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A Nameless Place

A Nameless Place

Dear Reader,

A fellow wandering mind shared a podcast episode in the Waves of Focus forums. The episode is:

John Dickerson’s Notebooks: The Sneaky Pitfalls of the To-Do List

Dickerson defines productivity in several ways. But one of these resonated deeply with me – that of productivity as synonymous with craftsmanship. This is the subject of today’s newsletter.

– Kourosh

A Nameless Place

When practicing at the piano, I stumble. Quite often, really.

I press a few keys, feel through the sound, hoping to memorize a few phrases along the way. The process is slow with one step forward, three steps back into some mushy swamp of fumbling fingers.

Other musicians start coming to mind. Their deftness with chords, shifts of melodies, and bouncing rhythms, all seem to flow with such ease. Their songs of such wondrous structure stir the question, “Why write at all? Maybe it’s all been written already.”

In a pause, I realize these are all manifestations of an avoidance. Somehow, even years into practice, some part of me tries to avoid the tension inherent to learning.

To learn, ignorance must be acknowledged. Without doing so, there is no true growth. There is no true learning.

That acknowledgment takes time. It’s often rife with fears of one sort or another. We cannot simply rip through them, much like we cannot begin bench-pressing 300 pounds in a first visit to a gym. Working through mind and muscle is a practice of patience.

With whatever honesty mustered, we can feel, “Where is this now?”

From this visceral experience, true growth begins, continues, and ends.

It is a nameless space.

But this is hardly surprising.

Much of what is meaningful, simply cannot be measured.

– Kourosh

PS. The answer to Dickerson’s question “What is your cab ride?”, for me, is The Visit.

 

What is Productivity?

Productivity is many things. For some, it is about doing a lot in a little time.
But, truly, productivity is so much more. It is about:

  • Setting yourself up for success.
  • Being focused where you want to be.
  • Doing things that you find meaningful.
  • Being creative, sometimes even in harsh environments.
  • Forging your own paths.
  • Finding your voice and delivering it well.
  • Knowing and actively deciding on your obligations.
  • Knowing where and how to say “no”.
  • Avoiding procrastination.

Too often, many of us fall into just going along with and fighting whatever the world throws at us. “Go with the flow!”, we say. Meanwhile, we might think, “I’d like to do that one thing. Maybe one day I will.” The days go by. The goal never arrives, and then we wonder why or blame circumstance.

But when we learn to take charge of our lives and the world
around us, we start living life with intention.

“I should do that,” becomes “This is how I start”. Deliberately forging a path to our goals and dreams, we figure out what we want in life and then start taking steps there.

Of course, striking out may seem scary. It takes courage to live life with purpose and on purpose. Roadblocks and worries, fears and concerns show up everywhere.

This is my passion. I want to help you to find that sense of your own unique play to meet the world so that you can:

  • Create a life that is yours.
  • Find and follow an inner guide in a way that works for you and those you care for.
  • Decide on your obligations and meet them while building the world you want.

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