This Un-Mindful Pace

Aug 27

If I pause for a moment,
To dwell on your word,A New Kind of Poetry - Mindfulness Requires a Little Pause
I ‘d listen more deeply,
And you could be heard.
 
We can’t keep on running,
This un-mindful pace,
We’re so disconnected,
It’s all over your face.
 
Let’s hit the pause button,
We know where it’s at,
It’s in between ears,
And beneath our big hat.
 
If we both pause together,
Then we won’t pull apart,
Then we both listen better,
As we hear with our heart.
 
We can both listen deeply,
With a mindfullness cause,
Take a breath – then another,
With a button called…
 
Pause. 
 
 
Steve
 
Okay, take a breathe! And another…. I’ve been taking this great class on mindfulness from Megan Leuchars and Christy Cassisa with UCSD Center for Mindfulness. It’s been a lot of meditating and a little yoga and a lot of shutting up and listening! Sometimes all we need to do is hit the pause button and our entire life can change.
 
You might want to check out this course in San Diego. Here’s the link. Even if you don’t live around here you can play their 10, 20 and 40 minute meditations and body scans right here: http://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness/mbsr/Pages/default.aspx.
 
Any ideas for A New Kind of Poetry? Send ’em over!  
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Money Doesn’t Grow on me!

Aug 20

Money doesn’t grow on trees – I said,
And my son looked so confused.
“What does that mean?” he said to me,
That’s when I blew my fuse.Grouchy boy

If I give in and give you cash,
We know how fast you’ll burn it,
If I say “no” you’ll have to think,
And maybe you’ll go earn it.
 
Yes you’ll be mad at stingy Dad,
Your friends will call me crazy,
But we both know when I say “Yes”,
It tends to make you lazy.
 
So this hurts inside as I stare you down,
You’re abhorred at my defiance,
But I don’t give in, it’s my job you see,
To teach you – self-reliance.
 
See I’m your father, not your friend,
And at times I do get – wordy,
But you need to learn this money thing,
So you don’t move home at thirty.
 
 
Steve
 
Believe me, I was not the perfect parent. But looking back on what it took to get our children to that point of self-reliance I think it was a little luck, a great partnership with a wife using the same playbook as I was and the ability to say no. I believe our first and most important job as a parent is teaching.
 
When we have the courage to say no when we need to – with a loving heart of course and when we know how to be a better teacher than a best friend to a child that desperately needs to learn life skills, our children will learn to be become not just financially responsible but responsible in all areas of their lives.
 
But, wait a second, let me amend one of those comments. It’s not just a parent’s courage to say “No!” it’s really more about saying, “What’s your plan?”  “Sure you can do that, sure you can buy that, sure you can… AND what’s your plan?”
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Fired for Multitasking!

Jul 28

Multitasking is my thing,Unemployed business exec
I do it all the time,
I juggle email, answer calls,
And think I’m doing fine.
 
100 things that must be done,
I cannot slow a bit,
I eat my lunch – update my blog,
And never make a slip!
 
I post a pic – I Tweet a bit,
I play a You Tube clip,
I type an email while I watch,
And then I hit submit.
 
Just sent an email to my girl,
To tell her she’s so hot,
I slip and hit my boss’s name!
My god my future’s shot!
 
This multitasking has a price,
When focus is required,
My boss replies,
“You think I’m hot?”
 
And that’s why I was fired!
 

 Steve Dahl

 

Oh we can multitask all day but if you want to be real about it, it just doesn’t work! We waste a lot of our time multitasking! If you’d like to learn how to gain 28% of your time back every day, check out my friend and great speaker, Michael Anderson’s video on The Amazing Way to Get Back 28% of Your Time!

Michael is the owner of Executive Joy, a great speaker and apparently, an anti-multitasker!

 

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Why Fake it ‘Till You Make it?

Jun 28

Contrary to your high integrity self,
Faking it may be a skill,Football_Player-_Ashleigh_Hopkin_Wikipedia
To not leave on the shelf.
 
Coincidentally, this fact is barely known,
The faking skills, you’re using,
Should not be done alone.
 
Realistically, you must practice them with zeal,
But not behind closed doors,
You must practice them for real.
 
Intentionally, you’re faking doubt,
Faking can be curative,
Yes, faking helps you out!
 
Experimentally, just fake it for a while,
Just fake it once, fake it twice,
‘Till fake becomes your style!
 
Understandably – when faking things so far,
It’s not at all surprising,
The fake is who you are.
 
And finally, how faking should be done,
Is… fake it ‘till you make it,
And see what you’ve become!
 

Studies show that “acting as if…” is not exactly being phony. “Faking it” can be a skill to get you where you want to be. That doesn’t mean you have to  lie or act in inauthentic ways, it simply means you act with the confidence of a world-class athlete. They ALL believe they are number one. EVERY ONE of them believes they are going to win the competition!

So, what do you believe? How is your belief system shaping who you will become?

Steve

Image Courtesy Wikipedia.com.

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Creepy Things

May 29

There are creepy things,
That make me quiver,
That make me squirm,
And make me shiver.spider
 
But certain creatures,
Gross me out,
They make me twist
And make me shout.
 
If you don’t know,
This kind of fear,
You haven’t seen one,
Lurking here!
 
As I was sitting,
In my seat,
This ugly creature,Little miss
I did meet.
 
I didn’t see her,
Headed there,
Until she sat,
Upon my chair.
 
I was surprised,
At her large size,
That hairless face
With two large eyes.
 
I didn’t think,
She meant me harm,
Until I heard,
Her shrill alarm!
 
She whaled and yelled,
And then she cried,
I tried to run,
I really tried!
 
She screamed so loud,
In her alarm,
How could she think,
I’d do her harm?
 
She weighed a million,
Pounds I knew,
And swatted at me,
With her shoe.
 
I ran beneath,
That chair so fast,
In hopes her panicked,
Mood would pass.
 
So if you run,
Into these creatures,
With two long legs,
And scary features.
 
Remember not,
To sit beside her,
Especially if you’re,
A hairy spider!
 
Oh come on now. Don’t tell me a little spider can scare the wits out of you! How do you think the poor spider feels! Now you know. So, on that note, today you are going to face all your fears with courage and, well, maybe a big shoe behind your back in case you need to whack something. Now get out there! 
 
Steve 
 
Image courtesy Wikipedia.
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This is NOT What I Ordered!

May 25

This is not what I ordered,
Please send my life back!
Erica is the first female paraplegic to climb to over 19,000 feet on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Erica is the first female paraplegic to climb to over 19,000 feet on Mt Kilimanjaro.

There’s been a mistake!
And my life is off track!
 
This is not what I ordered,
I have plans to unfold,
I see climbing and biking,
And competing for gold!
 
But life changed in an instant,
When my legs wouldn’t go,
My heart screamed “Get going!”
But my body said “No!”

An inspirational and educational leader, Erica speaks to audiences of all ages and shares her powerful insights while inspiring us all to CLIMB!

An inspirational and educational leader, Erica speaks to audiences of all ages and shares her powerful insights while inspiring us all to CLIMB!

This is not what I ordered!
This is not what I planned,
But this IS what I’m given,
I’ve been dealt a new hand.
 
But there’s no time for sorrow,
For the life I’ve been handed,
Now my Spirit says “Go!”
Begin where you’ve landed.
 
There are mountains to climb,
There are races to win,
I can still reach my goals,
As I reach deep within.
 
World class triathlete, Erica Davis, competes as part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Team USA.

World class triathlete, Erica Davis, competes as part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Team USA.

You can climb any mountain,
When your vision gets clear,
You can win any race,
When you let go of fear.
 
This is not what I ordered,
So I choose a new track,
I am living my dream,
And I’m not looking back!
 

After hearing about competitive athlete, Erica Davis, I went to her website. Here is a woman who lost all feeling from the chest down in the midst of launching her health and fitness career. This amazing athlete did not lose a beat just because of a little paralysis. Nope. She went out a climbed a frickin’ mountain!

Now, I’ve been known to complain a bit about my own aches and pains or the challenges in my life but after reading this woman’s website and hearing more about her story, I am inspired. I am inspired to ignore the trivial and focus on the dreams. I am inspired to forget the fears and get going with my life. I encourage you to take a look at your life’s challenges, then look at Erica’s. You too will be inspired.

Check out the story of Erica Davis – global athlete, advocate, and adventurer at: www.GoWithErica.com. Images courtesy of gowitherica.com.

Steve

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