2018 Quick Start Guide

When you change the way you see things, the things you see will change. Here is an amusing take on a few things you can do to reframe and refocus.

"Renacer," (detail) by artist Pepe Villegas. "Renacer" was selected as 2014 Best in Show at Hispanicize, an annual gathering of the most influential Latino bloggers.

Personal Operating System Upgrade Available

You are now eligible to move forward with your 2018 plans to initiate several intentional upgrades to your personal operating system, so as to ensure it is unencumbered, free from social trojan viruses and/or infected software, and functioning in a climate-controlled environment at full potential and capacity.

Before we get started, turn off the television or radio, take a couple deep breaths, and silence the Inner Critic. You deserve a break for this moment. Now let’s start.


Ensure that you are plugged into your Power Source at all times. Although self-sufficient for a time, battery life is limited, as will be useful production.

Become aware of, and deploy, any necessary antivirus safeguards and immediately vault all potential infections, especially the 4-c emotional cancers: comparing, competing, criticizing, and complaining.

Segregate and delete all possible sources of contamination that may be found in foods, drinks, personalities, habits, thought patterns, emotional reactivity, outdated thinking, etc.

Ensure your internal drivers are updated and properly cooled – overheating can damage the elements of your Personal Operating System that make its display vivid and bright – remove unnecessary filters and screen protectors that have outlived their usefulness.

Perform both scheduled and random routine maintenance as needed. Thoughtfully utilize hibernation, sleep and shutdown modes periodically – explanations and reasons are not necessary.

Considerations and Best Practices

  1. Drama is best observed in a theater. Its participants and their props should be far enough away from you so that the spotlights of their own performances blind them from being able to call upon you and enfold you in their display.

  2. Sarcasm, cynicism, eye-rolling, gossip and displays of self-importance are infections of mediocrity and inevitably cause untoward damage. Find their energetic opposites and seek to positively influence each present moment within which you find yourself.

  3. Remember that the doors to broader perspective open inward. Keep the windows of your mind clear and open so that breezes can easily remove stale air. A closed mind will begin to rot itself from the inside out.

  4. Dress well, eat well, act well, speak well. Use the good dishes, wear the nice clothes, and keep your eyes on your own paper.

  5. You may encounter energetic life-force phishing from both unintentional and ill-willed sources. Say nothing and do nothing but extract yourself from such environments (see Best Practices Number 1, above).


Your Life is your business. You are the CEO of that business. You alone are responsible for its facilities, strategic direction, environment, profit and loss, acquisition of talent, contribution to others, style, design and personality. Execute your role with thoughtfulness and presence, and remember – CEO’s of Lives do not get fired; they are, instead, forced to live with the accumulated effects of their choices.

The good news is that Thrive Global will leave this article up, so you can refer to it whenever you need a reminder that you are always at choice.

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