Chapter 4: Fire
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Staying motivated can be one of the most difficult parts of setting and reaching goals. I really enjoyed the positive outlook of this chapter. It was really good to realize that self-discipline does not mean beating yourself into submission, but more about learning to work with yourself in a positive way. I think I will just name a few concepts and things that I really liked about this chapter.
The Personal Leadership Arsenal:
* Stretch yourself, but don't break
*Be a visualizer
*Learn and do whatever you want
*Don't worry about what other people think
*Innovate and be creative
I liked the idea of the "tipping point" which was new to me. This is where something that was hard to do becomes easy, and in fact very natural. It is easier to do it than not to do it. It is like momentum.
I also like the idea of the upper spiral and positivity, which is something I'm really interested in exploring more.
The story about Ernest Shackleton and his crew surviving for a year in the Antarctic before being rescued was fascinating, but so were lots of the other little stories of personal victories of Spark members.
I also liked the idea of having fun, making it an adventure, embracing the inner-child. All of these things were things that made me want to work at things and feel like I could work at goals instead of being unhappy or resentful. This was a great chapter. I think I should probably remember to read this one again a few times until I internalize the concepts better.