In Permanent Beta

What If I Did the Opposite?

By March 9, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Work

Dear Read­ers,

It is a plea­sure to be in touch with you again.  Thank you for the oppor­tu­nity to share.

I have been con­tem­plat­ing a seri­ous ques­tion over the past sev­eral years, which I’ve put to the test, albeit cau­tiously since then.  But it isn’t until recently that I have decided to push its lim­its.  What if I did the oppo­site?  A ques­tion I bor­rowed from the 4-Hour Work Week.

Every­thing pop­u­lar is wrong.” Oscar Wilde, The Impor­tance of Being Earnest

I’ll share one of sev­eral exam­ples where doing the oppo­site of what most are doing has worked in my favor. Con­tinue Read­ing

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The Simplicity of Consistency

By February 1, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, Simplicity & Minimalism

Keep it simple

There are sim­ple, but pro­found dis­ci­plines that lead us in the direc­tion of our desires.  These are tiny small steps that over­time “com­pound” and cre­ate a rip­ple that will either reap havoc or suc­cess in our lives.

In his book, “The Com­pound Effect”,  Dar­ren Hardy dis­cusses these seem­ingly incon­se­quen­tial tiny steps and actions that if done every day will surely take your life in a new pos­i­tive direc­tion.  The catch to the com­pound effect is that it takes time to see results and unfor­tu­nately we live in an era where we want imme­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion.  We want the “overnight” suc­cess.  How­ever, there’s no such thing.  Suc­cess takes hard work, con­sis­tency and a whole lot of faith.

So what are some areas in your life where you can be con­sis­tent?  If you read for even 15 min­utes every sin­gle day, with­out fail, within a few years you would have read dozens of books.  But if you declare that you’re going to read for an hour each day, well that’s fan­tas­tic, but life hap­pens and there will be days (many days) when you won’t be able to read for an hour and you’ll find your­self say­ing, “Well, I don’t have the time to read today so I won’t read at all.” A year will go by and you will not have advanced much in your read­ing.  Believe me, I know this all too well and I’m an avid reader!

But remem­ber, the com­pound effect is about tak­ing small steps con­sis­tently.  Surely we can all com­mit 15 min­utes of our day to read­ing some­thing that’s going to give us an edge in our careers, inspire us to push a lit­tle harder or just teach us how to do some­thing bet­ter.  And it doesn’t just stop there.  Read­ing qual­ity mate­r­ial has a trickle effect (assum­ing you apply the prin­ci­ples you learn).  The knowl­edge, the con­cepts and ideas learned are equiv­a­lent to a col­lege degree or much bet­ter!

For­mal edu­ca­tion will make you a liv­ing; self-education will make you a for­tune.” Jim Rohn

These small actions when per­formed con­sis­tently become habits: some­thing you do auto­mat­i­cally, like drink­ing water or brush­ing your teeth.  You don’t have to put energy or much thought into doing it.  It’s a part of your lifestyle.  For me, I’ve been read­ing con­sis­tently for years every day, so now when I read it’s no big ordeal because it’s a part of who I am (though this wasn’t always the case).  It’s a good habit that I prac­tice every day.

Another habit that has become auto­matic is set­ting money aside for taxes each pay period.  I started set­ting addi­tional with­hold­ings from each pay period at the begin­ning of 2016 and it’s been great.  It’s not a huge amount, so I don’t even notice it.  But it’s some­thing that has helped me not fall behind on taxes each year.  There’s now a sur­plus for Uncle Sam to take.

Can you think about doing this with your retire­ment plan or putting money aside for a rainy day?  It’s freaky to put aside $500 each month into our sav­ings.  Most of us don’t have that much left after pay­ing our bills and liv­ing expenses!  But con­sider set­ting aside $50 per pay check; set up an auto­matic pay­ment plan (you are pay­ing your­self).  I promise you will not notice the dif­fer­ence in your pay­check after a few times.  Before you know it, that small $50 dol­lar con­tri­bu­tion into your sav­ings account has com­pounded into a nice cush­ion for you and your fam­ily.

This is the lovely thing about con­sis­tency and the com­pound effect.  And you can apply it to every life domain.  I urge you all to think of areas where you can take smaller steps towards your over­all goals.

You can absolutely do this in every area of your life. Remem­ber, you don’t have to com­mit to a lot, as long as you take action every sin­gle day.  Con­sis­tency is key.  That’s it.  It really is that sim­ple.

Can you drink one less cup of cof­fee per day? Sure, you can han­dle that.  Can you give up cof­fee entirely?  Woah, now that may be ask­ing for a lot…but surely you can drink one less cup per day.  Once you’re com­fort­able with one less cup of this addic­tive legal stim­u­lant you can try this method again.  Maybe this time you will mix half decaf, half caf­feine.  Do that for a while (con­sis­tently) and then remove the caf­feine all together and now you’ve rid your­self of two cups of cof­fee per day.  That’s progress and it wasn’t so dif­fi­cult.  You can repeat this process until you have reached your goal.

I’m a cof­fee drinker.  I love wrap­ping my hands around a nice hot cup of cof­fee.  But I only drink one cup every other day, some­times just a cup on the week­ends.  It’s become a treat and some­thing I look for­ward to.  I don’t have to give it up entirely, but I know I can scale back a lit­tle, not a lot, just enough.

The small­est deci­sions shape our lives.  Stray off course by just two mil­lime­ters and your tra­jec­tory changes.”




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Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Simple and Attainable

By January 22, 2018 #inpermanentbeta, #MondayMotivation


The year I had in 2017 is a fit­ting tes­ta­ment that you can truly design the life that you want, in every domain.  Though I have been study­ing the mind for what it seems like years, it was only a year ago that I finally got “it”.  I was work­ing tire­lessly towards my goals and things were just not pan­ning out, despite the work and effort I was putting.

I retraced my steps, learned where I was going wrong, had sev­eral A-ha moments, changed what wasn’t work­ing, and only then did things really start to take off.  I now take rein­ven­tion as a per­sonal challenge–a pro­duc­tive game I’ve become obsessed with.

I read some­thing quite pro­found the other day from one of my favorite authors, Steve Chan­dler.  He said, “be use­ful rather than enter­tain­ing.”  I thought, wow.  This is really great advise.  I am an opti­mist; I enjoy help­ing peo­ple believe how beau­ti­ful they are.  But get­ting peo­ple tem­porar­ily excited with­out giv­ing them some­thing they can use is not very help­ful.

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Why Attitude Matters

By January 10, 2018 #inpermanentbeta

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.Atti­tude is such a pro­found dis­po­si­tion. It is our best friend and our worst enemy.

Some­one wise once said that atti­tude is, “more hon­est and more con­sis­tent than our words.” I love, love this idea–it couldn’t be more true. When you feel happy, you’re kinder to oth­ers. You are more patient and very few things can ruin your state of bliss.
But…oh, but when we’re hav­ing a bad day, we’re less pro­duc­tive, we’re impa­tient and unkind to fam­ily mem­bers, our pets and others.

Psy­chol­o­gist William James said that our behav­ior fol­lows our atti­tude and that the two can­not be sep­a­rated. (Read this state­ment again, slowly)

So here’s a thought: if our behav­ior is directly depen­dent on our mood, and if we are in com­plete con­trol of our thoughts and feel­ings (mood/attitude), and we know this, then why would we ever have a bad day? Per­haps a bad moment, but a bad day? A whole bad day?! Some peo­ple have bad weeks and months. Can you believe it? I can­not wrap my mind around such mad­ness.

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The Law of the Farm

By June 18, 2017 #inpermanentbeta

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We live in a world that is gov­erned by nat­ural laws, just like gravity–what goes up must come down.  In agri­cul­ture, we can eas­ily see and agree that the nat­ural laws and prin­ci­ples gov­ern the work and deter­mine the har­vest (Covey, 1994).

It’s very sim­ple: we reap what we sow.  If you sow gen­er­ously, you will reap gen­er­ously.  If you sow spar­ingly, you will reap spar­ingly.

The Law of the Farm gov­erns in all are­nas of life.  Think of your rela­tion­ships, your finances, your career, your health and your char­ac­ter.  “Can you ‘cram’ and sud­denly become a per­son of integrity, courage or com­pas­sion (Covey, 1994, p. 55)?”

What about peo­ple who go for the quick-fixes, “lose 20 pounds in 30 days”?  They may suc­ceed in the short run, but most gain all the weight back and some­times more.  Why?  Because they tried to defy the nat­ural laws.  Good health and vital­ity are based on nat­ural prin­ci­ples.

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