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Holy Week

Hello everyone!  I apologize for my lack of posting.  Considering the movement of the Lenten season into Holy Week, I will not be blogging until after Easter.  I wish everybody a blessed feast day and a joyous holiday!  Cheers!

Opportunity Day – 4/9 – Setting a Goal

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen…to Opportunity Day!  Whoo!

If you don’t know what Opportunity Days are, they happen every Wednesday.  On Opportunity Days, we attempt to excel in every moment, in every decision, in every opportunity.  We strive to subordinate our personal desires and fleeting fancies to the overriding values of self-betterment that we hold dear.

Basically, Opportunity Days are like hard workout days…but for the soul.  For the mind.  For the self.  Opportunity Days are the days where we operate at a level we’ve never reached before.

Today’s Opportunity Day is going to be shorter, sweeter, simpler than my usual rant (you’re welcome:D).  Today’s Opportunity Day is going to be about kicking it back to the basics, about re-evaluating the actions of the self, about revisiting the most basic steps of improvement.

Today’s Opportunity Day is about setting a goal.  Simply setting a goal.

Goals are simple things, and that makes it easy for us to forget how powerful they are, it makes it easy for us to miss how effective and impactful they can be.  Simply by setting a goal, by writing one down, we have more direction in life.  We have a well-defined idea of a component of our desired future.  We have a target to gaze at from far away as we draw our bows.

So I simply want you to set a goal.

I just wrote down 5 short term-goals (goals to fulfill within the day) and 5 long-term goals (to fulfill over time, but to act towards every day) in about 3 minutes.  So all I’m asking from you today is 3 minutes, 3 minutes of your time.  I mean, I scribbled down 5 little bullet points on a Post-It!  But I can carry my goals with me in my back pocket now, check in on them every so often, maybe even scratch the daily ones off when I complete them, like a to-do list of sorts.  I can now check my actions throughout the day, and see how harmonious they are with my goals.

So set a goal–it doesn’t matter whether or not you reach it.  It will put you through the steps of defining expectations, of gearing action towards expectations, and of acting.  It’s simple, but effective.  Basic, but powerful.  3 minutes, just 3 minutes long!   But impactful.


Went Out And Got It

Okay, I’ve been presented with a question several times, and it’s an important question, and those who asked it did so with good reason.  I’ve always wanted to answer it well, so I’ve worked on an answer for a long period of time, and I think I’ve got one, and I also think it’s important to share it with you.

The question is best presented via example.

I’ll be honest with you, school comes easily to me.  I don’t really have to work hard at the curricula, I don’t have to do homework to understand the problem sets.  And that’s not really fair to the kids who have to work.  Like, some people might be naturally better jugglers than me, but that’s voluntary, extraneous activity.  School is mandatory, and for some people to be naturally better at it than others…well, that’s terribly unfair.

So the question followed:  “How is it fair that you, Ben, can not study for a test and get a 97, when I study for 2 hours the night before and get an 85?  How is that okay?”

And I didn’t know what to say.  I got the question more than once, and I probably asked other people that question, too, regarding other things.  And what was the answer?

See, I tried to say that it was okay, because undoubtedly someone without the proclivity for assessments that I possess is better than me at something else.  But the caveat is that school is, again, essentially mandatory.  We must do it, we basically HAVE to get good grades if we have even a shadow of a care for our future.  So it’s not even remotely fair, it simply isn’t.

So what’s the answer?

The answer is the man who met the sunrise.

There was a village in a distant country, and it was centered in a beautiful field, in the plains, with rolling hills on the horizon.  And every morning, the sun peeked out over the rolling hills, the golden rays of a new day filled the sky with radiant brilliance; it was a sight to see.

But there was a man who never saw it.  He never saw it because every morning, he walked the long and difficult distance to the coast, and he saw the sunrise there.  He saw the sun struggle its way through the clouds along the sea, he watched the sun feebly push through the dense mist, he carefully observed the sun as it hoisted itself from the depths of the ocean.

So, why did the man travel all the way to the coast to see a sunshine all the less picturesque?

Because the worth..the value…it’s not in the sunrise.  It’s in the action.

That’s the answer right there–the value is in the action, and correspondingly, the action demonstrates the value.  Like, the reason why the man traveled so far to see a terrible sunrise is because he valued the sunrise at such a high level, he couldn’t wait the extra time it took to see it.

Like think about it, really.  One man stayed in place for the sunrise, and the other man went to go meet the sunrise.  So who cares about the quality of the sunrise?!–one man clearly valued the sunrise more, one man was willing to give for the sunrise.  If you stayed in place, does it really matter what you got, even if what you got was great?  If you did no work..does your product really have any worth?

So when one students gets an A and the next a B, who gained more–the student with the A, right?

Not even kinda.

Because if the A student didn’t have to work, didn’t have to put in one second of his time to study, then it doesn’t matter if he produced a perfect store, all he did was adequate, all he produced was mediocrity!

And if the B student put in time, if he put in work, if he put in hours, then it doesn’t matter if he barely scraped that B off of the floor, what he produced was good!  He actually did produce something, you know?  He gained something!

No really though, this is it, I can’t have you miss this:

What A student has, he simply got.

What B student has, he went out and got it.

HE WENT OUT AND GOT IT!  Like, for real, what he possesses, he earned; what he owns, he went out and he worked for; what he received was a product of his actions.  He went out and got it!!!!

So why is it fair that the A student got a better grade without working?

Because the B student actually gained something.

The A student did gain something, yes, he gained an A.  But what the B student gained was far more important, was far more relevant, was far more important.  The B student learned what it means, what it takes…to go out and get it.

He went out and got it!