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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

The quickest hour of the workday is lunchtime. Even if the morning seemed to crawl from one minute to the next at an alarmingly slow pace, the lunch hour is virtually guaranteed to make up for it. On the days when I don’t have a meeting or errands to run, I nuke my homemade lunch and sit at my desk reading and checking the news on Facebook, Twitter and online newspapers–sometimes simultaneously. Hey, the lunch hour is only so long, so I have to attempt to multitask.

Lunchtime at desk - tofu and rice and a salad (cookies later!)

Lunchtime at desk – tofu and rice and a salad (cookies later!)

The book on success principles is still perched on my desk’s bookshelf, waiting to give sage advice:

Principle #9 – Success Leaves Clues. What does that mean? Well, here’s a clue–actually, the answer. At that moment, when the feeling of admiration–or envy–crosses my brain and I think, “I would like to do that”, why not find a way to do it? Find a book, manual, website, teacher or mentor that will help the idea become a reality. Chances are, whatever I aspire to do has been done before (nothing new under the sun and all that). Tap into that resource and get going. Success leaves clues. Seek and ask.

Principle #10 – Release the Brakes. The “brakes” keep us secure and warm in our comfort zones. The trouble is, there’s no growth in a comfort zone (that’s what makes it comfortable). There’s a sad but effective illustration in the book, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You are to Where You Want to Be. From their earliest days, some (not the wild ones, of course) baby elephants are trained to be confined in a very small space. The trainer ties its leg with a rope to a wooden post which confines the baby elephant to its comfort zone. Because the rope is stronger than the baby elephant can pull, he learns to stay in the defined area.

Eventually, that baby elephant will grow to the two-ton, vegetarian giant that we see in zoos who could easily snap a rope to shreds, but does he? No. Why not? Training. From the time he was a baby elephant, he was trained to stay in small space, a habit he keeps well into adulthood. Sad, huh? We do this to ourselves all the time: I can’t do that. I tried that before and it didn’t work (testing the rope). Or worse, it didn’t work for so-and-so; it won’t work for me. Ah, the comfort of growth-killing beliefs. The good news is that we can affirm what we want, create new internal images of having, doing or being what we want and change our behavior.

Principle #11 – See What You Want, Get What You See. The one-word synopsis of this principle is visualization. We have heard that term before. It can be conceptual–allowing your mind to create a mental picture of creating the goal, like imagining doing a great job of giving a presentation. It can be tangible such as finding or drawing actual pictures of what you want, such as keeping a picture of your dream house handy. It may sound crazy or unrealistic, but if a person can’t visualize the goal, how can it be achieved?

Having used up the final minutes of my lunch hour, I clean off my desk of the newspaper, books, notepaper, lunch debris and close down Google and reach for the stack of work awaiting my undivided attention. Three more hours until the workday is officially finished? Bring it.