Three Essentials for a Banana Free Living

Posted by 10 November, 2008

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I’m currently reading Letting Go of Your Bananas. Bananas in this instance, are the positive and negative things in your life. Like life, there are good bananas and rotten bananas. This book aims to help you become more successful by getting rid of everything rotten in your life.

The first piece of advice is to:

1. Maintain a willingness to be coached

I think this holds true in all facets of life. Of the successful people I know, many of them have mentors (similar to a coach). If someone isn’t willing to take the advice of others and learn from other people’s successes and failures, they may find it difficult to obtain the type of success they desire. I think in general, the intent of this statement is for individuals to keep an open mind and be willing to learn from others.

2. Develop a consistently powerful work ethic

Nothing is going to come easy. If you want something, you are going to have to work for it. Michael Jordan didn’t become the best basketball player of all time overnight. He had to work for it. On the other hand, you don’t want to end up on the extreme other side of the scale where you are putting your health at risk as has been the case in Japan as reported by the Washington Post. Zen Habits has a great post about Balance Between Life and Work.

3. Always be crystal clear about the direction of your life

If you want to know where you are going in life, you need goals. Goals are great, but they need to be manageable or else you’ll get frustrated and quit. Steve Pavlina has a great post on How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve. One thing I have done to help me achieve my goals is to start a blog. Here are My Goals for the Remainder of 2008. There are a few reasons why I started a blog to help achieve my goals.

1. I want you, the reader, to help keep me accountable. I don’t want to look like a douche bag for not completing at least most of my goals. I’ll admit though that most of my goals for this year focus on being consistent. In my opinion, that’s probably my biggest problem.

2. My goals are written down on my blog. I look at them from just about anywhere in the world and I don’t have the opportunity to lose another piece of paper :).

3. My blog helps me with my biggest problem, consistency. There have been a few night where I have really not felt like putting up a post. The recent work travel has really limited my time spent at home where I usually type up my post. However, I have consistently posted 3 times per week (2 posts and 1 Cool Links of the Week) since June so I am very happy about that.

Photo by Pamela Heywood

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Comments
November 10, 2008

Culling out the bad bananas is a good habit to develop. I read your list of goals for 2008. Very aggressive and impressive! How are you progressing?

I submitted this article to StumbleUpon. Great job!

November 10, 2008

Hey Jeff!

Thanks for the comment. I’ve got about half of my goals wrapped up. The one area that needs attention in regards to my goals is real estate investing. I’m focusing on that area more and I will definitely post an update closer to the end of the year.
Thanks for asking!
-HIB

Posted by admin
November 10, 2008

I enjoyed this article very much! I have been using the power of visualization and affirmations to achieve my goals effectively. I have found the concept of changing negative thoughts and habits into positive ones to be a powerful tool! Check out this book I’ve been using to make sure I’m on the right path: http://www.TheVisionBoardKit.com. It actually explains how all of these concepts in conjunction with using vision boards can help transform your goals into reality!

Posted by Ron Towns
November 11, 2008

This post confirms why I like reading your blog. Personal finance is only the means to an end. The end goal is to lead a happy life with as few worries as possible.

Posted by vilkri
November 13, 2008

Hey Ron!

Thank you so much for the suggestion. Good stuff!
-HIB

Posted by HIB
November 13, 2008

Hello Vikri!

Wow! Thank you so much for the compliment. It certainly sounds like we are on the same page!
-HIB

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