One day I was just trudging along, feeling downtrodden wondering why sometimes it feels like an uphill battle. I asked a friend for some “words of wisdom” to gain a little perspective for when I feel like I'm fighting the same battles on my projects. His advice:
If you don't want to fight the same battles, change the context:
- Superior weapons
- Different opponents
- Different battlefields
As a newbie to karate, this make sense.
I also realized that there are a handful of wisdom kernels which have become embedded in my wiring:
- Doubt: Set it aside; rely on your own strength, character, and fortitude. Be American!
- Future/Dreams: The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Best: Your best changes with internal and external forces. Consistently do your best, knowing that it fluctuates. If constantly striving to exceed your best, your resources will be depleted and tomorrow will be harder.
- Seriousness: Don’t take yourself too seriously; be happy, be willing to learn from mistakes (yours and others), be willing to share, and don’t let your ego get in the way of serving.
- Motivation: Just do your best; momentum feeds motivation
- Cutting Fees: I’d rather eat macaroni and cheese with my kids.
- Momentum: Have your own “standard” (schedule, method, sequence, etc.) use it when you’re not getting started; when you are under way, be willing to adjust your standards like Calvin and Hobbes play Calvinball.
- Endurance: As Dory from Finding Nemo says, “Just keep swimming.”
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA