Spent my peaceful, quiet Sunday morning in the throes of my Weekly Review, flavored with a blog-reading break or two, home-brewed cafÃ© lattÃ© in hand, and I am feeling ready to take on the world in the coming week. As productivity goes, there are few things more satisfying for me than planning in the right degree. That is, planning enough to feel together and decently organized, but without going overboard into analysis paralysis and pretty-but-not-actionable organization.
Nalu it and Planning
More thoughts on “Nalu it” (go with the flow) our ho‘ohana this month:
Unless you are one of those people able to be completely happy with allowing heaps of happenstance into the character of your life (not me), even when you “Nalu it” there’s planning involved.
Planning comes into play if you want to optimize your windows of opportunity.
Tony D. Clark is absolutely right when he says,
“The final ingredient, and the one that ties them all together, is planning. You won’t know where you’re going, or if you’ve gotten there, without a map.”
Tony had Your Planning as the fourth ingredient in his Key Ingredients That Will (Almost) Guarantee Your Success, along with Your Passion, Your Gifts, and Your Value. Good stuff.
Read: Are You Living for the Weekend?
And then Read: Key Ingredients That Will (Almost) Guarantee Your Success
Success from the Nest
Tony writes Success from the Nest. Those of you who have always thought about working from home or taking that big leap toward self-employment should add Tony’s blog to your subscriptions:
“This site is geared toward parents who want to work from home so that they have more time for their family. It’s a place to help you discover work that’s meaningful, that utilizes your unique talents and genius, and that is in line with your values, personality, and view of the world.”
In fact, you should read what Tony has to say if you have any desire to groom your own entrepreneurial mindset at all— something I feel pretty strongly that we all need to do, whether self-employed or working intentionally for someone else.
I discovered Tony’s wonderful and very artistic blog when he generously introduced his readers to JJLN. In the language of Managing with Aloha, his About Page is about ‘Ohana, Ho‘ohana, and ‘Imi ola — just to start. I am really loving what I am reading at Success From the Nest so far.
So what are we planning for? Is it Success?
Perhaps. But success with what?
“I’ve done a fair amount of thinking & writing about success, and my conclusion is that success isn’t something we should pursue. It’s something we achieve while in the pursuit of something else. Sort of like happiness, as Karen pointed out.”
Dan was commenting on an article that John Richardson wrote for JJLN, called A New Definition of Success. His was one of nine comments generated in the conversation about John’s new definition. What I personally loved about John’s article was how his new definition is told in his story of looking for it.
Why don’t you add your thoughts about success there too?
Here’s the link to click” Tell John I sent you — you can swipe away a degree of separation too!
Pono brings rightness to success.
Rightness and balance.
The feeling of contentment when all is good and all is right.
In today’s common use in Hawaii, Pono is a word often associated with being successful.
It is significant to notice that although the widely accepted Hawaiian word for success is Holomua, Pono is the word chosen when complete success is acknowledged. To say “we succeeded” one would say “Ua pono kaua.” To say “we succeeded with our work” one would say “Ua pono ka kaua hana.” Holomua becomes the word of choice for improvement or progress. Complete success is not true success unless it is Pono; there is rightness inherent in your achievement, and it has not come at too high a price.
From Managing with Aloha, page 217