Its July 24th and I’m coming to the end of the first round of the HorsePower Productivity Challenge. With only 6 more days to go, I’m already getting excited to continue with round two and to further my progress of habitualizing my life in line with my next.
Thats right, habitualizing my life and I’m ready, but that is not what this Whispering is about although at first it may seem so.
I read this quote last week and did not like it.
The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
Russian novelist (1821 – 1881)
What annoyed me the most about it was:
1/. It’s true.
2/. It doesn’t have to be.
3/. I was not consciously participating in most of my habit forming.
4/. There are many habits I wish to change.
5/. Many I’m not aware of yet.
6/. Some I wish to keep.
7/. Many I wish to create to make this quote untrue in my lifetime.
When I read the following quotes, I measured myself against them and came away wanting.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Watch my words, watch my thoughts, watch my words, watch my actions, watch my habits, watch my values, by now I’m feeling like my destiny is to watch, but I don’t feel like watching the my past habits, seen and unseen, there has got to be a better way!
“A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
Ouch is all I can say, Samuel Johnson
And then a ray of hope from Samuel Smiles, this quote felt better and actually awoke a smile within me, no pun intended.
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
But Sow What?
This time pun intended.
As I begin to sow the habits of my choosing into my life so that my second half looks very different from the first, I’m first met with the challenge of deciding what habits I want to shape my life with.
Frodo: “I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
Sowing my Whys first, then sow my whats!
Whys are my intuitively sensed motivations!
Whys are my heartfelt directions.
Whys are sensed only and don’t need to make sense to be true.
As I begin my second round of HorsePower productivity, before I do my daily reading I will focus on my Whys.
Why do I want to be more productive?
Why do I want to create a better life?
Why do I want to explore, express and expand who I am with the time that has been given to me ?
I will listen quietly to the answers my heart and intuition offer me, and in the context of that daily inspired why, I will read each day of the “30 days of Agile Results” so they provide me with the productivity HorsePower I need to move toward my whys by habitualizing my life as a servant to that end.
So here is my plan for round 2:
Get Whys… Feel my intuition, Listen to my heart.
Be Smart…Develop habits that move me toward my Whys.
Become Wise…Continue to adjust and create new habits as I go and grow.
Let round 2 begin, I’m ready!
Feel the Connection
Release your HorsePower
Make your Move
Make that Change
See you in the comments section