand what you are looking for and can they really provide what you are need requires?

I find it interesting that our eyes set at the front of our body on the high ground and focus outwards. Unless you look in the mirror, you do not see an image of yourself, and it is hard to see what goes on behind the eyes. You have to look around look behind you again more mirrors with images.

The question I have today is, ‘Are you looking in the right place?’ Or, are you running all over the place looking here and looking there for answers? Do you seek things in many places, yet, never seem to be able to find them? Do the claims of others somehow generally leave you short of where you want to be, feeling somehow less, and somehow again without.

There is another place you can look. The place is one of the hardest to look and yet one of the easiest to get. You need to look within yourself.

Is there anybody who knows you better than you do? Who knows what you want? You do. Who knows what you like and don’t like? You do. Who knows how far you are willing to go to get something done, and done the way you want it done? Oh yeah, that is you. Okay

Reach out to the world to collaborate, to communicate, to solve technical issues, and to learn new ideas. Never let others tell you who you are or who you should be throwing a strong keep.

Would you like to discuss the idea of internal growth?  Please leave a comment. You can always reach me at mikeb@readingsticks.space

What Next

In the Bible, in John 14:12 it says,

“verily I tell you whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.” (NIV, n.d.)

It makes me wonder. If a person from 2000 years ago, came today and sees what we do, would he relate the changes in our technology and abilities back to the quote from John? I also wonder if we were catapulted two thousand years into the future, what would we see and to what would we attribute it?

To understand, we would need a context. What was a person of 2000 years ago, compared to a person of today? And, what are we like in comparison to the people 2000 years from now?

The person from 2000 years ago, did not live in caves, they had cities and commerce they had urban and rural areas, and in Jerusalem, there were suburban areas.  They had commerce they worked for a living they built furniture, they fished, they grew livestock, they farmed, they paid and collected taxes, they traveled, and they knew of their world.

We do all that today. 2000 years ago they had libraries. They had medicine. They had wars and famines. They had laws and judiciary. Imagine the differences between then and now.

We often use the past to see the future.  Five years from now is easy.  Most big projects are planned five years out.  Ten is a little more gets hazy, and the further out you look, the harder it gets.

So, what do you do to know the future?  Start now.  Look at what we have now.  And ask why.

Science fiction of fifty years ago gave us great inventions we use today.  Don’t think so?  Call me on my cell phone, and we will talk.

APA: John 14:12-14, New International Version (NIV) Very truly … (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bible.com/bible/111/jhn.14.12-14.niv

Human Survival in a Computer Run World

People are starting to worry.  They see their jobs going, not overseas, rather to computers.  Many are fearing the day when computers have the full-time jobs, and people work project to project, known as gigs.

Many do not like the idea of not working for someone full time.  There are worries over how people will obtain what are now known as standard benefits.  Another fear is being lost in the shuffle and not having any income.

Even more, the worry is how one sells themselves to employers.  Most people who work can stay at a job seven to ten years or longer.  They sell themselves once at the interview.  Soon, people may have to re-earn a job on an annual or monthly basis, depending on the project (gig) they work.

Many people Would like to change this trend.  The computers and the gig trend are about as unstoppable as the horseless carriage.  Remember, ever since the discovery of the touchstone, commerce is the force that rules the world.  The world does spin less on individuals, and more on profits, bottom lines and being first to the marketplace.

The answer, for now, is simple.  Computers are not in charge yet.  Figure out what computers cannot do, and corner the market in a non-computerized service.  Keep your wits about you and strive to stay one step ahead.  I am betting computers cannot compete and overtake the spirit and souls of humans.

If you would like a checklist on how to prepare for the computer-based world and do well, working projects (gigs) rather than full time, please click here

Ready to Accomplish Something?

Do you really want to improve the processes you use and reach your goals?  The question and the answers are yours, and any answer is acceptable if it is your answer.  Why is the statement true?

The only reasons and answers for what you do and strive for are yours.  There are a thousand reasons why something cannot work, and some people are willing to give them to you.  A reason to fail is only true if you pick it up and use it.

With a thousand reasons to fail, you only need one reason to succeed.  If you pick up and use the reason to succeed, it is more powerful than all the reasons for failure.  If you stick to your course, not let the ‘Nay Sayers’ beat you down, and keep your senses about you, you can accomplish just about anything.

Will changing your processes be easy?   Change takes work.  Anything worth doing is worth working to accomplish.  Just remember what Jim Rohn said:

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” ~Jim Rohn

Do You Want To

All actions are processes, and all processes can be improved.

Process improvements work best if applied to a process that does not work well and needs improvement.

If we want to improve anything for the better, the first thing we need to consider is what we want the output of the better process would be.  I will always know where the car keys are?  Will I have more free time and money?  The milk does not spoil in the refrigerator?   If we do not know the desired outcome, we are trying to hit what will become a moving target.

We face This problem when we want to improve ourselves.  If a person knows what they desire, and has stability in what they normally plan and do, their processes can be changed and improved.  When’s person is not sure or keeps changing their mind; the task can become an extremely frustrating endeavor.

Anytime someone sets out to improve a process the first action is to ensure the process needs improvement.  When we want to improve ourselves, we need to know what we want and where we want to go.  If we are not sure, there are places on the internet and in most communities where we can take assessments and talk to professionals (usually for free.)

To change for improvement is to work to better something.  Even ourselves.  Work that feeds our passions is great.  We just need to be sure we want to improve the process.

Time to get rid of negativity

How many people say no to you during any given day? How many people doubt your ability to do something?  How does that make you feel? When you count the number of people with no on their minds, did you count yourself? If not, please add one more number to that list.  I find it bad when other people do not believe in my abilities.   I find it even worse when the small voice in my head doesn’t even believe in my abilities.

Even working on something I have done many times before, I still hear the voice, worried of multiple things that could go wrong and all the various actions that could go awry.  Everyone has the voice, and everyone has a choice. We either listen to the voice and go nowhere, living in constant fear, or we put the voice in its place.

Here is what I suggest.   Find a trash can. Make sure it is empty before starting because many things will probably go into the trash can.  Next, think of all those items heard in your head, all negativism.

Now this will seem silly; however, this does work. Stand in front of the trash can.  Put your hands up to your head as though grabbing one of the negative thoughts. Please throw that thought into the trashcan.  Now repeat the process by pretending to grabbing the next thought and throwing it into the trash can.  Repeat this process until all negative thoughts are thrown into the trash can. Now take the trash can outside and empty it into the garbage. DO NOT pick up and bring any of the negative thoughts back into your home or business.

If any of the negative thoughts return, remind them that they were trashed and are not welcome back.  If they persist or new negativeness arise,  an alternate disposal method is available using the bathroom toilet.   Please DO NOT place any body parts in the toilet.  And , don’t forget to flush

Changing Our Ways

A new year starts beginning of this next week.  A new calendar beginning is a traditional time that we set aside each 365 days to look at where we are, and where we want to go in life.

New years is the time when we evaluate our actions.  We promise better dietary control, more exercise, or a heightened control of our time and finances. The truth is, we are creatures of habit.

The annual exercise of betterment, spurred by a desire for growth, then plays out to ultimate failure.  Why?  Because the participants are working on the desired after-effect and not the underlying principles and actions that require a fundamental change to create the positive and desired actions. Continue reading “Changing Our Ways”