Observations 3.0 – Navigating My Mind

The word negotiate means to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter, to obtain or bring about by discussion, to bargain, to reach an agreement on. I have been involved in negotiations with other people in a myriad of situations. Reaching an agreeable decision is a common practice.

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Observations 2.9 – Journaling

In February 2017 the book The Obstacle Is The Way came into my life and is a personal favorite.  I have re-read this book and often listen the audio version when driving. The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on The Art of Living was published in November 2017 and I was all in. I thought I was all in.  It turns out that I was minimally engaged with using this journal.  I am grateful for the opportunity to put this journal to use now in 2019.

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Observations 2.8 – Decisions

A tremendous number of decisions are made and executed by us every day.  Regardless of the level of consciousness associated with said decisions, we none the less own those decisions and their outcomes.  Doing what is easy or what may be our habit does not absolve ownership.  Choosing not to do something is an also decision and we own the outcomes of that inaction as well.

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Observations Round 2.3 – Inside Job

I am applying for a passport ID card to have as an alternate form of ID.  I grabbed my old passport book by mistake and I found an extra copy of my passport photo taken when I renewed my passport book in 2014.  The timing of this find is good.  Why?  It became clear to me that despite my current challenges on my journey, the progress I have made is unmistakable.  The reminder is a good one.  The reminder is a needed one.  Having to put down my current pair of jeans is also a reminder.

The reminder is I need to be more deliberate.  Embracing my struggle, dealing with my drift, I came across the following meme that is right on time:

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Observations Round 23: Consistency

A powerful Tony Robbins quote reads “It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”.  Synonyms for consistent are persistent and steady.  Currently experiencing what feels like the worlds longest plateau (smile) I am keenly aware of the value of remaining consistent and how consistency empowers me to keep moving forward on my journey.

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Observations Round 21: From Complex To Simple

I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts.  With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.

Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones.  I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language!  But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets.  My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.

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