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Here we go….

2013 is here and more importantly, we are still here (the Mayans pulled a good prank on everyone hey)

Have you ever used gloves that are too small? Have you ever used gloves that are just right? Have you ever used gloves that are too big?

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I am sure you will agree the proper fitting gloves are the best to work with, since they complement the actions you would need to continue to do while wearing the gloves.

Wearing gloves that are too small for you hinders the ability to do what you need to do and at the same time it drastically hinders growth.

Our companies we work for or own are sometimes like that hey, like gloves I mean. The company culture provides an environment which will either help or hinder the work itself. In this sense one could compare it to the glove scenario.
My question to you is, what type of place do you find yourself in now? Is the glove too small, does the place you at in life, hinder you from doing what you need to or does it help you?
Admin can often really bog things down, and its very similar to a glove that is too small. The work must be done, but due to tracking and auditing reasons, everything is a process so complex one wonders why you bother.

I have however discovered that even a right fitting glove is not the best thing either. It leads to a comfort zone in life. Everything fits and works perfectly…….in other words very little growth happens. I understand that one needs to apply context here. Because in a husband wife relationship, maybe there you want the perfect fit.

I still think we should always opt for the slightly bigger option though. It will stretch you and focus you. And more importantly you will need help……

As we are still in the beginning of 2013, I ask you what type of glove situation do you have? I don’t just mean where you work, I mean in life. Are you a comfort seeker? Are you always looking to grow? Or are you one of those that create the “gloves too tight” situations?

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What if’s or So What’s……

I grew up in a family of what if’s.
How can you wear that socks? What if you are in an accident? How can you go dressed like that, what if people see you in the road? How can you drive so late, what if you are in an accident? WHAT IF……..

It drove me mad, yet it stuck and replayed always whenever I tried something. My way of coping was to ask myself…..

That 2 words helped me out of the “what if” mentality. I mean “so what” in the sense of “so what if I make a mistake I know they care”.
But the words had to come from something deeper.
And it got me thinking. There are usually 2 driving forces at work behind most of what we are involved with these days. Both have the same goals (mostly) but very different approaches.

Fear and Love, I know it sounds so cliche’ but it really does seem to provide a way for us to do something. Whether we pick up the dirt for fear of the consequences (a dirty yard, authorities,etc.) or whether we pick it up for love for our significant other, parents, flat mates, house mates……. we still end up doing the same action.

But the journey there is so much different isn’t it?

When we are doing it because of fear we do not need much more coaxing and fear alone can get us to do it.
Whereas when we are doing it in love, well the driving force is so much different.

And the characteristics for the two forces are opposites too.

FEAR : Respect enforced, Forced actions for fear of consequence, your opinion not relevant, your personality not really accepted or taken into account.

Most companies hold the salary as a ransom to control your behaviour, please do not tell me that they care about you if they operate that way. They are using fear to get what they want.

LOVE : Now love is very different and the same actions sometimes unfold, but its a longer road. People don’t trust and love easily. Its not like fear is it… You cannot just tell people “I love and care for you” and poof you get instant results…
You have to nurture that environment, you have to respect the people in entirety.

Believe me its easier to get people to fear you and get results. Its not so easy to work with people and develop an atmosphere of mutual respect and love for each other.

I also would warn you that its so very subtle and we do not know the driving force behind our environment so easily.

Maybe “What if” or “So what” can guide you….

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Leaving behind the familiar…..

We humans really do not like change. I mean that in a collective sense. Companies, organisations, relationships, etc…don’t easily embrace change. “We have something that works” they say. Its almost like “walking the plank” when we suggest something different.

Seth Godin said it best (his version of an old saying). “Change isn’t made by asking permission, change is made by asking forgiveness, later.”

I could give you many reasons and examples, but today I will show you a picture which describes the collective behaviour of humans very well.

Weekly Gold Chart

Double click on the picture to see it full scale.

Old faithful, the gold chart. Gold is easily one of the most traded and liquid markets and is good to show you what I want you to see about collective human action. Markets show the depth of human behaviour (and the shallowness too). Literally millions of people partake in trading across the world. So the current price that is stipulated by the market at any given time is the collective consensus, of all those millions of people, of what the price of gold per ounce is. Right?

Okay, with that in mind. Look at the chart, you will see 1000$ was a huge level to breach. Gold previously had live under 1000$ for decades. Soon after it broke that level what do you notice?

It quickly jumps back under 1000$ and stays there for roughly 75 weeks (this is a weekly chart). Next we see gold break the 1200$ level and we see the same pattern more or less. Breaks to new highs and jumps below that and lives there for a number of weeks.

The chart tells the rest of the story. What I am trying to get at there is that overall we see the upward movement, and Gold breaks new ground regularly, but what we see almost as soon as completely new price levels are broken into, the market jumps back to places it has been previously.

And that is what I want to focus on. We do that in life. We do not like unfamiliar territory and as soon as we sense we are in unknown environments, we revert to what we know. We revert to the familiar when we find ourselves in the unfamiliar.

Fortunately the chart shows us something different as well. As we go higher (and break new ground in the price) the pullbacks and time spent under the new highs become less deep and shorter as we become accustomed to the statements “record new highs”.

Which only goes to show that when we step out and do something different, it might take some time, but it enables others to do the same. And soon its not so difficult to imagine doing the thing yourself.

So my challenge for today is try new things, or even better, do the thing that you have been pondering about…… You never know who you might be paving the way for…..

Before I end today, below this is a link to a really wow picture. I just thought I would share that with you.

Click here to see the Cool Pic and some funny comments

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