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Juggling too many chainsaws

I can juggle 2 balls in one hand just fine, 3 balls in both hands OK, any more than that it just gets messy.

In life it is important to know your limits, especially for those who have a tendency to say yes too often or take on too much and over commit.

All to often I find that I start to juggle OK then add another ball then another and every now and then a chainsaw comes along. Out of necessity you (I) will catch it once or twice but it will be inevitably dropped and cause damage in the process

The trick with juggling is to not try something without building up the skills required before hand and to know your limitations. Do not be tempted to go from juggling balls to juggling working chainsaws in one step.

“What can’t you do?” is just as an important question to ask as “what can you do?”

If you have taken on too much and you are trying to juggle beyond your skill level or ability you have to make changes. Get help, coaching and training and/or put those items you are juggling down and work out which ones are the important ones for you to continue.

You need to do this before you damage yourself or others.

Yes, stretch yourself, work hard at increasing your abilities, but do not burn yourself out in the process. When you are handed chainsaws to juggle you need to have confidence in your own ability to juggle them, and that confidence needs to be based in reality. Do not try to juggle them because you think you can you have to know you can.

So be careful juggling chainsaws.

Paul S Allen

I promise you this

Apparition in Chingford Park 1

I promise you this

Nothing is certain in this life except for death and taxes, according to the saying anyway.

There is one thing, however, I can guarantee without question or doubt. It is a certainty beyond all others and a promise I will keep even though I do not want to.

It isn’t riches, power, fame, comfort or security, it isn’t health, safety, salvation or peace.

It is a promise that will annoy and disappoint you, it will be frustrating for others and myself.

It will be something I can learn from and grow through but still it will happen again-and-again.

All I ask is that you will encourage me as I keep this promise, even though I will try to break it, and when I keep the promise, I hope you will understand that I am only human, nothing more and nothing less.

So forgive me…

My promise is simply this…

… I will make mistakes.

Paul S Allen

Caution

A Temporary Inconvenience

Waiting for the physiotherapist to work on my injured ankle, click on the picture to read “I am no superman” to find out what happened.

OK, I know I do not have a permanent disability, but over the last few weeks I have has the misfortune to experience life on crutches. 
Over the time I have had to use public transport, buses, taxis, shuttles, air travel and the generous assistance of coworkers and friends.

I have eaten at restaurants and cafes and have had an overnight stay in a hotel.

I have learnt that there are some great and helpful people out there, to which I say thank you.

My short-term inconvenience is minor and I was reminded of this while waiting for a plane at Wellington airport when I saw a child on crutches who only had one leg. She will grow up having to live with that for life.

So what have I noticed?

The good.

  • People are generally great about it and look out for you.
  • Some buses can kneel  to assist you on and off.
  • People offer to help

The not so good.

  • I have had to get over my pride and accept help.
  • At home we only have a shower over the bath and balancing on one leg is tricky as is getting in and out.
  • Buses sometimes stop in strange places to far away from the kerb  and the jump is a long way.
  • Vans are very hard to get in too
  • Wet grass is not a good surface to hobble over on crutches. One of my crutches sunk in six inches.
  • Staying in a hotel room alone poses a problem when moving hot drinks around.
Wet  bathroom floors in hotels are slippery.
  • The upper body workout is hard work and tiring.

What have I learnt?

  • Do not hurry down stairs! (marble stairs are very unforgiving)
  • If you are on crutches for a long time wear thick gloves to pad your hands.
  • Metal drink bottles and thermal coffee mugs with a lid are an essential.
  • Make sure you have a small stool in the house that will fit into the bath.
  • There is no shame to ask for help.
  • I am no Superman

My ankle will heal (eventually) and this is a temporary inconvenience. I have a lot to be thankful for especially my wife, I have a great work place with a good team of people.

Paul S Allen

Stop Striving for Success

How many times have you caught yourself saying “if only I had… then …” ?

The constant striving for more, better or bigger drives many people.

Does obtaining them bring contentment or a bigger hunger?

Do not get me wrong, I do like some comforts in my life, but I wonder at times, that in the process of getting more and more things we miss the point of enjoying and being content with what we have already.  What is the point of working so hard for more and more stuff only to not have the time, or health, to enjoy them?

When was the last time you went for a walk, for no reason other than to breath, look at the scenery, relax and switch off your busyness?

Rest and contentment are vital for a healthy and peaceful existence.

Let me challenge you this week to take some time out, whether it is a whole day, half day, an hour, or five minutes, start small as it takes discipline to do  nothing. The benefits of a relaxed and rested mind, and body, are great.

If you are a leader, this message is for you and your staff, constant pressure without respite will only lead to burnout. Remember to celebrate the journey.

Don’t let striving for greatness stop you from achieving it.

Paul S Allen

 

The tree still stands

The Tree

The tree has stood strong against the prevailing wind, it wears the battering but it still stands.

Perseverance comes not from standing in the face of a gentle breeze, it comes by standing in the face of howling gales and storms.

Paul S Allen

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