Life is Like an Etch-A-Sketch

Posted by 17 November, 2008

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your life was like a Etch-A-Sketch? Dr. Daniel Drubin wrote in Letting Go of Your Bananas:

Take a good, hard look at what you have and, if you don’t like what you see, shake things up. You get to create a new vision as often as you are unwilling to accept some of the limiting pictures in your life.

Is life that simple? Can you change the direction of your life that easily? I contend that if people are fed up with the direction in their life, they will change. It’s a matter of someone’s motivation being greater than their dislike for their direction in life. Otherwise, it’s the path of least resistance and that usually doesn’t lend itself towards change.

Mike King at Learn This recently wrote a great post on motivation that is a great read and pertinent to helping you find the motivation to change!

Once you decide you are going to change, you certainly need direction and focus otherwise you’ll get lost or easily distracted. Dr. Daniel Drubin has some great guidelines to consider as you become the CEO of your life.

1. Think one step ahead and always have a backup plan for whatever you are doing; don’t put all of your plans in one basket.

2. Understand and effectively utilize the power of your personal affirmations and self talk.

3. Be childlike in your unwillingness to accept no as an answer.

4. Live the principles of TELL – Teaching, earning, laughing, learning.

5. Always deliver more than you promise.

6. When given the choice regarding how to think and behave, always choose limitless over limited.

7. With a dramatic need for speed, decide to break the speed barrier for changing your life.

8. Become more purposeful in your thoughts, actions, and attitudes.

9. Eliminate the eighth day of the week: “Someday”.

Are you the CEO of your life? If so, what are some of your guidelines?

Photo by Eliya

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November 18, 2008

I agree with you. Making a drastic change and shaking things up is easier said than done. We humans are creatures of habit. Besides, if you have dependents it makes it a bit harder to shake things up, since you are taking others with you when you leave the comfort zone. Are your dependents as ready as you are?

Posted by vilkri
November 21, 2008

I love the idea of eliminating “someday”. I think you’re onto something here, and every new idea we learn brings us closer to our goals. 🙂

November 21, 2008

Hey Vilkri,

Great point. My wife and I have actually run into that. Fortunately she is able to put up with me as I “shake things up”.
-HIB

Posted by HIB
November 21, 2008

@ Nathalie – Thanks for the comment. I can only imagine how productive I’d be if I left “someday” out of my vocabulary.

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