The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXIV: Success Part Three — What’s Stopping You?

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Most of the stuff we do in life can be split into two categories — the things we have to do and the things we want to do. For some reason, though, we seem to think that they’re vastly different from one another. We seem to think that if we do more of one, the other must suffer — that we must focus on one path or the other and that balance cannot be achieved.
This simply will not do.
What’s stopping you from doing what you want to do? Why aren’t you trying to chase your dreams and get everything you want off of this rock? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It might seem like hot air, but I assure you that the only thing holding you back is yourself.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXIII: Success Part Two — What Does it Take to Succeed?

We all want to be as successful as possible with our time between now and the grave. I can’t say that they’ve wanted to fail. People get depressed, suicidal and repeatedly do self-destructive things, but we are not born yearning to get into these situations. We all want to be happy. We all want to do well. We all want to be successful.

However, it can be a very long road between here and success — what does success look like? How do we get there? What are we doing right? What do we need to work on? Success isn’t based on facts. It isn’t something that can be defined by some equation or instantly attained by reading a book. It’s the end product of a combination of factors like luck, effort, skill and knowledge. It is the reward after fighting the good fight and overcoming obstacles. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Fame might. Wealth might. But success is another matter entirely!
I inferred above that there’s no definite path to success. It looks different to each of us. The paths that we’ll each need to travel to become successful will all be different lengths. But, there’s something that we know a little more about. If you take a sample of the people who think of themselves as successful, patterns start to emerge. Underneath the complex webs woven by society telling us how to behave, how to think — how to be — there’s a few social cues that help to define the individuals who’ll stand a better chance of separating from the pack and getting what they really want out of life.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXII: Success Part One — Being Yourself

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It’s easy to lose yourself in your travels. You are but one person in a world where only the strong survive. There’s power in numbers, and being a loner will only keep you on the fringes for as long as you live. Solitude will never let you climb the social ladder; get to be as rich, famous or important as you think you deserve to be; nor will it help you achieve all of those dreams you’ve held for so long. We know what it takes to succeed in this world — we see it in the people we place on pedestals: the ruthlessness; the decisiveness without worry of consequences; the willingness to do whatever it takes to make yourself a success.

But does that make it right to become like these people in order to achieve your goals?

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXXI: Stopping Problems Before They Start

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Do you know why you’re stressed out? A lot of us would say it’s because we have too much on our plates. But how did all that stuff that you have to do get there in the first place? Did someone put it all there when we weren’t looking? Is it all stuff that we’re destined to overcome to achieve our destinies? Or are we simply the ones at fault for making our lives harder than they need to be?
Once upon a time, we had all the time in the day to explore and enjoy the world — it was called childhood. Now, we find that there isn’t enough time for everything — we’ve looked at different methods of prioritizing things to make sure we get things done; we’ve looked at how we can go about cutting things out of our lives to try and restore a sense of balance. But those are just says to handle the symptoms of the real problems that’re afoot — our tendency to bite off more than we can chew. We use up a ton of our time to get more money, more gadgets and more things that do more, all at the cost of having less free time.
Some people say that they thrive and succeed from being busy. The adrenaline from accomplishments that take every waking hour to achieve. The feeling of ousting opponents knowing that you’ve used every iota of effort to gain greatness.
But is this the only way?

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXX: Making Up for Lost Time

Life is unpredictable. Try to keep tabs on it, try to plan out each and every step, and you’re destined for failure. It might not happen immediately, and it may not even happen all at once, but eventually the threads of your plan will unravel unless you can grow, adapt and make good of the pitfalls that you’ll eventually face in your life.

In my life, as 2011 has progressed, it’s become admittedly harder and harder to keep tabs on the 2K11 24/7. With anything you do in life, there is a point where it will reach a critical mass — you can only study for so long; you can only work for so many hours in a day — and while I’ve yet to get to the point where I’ve blogged enough for it to take another path, but it’s definitely changed into something that’s less of a project and more of a responsibility. A responsibility that should not be easily shirked, as I’ve set an expectation for daily posts to my readers who check them out regularly.
So when I missed posting yesterday after a day filled with reunions, data migration and life changes, I knew that I had to get back into my groove.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXIX: Voice Post — Checking in


Hey all, So I have a lot of posts that are in “draft” status at the moment, so I figure you could do with hearing my voice, since it’s been a little while. Enjoy a little slice of my life as I try to keep improving the things around me and trying to create a diamond out of the rough clutter all around me.

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–Casey E. Palmer

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The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXVIII: Fighting the Problem, not the Symptoms

Sometimes when you’re stressed, you won’t really recognize that it’s there. There are times where it’ll be more obvious — you might eat less, feel down or lose sleep over things. You might react to things emotionally — get angrier, sadder or just plain crazier depending on what’s going on.

But it’s the slow burn of stress that’s the worst — the times where it creeps up on you gradually, changing you bit by bit. You start to enjoy your favourite things a little less. You start to be a little less happy, a little less energetic, a little less focused. It’s like something eating away at you inside, making you far less of the person that you’re supposed to be.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXVII: Knowing a Little About a Lot is STILL a Lot to Know!

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As we get older, I think it becomes easier to accept that we can’t be good at everything.
In school, you often have your know-it-alls and the competitive need to know more than everyone else around you. Knowledge is power — this is true.
But you can’t know everything.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXVI: Growing Up is Hard to Do

Sometimes the opportunities to reflect on yourself and the path you’ve chosen in life are given to you on a silver platter. We can spend all our time trying to figure out where we changed and why we are the people we are today, but sometimes the answer will find you, even when you didn’t realize you were looking for it.

You rarely figure out just how much you’ve grown up until someone points out for you.

I ran into a former manager of mine from a couple of years back, and we chatted for a bit about the place where we’d worked, how life has changed, what the future’s looking like — all the usual stuff.
But it was the fact that she was surprised at how far I’ve come in the organization since I was under her wing that made me think. It was a conversation that gave me some insight on how much we can change in such a short amount of time.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXV: My Empire of Dirt

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You can’t be a slob forever. You get tired of:

  • not being able to find things
  • not having places to put things
  • having too many things that you’re not going to use
I’ve worked long and hard to change my ways, streamlining, reading, recycling and reorganizing to make my life pathway a little easier to see.
But this empire of dirt is no easy empire to vanquish at all.