Now, why do I bring this up? Today, I read the 7th Vow in book 2. I didn't expect anything special, as I said these didn't impress me the way the scrolls did, but today was different. Today I listened to the message I was reading, today I paid attention to my voice as I heard it say the words in my mind. Today my mind was open to the message. "Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand". I read this over and over, I read the discussion, how we run from one rainbow to the next, how we hesitate between two things, doing neither; waiver from plan to plan. "He who scatters his efforts cannot hope to success" "Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand"....
The message hit like a ton of bricks! Guess what - no magic bullit here, no quick fix to the current economy, current job status, current financial results or expectations. No lottery that will solve all your issues. Boy I tell my coaching clients is a focused process, work from your vision with clarity of purpose, but is that really what we do? Don't we start 7 things and finish none? If our minds are not cluttered with all of it, we don't feel fulfilled?
Now, a moment of clarity arrived for me today "Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand". A step back is required to evaluate all that is on my to do list and a few questions must be asked for each item on the list:
1. Will this task bring me closer to my full and complete vision?
2. Will this task produce results today or plant seeds for tomorrow's results
3. Can I give my 100% attention to this task and not leave the task half done?
4. Can I be grateful for the ability to perform this task?
All these questions are required along with the proper answers - the outcome: 1. Do the task with all my attention, passion and desire for complete growth and development or 2. this task doesn't fit in the plan - throw it away now!
That brings me to the picture. The vision in a picture of the ultimate vision as the foundation and upon that vision, one building block at a time, each task and interaction builds upon the others, all building blocks for the vision until such time as the vision becomes reality. This is the ultimate growth.
"Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand" Today I think I will focus on this Vow of Success and do all my tasks with this in mind. Tomorrow I think I will learn from another vow and never underestimate the Part II of an Og Mandino work again!