Behavior Change

Remembering What You Want

Amangiri    event by    Johnny Roxburgh   . Photography by    Cameron Clark   .

Amangiri event by Johnny Roxburgh. Photography by Cameron Clark.

“Discipline is remembering what you want.” – David Campbell

We eat this, not that and commit to exercise because we remember that what we want is to feel strong and healthy.

We say no to certain types of projects and clients because we remember which things we want to have more room to say yes to.

We create personal boundaries surrounding our businesses because we remember that we started our companies in order to have more focused time with family and the people we love the most.

We schedule time for reading/exploring/art museum visits because we remember that we want new ways of thinking and that those will only come by exposure to varied and new ideas.

We schedule time for marketing tasks because we remember that the benefits accumulate like compound interest over time and that it's best not to wait until the referral well is dry to start looking for new life-giving sources.

Discipline isn't a dirty word nor an impossible feat. It is making choices, day by day, hour by hour, that keep in mind what we really wanted in the first place.

Originally published October 2012

Being Generous In Your Everyday Life

The one question that will build a habit of generosity.

Photo by    Cameron Clark   .

Photo by Cameron Clark.

Generosity is a habit, and one that is first developed by noticing opportunities to add good to the lives of others.

If you want your subconscious to be working on identifying ways to be more generous while you go about your daily routine, ask yourself the question (out loud), "How can I add good to the lives of others this week?"

You may be surprised at the opportunities to make life easier for someone that seem to pop up out of nowhere. These didn't really come out of nowhere, you're just training yourself to notice them more often by asking yourself this simple question and allowing your brain to get to work.

Originally published May 2013

Making Change Happen

Photo by    Cameron Clark

Photo by Cameron Clark

We know what we’re supposed to do yet we don’t do it.

The solutions seem simple and trite.

Surely the people who are more successful have more complex routines and productivity secrets.

Surely profound life change doesn’t really come from small habits that add up like compound interest.

Write things down, set goals, carve out time in your schedule solely to sit and think, eat breakfast, drink enough water, stretch and move more, reply to emails quickly, send handwritten thank you notes. It’s all just a little too obvious.

The magic is in the obvious.

Originally published May 2014