Mind Readings: Actions, Ambitions, and Strengths

In today’s mind readings, some thoughts about two expressions: your actions need to align with your ambitions (GaryVee) and no longer lending your strength to that which you wish to be free from (Jewel). We all have limited hours in every day. Where are we putting our time?

Mind Readings: Actions, Ambitions, and Strengths
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Christopher Penn 0:15

In today’s mind readings, some thoughts about two different expressions that I heard recently.

One was from a friend and former high school classmate, Gary Vaynerchuk, who said, your actions need to align with the ambition.

So of yelling at people that people who talk a big game, but don’t back up their talk with the actions that would be needed to, to create the reality that would lead those persons ambition, someone who’s like, I want to be a king of the world, I want to be able to lead a fortune 50 company, but they’re not embodying those practices that would get them to that goal.

And that was one thing.

And the second was sort of a corollary lyric from a very old song that you still listen to a song by the musician jewel, the quote, being no longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from.

And these two things, I think, run really well in parallel to each other.

We all have limited hours in every day, right to get 24 of them.

The wealthiest person on the planet and the poorest person on the planet, each gets the same 24 hours every day.

So what are we doing with that time? What do we do with our energy, however, much of it as our health permits, every single day? If you have ambitions if you have goals, how are you investing your time towards those goals? That doesn’t mean you have to work 24/7, right.

That’s sort of the the hustle porn that has cropped up in the last decade or so has been kind of silly.

But what do you do with your time? Where How do you choose to invest? And is it as alignment with what you want out of life? Are you giving your time to things that maybe don’t advance the goals that you have in life? Or worse, are you giving your time to things that are contrary to those goals.

And recently, I was looking at how I spend some of my leisure time going, I’m spending some of my time with places and things and people that don’t really advance my goals.

And I have some pretty aggressive goals for the next couple of years that I want to hit.

So maybe I need to pull back and withdraw from some of those places and things and people were the counterproductive, right? They’re not.

I don’t want to say they’re bad investments, because things like interpersonal relationships, and friendships shouldn’t be seen as transactional.

But there’s clearly cases where you can look at a friendship you have and see, it’s really out of balance.

It’s really unhealthy.

And that’s where that lyric from jewel comes into sailing, you know, maybe I don’t want to lend my strength, my energy, my focus my time to these things that don’t make me happy.

Could I instead invest them in things that either would make me happy? Or would advance my goals? And this goes well, with somebody else asking me recently.

How do you how do you maintain such good self discipline? Because I post about, you know, my running and stuff a couple times we can the martial arts practices I do.

And I said discipline comes from motivation and motivation comes from purpose.

What’s the purpose? What’s the goal that you’re after? If you have a goal, then you will have the emotional investment, the motivation to achieve that goal, if it’s a goal you actually want.

And then from that, that breeds the discipline and the habits you need to fulfill those ambitions.

When you think about what Gary’s saying your actions need to align with your ambitions if you’re not actually emotionally invested in your ambition, or if your your ambition is something other than what you say it is, then of course your actions aren’t going to mirror it.

Right if you want to talk a big game about being an entrepreneur, but you actually don’t want to do that.

If you actually don’t want the entrepreneurial lifestyle, then yeah, you will talk a lot but not do a lot.

Oh, it’s the the famous Texas expression all hat no cattle.

Christopher Penn 4:49

And that isn’t necessarily something to to beat yourself up about.

It is something to reexamine and go Well, what do I actually want? Do you want the financial Freedom that potentially comes to being an entrepreneur, there are other ways to achieve that.

Do you want the micro fame that comes with it? There may be other ways to to achieve that as well.

Do you want the sense of control that comes with owning your own company? Again, there’s other ways to, to achieve that than just, you know, doing entrepreneurial stuff, you don’t have to do it that way, there’s many, many ways to achieve all these goals, but they all have in common, knowing what you actually want, right? Purpose creates motivation, motivation creates discipline.

And so keep those two things in mind.

Do your actions align with your ambitions? And are you lending your strength to things that you want to be free from? Now? If the answer is contrary to the spirit of of either one of those, you know, it’s time to make some changes, you know, it’s time to pull back in some places, invest in other places, and do the things that will lead to your greatest happiness.

And like I said, I’m working on this right now.

I do not have this all figured out.

right there with you on the what do I want? Right, I have some very clear financial goals.

In my life, I have some very clear outcomes from those financial goals about where I want to be living with my family and a few years and things like that.

So those things are pretty clear.

So now, I have to look and say, Okay, what do I need to do? What actions do I need to take to fulfill those ambitions? And what do I have to leave behind in order to do it? And here’s the thing.

It again, it doesn’t mean working 24/7 everybody in their life has at least some time that is not well used.

Right? That’s not to say that it’s not pointless right now binge watching your favorite show, or listening to an album or going to a concert hanging out with friends, stuff like that, watching TV and stuff.

There’s nothing wrong with those things.

But like everything is in moderation, right? There’s nothing wrong with the bar chocolate, there might be an issue if you eat 12 of them every day.

Right? That that might be an issue.

There’s nothing wrong with having a drink, there could be something wrong if you drink an entire bottle of vodka a day.

There’s nothing wrong with watching your favorite show.

There is a problem.

Maybe if you’re spending six to eight hours of your free time every day on Netflix instead of doing other stuff.

So when you’re in those situations, ask yourself, are my actions aligned my ambitions? And should I be lending my, my, my focus my attention to this thing? Instead of the thing that I want? That will get me the happiness I’m after.

So that’s what’s on my mind for today.

Hope you found this useful.

Ask yourself those questions.

I’ll talk to you soon.

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