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What an awesome article this is. You just bring it.
I think the challenge that most business' face is a deeper underlying belief that there is a "magic fix all" solution. This leads them to try and figure out the one big solution. Unfortunately, everyone is so busy trying to develop the perfect tactics, that they get away from the character of the organization. Which starts with the leader.
Such an awesome article!
3 months ago on The Bitch Slap: Because You’re a Shitty Leader – That’s Why
What's up Sandi :).
I love this line - "Anything that gives us access to a better feeling state is worth exploring." I think that is very powerful and a pretty awesome thought :).
I want to throw out an alternative thought. I think sometimes as humans we become overly obsessed with feeling happy. Sometimes. strife and struggle is a very good thing. This means that I don't think "choosing" to feel better is always a good choice. Sometimes, it much better to sit with the struggle and begin the process of doing the daily grind (which can take a long time) to live a more meaningful life.
I throw out this thought with concern for friends of mine who have a "good job" but in reality they are unfulfilled and unhappy. Yes, they can psyche themselves up by "choosing" to be happy. But in the long run I think it would be more powerful to sit with this struggle and begin making the necessary changes.
I don't think your post necessarily disagree with what I wrote but I felt compelled to share my thoughts :).
8 months ago on Cracking the Happy Code
I am often amazed at how a post can be so timely.
I have been spending a lot of time in reflection as of late. I can be a wee bit (and by a wee bit, I mean a massive bit) intense in my desire to make things happen. The danger of this is I can become almost robotic. This is so beautiful.
It reminds me of a poem I read yesterday (about Cherry Blossoms).
Cherry blooms are falling-and now between the trees, a temple appears
It is now Cherry blossom season in Japan and this poem highlights the incredible bloom that comes with these. But it also shows how fast the time comes and goes. There is also a hint in there of the beauty behind the beauty. I could go on :).
8 months, 2 weeks ago on A Sea of Awareness
Though, I'm a male I still had to comment because I enjoyed the message of this post.
That being said as I went through this post I found myself thinking "What if we started off by devoting the time to ourselves to figure out what we should devote our lives to." And then "BAM!" you nail it at the end.
I think it is awesome that you are doing this Sandi. Changing lives... 28 days at a time :).
1 year ago on A New Kind of Devotion for the New Year
Sandi this is a freaking awesome post! I feel like you don't normally give super specific straightforward advice on subjects like this. Which I guess makes it all the more powerful when you do!
I see list posts all the time - but this on just felt really legit!
Your last point about "Slow down" really resonates with me. I have a tendency to try and go to fast. Plus with all the information out there on the internet it is easy to get blindsided. If we take everything as it is said we will get broadsided.
It's powerful to hear all of this from you Sandi! Super awesome!
1 year ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All
Very cool :). Funny how sometimes we make things so much more difficult then it needs to be.
1 year ago on Deja Vu
What's up Amber :).
Here is the line that was extremely powerful to me: "the answer to those life-defining questions will forever be changing over time."
That is straight up on it! For me, this nails my dream. My dream has been a constant evolution. The deeper I get in it the more it grows. Initially when I moved to Japan I wanted to live here a for a year or two train in martial arts then head back to America and get a job. Not anymore! The dream has evolved.
Now, I want to travel the world, train in martial arts, truly become a ninja, and develop content that encourages and inspires others to follow their dreams :).
Well put Amber!
1 year, 1 month ago on Phase 4: Rebuild Your Life (But Allow A Breakdown First)
Truth is complex yet so simple isn't it? I feel like everyday is an opportunity to get closer to this truth - this real me. It's crazy because I have had times in my life when I think I'm following this truth but I'm not! But to eventually get on the right path I had to make those mistakes. I guess it can start by identifying our values (if we want get practical). I know for me - after I did this it brought some crazy clarity my way :). Truth is a pretty crazy thing because (as you put) one person's truth is another person's lie. We have to follow our own paths not someone else's.
1 year, 1 month ago on On Owning Your Truth
Hi Amber :).
You bring up a good point. Most of the things online and offline tend to focus on the "I hate my job" and the "Freedom is incredible" portions of the journey. I think one of the things that is so often misconstrued is the power of the ambiguity.
Ambiguity is wonderful because the only way to every truly know what we want is to have moments when we don't know what we want. Though, this is scary it is simply part of the process. For me, my period of "not having a darn clue!" was incredibly empowering - though at the time it was quite scary too :).
1 year, 2 months ago on Phase 3: “Escape”
Hi Jeff :).
This is some good content man.
I'm in a similar situation. I actually live in Japan now. I quit my job in America, and moved here to pursue my childhood dream: to become a ninja :). Basically I came here to train in martial arts full time. One problem- when I moved here my job placed me in the countryside. There were no martial arts dojos. Plus the job was a joke - I was basically a fancy tape recorder, just speaking English words out loud.
So I learned the hard way that things don't always work out as planned. So I fulfilled my contract, left that job and moved to Kyoto (where I am now). I do part time work, just enough to cover expenses and use the rest of that time to train, explore Japan, and work on generating income on my own.
I completely agree that it makes the transition way easier to have some outside steady work :).
Congratulations on the transition by the way.
1 year, 2 months ago on Thinking of Quitting? Self-Employed Lessons, 2 Months Deep
Your speaking my language Ellen!
So many people are waiting around for a magic formula to conquer fear. But the reality is the only way to beat fear is to face it.
I think there is a common misperception by the public about people they call "courageous". They seem to think a courageous person has no fear. But if they had no fear, they wouldn't be courageous.
It's one of the beautiful ironies to life. The only way to have courage is to have fear. If I'm not afraid to do it, then it's not a courageous act. Correct?
There really is no perfect time to face our fears. There is always an excuse. So since there is always an excuse, there really is no better time than now.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Super Simple Way to Conquer Fear
What a mind baffling study you shared. Wow. That is pretty scary. In theory this means if that if 40% of my thoughts are positive I still am way above average.
I have to share a little story Sandi :). Yesterday I screwed up the laundry. As soon as I noticed I got it all screwed up I immediately responded in my head by saying the following:
"It's okay, there is a good lesson to be learned here"
The funny thing was that this response was completely automatic. I guess that is what happens when I read too many self help books and have super encouraging parents :).
1 year, 2 months ago on From Someday to One Day (how shifting your focus brings a dream alive)
This is awesome Sandi :).
Yesterday I was forced to step back and just laugh at my life. I walked out of starbucks (yup! they have them here in Japan) and my bike was missing. Turns out they tow bikes. Who knew?! Well now I know. I also discovered a completely new location in Kyoto - where they place all the towed bikes. I think you make a great point though. I think we all are in danger of taking ourselves way too seriously. Just that alone kind of cracks me up. Because when we take ourselves too seriously we kill the beauty and joy of life... Yet, when we take ourselves super seriously this is often when we are searching for beauty and joy most intensely. It's like trying to find the Roman Coliseum with a Map from New York :). It just doesn't work. Darn that ego!
1 year, 3 months ago on The Cure for What Ails You
To the point and powerful Ellen.
I think too many people are waiting for some magical cosmic sign from the Gods. They want the heavens to open up, thunder to slam down, the all might God to drop down, and then provide them with a signed and notarized certificated stating "Now is the time. Go do it."
But the world doesn't work this way. It's all an adventure. If it was 100 percent certain there would be no fun in that :).
1 year, 3 months ago on Permission Granted
@ZivanaMindset great to see you here Zivana :). It is funny when you put it like that because it kind of sounds like 3 years is a long time, but I swear it feels like it has just flown by.
It makes me realize how we have to take advantage of the life we are living because time just moves so darn fast!
1 year, 3 months ago on If I Can Quit My Job To Become A Ninja. . .
@Shirl_Corder Wow Shirl! And therein lies the power of taking action everyday. When we focus on taking action we don't even have to worry about "Someday". Because before we know it, it has arrived :).
That is incredibly exciting that your book is going international in 37 days :). I wish you tons of luck!
@Sandi Amorim @30YearOldninja That story just made my morning. That definitely counts!
@thejoshuawilner Hahaha! That is straight up awesome man. NICE!
@Sandi Amorim @30YearOldninja @Vishnu's Virtues Depends how you broke it Sandi.
If you tripped, hit your hand against the wood, and it snapped then that's a no go.
But if you waited until the shop teacher turned his back. Took a solid breath in and thrusted your fist down and blew the piece of wood to smithereens then yes it definitely counts :).
@Sandi Amorim @30YearOldninja @MichaelGarvey I don't know if I deserve it. But I'll take it!