Saturday, November 7, 2009

The ladder to achievement

100%------------I Did

90%-----------I Will

80%----------I Can

70%---------I Think I Can

60%--------I Might

50%-------I Think I Might

40%------What Is It?

30%----I Wish I could

20%---I Don't Know How

10%--I Can't

0%-I Won't

"Success is to be measured, not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

I enjoyed giving the talk last night. The place where I spoke has 33,000 acres of forests and wetlands with only 2,200 homes. The architecture was incredible. I was treated to a fabulous dinner after the talk. It was a nice way to end a beautiful day.

Today I took down the mast of the sailboat and will be trailering it to bring home for bottom cleaning and repainting with antifouling paint. It's a good time to do some maintenance now that the weather is cooler and the fouling organisms aren't settling as rapidly.

I don't like to think in terms of things that I can't do because what that usually means is that I won't do those things. I like to think in terms of action. And the action that I find most helpful today is practicing the 12 steps, doing my best to do God's will, and practicing gratitude for what is in my life.

19 comments:

  1. Whoa, this ladder is the coolest. I never saw it before!!!! Sounds like you have a great talk in a lovely setting. I wish I could have been there to hear it but your blog is "the next best thing to being there" :)

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  2. I love the ladder. I usually go from I think I can to... DONE. I never was one for waiting to do it if I thought I could get it done. :)

    Winter's coming quick and cold this year. I feel it through it and through. Hugs. Tammy

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  3. You are a great example of practicing these principles in ALL your affairs. It really does make life easier. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  4. Love the ladder--wish it had 12 steps though --grin!

    Obstacles...overcoming...Success!
    Key words, each of which will one day unlock doors to rooms of Love and Peace.

    Thank you Syd. I'll bet you give a good talk.

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  5. I always dread having to give talks or run workshops but climbing the ladder to that eventual feeling of 'I did' is such a good learning curve!

    And we never know where others start from and how many more obstacles they may have to encounter along the way.

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  6. The ladder is a great analogy. And each step up increases confidence and competence. It's those first couple rungs that are hard!

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  7. I think I was probably a fouling organism back in my drinking days.

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  8. This post is awesome! Thanks for sharing the ladder with us. It's perfect for me for this week... going to my first Al-Anon meeting on Thursday!!!

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  9. I think that sometimes Syd, my attitude could use some anti-fouling paint...

    I've found that a mix of Step 3 and Step 11, tinted with gratitude makes an excellent anti-fouling agent, don't you?

    peace my friend...

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  10. An entire chapter in the Big Book called Into Action will support your post.

    Good one, Syd :)

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  11. Reminds me of a sign I read some time ago: Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the number of things that take your breath away.
    I was raised with the "Little Engine That Could" as one of my story books. "I think I can" has been my mantra for years. For me it's where everything starts: sobriety, poetry prizes, marriage. I'm grateful that God picks me up and carries me up the ladder a lot of the time.

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  12. Hi, Syd -

    I love the ladder! So clean cut and accurate!

    I really appreciate you sharing your wisdom and life experience!

    - Marie (Coming Out of the Trees)

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  13. Glad the talk went well. Sounds like a lovely time.

    I haven't actually clicked out on the links from my Google Reader for a while to say hi, so today seemed like a good day to sit on that top rung and say "I did it!" Thanks for sharing.

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  14. You've really given me food for thought. thank you. And the area sounds wonderful.

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  15. Today, I'm struggling just to get to integrity with 0% - what, I guess that means I'm starting at -10%?

    Glad you've found some healing actions.

    Blessings and aloha...

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  16. I would have loved to hear your talk and have joined you for that fabulous meal. :)

    PG

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  17. I work with all the people in this range from I Can't to I Did. What I found is that the I Can'ts do not like the I Dids. Almost everybody likes the I Mights. But, if you're trying to get something done, I Might doesn't cut it.

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  18. great analogy Syd, sounds like the place was heavenly, what a great photo . I think this ladder should be used in all parts of our lives.. TY for sharing.. SMILES

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