Review: 20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now
Robert D. Smith

Can I share something with you? I have a deep fear. A fear that keeps me up at night. This is a new fear. I am scared. I am scared of dying and not living my life out to its fullest. I am scared of dying and not making a difference. I am scared of sleep walking through this life. It is what drives me.

20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now is a kick in the pants.

From the description at Amazon:
The day for change is today and it’s more simple than you realize.

Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away. Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to
the intensity of life is impending death. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? 20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple
strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100% present and intentional with every passing minute of every day, for
the rest of their lives.

The book is designed to be read in under an hour and the effect is immediate. Within each segment are tactics for mastering control for your life; principles such as:

  • Motivation is a myth
  • You only have two choices, yes and no
  • How to conquer rejection forever
  • How BECOMING the problem will SOLVE all your problems
  • Three sentences that will change your life immediately

These timeless principles apply to everyone from the pending graduate to the seasoned business professional; from the time-starved parent to the weary pastor to the restless entrepreneur.

Tracks

I am really excited how this picture turned out.  Taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and edited with Nokia Creative Studio.

Sunset

A few evenings ago, I was able to capture this photo of the sun behind a cloud.  The sun was this way just for a few minutes before emerging from behind the cloud.

 

Evening on the Ohio River

Took the kids down to the riverfront to let them enjoy a beautiful evening.  As they were playing, I snapped a picture of this barge passing by.

A few details about the picture:  I shot this using the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone and edited it on the phone using Nokia Creative Studio.

Vivofit Update

I have been wearing Garmin’s Vivofit for over three months now.

Recap

As a recap – I had to return my Fibit Force after a recall was issued.  After returning my Fitbit Force, I went back to wearing my older Fitbit Flex.  That didn’t last long – after wearing something like the Force, the Flex felt really odd, a Garmin Vivofit was on the way.

Update

After wearing Vivofit for over three months my opinion has not changed.  My favorite feature of the device you ask?  I  never have to take it off.  I  know it sounds silly, but it is a huge bonus.  With the Fitbit products I had to take them off frequently to recharge them.  Add to that, the Force was not waterproof.  Garmin estimates the Vivofit batteries will last one year.  I have had no problems wearing the Vivofit in the shower or while swimming.  In my opinion, a device like this is best when you forget you are wearing it.  Day by day it is recording my steps and I usually don’t even give the device a thought.

Summer

I have been enjoying this summer.  The kids are out of school and the weather has been hot.

My evenings are spent in the backyard watching them swim, seeing late night movies, and going on ice cream runs.

I snapped this picture the other evening while they were swimming and thought the clouds were beautiful.

Clouds

 

Chasing dreams

I have been chasing dreams and goals lately, my life needs to change, and only I can change it. Or I could be foolish, I assume, and let people and circumstances shape my destiny.

For as long as I can remember I have set goals. Goals like – “make $1,000 extra a month via freelance work”. Those goals always failed. I would forget about them in a week.

old_city_scene

Goals like the above one fail several goal setting criteria, it’s not specific enough, there’s no firm date, and maybe it’s a just a lot of hope. Maybe.

A friend recently recomended the following to me regarding goals: 1. Set your goal 2. Define the work to reach your goal 3. Break down the work to a daily agenda 4. Chase the agenda

The first thing I did was to create a giant mindmap of the areas I want to work on in my life, and set goals for those areas. Now comes the job of breaking the goals down, defining the work, setting the agenda, and doing it.

When I open up my to do list, I see a specific set of things to do that will move me along the path of achieving all of my goals. My goals are no longer a hope and a wish, I am taking action and chasing them. I may miss them, I understand that. But that is where I evaluate, step back, redefine and try again.

How do you chase your goals?

 

Dusk

There is something about dusk.

That point in the evening when there is a faint amount of light, but the stars and the moon are visible.  Still enough light to make things out, but night is slowly arriving. It is subtle.  Like waves lapping at the shore – night slowly invades day.

 

 

Behind A Cloud

When the light starts to shine

This picture was taken last night, storms were all around our area, but we remained storm free.

sunbehindclouds

It reminded me of several things. First, no matter the storm you are going through, Jesus is at work. Have faith and believe friend, He is working. Keep your eyes, heart, spirit, and ears open to Him. That little bit of light coming from behind that massive cloud reminded me of this.

Another thing it reminded me of is that we need to be aware and present. Too often we go through life with our head down. Look up, look for his light look for his glory, you will find it. But you have to look, you have to take action. Right there, above my head, was a billowing storm cloud. As I was working outside I had kept my eye on it. It went from a small cloud, to a massive billowing cloud. We have this in life, a small problem, becomes huge. It attempts to steal our attention, rob our faith, but God is still there, His light still shines. Look for it.

 

Staying Sane

In a world of insanity, it can be hard to stay sane.

Do you feel, at times, like you are surrounded by insanity inducing moments? Everything wants your attention, and now.

In a world of I have to have it now, finding time to calm and relax your mind can be difficult.

In Psalm 46:10 we are told “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Have you ever tried to tell a troubled mind to be still? Go for it. I tell my mind to be still, and it seems to want to fly in to hyperactive-thinking.

So, how do you stay sane? How do you keep from “losing it”.

One thing that has worked for me is waking up earlier. If I can wake before everyone in my house does, spend time praying, reading the Bible, drinking coffee, and writing – my day is so much better. I find my stillness, quietness, and peace in the mornings – before the world awakes. I leave my cell phone behind and seek that peace for a few hours like it is my job.

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