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Change Is Unavoidable

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By Douglas Clark
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
September! Now is the time when summer begins to wane and give way to the turning leaves of autumn. The warm and glowing sun relinquishes its hold on the day and ebbs toward early evenings and cool breezes. Begrudgingly, children marshal their courage and corral their exuberance and ready themselves for school. We all know it, some dread it. The fall is coming, it’s back to school and we all feel the pangs of change and transition.
How we deal with change can really direct our lives, toward the positive, or the negative. I have been told on many occasions that I can be somewhat negative. I would argue that I’m more of a realist than pessimist. I mean, statistics and averages exist for a reason. I don’t really see how it’s being negative to point out what usually happens in a given situation. Ah but see there’s the rub. Perhaps it’s not just being aware of the norms or averages, but being more aware of the posi…

Don't Run the Rat Race

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Sometimes, I just have no idea where the day will take me. I go to work, do my chores, take care of my responsibilities, and try to make the weekend a fun and enjoyable time, before I have to go back to work and do it all over again. They call it the Rat Race. Have you ever heard of this? It’s pretty much a zero sum game where you don’t really lose, but you don’t really win much either. To me it’s a mediocre way of living. I’ve always been goal oriented. To be fair though, there have been times where my goals sat quietly in the back of my mind, buried under a mountain of crap I called responsibilities and used as an excuse to not go after the things I really wanted. For years, I wouldn’t write a word but still fantasized about being a writer. Man I was in love with the idea of being a writer for so long. That’s the danger of being a dreamer; nothing gets done. That’s why I plan, so I don’t have to worry about where the day takes me; I try and let the day worry where I’ll lead it.
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Enjoy the silence.

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Sometimes it’s okay to have nothing to say.Sometimes it’s okay to just be quiet, sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet that can come with inactivity.Relaxing and letting your mind decompress from the day, or week depending on how stressed you are, can be a great thing.Not every minute of every day of your life has to be chasing your dream, carrying out your mission, or on your feet.You are allowed to relax every once and a while.In fact, it should be part of your schedule.You know that old saying, ‘All work and no play makes jack a dull boy?’Well, it’s true.You have to know when to slow down, take a moment and pause.Reflecting on what you’ve accomplished for the day, the week, or just at the task at hand is a good way to gauge how your success is going, or not going as the case may be.
Sometimes I have felt myself pushing too hard and not getting a good return on my time investment.If that ever happens to you, slow down, stop even.After I finished my master’s thesis, I wanted to just …

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

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-Sir Edmund Hillary
Achievement can be considered the pinnacle of effort.That which you have strived for, worked for, endured much, promised little and sacrificed to accomplish all becomes secondary to the pride and joy that comes with Achievement.You’ve done it!All feats, great and small bring with them a sense of satisfaction.Once you’ve experienced that sense of wonder and awe at your own abilities you will finally understand what it means to be self-reliant, resilient, and persistent.Picking a goal and powering through what life gives you to accomplish that goal has no substitute.
Once you have reached that level of accomplishment and know what it takes to get there, you must push yourself even further.You may have heard the old cliché “don’t rest on your laurels.”Well basically that means you need to keep challenging yourself.If you don’t, your achievement will fade.I believe a fundamental goal in life should be to continually strive and push yourself to achieve ever greater accomp…