Have you ever felt like you were so close to having completed something but you’re just missing one piece to the puzzle?  The only problem is that you’re not quite sure what that piece is.  For me, I’ve been working on a number of things over the past couple of years.  Some intentional, some because they just naturally interest me and some by complete happenstance and randomness.  This week, has felt as though I’ve definitely taken a bunch of steps forward in all of those areas, without taking any steps back.  With that said, if I were to write down everything I learned this week, this post would easily be over 2,500 words long.  Way too long for a blog post.  I will say this though, there will be a number of other blog posts on some of those topics coming next week.  Without further ado, though, here’s the list of some things I learned this week:

1 – Sexy Item of the Week:  I belong to a number of marketing and sales newsletters and lists.  Most are the same old, but one that I really enjoy, almost every time is Bedros’ posts.  A lot of time, some of the things I’m frustrated with in myself is my lack of action.  I’ve noticed I tend to overthink things.  Over the past couple of months, I’ve definitely gotten much better with that.  What’s funny about that, is that with fitness, so do many other people.  It becomes this huge thing, that must be done a certain way.  What that typically leads to though is inaction.

That typically gets under my skin, because I have the knowledge, the how-to, but I can’t give them the motivation.  Sure, if they are already moving, you can help people along, but how they view that “motivation” is different for everyone.  In his latest post, Bedros talks about “How to Get What You Want.” The post is geared towards those in fitness, but he says something that makes so much sense no matter who he’s talking to: “What I can’t give you is heart.
What I can’t do for you is the action taking.
What I can’t instill in you is the work ethic.”

That is so true, no matter if it’s with marketing, working out or any other thing you could possibly want.

Most people, myself included, look for shortcuts before putting in the necessary work in order for those shortcuts to be effective.  The bottom line is that there are more effective ways to be successful in any endeavor, but even if they could be told to you, they are not worth much, without the requisite work that also must be present.  If you’re not willing to put in the work then those “shortcuts” are nothing but a waste of time.  With that said, my favorite line of advice this week is, “Plan, not for what you want, but what you’re willing to do.”

2 – If you’re a leader of a team, and one of the best at what you do, you simply do not turn your back on your team.  You stick there and build a dynasty, or at least that’s my opinion on Lebron James’ move to Miami this Summer.  The way it was handled and after GQ’s article on him, I lost a large amount of respect for his tenacity.  He has the heart of a pussy cat, not a lion.  After defending him, time after time, for who is better, Lebron or Kobe, I was glad to see this on you tube this week:  Clevaland’s response to Lebron’s commercial.

3 – After finishing Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and remembering George Orwell’s 1984, I feel we are definitely moving towards both of those dire ends, rather quickly.  Automatons controlled by fear and/or Automatons “seduced” by comfort, stability and pleasure.  In other words, the only thing we can do is make our minds and bodies our own.  What a great concept for a blog post.

4 – Last week, I put up Bruce Springsteen’s Jungleland.  This week, I think I’ve finally come to my favorite Bruce Springsteen song ~ Thunder Road.  I love the lyrics and the whole “flow” of the song.  It’s definitely been my song of the week.

5 – Last but not least of this past week:  I love eating food, especially gluten-free foods.  After going to this forum, I’m encouraged that I can love eating like, be creative with foods and still have everything be gluten-free.

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