Archive for October 2016

Change your chair


I’ve mentioned it before, but I don’t mind mentioning it again—I’m currently working on a book and I’m very excited about it! I’m about 95% complete and will be sending it to the publisher soon for their edits.

As I near the finish line, I find myself second-guessing the flow and structure of the book. I’m finding this new thought process to be more mentally taxing and harder to accomplish at the desk where I typically do my CPA work. When I attempt to focus on being a “writer” at my office desk, I find that my mind drifts back to my CPA to-do list. I attempt to reduce all distractions by closing all my computer programs and browsers, but I still get distracted.

I considered the possibility that perhaps I lacked discipline. But, it’s really not that I’m undisciplined. I’m very productive with my distractions! And nothing else in my life indicates that I’m lazy or undisciplined: I run a business that employs ten people and I operate a very active farm. If I’m undisciplined, I would never have accomplished the success I’ve achieved in my life.

However, I realized I need different sights, smells and sounds to help me change my focus. I’ve realized that when I’m sitting at my CPA desk, I’m a CPA. I’m not a writer. So I need to change my chair. I need to sit somewhere else—the library, a coffee shop or even a different room in my home. I’ve realized that if I’m going to do something different than what I normally do, I may need to change my chair.

I’m taking this realization into other areas of my life and I encourage you to do the same. When you work on your strategic planning for the next year, go someplace new. I used to think people were rude for taking up seating in a restaurant working on their laptop, but now I get it. They’re changing their chair and changing their focus.


Is it an ordeal or an adventure?


Everything in your life is one of two things: It’s either an ordeal or an adventure. Your attitude determines which one it is.

I can look at my childhood and recall that my closest sibling was nine years older than me. When I turned nine years old, my brother moved out and from that point on I was an only child. I was a lonely kid. I didn’t have anyone to play with who was always around. When we traveled, my parents would go golfing and I was bored. I didn’t have any guaranteed playmates.

You might hear that and think it was an ordeal. But I was nine and unencumbered.

When I picked up a stick, it was suddenly Excalibur. I didn’t have anyone telling me otherwise. When my parents went golfing, I knew I would have four hours to myself to let my imagination run wild. It became an adventure.

Your attitude creates the ordeal or the adventure. Things are going to happen to you that you can’t control. How you interpret each situation and how you play it back determines whether it’s an ordeal or an adventure.

Maintaining a positive attitude is critical when you want to achieve anything, or even just improve the quality of your life. Most success literature will talk about the power of positive thinking and how important it is. But you don’t need to spend a lot of time reading to figure out what things in your life are ordeals or adventures.

If your life is full of ordeals, what perspective change can you look for to turn them into adventures?