Monday, January 17, 2011

My life is a masterpiece

This article is <500 words & will take < 2 mins to read and helps you understand how everything you do in your life adds up to the big picture...

I love to paint. I was reading a book on painting outside, in real life, getting the paint to reflect the emotions and fleeting light, capturing a feeling and a moment in paint.
This is a supreme challenge. And the artist said something most profound. He said every daub of paint, had to work. Every miniscule dot of colour, tone, texture, shape, line was meaningful. It could not be accidental, sloppy, haphazard, or thoughtless.
When I next visited a gallery I looked at every work very carefully. Modern, impressionist, traditional, post modern, minimalist. Every part of the painting formed the whole and because I was looking at the best of the best, I could see what he meant.
Every fleck of paint worked, when you stood back, it looked right, like the painter wanted us to see it. When I pressed my face close (or as close as the electronic sensor would let me go without bleeping a warning) the whole painting dissolved into meaningless daubs of paint. I wondered how the artist working close to the surface could possible see how every brush stroke could form together as it did from 20 paces? This is the mystery and beauty of artists and their work, their skill....

They do it by making every miniscule blob of paint work harmoniously in the whole and knowing that every mark matters.

Your life is the same, everything you do, every moment, day, week, month, year and lifetime, will combine into one masterpiece. Your life.

Every action matters. It may be small, but it creates the whole. You cannot escape from the consequences of your actions, they play out in your life.

You must be an artist and develop the skill to see each small mark in it’s entirety.

Start with your thoughts, how you think, feel, dream, plan, aspire, believe. These are the only things within your ultimate control. Master your emotions and the mastery of your brushstrokes and your masterpiece, your life, will surely follow....
For every masterpiece, for every great artist, how many artworks and artists are rejected? Lots and lots! But for all the rejection, there are masterpieces. We should not become despondent when we paint badly, but learn from our mistakes and put another clean board upon the easel. It is a rare and beautiful thing when it all comes together artistically and that is how I want to live my life, with moments of artistic wonderment at the beauty and mystery.

May you be hung in a gallery!

If you want to know an easy way to paint a masterpiece, try 4me2realize. It’s like colour by number and joining the dots!

P.s. The book I refer to is Alla Prima – Everything I know About Painting by Richard Schmid, highly recommended, it is one of my favourite books for both it’s lessons in art and life.
Kindest regards,

Castaly Lombe
Chief of Makin' it Happen
Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
ANTI-CHAOS SYSTEMS PTY LTDPhone: +61 1 300 344 070
Skype ID: Castaly.Lombe

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Heartfelt Thanks and Merry Christmas

Hi there,

In whatever country, culture, latitude and attitude! :) this letter finds you  - I want to personally send you my warm wishes for the holiday season. I am wishing you large amounts of happiness, love, peace and joy amongst family and friends. And I am wishing you small things too, like family tiffs, holiday traffic, credit card balances, waistline and checkout queues. Ho Ho Ho  life goes on!

Christmas is a time of rituals, some going back to the dawn of civilisation. One Christmas New Year ritual I love is my annual review. I look both back and forward and take time to count my blessings. I plan, dream, look at lessons learned. It is a gorgeous ritual, made much easier by 4me2realize. As I do this, I realize there are many people who have touched my life in very positive ways this year. You are one of these people. Thank you.

Really, Really, EXTRA Thank you because this year has been one that has tested my resolve, self belief, ability and resourcefulness. It has also asked me to step up repeatedly. Having been in business for 20+ years is no guarantee that starting a new business will be easy! A lot has changed. And so have I. But I have loved every minute because I have not journeyed alone. You have made it worthwhile, reading my letters, your positive comments, your feedback, support and interest.  I am writing today because I remember you. You touched me and it has all helped. I am soooo grateful to you and blessed to have your involvement. In the moments that I was tested, you have helped me keep my resolve.

I love my life, I’ve loved sharing with you and I am looking forward to the New Year.

Thank you
And Happy Christmas 

Kindest regards,

Castaly Lombe
Chief of Makin' it Happen
Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
ANTI-CHAOS SYSTEMS PTY LTDPhone: +61 1 300 344 070
Skype ID: Castaly.Lombe

Accept the Rescue..... What the heck?

Only 2 more sleeps.... If you could have the life of your dreams, what would it look like? If Santa said you can have whatever you like this Christmas....anything at all, what would you ask for?  More health, wealth, happiness, world peace, success, admiration, security, control, respect, fitness, abundance, love, adventure?

If you really think about it, what’s stopping you from having that now? People like Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracey, Stephen Covey say whatever you dream you can realize.

You don’t need Santa, you just need to know how.  4me2realize can show you how.

To help you try it out we’re offering 2 months trial at $45 plus bonuses worth $1300. Go to this link to get more information.

Will you do what it takes? Will you “accept the rescue” to realize your true, awesome, magnificent potential?  Unlike Santa, this is not a fairytale. There are scientifically proven methods of success. Used consistently you can create life on your terms.  Make 4me2realize your partner and make 2011 your best ever year.... 

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This Christmas, give yourself a gift that will last your whole life and remember this offer ends 25 December at midnight. Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas day I will be having lunch with friends and family here at our farm then heading down to the river for a swim (if it warms up!). Relaxing and sharing. Whatever you are doing, I wish you great joy. Please take care on the roads and have a great holiday.

Kindest regards,

Castaly Lombe
Chief of Makin' it Happen
Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
Phone: +61 1 300 344 070
Skype ID: Castaly.Lombe

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Melbourne Cup, How to pick the winner
In  Australia, where I live, we have an annual horse race in November, the Melbourne Cup, which stops the country.

You have to experience it to believe it. It is an unofficial holiday, with parties at work, almost everyone bets, women wear hats, and there is a TV propped up on the desk come race time….

To back the winner of the Melbourne Cup is easy. You just choose the winning horse. Thousands of people do it every year. So now you know. Too easy.

In my first real journalism job for the local newspaper, I paid $5 to go in to the office sweep and was absolutely delighted to get the winner and win $35, which was a lot to add to my meager pay check as a cadet! The Managing Editor came to congratulate me, but he was mostly annoyed that he had lost $500!

It’s a gamble. And I’ll have some fun every November for this amazing horse race, but it’s not the way I play my life. I like more calculated risks.

How many people, maybe yourself, pay a lot to win, but accept poor odds by doing nothing more than putting the money down? Paid for gym membership and never showed up, bought the book but never read it, attended the conference and never implemented a single suggestion? I have done this!

You are full of good intentions, even willing to part with your money, but then the challenge of making changes, taking action, trips you up... 
There are two reasons why this might happen; 
1. Poor alignment; the plan you had is not right for you.
2. You lack something; help or knowledge or encouragement or understanding or motivation. Something was missing to get you over the finishing line.

If you had everything you needed (no excuses please) then it’s time to look and understand yourself and set more aligned goals.

If you didn’t have everything you needed to achieve, work out what’s missing, and get it!

In both cases, most people miss motivation and understanding themselves. They have the money, they have the good intentions, but they are just gambling and the odds are they’ll lose. I don’t like those odds.

Getting self awareness is a job you choose to do, just like building a business and putting out the garbage. If you do the work, good things flow and bad things get handled (yep – they still happen). With self awareness you will know if you are being tripped up by a lack or poor alignment.

So good luck with the Melbourne Cup, have fun with your flutter, but when it comes to your life, don’t gamble. 

Get a system that helps you understand and get alignment.

4me2realize incorporates these principles.
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Castaly Lombe

Chief of Makin' it Happen
Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi