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Oct 24, 2005


Larry Borsato

I've been at that crossroad for a while. How do you allow yourself to "know what you know"? Or more correctly, how to you know you're there? And I definitely have a focus problem.

Lisa Haneberg

E - I think your points are great and we should give up goals that we have already given up in our hearts (even if we do not know this yet).

It is a bit more tricky when dealing with goals that take a long time - like a degree, a huge project, or writing a book. And doubly tricky when you have committed to complete this goal (like to a publisher). Sometimes I fall in and out of love several times with a book I am writing, but I cannot abandon it as I have make a legally binding agreement to complete it. And really, I am always glad that I finish it.

I often think that the reason we become disinterested has to do with another post of yours - that we are not present with it.

I think we both hang on too long to goals and we don't hang on to them long enough. Depends on the situation.

The person I need to say both NO and YES to more often is myself. I should say no to more things that distract me and say yes to those goals that light me up.

Evelyn Rodriguez

Lisa, Speaking to goals that you've committed to legally (or not). Dozens of times in the midst of writing the essay for More Space, I wondered why I had committed to doing it. I stuck with it because a) it WAS a commitment although certainly one I could back out of b) more importantly, as much as I struggled I knew the reluctance was because I was rising to my own potential. It was a stretch. But clearly one I was aligned with regardless of the reluctance. Reluctance doesn't indicate no heart is there. Heck, I've been reluctant to write this book that's haunting me.

Sure, stick to commitments you've already made to others, but observe where you REALLY commit. Be aware where you are moving to.

Abraham Maslow talks of the biblical Jonah story, and how we evade our calling. That's not the quitting I'm talking about. The discarding just happens of its own. And then you note LATER that you have discarded it. But I had a tendency to cling to PAST investments (not necessarily future commitments). I'm talking more our evolution (the man doesn't mourn that he isn't an amoeba anymore), but evolution from personal perspective.

This is a tough post to convey what I mean fully.

Lee, HOW do you allow yourself to know what you know? The secret is in word 'allow'. Thanks, I'll make this a topic for a post. The Jonah story might be illuminating too:

"It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet." - Franz Kafka

Mike Sansone

"Our past isn't as important to our future as our present is to us right now." (unable to conjure up who said that)

Another secret - take a concious part with the conversations going on inside ourselves. Then, be accountable for everything that happens in your life.

God had the Isralites take 40 laps to learn a lesson. Once they did, they got into the Promised Land. Sometimes, it's about taking another lap to learn the lesson.

"You are the product of your own thinking processes and whatever you're thinking about today is the cornerstone of your tomorrow." - Thomas Sikking

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