I Gave Up.

Productivity, Spirituality, Temple Building
So it happened. I gave up. I run 50 miles a month. I’ve hit the magic number a few times now, but I knew October would be difficult. October was wonderful and busy and challenging, due in no small part to time in planes, rental cars and hotels. Traveling put a cramp in my otherwise clearly delineated exercise schedule. Treadmills? Yuck. Four a.m. wake up calls to get everything in? Definitely not. I decided to just run my miles whenever I could, and I’d adjust as needed. No ink on the calendar this month. Pencil only. Just in case. Early on, I accomplished two amazing personal victories, yet I was already behind. Might have to change my goal though, I'm not seeing a path to 50 after missing two runs…
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On accountability partners.

Personal Narrative, Productivity
Do you have an accountability partner?  I do. In fact, I work with groups and individuals to help hold myself accountable to my goals. It's one of my personal victory strategies, and I talk about it with Ben over at Literature Review HQ. This link takes you to Ben's site. There you can play the podcast from his page or download it for later.
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Spinning Wheels

Personal Narrative, Productivity
Let's make big goals. Every day, be clear about the task at hand. Ambiguity and ambivalence are the cause for spinning one's wheels and getting nowhere. Challenge yourself unremittingly until you seize victory and success. ~Daisaku Ikeda, Nichiren Buddhist philosopher Lately, I have not been clear about the tasks at hand. I have neither reviewed, revisited, nor reconsidered my goals, big or otherwise. There are certain tasks I must complete for my job, and those are easy to acknowledge and accomplish. But it's the personal work I've neglected as of late. My writing. My teaching. Healing work. I've let things slide. The result? Days like today: a day in which I have the time and freedom to delve into pleasing topics, but no sense of joy because I'm rather unfocused. Haphazard.…
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