Final Call

It really is time for me to deal with Forty Plus Two. I will move posts worth keeping and split them between the sites below. If you’re still interested in following what I post – take a look at these sites:

The Mental Leap is about change, growth and related topics.

My business site is at GRS mentor. I work as catalyst and change agent. If you prefer more old fashioned roles then I am mentor, coach, sounding board, adviser and consultant. All in a mix that’s right for that specific client at that time in life.

My personal site is Bengt’s Notes. There’s a blog and it’s my hub online with links to my profiles at other sites.

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Final countdown

Forty Plus Two will soon be closed down. The tagline was “about coaching and personal development”, I will blog about these topics in my other blogs. Older posts worth saving will be moved to either of the blogs below, the rest will disappear when I take down this blog.

Please join me at my other blogs!

My business site Key Coaching – Your Key To A Better Life is where topics like coach, mentor, business and networking happens. There is also some about personal developemnt.

My personal site Bengt’s Notes – Discover Your Self is about personal development from a body-mind-spirit perspective as well as about presenting and presentations, blogging, music and some fun.

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Do what matters most

The book Accomplishing More by Doing Less by Marc Lesser is a collection of tools as well as a manual for doing more of what is important and less of what isn’t. It’s a great book and it made me think of what matters when it comes to my blogs.

I love to write but I am no longer keen on maintaining more blogs than really needed. A self-hosted WordPress blog requires maintenance, work behind the scene. My solution is that I cut down on the number of blogs I have.

Forty Plus Two will be discontinued, new posts will appear in Bengt’s Notes which will be my main blog in English. I will gradually transfer older posts from this blog to Bengt’s Notes.

Forty Plus Two focused on coaching and personal development plus some on related topics such as networking, business, job and career. They will continue at Bengt’s Notes. Side topics like blogging and WordPress will be less but they will be at Bengt’s Notes too.

Please join me at Bengt’s Notes, let us stay in touch!

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Same strategy as last year

I am working on a post about vision, mission and strategy. In my research I found this gem about strategy – ‘Same strategy as last year…’

Source: mammoth-strategy

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Why am I here?

Seth Godin posts about “Why am I here?” The title made me think of how to discover your life purpose or finding your passion but it was more straight forward than that.

This is a simple mantra that is going to change the way you attend every meeting and every conference for the rest of your life.

You probably don’t have to be there. No gun held to your head, after all. So, why are you spending the time?

A simple but powerful question. Use your time wisely and if you go, make the best and most of your time there.

If there isn’t a good reason, go home. If there is, then do something. Loud, now and memorable. Productive too, please.

A side note.
I like Seth Godin’s blog and his style with fairly short posts, 200-300 words.

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Born to be wild

Live your dreams, “Born to be wild” is a commercial for a Norwegian lottery.

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55 Ways to Get More Energy (Zen Habits)

Zen Habits has a great post about >55 Ways to Get More Energy.

If you’re tired all the time, a change in what you eat (diet) or what you do all day (activity pattern) may be all you need to turn things around 180°.

At times we get stuck and/or feel low on energy. This post gives you ideas about what you can do to get back on track. Pick something from that list and feel the change. Today I’ll opt for number five (Have a piece of chocolate) and number ten (Take a power nap).

Some of the items on the list are daily habits for me. I always do some of number 23 (Play to relax), number 24 (Eat smaller, more frequent meals), number 25 (Enjoy a cup of tea), number 45 (Take a walk outside) and number 50 (yoga).

Number 39 is great – Purge low-value tasks from your todo list. Focus on what’s important and don’t waste energy on what’s not.

Credit: Photo by johnmarchan.

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Let limitations guide you to creative solutions

I came across this text in Motivating Yourself – Heroes, Role Models & Rivals which links to the source at Embrace Constraints (37signals)

Let limitations guide you to creative solutions
There’s never enough to go around. Not enough time. Not enough money. Not enough people.

That’s a good thing.

Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.

This is a timely reminder for me. I am working at growing my own coaching business, Key Coaching, and I at times think along the lines of “there’s not enough of….”. After reading the text above I shall embrace these limitations and start working with what I have.

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The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story is spread over the internet, Google shows 225,000 hits for that search term. My source is The Starfish Story where it says the story is adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977).

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

The lesson is – even small deeds can make a big difference.

Credit: Photo Starfish on the Beach.

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What it takes to be great

Fortune has a very interesting article about What it takes to be great. The article is from October 30, 2006 but it popped up on Twitter today. The post title says “Secrets of greatness: Practice and hard work bring success” which sums it up nicely.

The good news is that your lack of a natural gift is irrelevant – talent has little or nothing to do with greatness. You can make yourself into any number of things, and you can even make yourself great. It’s nice to believe that if you find the field where you’re naturally gifted, you’ll be great from day one, but it doesn’t happen. There’s no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice.

They conclude that practice makes perfect but it has to be practice that is focused on improving performance – challenge your comfort zone in that area – and gives you feedback:

The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice.” It’s activity that’s explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition.

The article then goes to the business side:

How do you practice business? Many elements of business, in fact, are directly practicable. Presenting, negotiating, delivering evaluations, deciphering financial statements – you can practice them all.

Still, they aren’t the essence of great managerial performance. That requires making judgments and decisions with imperfect information in an uncertain environment, interacting with people, seeking information – can you practice those things too?

The key according to the article is to change your mindset: Instead of merely trying to get it done, you aim to get better at it. It is about constant improvements, Kaizen, and seeking feedback and ways to measure your progress.

In summary, change your mindset – aim to get better at what you do – and then practice to make you great.

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