Turn ‘Dog Days’ Into Great Thinking and Planning Time
I was at the ‘beach’ last week with the g-kids (and some of their parents) doing some early morning reflection and some looooong bike rides from one end of the island to the other. I was struck by how AUGUST is viewed as such a down month, dog days of August/summer, no productivity, nobody around, nothing happening.
The fact is, it’s a TERRIFIC time to THINK… REFLECT… PLAN.
After Labor Day, the kids are back in school, there’s more focus on business and work, etc.
WHAT IF… you use these next few weeks to commit (to yourself) that you’re going to make some ‘BIG STUFF’ happen in September, October and November?
WHAT IF… you took some (a lot?!) time during these next few weeks to:
THINK BIG! Set some really Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Commit to stay at 30,000′. Take Quantum Leaps. Etc. Etc.
Special Note: One great way to get in the right frame of mind for this activity is to read some powerful ‘THINK BIG’ books. Here’s a couple of quick examples:
Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl. It’s said to be one of the ten best books ever written. If you’re looking for a great life philosophy read that applies to just about everything, Frankl’s book about Nazi war camps, attitude, purpose, etc. is a must read.
Think & Grow Rich. Supposedly, more people have pointed to this book as their turning point in their lives (me included) than any other book besides the Bible. DCA (Definite Chief Aim). Mastermind Group. Purpose. So much more.
- The Magic of Thinking Big. David Schwartz classic. Just reinforces the whole concept that it’s actually so much easier to do BIG STUFF than it is a bunch of small, mediocre stuff. MAGIC is just a great reminder of this concept.
*If you really want to go deep here. Grab Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success. Mine is 3” thick with a bright red cover. Hill’s copyright is 1937. My first reading (inscribed inside the cover) was 40 years after that on the 25th of May, 1977.
I actually think August is a terrific time to PLAN (First with the Head)… so that you can ENGAGE/EXECUTE/ACT (Then with the Heart).
This morning I just finished putting together a 90-Day Action Plan for September, October and November. I know WHAT I need to get done (at the highest level). I know WHY I need to do it and how it fits into life goals, business goals, etc. And I know HOW I can get it done.
Now all I’ve get to do is actually DO it.
*I even created a separate Journal this morning just for this Action Plan. WRITE IT DOWN. IT WILL HAPPEN.
We need to have more FUN! Practice NEOTONY. The dictionary says this is ‘juvenilism’ but I think of the word more about ACTING LIKE A CHILD. Be curious. Have fun. Ask questions.
If you want a special book on this, check out Serious Play by Michael Schrage.
P.S. I am called O.G. (Old Guy) by all my grandkids (and many others). One of my favorite authors of all time is OG Mandino who had a very powerful influence on my life in my early years. Here is an article from latest Success magazine on Og. Read any of his wonderful books for a real lift.