Lessons from the Red Dot

Oct 21, 2020
Libby chases her tail and the elusive red dot.

A laser pointer casts a red dot, and cats go NUTS trying to catch this elusive teaser. Like cats, we chase illusory things too, and we have labeled our distractive behavior, "shiny objects syndrome."

Observe mindfully a cat chasing a red dot, and we undoubtedly see the ways we too waste our time. For us it is scrolling, binge watching, and doing anything that takes us away from engaging passionately in our lives.


I am anything you do unconsciously or out of fear. 

I am the Netflix season that promises you even more enjoyment in the next episode ... and the next ... until you have consumed a whole bag of popcorn, a soda pop, and a slice of pizza, but still feel empty inside.

I am the next online course that promises a solution for your procrastination in business, only to leave you with new tools that cannot heal your unresolved lack of self-discipline.

I am the world famous, multi-millionaire entrepreneur who you think you can emulate by simply getting all inspired by their words.

I am the next certification that will sign, seal, and deliver your qualifications to your door, except the packet didn't arrive with adequate experience that affords you the confidence to go out and market yourself. A certification is good, but don't be fooled into thinking it will take care of a lot of the actual foot work for you.

I am ANYTHING you do that, by society's standards, ought to bring you joy, success, great relationships, and wicked success ... but doesn't ... because I am anything that involves YOU NOT STEPPING UP to the plate.

- The buffet of real work
- The mountain of overcoming your deepest fears
- The lonely road of reckoning with the bite of low self-esteem
- The true evaluation of your gifts, skills, passion, and life purpose.

I am the elusive red dot, and I will NEVER relent.

I have you in my grip, and I can easily own you when you do not use your own mind and self-discipline.

But, to be fair, I will shine some light on what you must do to catch and conquer me.

There is only one way:

Shut me off. Lay me on a shelf, or better still, toss me into the trash.

This is the only way you will catch me, conquer me, and stop my silly enticements to things that will never fix you, fulfill you, or fill your tummy with real nourishment.

But please hurry before I drain you, your bank account, your pride, your self-worth, and your dreams.

Implement what you have learned, instead of chasing another shiny object.

Start strategic daily actions that will move the needle in your business and prosperity.

Do what is hard, and stop looking for the elusive EASY STREET. It is nothing but a facade, a mirage. It is not real.

Identify and set solid INTENTIONS.

Look daily at the NECESSITY of your intentions.

Access and seek SUPPORT. Reach out to someone. Say, "Can you please help me?"

Develop a PLAN of action, and work on it daily. Watch how it morphs and expands as you give it your utmost care and attention.

And don't you forget to fill yourself up with INSPIRATION every single day of your life. Watch what happens when you immerse in it consistently.

Set markers, goals, big and small for the exact RESULTS you want. And when they transpire, observe how you want them to grow, and in which direction.

Now, you must be mindful to live in this world as one who has a right to be here fully - in other words, living and doing business with your own, personal EXCELLENCE. Simply decide that your are going to give your best effort, versus letting complacency set in.

This is the recipe that will enable you to I.N.S.P.I.R.E. your own success.

It beats laziness, tricks of shiny objects, courses and certifications that offer you the moon, and anything else you go into with the hopes of being carried to success and happiness.

Do. The. Work.

And the work will set you free.

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Verna Bowen
Empowerment Coach, Author, Speaker