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Sieze the Day

19 Sep 2015   Shanti Gowans

Adam wishing to marry farmer's Joe's beautiful daughter Jessica, went to farmer Joe to ask his permission.

Farmer Joe looked Adam over and said, "Son, go stand out in that field. I'm going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry Jessica."

Adam stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull.

The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull Adam had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. Adam had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one, Adam thought. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across Adam's face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed… but the bull had no tail!


If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in your life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviours and attitudes, or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.
You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to know all the answers. You don't have to already be successful
You don't have to be anything other than who you are right now. Life is full of opportunities. Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult. But once we let them pass (often in hope of something better), those opportunities may never again be available. Cease the day.
Raise Your Standards
To unleash the power and drive within all of us that can move mountains and overcome obstacles to get where we want to go really comes down to setting a new, higher standard. We are all driven to seek fulfillment, but we will often settle for comfort, where we want the result without the effort. Tell yourself that you will no longer settle for a life of passive indifference. If you want the ultimate rewards, you must live by the ultimate standards; you must decide right now to turn all of your “shoulds” into “musts.”
What are you no longer willing to settle for in your life?

Change Your Limiting Beliefs

In order to create the life you desire, you must change any beliefs that are limiting you. (Remember, a belief is nothing but a feeling of certainty about what something means.) Ask yourself what has been keeping you from accomplishing all that you deserve. Is it a belief that you aren’t strong enough, rich enough, that you don’t have enough time? You must defy those beliefs, eradicate them from your consciousness and replace them with new, empowering ones. Now is the time to author a new story, one of love, achievement and impact.

• Adopt an Effective Strategy

High standards and empowering beliefs are not enough; you must develop an intelligent strategy for success. And this is easier than it sounds! Success leaves clues; you can model others who have achieved the same things you desire. But it’s not about positive thinking; you must be willing to take massive action toward your goals.

Of course, it’s important to stop to enjoy the simple pleasures that life offers. But a life without challenges, without opportunities to grow beyond your current confines, will most certainly lead to dissatisfaction. The ultimate state of grace is one in which you are happy and driven, where you’re applying these three keys to create an extraordinary quality of life.

Here are some basic suggestions that drive performance in a highly competitive world
Execution is Everything
It is your right and responsibility (dharma) to do everything you can to execute. Contrary to popular belief, it's not what you know, or even who you know that matters most. The skill and priority asset that will allow you to finish strongly is your ability to execute. Period. Execution serves as judge, jury and executioner of your performance. Act boldly. Enforce challenges and urgency. Be deliberate.
Behavior Never Lies
Most individuals and businesses are "sloppy" about how they execute so there is a treasure trove of untapped opportunity just begging to be unleashed. Deploy every best practice you need in order to drive the results you desire. Be relentless. The pain of regret far exceeds the pain of determination, which is temporary. 
Start the day with something that gives you energy. 
Going for a run, hitting the yoga mat, meditation or pranayama first thing Monday morning gets your body moving and creates positive energy to begin your day.
To prioritise your activities and boundaries, start saying 'No'. Have a short 'yes' list and a long 'no' list. Commitment precedes action. 

Make a list of tasks to do on Monday and schedule it into your calendar as the first appointment of the day. Rather than starting the workweek with a blank slate, reminding yourself of the priorities for the day can help you to save lots of time.

Finish Strong
Yes, well begun is half done. But that is not the entire story. It's not just the first, but the last step in the marathon, the last shot in the basket, the last volley in tennace, the last swing  of the bat, that makes the lasting difference, for that is where the game is won, and this is why you must always finish strong. Refuse to die. If your back is up against the wall, accepting disaster and setbacks, engineer your comback and redeem yourself. Finishing strong also helps close executioon gaps. it is the completion of your commitment and the one thing that allows you to place an exclamation point on the quality and quantity of your efforts.  
Everything Counts
Everything you do either compliments or comprises, impresses or disappoints, builds up or tears down, turns on or turns off, adds or subtracts. Absolutely nothing is neutral. Everything counts. It's about understanding and accelerating the relationshiop between cause and effect (karma). There will never be a day that won't require intent, engagement, strict discipline, commitment, action, and hyper accountability. Make everything count.
Success Loves Speed
The ability to compress and shorten the amount of time it takes to turn any goal, idea, project or problem into a successful outcome is a devastating competitive advantage, and one that you can use to fast track any goal.
Building momentum provides a powerful platform. The old rules do not apply any more. It's no longer about the big eating the small, it's the fast who eat the slow. Get serious. Speed things up wisely.   Ignite the flame. Manage its direction and tragectory. 
Reconnect with colleagues,Find a mentor
Consider doing appropriate social visits. A simple "at water cooler conversation" sometimes can be a motivator to get in and get started. Finding a mentor to help you work through those underlying issues could help get rid of the blues.
My greatest wish is that at the end of the day, this year, or your life for that matter, there be no excuses, no explanations and absolutely no regrets. What does it take? Vision. Passion. Action. Carpe diem, sieze the moment.




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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

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