Secret Ingredient for Success

A client recently shared this article from the NY Times with me. It really sums up my belief that each of us has the answers to whatever “issue” we’re dealing with. It’s just a matter of looking closely, and honestly, at everything we are (or aren’t) doing/being: Secret Ingredient for Success – NYTimes.com.

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“Momma always said life was like a bowl of noodles.”
Wait a minute…

What assumptions do you need to challenge about yourself in order to get where you want to be? Can any of us truly challenge ourselves, or do we always need “another set of eyes”?

Always,

Felix

photo credit: SodanieChea via photopin cc

Envisioning Your Future – 94 Years Ago

The fine folks at the Paleofuture blog at Smithsonian.com present an interesting look back at the future: The Gadgets of the Future from the Electrical Shows of Yesterday | Paleofuture. It makes you wonder exactly how crazy things like the iPotty at this year’s CES really are.

Of note are the things that were very forward looking for 1919 – and quite real today; wireless telephones (although they didn’t see mobile coming), washing machines and dishwashers (although they look like they could do more damage to dishes than actually clean them). And of course, something we see everywhere nowadays – the electric truck!

Apart from golf carts, we haven’t quite figured this one out. Getting there. I think.

A few “oddities”, like the Electric Light Bath. A tanning bed? A medical device? Somebody was thinking out of the box on this one, and I can appreciate that.  While I don’t know exactly what it was for, its presence at CES today would certainly bring the “booth babe” discussion to all new levels.

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This looks incredibly dangerous, especially when naked.

So all this to ask the question: what does our future look like?  Are we thinking big or crazy enough?  How would we even know?

Always,

Felix

Why the Internet Loves Venn Diagrams

Let’s see.  I suppose because good ones are easy to understand, pleasing to the eye, and can be quite humorous.  Like this:

Or this:

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This one is all over the Internet.

So, with those examples in mind – how can we release the Venn diagram that is calling us from here?

Can these ever overlap?   Should they?  Ever?  Sent from a coaching buddy.

Break out the “good” crayons and discuss among yourselves.  Enjoy!

Always,

Felix

Power – lots of it.

So this is a belated “Deep Thought Sunday” post, but given I was wrapping up a dizzyingly fulfilling and emotionally draining weekend (really a series of weekends over the past 5 months) which I spent with a group of amazing people, I am amazed I got it out today! And since this is my blog, I give myself permission to post this on Tuesday. Please refer to the blog “Plan” page if you have any questions or are otherwise confused.

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This qualifies this post for “Telegenic Tuesday”.

I started down the “official” coaching path as a result of a personal leadership challenge put before me in March of 2012 – it was pretty specific: “Get a professional coaching certification.” I distinctly remember asking myself, “Is that really a thing?” I spent all of 30 minutes on line before determining that not only was it “a thing”, but it was a thing that appealed to me a great deal.

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So after five weekend sessions over the past five months (104 hours to be precise), I am well on the road not only to coaching certification, but really on the path to a future quite different than what I had imagined a year ago, or even a couple of months ago. Or maybe it isn’t so different – just clearer to me now. To engage with people at a deep, personal level so they can realize the power we each have as human beings – that’s “my thing” now.

Marianne Williamson’s quote from Return to Love (beautifully read by a beautiful classmate who I will not name – but she’s in the red pants in the photo above :) ) sticks with me:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

What’s “your thing”? What’s your power?

Always,

Felix

Life “By the Numbers” – Quantified self: The tech-based route to a better life?

As a former Six Sigma guy and lover of gadgets, this article caught my eye.  I am pretty much on board with most of it, but am not ready to start counting how many times I poop.  Interesting read – BBC – Future – Health – Quantified self: The tech-based route to a better life?.

A New Year, A New Blog, and a reNewed Resolution

Having apparently misjudged the exact date of humanity’s demise (again), here we are at the beginning of a new year, and I, for one, am quite happy to be here.

I was not looking forward to this.

Not only here (on a mostly intact Earth), but here in my life as it is right now, and here, blogging on Semper Felix. Will anyone read these entries? Ideally, yes. I hope a community of interested folks (no matter how small) decides to share on a regular basis. But who knows? What I know for sure is that it will never happen if I just sat around thinking about it. I’ve tried journaling a couple of times in the past, but it was much too “solitary” for me. Don’t get me wrong – I totally “get” the benefits to journaling – I just couldn’t maintain the enthusiasm for writing without sharing (and if you know me, you know I love to share). I already know how to write – but Blogging is something quite different. I have already learned a great deal, and there is so much more to learn (it is barely day two). Exciting stuff – for me anyway :-)

So now what? Resolutions, of course! I’ve got plenty, but the main one I’ll be sharing is with regards to my health. A few years back (the end of 2009 to be precise, shortly after turning 40 and weighing in at 197 lbs. I am barely 5′ 9″), I resolved to losing 20 lbs by the end of 2010. I did that and proceeded to lose another 10 before hurting my shoulder and straying from the path sometime in 2011, and regaining about half the weight I lost.

What bothers me more than the weight gain is the energy loss, so while there is a “new” magic number out there for me, that isn’t (nor has it been) the focus – just a proxy. When I was at 167 lbs I felt great because I could do more. More at work, more for my friends and family, more for myself. I still feel good (a lot better than when I was tipping 200), but I want to feel great again. Because I have a lot more I want to do this year. And next year. And every year that an asteroid just misses the Earth. I’ll keep you posted.

What are you looking to do this year? More importantly, why?

Here’s to an awesome 2013! Wishing everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year.

Always,

Felix

KILLER ASTEROID Image credit: NASA/Don Davis (no copyright in accordance with NASA’s use policy)