Make Better Choices and then Never…Never…Give-up

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“No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back. – Sheryl Swoopes

 Never Never…Give-up”  Steve Jobs

Reflection: In order to live a less stressful and more productive life we need to take control of our negative self-talk by monitoring our thinking and emotions. We can put ourselves more in control of these “inner demons” by eliminating words that trigger negativity. You ask what are these words well the ones I struggle with are  the “shoulds…have to’s… that I tell myself. By being more attuned to these inner triggers you can replace them and focused on things we Want to do…in doing this you are ” playing to win”  in life rather than just “sleep walking” or being “stuck” in your daily routines and activities.  

What is it that motivates or drives us to do what we do? We tend to give more thought to our grocery list or shopping trips to the mall than we do to these important questions—of why we do what we do. Seldom do we reflect on what is the generating force behind our daily living itself—what fuels our movement toward personal development and growth?

Some might think this question is too obvious to be worth asking. Others might think it a silly topic or too deep to worry about. Perhaps it is all three of these things. In any case, it is not an easy topic, but I know of no other one that is more important because we all have to make choices and decisions that shape who we are and our quality of life.  I believe that making choices  is the core driver for creating a meaningful and fulfilling life. It is often said that “where there is a choice, there are consequences.” And yet most of us spend most of our time reacting to what comes at us and very little time trying to understand the consequences of our choices and the why we do what we do.

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Daily Quote and Reflection: Living an Integrated and Zen Life

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The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”  Zen Priest 

Reflection: This Zen quote is summarized by me as the ideal of living a holistic and integrated life. It points out that a life which is meaningful is what it is. No judgments, subtraction, contradictions or false masks.  It reminds me of the old saw that “Playing to Win in Life” is the ability to focus, stay in the moment and having the courage to do the best you can…

Action Assignment: Where are you on a 1 (low) and 10(high) scale of living an integrated, meaningful and authentic life? What can you do to increase your ability to live a ZEN life ?  

Daily Quotes and Reflection: Pay attention too little things and Be Ready

Quote :“Being a starter for the game is not a big factor in who’s going to win. What counts is being ready at any moment to help the team on the floor or on the bench, once in the game playing with focus and staying in the game and at all times playing at full capacity, and doing your best.” Coach John Wooden

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”  John Wooden 

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Want to find meaning in life? Try “Playing to Win”

“All life, whatever its present form, is seeking to pursuit meaning and purpose so we mustn’t put boundaries on our own potential. Our limitations are nothing more than our own expectations to limit ourselves.” MWH

When I was coach of a middle school basketball team, one of our fundamental team principles was to focus on the fundamentals of basketball: learn to dribble with your head up, shoot with both hands, keep your elbow in when shooting, move your feet on defense, talk to each other, and practice these techniques outside of practice. To my surprise one day after practice a player approached me and said: coach, if I am to practice at home, can you show me how to shoot? Continue reading “Want to find meaning in life? Try “Playing to Win””