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Desire, Decision & Dedication

Whittling down success to three words.

Desire

Desire is your reason to make a decision to do something. It is also the fire in the belly that keeps you dedicated even when times are tough.

Desire is given life by imagination.

Let’s not go too much into a proper description of how thoughts are given life or how these thoughts literally do create your desire.  but please believe me, it is true. More on this another time.

Decision

Decision is that moment in your life when you say to yourself:

"I'm going to do this, whatever it takes and whatever the outcome."

A decision is made once your desire is strong enough and real enough in your imagination. Successful people remember their decision every day and especially when dedication to the desire becomes necessary (which it will).

Sometimes these special types of decisions are made when you get fed up with your current circumstances. You then decide to do something to get yourself into a better place. Other times these decisions are made based on a burning need to be better, to do better or to serve better.

Dedication

Desire and decision are nothing without the dedication to keep going, to constantly have your goals in mind and the will power to believe that what you are aiming for is possible.  Remember, anything is possible that can be believed but you must be dedicated to the desire to make it happen.

Without dedication, your dreams and desires will be placed like seeds in the universe but will soon get blown away and spread out into little pieces and finally to disappear altogether.  Your dedication and belief will allow the seeds of your desire to grow.

Note: If at times you struggle with this part, segment your goals into little pieces. Some of them will be big and hard, but make sure some of them are easy and small.  When you find the going tough, get going by doing some smaller easier tasks.

So

So, desire and the imaginative thought placed into the universe can place the seed that can grown into your desire becoming real, to bear fruit.

Your desire cannot be seeded though without the decision to ‘do it’. This decision ensures the thought seed is encouraged to start growing.

Dedication is what makes the thing grow into reality. Dedication needs to be backed up by desire and your continuing decision to make it happen.

New domain name extensions 2014

Reasons to buy a domain name with one of these extensions:

1. To stop a competitor or someone else with dubious intent buying the domain and setting up a website on it which shows your company or website in a bad light
2. You want to have a more specific angle on part or all of your business. For instance, Your company might be involved in the music and media industry and you fancy setting up a couple of websites, one with companyname.tunes and another with companyname.music or perhaps another with companyname.video even
3. When it’s available you might want a domain just for emails. So for instance: yourname@companyname.email

I’ll leave that with you to think about! If you are interested in a domain, then let me know.

Currently available from now are

.bike
.plumbing
.clothing
.photography
.guru
.equipment
.gallery
.estate
.camera
.graphics

Available from 19th February 2014

.technology
.construction
.today
.directory

The complete list some not available until later this year

.adult
.app
.art
.auction
.audio
.auto
.baby
.band
.bank
.bar
.beauty
.beer
.bet
.bingo
.blog
.boats
.book
.build
.builders
.business
.buy
.cafe
.cam
.car
.career
.cars
.casino
.channel
.charity
.chat
.christmas
.church
.city
.click
.cloud
.club
.coach
.college
.community
.company
.construction
.consulting
.cooking
.cool
.country
.credit
.cricket
.cymru
.dance
.data
.dating
.day
.deal
.design
.dev
.diet
.digital
.direct
.directory
.discount
.discover
.diy
.doctor
.dog
.dot
.download
.drive
.earth
.eat
.education
.email
.energy
.engineer
.engineering
.enterprises
.events
.express
.faith
.family
.farm
.fashion
.fast
.film
.finance
.financial
.fire
.fish
.fishing
.fit
.fitness
.flowers
.fly
.food
.football
.forsale
.forum
.foundation
.free
.game
.games
.garden
.gay
.gift
.global
.gold
.golf
.green
.group
.hair
.health
.help
.here
.holiday
.horse
.hosting
.hot
.hotel
.inc
.insurance
.law
.lawyer
.legal
.life
.lifestyle
.like
.limited
.link
.live
.loan
.loans
.london
.love
.ltd
.mail
.map
.market
.marketing
.media
.medical
.menu
.mobile
.movie
.music
.news
.now
.one
.online
.page
.paris
.party
.pay
.pet
.phone
.photo
.pizza
.play
.plus
.poker
.porn
.property
.racing
.radio
.restaurant
.rugby
.sale
.salon
.save
.school
.science
.scot
.search
.secure
.sex
.shoes
.shop
.shopping
.show
.site
.ski
.skin
.sky
.soccer
.social
.software
.solutions
.song
.spa
.space
.sport
.sports
.spot
.star
.storage
.store
.stream
.studio
.study
.style
.support
.surgery
.systems
.talk
.tattoo
.tax
.taxi
.team
.tech
.technology
.tennis
.theatre
.tickets
.today
.tools
.tour
.town
.toys
.trade
.trading
.training
.tube
.tunes
.university
.vacations
.video
.vip
.wales
.weather
.web
.webcam
.website
.wedding
.wiki
.wine
.work
.world

Yes, it’s a long list! Email for more information

Gem Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

Photo of Gem Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) – Novemeber 2012

On our (my son and I’s) trip to Colorado last year we stayed in Estes Park and on one of the days we went for the short hike up to a place called Gem Lake.  For a town boy from Plymouth, England, this was a wonderful experience and the views were stunning. Here is a photo I took with my little compact camera of Gem Lake. It’s covered in ice and snow but still looks great.

Photo of Gem Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)

Photo of Gem Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)

Jake meets The Man (A short story) [FICTION]

Jake sat in the rather basic wooden chair waiting. He was nervous, which might explain the bead of sweat on his forehead that seemed to be growing by the second and now threatened to drop with a huge splash to the floor!

The man sitting across the table was eyeing him steadily, not meanly, but intently enough to cause Jake to squirm slightly in his seat. Jake silently cursed himself for what he thought was a sign of weakness, and he also cursed the friend of his who had suggested he meet this guy.

The man across the table looked down at Jakes’ papers and that gave him a chance to relax and search the features of the older man for an answer to what he was thinking. He was middle-aged, no medals for getting that one right; he had a brightness in his eyes that not many people had. Jake cynically thought that it was no surprise seeing as the guy was a multi-millionaire and very sought after by all accounts. He was somehow familiar to him which he put down to having seen him in the papers or TV perhaps. But anyway, no answers were forthcoming.

Had his pitch fallen on deaf ears? Perhaps his sales tactics weren’t aggressive enough? Maybe his plans for promoting a strategy to take a larger market share didn’t hit the mark?

The man (he was now thinking of him as ‘The Man’ now) sighed and looked up with a slightly mournful look on his face. The droplet of sweat decided that its moment to fall had come and Jake felt his dreams splash to the ground along with that small, salty droplet.

His head dipped slightly and his body rigid with mortification of his failure, Jake readied himself to stand and leave but finally the man spoke, “Do you have dreams Jake? Do you have ambitions for a successful future?”.

Jake licked his lips in preparation to answer the odd questions and finally stuttered “Y, y, yes sir, of course I do sir!”. Again he cursed himself silently for the unwanted stutter.

The man’s reply came back like a snake striking its victim, “You and everyone else I meet Jake!”, he paused for a moment and then went on, “Tell me, to be successful, do you have to be more competitive than the others? Do you have to be better than the rest?”

Sensing a trick but not knowing the answer, Jake, leaning forward, went for the obvious response, “Yes. Yes you do. You will fail if you don’t. You will not succeed if you cannot beat the rest” he said firmly. Jake sat back in his chair feeling just a little bit pleased with himself and gave the man an ever so tiny smile. None came back and that mournful look spread across the man’s face again.

Something was wrong here and Jake was starting to worry. Actually he was beginning to think that this was a big waste of time! But then the man spoke with surprising gentleness and an emotion cracking the words that came out of his mouth, “Competition is not the only way to be successful you know. Perhaps you look at me and assume that I was the hardest, toughest go getter of them all to be able to sit here with my empire ticking along around me? No Jake. Far from it!”. The man was vehement now and continued,  ”I’ve been called weak so many times. Meek perhaps, but not weak”. A wry smile spread across his face. He continued, “I’ve been told I’m too soft. That I don’t do enough to get the best price for my services. I’ve been told I’m not intent enough on getting the things I want. People say I look after others far too much ahead of my own wants and needs. And so the list of my competitive inadequacies goes on. And on. Yet here I am. Doing quite well thank you very much. What then is the answer, if it isn’t competition?”.

The man had stopped talking for a few seconds Jake realised and I shook himself out of the reverie his voice had taken him too. He was expecting an answer!

“Ummm so not competition then?”, Jake nervously asked.

“No. Not that”, he replied.

Jake felt like a pivotal moment had arrived and he started racking his brains for the solution. More sweat was forming, on his brow and hands, this time unnoticed as Jake frantically searched in his mind for the answer. He knew his future here depended on it but he was struggling. Surely being the best, the smartest, the hardest working competitive person was how it was done?

Cursing his friend again suddenly reminded him what she had said to him about The Man. “He’s a creator Jake.”, she had said. “You could say he has got where he is by creating the business firstly in his mind, then by acting upon his visions of creativity”.

The penny dropped and Jake looked up into the mans face, the smile a real one this time.

“You create what you want by first visioning it in your mind, then working towards it as though it was already there!”.

A huge smile spread across the mans face as he stood up and held out his hand. Jake took it but not before wiping the sweat from his palms.

 

Related: Creative Capitalism

Leaning against my window (A short story) [FICTION]

I lean against my open bedroom window looking at the buildings, the lit street lights and parked cars. Nothing moves. All is still.

There are a few lights on in the houses, suggesting life of some sort. But no other signs. I question the unseen souls. Would you miss me if I left the world right now?

A moth flutters into my field of view disturbing my thoughts. Then a cat screeches at an unseen foe. A light flickers at a window, perhaps a TV being watched by its owners? Clothing waves on a washing line with the warm breeze.

Okay, so there is life out there, it is not all still. Now that I look carefully, I can see that I was wrong. I sigh to myself and, finally, after a terrible day, a small smile reaches my lips.

It’s not there for long because I recall what has befallen me. Befallen my soul. I want to make the decision I know I will regret. The anger boils up inside me and then quickly subsides, only to be replaced by a tearful sadness. A sadness I have not experienced before. Then the confusion takes over. Consternation takes over the ageing features of my middle-aged face.

I take another look out of my room, looking for answers somehow. None come. Not yet anyway.

I’m briefly reminded by a seagull call of where I live . Which in turn reminds me of the closeness of and greatness of the ocean, the vastness of the seas and then the unfathomable depths of the universe.

Can there really be a better way to live life I wonder? Right now, I wish it to end. I tell myself I cannot take any more. I squeeze strongly on the window sill as if to give my thoughts strength, credence and truth.

But it’s no good, a thought slips unseen, unwanted actually, into my troubled brain. A thought that could turn the tide of my emotions. But no, I’m full of negative emotions and will not let a positive thought take hold, especially not that one.

I remove my shirt to allow the warm, summer breezes to wash over my skin. I sigh and then breathe deeply. It hits me then that I’m starting to relax, but I push it away again, this time, deliberately allowing the sadness and tears to well up again inside me.

A bigger movement catches my eye. A youth with hood up over his head, rucksack on his back walks out into the cobbled lane a hundred feet away. His head is down but I stop breathing, not wishing for him to see me stood at my window. I think to myself that he’s probably up to no good but as he comes closer I can hear the sob of tears flowing, his emotions appearing to mirror my own.

The youth stops in the middle of the street, and looks up to the skies, anguish on his face and a mournful cry on his tongue.

“That’s my lot world,” he shouts, “that’s my life!”, he cries. With that, he falls to his knees, reaches inside his jacket and pulls out a gun. And with obvious intent places it against his head.

“Nooooooo!!!!”, I desperately call out, and before I can stop it, the thought that has been itching at the outskirts of my brain leaps into life, “Don’t make life changing decisions when you’re emotionally down or charged!”

I stopped and heard myself as if someone else had spoken. Shocked that I had spoken aloud the nagging idea inside me. My thoughts ran freely, running over each other with their desperate need to be heard. And then I stopped breathing as it dawned on me what a fool I had been.

I looked down at the youth who was staring at me aghast, his gun now lying on the floor forgotten, arms limp by his sides.

“W w what?”, the youth asked.

Then, as much to myself as the youth, I repeated, “Don’t make life changing decisions when you are emotionally down or charged.”

The end.

 

 

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(Don’t let your down times depict your life’s direction)

 

Don’t let your down times depict your life’s direction

When you’re down

When you’re down, that can be the hardest time to stop and consider your actions.  When you’re down, you are often emotionally susceptible too. When you’re down, your inclination towards decisions can be negative.  When you’re down, listening to advice and making positive steps to make things better can be almost alien.

In other words, Future Thinking is difficult to do!

Composure

Composure is a challenge to you when you are low or depressed. Perhaps you get stressed or highly nervous? Keeping your composure is essential to making correct long term (future thinking) decisions.  When you are down, try and remind yourself of just one thing:

Don't let your down times depict your life's direction

I know many people, many friends present and past who, when they are down, make life changing decisions. In response to situations where they fail, or they just hit a down day, they decide things like:

I'm not going to do that again!

or:

Why should I bother? I'm just not going to try any more!

If only we could keep our composure when we are down, we wouldn’t make stupid decisions! I know, I know, it’s easier said than done!  But once again, try and think of:

Don't let your down times depict your life's direction

Perhaps, you should make up a little card (say post card sized) and leave it in a place where you will see it every day to remind yourself?

Don't let your down times depict your life's direction

Why bother?

Why should you bother going to the effort? Well, if only you knew the fantastic things that can come your way if you overcome your propensity towards bad decisions when you are emotionally down. Maybe you are asking something like “How do you know they are bad decisions?”. I’ve been there. Many times. That’s how I know! Believe me, making life changing decisions or in fact any decision that could be regarded as negative is bad for you, bad for your future.

The other side of the coin

I’ve seen the other side. I have seen the incredibly positive affects that not making life decisions when depressed can have.  So okay it’s tricky to make positive steps, or positive decisions when emotionally hurt. I admit that. But you have the power to not make poor decisions when you are feeling low. You do have it in you. And if you can do this much, then you are a big leap forward to making more of your life. Of reaching your goals.

Finally

When low, depressed or feeling down, just remind yourself of this topic, this very important edict (make it a law in your mind) to not make poor decisions during bad times. Never forget that everyone suffers with their low days, even the greats of our world. The great sportsmen and women, the highly intellectual minds who solve mysteries of the universe. And also the successful business men and women all have their bad moments.  I think that one trait these people have is not to make bad ‘Future Thinking‘ decisions for their lives. They keep going and keep going some more.

Try it and you’ll see the huge benefits!

Take care,

Jonathan

Erik Stensland recommendation of Jonathan Burrows (on LinkedIn)

I was very pleased to receive the following recommendation on LinkedIn by Erik Stensland. In fact, at first, I didn’t think it was me that Erik was writing about!

“I’ve known Jonathan for over 20 years and he continues to amaze me with his ability to link disparate ideas to find creative solutions. He’s someone who seems to thrive on solving puzzles. I’ve had him help me with several web related problems and he always comes up with terrific solutions. The range of his technical skills is really impressive. Most of the folks I’ve worked with in the software industry are specialists in just one area while Jonathan seems to cover an incredibly wide range of technical fields. I’m fairly competent having established numerous networks and projects, but when I’m in a bind, he’s the guy I call. Extremely competent and creative. I don’t think I know anyone else who even comes close to his amazing set of computer skills” – Erik Stensland, Owner of Morning Light Photography

Thanks!