Things go according to plan when you focus on the plan

Just finished my edits for my book, moving now to pre-publishing preparations.

Just finished Relentless Solution Focus. moving now to the solution side of the mental chalkboard.

Just finished typing up my game plan, moving now to sharing it with you for show-and-tell.

The Game Plan

Picture of “The Game Plan”

The Game Plan
2022/03/05

My purpose: to strive towards greatness, and to encourage others to do the same in their lives

My priorities: my art, family, and business

Vision of self image: I have just finished my writer’s work for the morning and I can hear my family is outside playing and helping my family with the farm work. I go out and help them for a few hours until it is time for breakfast. After I go to my desk to address some details with my publisher, they are excited to work out the last details for the book tour they have lined up after the recent “Best Seller” list in the New York Times featured my latest novel, “When the sea lays still.” I also work out a few details with my team on how we need to move forward with recent issues that have come up in our operations; nothing urgent, just exciting developments that need to be handled. I close up my office time by checking and setting any orders I want to play in the market with the success of my strategy so far and I close up my office notebook feeling content. For the rest of the day I attend to my children’s endeavors, making sure the house is in order for some family and friends, which visit regularly to our farm house. The night ends with the family in bed and my wife and I talking about our up-coming mini-retirement to the Falklands. As I fall asleep there is a profound sense of peace.

Professional Product Goal: Book for sale (ebook, print, audio)

Process Goal: Minimum of 20 minutes of novel work daily

Personal Product Goal: 100 followers for my blog

Process Goal: Blog post, share post, and engage with others

Alixander Court 2022/03/05

Wrap up

I highly recommend you get your current game plan typed up if you can; getting it printed works too.

The key is seeing it everyday – because when you point your momentum in the direction you focus on, don’t be surprised when you end up there.

They say don’t drink the tap water in mexico, the economics of water for two adults and an infant in Mexico

Audio REcording of the post, “They say don’t drink the tap water in mexico, the economics of water for two adults and an infant in Mexico”

The thing that I will miss most about living in Mexico is a 20 L Bottle of water and a bomba sifon (hand pump). I know that sounds silly, but there is something very restorative about looking into how much water you are drinking on a daily basis and seeing the financial cost of consuming water.

In America, we are spoiled for water. I can turn on the tap and drink freely to my heart’s content, it costs me next to nothing, and it has been that way my whole life. Even when I was living on a farm as a young man, I never had to worry about the contents of the water.

But here in Mexico, I have been told time and time again not to drink the water from the tap. Doesn’t matter what state you are in, don’t do it. Do I know, or have hard facts that the water is unsafe? No. But do I disregard what I have been told/read about the water? No. So I buy refills of a 20 L Bottle.

In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Oaxaca and in Cancun, I have been buying water for my family to drink clean, water. Some days I catch a water salesman shouting from the street, “AGUA!” Other days I am seduced by the soft voice coming from a loud speaker mounted to a truck, “La agua…” And days like today I have to carry my deposit bottle to either a convenience store or a grocery store, and carry 20 L of water home.

The cost of the water really isn’t all that much. In most places they sell a refill of 20 L for around 30 MXN (~1.50 USD). Strangely, in Oaxaca it was almost half that when purhcased from a salesman. And my household of two adults and an infant go through 20 L every three-four days. And so on this trip of nearly 33 days, we have gone through roughly 200 L of water, which will mean we spent a little under 300 MXN (~15 USD) just for water. In a year, that is 2.4 Kilo Liters, or 3600 MXN (~180 USD).

So why am doing all this math? Because I have never had to living in America. I have never visably watched my family go through water, I have never had to consider the economics of it, I have never had to be sold water by salesmen, or had to lug a huge bottle of water home. Now that I have, I understand what a beautiful and expensive gift it is to having clean water that comes straight from the tap.

This new found appreciation for water, and so many other gifts, would have never come my way had I just stayed home and continued working for work’s sake. Don’t make the mistake of working for work’s sake. The world, and all her gifts, are waiting for you.