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FRESH VIEWS - May 2000
Published monthly by Sharon Eakes, Hope Unlimited, LLC
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FOCUS - CHOICES
Disciplines: Mental Models & Personal Mastery

"The way you spend your time is the way you spend your life."
Charles Hobbs
THOUGHTS
When I first heard this quote, I was stopped short. It's obvious. But some uncomfortable truth lurks just under the surface. I think it is this: Every minute of every day we make choices about what to do and how to do it, what to think and how to think. The implications are big! We usually do not recognize or experience all these choice points. When we do, it is freeing (and sometimes terrifying).

EXAMPLES
- choose not to do a task at all
- choose to change the way you think about someone or something
- choose to sit quietly for 10 minutes before choosing
- choose to worry about something
- choose not to worry
- choose to advocate for something you believe in
- choose to eat healthy food
- choose to be kind
- choose to leave a safe career to follow a dream
- realize you have a choice even when you feel you don't

Mark, a successful, driven, entrepreneur, recently ruptured a disk in his neck. Forced to slow down, he has stopped working at night. Suddenly there is delicious balance in his life - time to play with his son, enjoy leisure with his wife, visit with his neighbors. As is often true, the injury served as a wake-up call. He plans to continue choosing this delicious balance when he's fully recovered.

COACHING TIP
Go through your day noticing the choices you are making. Ask yourself if these are the ones you want. Ask yourself, "Is this the way I want to spend my life?" If not, choose again. Don't wait for the pain of a wake-up call. Be bold.

INVITATION
Please join me to explore the topic of CHOICES more deeply in a 45 minute telegathering May 25 at 8:00 EDT (7 CDT, 6 MDT, 5 PDT) by calling (702) 558-4398. No need to pre-register...just call. Reach me: 1-888-769-3494 or e-mail sharon@hopellc.com

Each month FRESH VIEWS focuses on a single topic, relates it to one of the five disciplines of a learning community, and offers a coaching tip and a follow-up telegathering. Please forward it to friends and colleagues. My purpose in writing it is to nurture, prod and encourage readers to think and talk about these topics with their families, friends and colleagues. Mine is only one view. Multiple conversations may deliver us to insights only hinted at here. Such a process sustains the vitality of learning relationships, learning families, learning organizations and learning communities.


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