Procrastination and Indecision

What do you want to be when you grow up?  It doesn’t seem to matter how old we get, people are still trying to answer this question.  After all, there are infinite opportunities in our great big world.  How could you possibly decide?  Hey, life is a journey!  You’re only going to do this job for a “season” anyway, until something better comes along.

Be honest.  Most of us just have no idea what we want to be when we grow up.  I’ve got news for you: “I don’t know,” is sabotaging your life.

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Fountains (or Fire Hoses) of Knowledge

Last week I had the chance to head out to the great city of Denver, CO and attend the Fall 2018 Scaling Up Growth Summit.  Hosted by Verne Harnish and the Gazelles (among other great organizations which have their roots in the Rockefeller Habits), this event attracts mid-market companies that are looking to accelerate their growth.

I expected a lot, and got more than I came for.

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Expanding My Capacity for Delight

We are all out there in the world trying to get something, get somewhere.  Once our basic needs are met, Maslow tells us, we move on to the higher levels of self-actualization.  Sheesh.  How come everything in personal development is such big words?

A lot of people I talk to say they want to be successful.  That makes sense.  Of course, the next question is obvious.  What is success?  How do you define it?  Most of my experiences with this question involve small groups of strangers at a conference, writing answers on a flip-chart.  No real growth in life can occur without a flip-chart and marker. Or for me, the more powerful option, a whiteboard.

So what is success?  Come on Zach, out with the secret…

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Living in the Present

The original vision for this website and blog was to share the impact of systems and process in your life and business.  I’m still totally convinced in the value of that knowledge and the actions that flow from it.  That said, recently I’ve been exploring a question.  What is the aim?  Why should I spend energy developing systems in my life?

In the end, I don’t actually believe that the quality of the systems in my life is what will make it worth living.  My relationship with God and the people around me, love, is far more important.  Interesting… so why bother with the whole “freedom in process” thing?

I think that art has some answers.

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My Addiction to Input

In 2018 I started fasting.  I’ve been reading about the benefits for the body over the past couple years.  Not to mention the spiritual focus on fasting in the Bible.  Every quarter now I plan a three-day fast from all food.  The first one was pretty rough, I’ll be honest. But the second one was much easier. For the third, I had a great idea.

How about I fast from EVERY input?

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Certainly Uncertain Life

There are some people who are wired for adventure.  It comes naturally and without hesitation to make decisions which thrust them into the unknown.  They seem to live for the moment, and believe that somehow it will all work out in the end. The path of their life is a winding river with the occasional transition that nobody can really explain.

I am not really one of those people.

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It’s better to give than to receive

There are a few small habits that have returned more value in my life than I ever imagined possible.  Small habits of gratitude have taken center stage in that arena. Recently, it has been resurrecting the “Thank You” note.

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Metaphors from Mother Nature

This morning I read something that inspired me instantly.  Have you ever had one of those moments?  You hear, see, or read something for the first time and it resonates so completely you never forget it.  I had one of those this morning.

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Searching for Leopards in Life & Business

I recently listened to a podcast featuring Boyd Varty, centered around his lifetime experience as a tracker.  The host, Patrick O’Shaughnessy, introduces him as the most unique guest to date on the show.  “Boyd… grew up in the South African Bush, living among and tracking wild leopards.  The main theme of our conversation is tracking, and how the same strategy for pursuing animals in the wild can be applied to all aspects of our lives.”

It was easily in the top 5 most enjoyable podcast episodes I’ve ever listened to.

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The Pursuit of 100x More Value

I spend more time than most thinking about process and systems.  It’s just part of how I’m wired.  A system can come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are more important than others (think heart monitor vs stock ticker… both are data visualization systems, but one can mean the difference between life and death).  I am convinced, now more than ever, that the most important systems for us to focus on are the ones for managing ourselves.

For a moment, hold that thought.

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A Paradox of Process

There are not many people who will read this post.  For now. is off to a slow start.  But, I am totally convinced that there is something meaningful to be shared about systems in life and business.

The reality I’ve seen in the last few months is that I don’t know exactly how to share it.  I’m going to try something a bit different for a while.  I’m just going to start writing until I figure it out.

“Sometimes, you have to write to figure it out.”  – Dan Pink (quoting his college professor)

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