Know what you care about most and avoid everything else like the plague!

Last Update: May 27, 2016

"Know what you care about most and avoid everything else like the plague!"

This is one of the quotes I have posted up on the walls of my "converted walk-in closet space" home office. (1950's apartment building, so we're talking tall ceiling, huge & spacious - don't make apartments with walk in closets like this anymore.)

Why do I have this quote up on my wall? Because I have a tendency to violate that rule a lot (almost subconciously) just when I most need to stay focused on a specific task.

In this case, it's completing this first level of training, level 1 certification....

"SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS..." ( Isn't there always something bound to happen/ interfere if you let it!? No excuses, right?) Well, a few things did happen...

@ Always knew the Niche for me - "Fitness over 40" - it was the getting more specific (as amply emphasized in the various trainings & articles on WA) that promptly threw me into "so many sub-niches within this niche I like which way to go/ start?" over thinking mode. "Strength training over 40? fitness over 40 for men? for Women? Weight loss over 40? for Men? for Women? Yoga over 40? beginning Yoga in your 40's? For Men? for Women?" etc...

@ I'm also job searching, and not just settling for "anything to pay the rent while I build my online business". Ironically, now that I'm committed to (eventually) leaving the 9-5 world forever, I'm also commited to undertaking the most effective job search possible, putting together the most effective Linked profile/ Resume combo for me to take advantage of my diverse professional experiences. Simply put, it's about getting the "job" I deserve, that reflects my interests & the salary I'm "worth", because thats the kind of 9-5 I want to able to walk away from with a smile on my face someday. Is that to much to ask :)? All, that being said, I'm looking forward to possibly working at least part time at my awesome gym! We got members in their 50's and 60's whose fitness levels and physiques I'd be ecstatic to have at their age.

@ MOST DELIGHTFUL DISTRACTION OF ALL!? Two days ago I get a curious voice message on my cellphone from the Athletics Director of Oberlin College, my alma mater. "Hey Toju, trying to connect, I have good news!" I'm thinking "Hmmm, the Athletics director is calling my cell and not asking for $$$?" Call back the next day and....

"TOJU OMATETE, OBERLIN COLLEGE MEN'S VARSITY TRACK & FIELD 1986-1989, INDUCTED INTO THE J. HEISMAN HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016!"

(WHAAAAAAAT!?? YEEEESSS!! OMIGOSH!! THANK YOU!!)

YEAH,THAT REALLY JUST HAPPENED!!! STILL HAPPENING!!!! No, I'm not back down on planet earth yet. My facebook page BLOWING UP with "Finally!" & "Congrats!" from friends and classmates. So much so that I was gettng addicted to FB browsing for the hell of it all over again ( Remember those first years of FB novelty - all those hours dissapearing into that void? Aaargh!!)

Can't complain, but I have been - distracted. Veered "off course" with my affiliate marketing training. It's a little disturbing how easily that happens. If you let it. If you have all the rationalizations to sell yourself....

Interestingly enough, the last few weeks, this past month - after years and years of having my weekly/monthly planners, google calendar, etc amount to nothing more than "professional looking accessories" in my office? I am actively (struggling with, failing, and getting better at) planning my time - planning my week, my month,etc. I literally cannot afford not to plan anymore. Failing to plan is indeed "planning to fail."

Anyways, I'm back. I may not be all the way back down on planet earth yet, but I have a Level 1 course to complete, miles to go before I sleep. I have an online business to get started, training webinars & videos to be absorbed, questions to ask and answer.

No more "distractions"....too many miles to go before I sleep.

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Ecowarrior Premium
Great Blog with an interesting story into your life! All the best, Lisa
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LisaFranks Premium
Sounds like you need to be whipped into shape, Omatz LOL

"TOJU OMATETE, OBERLIN COLLEGE MEN'S VARSITY TRACK & FIELD 1986-1989, INDUCTED INTO THE J. HEISMAN HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016!" --CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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Omatz2 Premium
Oh, I thought I'd get a response from you :)! Thanks Lisa, It's a small div III liberal arts college - nothing close to the big division I athletic powerhouses that produce world class athletes - but I loved it and I EARNED it. If only it was that easy to whip myself into "7 habits of hihgly effective people" mental shape - working, failing, and getting better (much better!) at it. (And anyways, so many things were easier to take for granted in our 20's, right?)
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LisaFranks Premium
It doesn't matter if it is small. You did something that others cannot do by putting your mind to "Just Do It". Now get that attitude with your business and you will be a success in no time.

PS: I will be happy to whip you, Omatz, just say the word. LOL
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JudeP Premium
A fab insight into your life, thanks for sharing :)
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Omatz2 Premium
Thanks, JudeP! hey, life does happen & never fits neatly into the constructs we set,right?
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JudeP Premium
True :)
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