What does Sunday, 12 am, New Years and most importantly tomorrow have in common? They’re the start! You are a great promoter of these events but a lousy showman. “Wait until tomorrow.” “Wait until the 1st.” “Wait until New Years.” You wait, get off to a bad start, which affects the rest of the show, then begin hyping the next event. What is your obsession with the number one? Hmmm? 2 may not be as straight as 1 but that doesn’t mean you should count yourself out if you get off to a bad start. Mr. The Ending Is Everything, hey, the start is important too. It should be planned, also. Let’s put that jive-turkey November in our rearview mirror and concentrate on the reindeer in headlights. Hmmm? You are NOT watching Psych tonight! You are NOT going to sleep at 10; you are going to sleep at 9. You’re waking that butt up at 4 in the morning and not going back to sleep if you randomly wake up earlier. Hmmm? No more of November’s distractions! A new evil rises!
Har-old, if yesterday was the last day of your life, are you happy with how you spent it? The answer is no, isn’t it? So, Har-old, what are you going to do today to make the answer a YES! tomorrow morning? Hmmm? And oh, no cheating, you have to ask, answer the question, while looking at me in the mirror.
Think forward in time to the point where you wish you would have achieved a certain result and imagine you haven’t achieved it.
Sit down with a piece of paper answering the question, “If only I’d . . . I would have achieved it.” What are those dots?
Write whatever ideas come to mind. If your mind gives you an answer, don’t question it at this stage. You can edit later.
Reason this works so well is that it uses the two main feelings that causes us to take action, that’s pain and pleasure. The avoidance of pain and the gaining of pleasure.
If you feel like you ought to have achieved the result and you’re telling yourself you haven’t then you are strongly prompted to look for solutions.
Because you’ve triggered away motivation. Away motivation is the catalyst for action. Towards motivation prompts the continuation of action.
Another way to gain is to imagine you wanted to achieve a certain result by a certain time and that Yes! you did do it. With the positive feelings in mind, actually imagine the pleasure you will experience. Remembering you’re imagining you HAVE done it not that you will do it. Answer the question, “I did it because I’d …” What are those dots?
Again. Write down whatever your mind says.
Another way is to take a random noun. This can be picked from a dictionary or book. Ask your mind to associate that noun with the problem, opportunity or circumstances at hand. By making your mind make strange associations and connections, you will be surprised at what answers float into your consciousness. It’s reported that Edward De Bono, the man responsible for the expression, lateral thinking, used the word cheese to come up with the idea of televisions with picture-in-picture. Taking the word cheese and thinking what cheese has that t.v could have. Holes? What holes? Eventually leading to holes in the screen to see what was on the other channels.
- The Not-So-Secret Key to Creativity (tambaya.wordpress.com)
Your two fortune cookies from July 22, 2011 …
Linger over dinner discussions this week for needed advice.
Tiera. IHop. Yeebizan. Original plan.
This fortune cookie came true.
Your other fortune cookie …
Remember three months from this date! Your lucky star is shining.
It’s not October 22, 2011 but the progress you’re making tells me this one will come true as well.
Mark your calendar. You’re creating your own luck!
Let’s do this, Har-old.
I love you!
P.S. Eat more Chinese!
Just like Steve Jobs, I want this quote to make a strong impression on you.
From now on, every morning, I want you to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”
But I think this question is better in hindsight than foresight.
So, I want you to ask yourself this, “If yesterday was the last day of my life, am I happy with how I spent it?”
If the answer is “NO!” for 3 consecutive days, you NEED to change something. Something, Har-old. You have to! This is a must.
Apply what I told you in 3 Months To Live.
As I’m writing this to you, I’m listening to some music from your time. It’s this Kanye West song called Drunk And Hot Girls. He just dropped a gem that is proper for this letter:
You only live once; do whatever you like.
P.S. Listen to the third story from Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech over and over until you get it. My favorite lines was, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Are you inspired yet?
No matter what happens, don’t move. If you feel like you have to scratch your nose, don’t move. If your ass itches, don’t move. It will go away. Just sit still. And as the stillness begins to settle, things that are happening on the outside become less important. Some thoughts come into your mind, but you’ll begin to realize how insignificant they are. You’ll find the distractions will eventually disappear. The way you’ll make the distractions disappear is by focusing on your breath.
Har-old, have you noticed every time you find that comfortable spot where you can cross your legs, close your eyes and meditate, you itch … somewhere … your nose, your butt, your head?
Sometimes the uncomfortable sensation of the itch takes control of your thoughts and fills your mind with scratching, eventually forcing your hand.
Other times you ignore the uncomfortable sensation by taking possession of your mind with thoughts of comfortable sensations and the itch just disappears.
Okay. It’s obvious which one I prefer. So, here’s the connection …
The only time a distraction is doing some good is when you’re diverting your attention from something worrying and unpleasant to something different or more pleasurable. Only time.
But when you are doing that “pleasurable” and “desirable” thing and you let something of lesser importance or even another interest distract you, you are scratching your skin completely off. Concentrate on ONE thing at a time. Remember: The jack of all trades is seldom good at any.
This is what I want …
Set aside one day (every week on the same day) as self-organization day. Think and plan for several hours on self-organization day. Every hour for the following week should be scheduled. WRITE YOUR SCHEDULE DOWN! I would tell you to allow room for flexibility but this could be a distraction in itself and cause you to drift. So, make your schedule tight!
Self-organization day will increase your thinking ability and doing of things in their order of importance. The day will improve your foresight and raise your planning level. The day will help you save future time and make you look at yourself in disgust for how unorganized you use to be.
That’s not for me! I can’t do that sort of thing-live on a schedule. I wouldn’t be happy.
Well, I’ve got good news for you. You are already living on a schedule. And, if it’s not a planned one, it’s probably a poor one.
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it, you know. I just do things.
Was he telling the truth? Or was he just manipulating Harvey? This is the part where you get confused. Why? Because the things The Joker did in The Dark Knight was so complex and impossible that he HAD … to plan them for months, maybe even years. Well, I’m here to reveal to you that he was telling the truth. The Joker is a mastermind at improvising criminal activities.
I cringe when you waste time planning, over-planning and never doing. So, I’m stepping in to develop chaotic thinking patterns.
- Lower your level of inhibition which will allow you to plan accordingly with complex and impossible plans.
- How to lower your level of inhibition? Stop self-reflecting! Har-old, you either over-think and never do, or do then over-think what you’ve just done and think negative results. Cure the former by doing it the moment you start to over-think, no matter if you’re “ready” or not; cure the latter with patience and thought-changing.
- How to stop self-reflecting? Be a kid again. This will be easy since you have a child-like imagination. Ever heard the phrase, “Children are innocent?” Guess what? They’re not. Children aren’t innocent; they’re powerful. How? As Robert Greene said, “Children may be naïve in many ways, but they often act from an elemental need to gain control over those around them. Children suffer greatly from feeling powerless in the adult world, and they use any means available to get their way.” Children do NOT know the difference between right and wrong. How cute? No! How genius??? When a child makes a “booboo” the parent has to point it out. Why? Because children aren’t hindered by reflection.