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If you haven’t noticed the voice in your head by now you probably have never tried to meditate. In my life practice I have some fun with the voice in my head by giving it a name.

Once I realized that this voice usually has nothing really great or insightful to say to me, and that this voice is not me (very deep), I realized that I could have some fun with it.

During a course at Landmark Education called the Wisdom course, it occurred to me to give IT (the voice in my head) a name.

Now what name would be appropriate for a voice that is rude, dis-empowering, looks for the worst in other people, expects the worst possible outcome, and is intent on being heard.

Hmmmm, I thought, and then I had it.

DICK!

From that moment on I would refer to IT (that voice in my head), as Dick.

It fits so perfectly. Whenever I listen to Dick, I often act like one and so I can explain any behavior that doesn’t work and causes breakdowns by saying. “Sorry, I was being (a) Dick.”

it makes it so much easier to dismiss thoughts that keep me small and separate. Try it. Give your voice a name.

Legal fine print: I’m not advocating blaming something else for your actions. I’m just pointing to a fun way to stop beating yourself up for the many negative thoughts that you don’t yet know how to control.

Don’t they make life interesting? I’m tending to quite a few at the moments, and I am finding it interesting to notice where I make life more difficult than it needs to me. My biggest breakdowns are in the area of technology. I was advised that a complete reinstallation of my operating system on a new hard drive was the best solution to my desktop problems. Well this has resulted in a host of new problems not the least of which is the loss of all of my playlists and song ratings on itunes. Can I solve this? Most definitely but at what cost?

I’m reminded of the book “e-Myth” where the author talks about the importance of systems. He could not be more correct. The primary goal of systems should be to allow you to spend as close to 100% of your time as possible on your most productive (revenue generating) activities. This currently is my greatest challenge. I’m spending about 70% of my time on breakdowns, the majority of which are technology related.

Today my brother asked me, “why not just use your laptop?” Hmmmm, for one my desktop is much more comforable to work on, with its 24″ screen and wireless keyboard and mouse. But he’s right. I realize that I could reduce 50% of my technical breakdowns by dealing with only one computer. Perhaps it is time to cave in to my Mac desire and cross over to the white side.

The other morning,as I looked at my rather round belly, which has gotten noticeably bigger over the last 3 weeks, I was reminded that I’ve been ineffective in causing the flat six-pack stomach that I dream of. My exercise practice has been ineffective. Similarly as I was doing some Yoga poses I was also reminded of my goal to be able to touch my toes with a perfectly straight back … you know like those Yoga masters, do. The legs are completely straight and the body seems to fold over at the hip. No bending (curving) of the lower back.

What’s clear is that I’ve lost sight of my goals. Without a clear reminder of what it is I’m creating distractions creep in. Good reminder to take my own medicine. Create visual reminders of what it is I’m up to in life and develop a daily practice of bringing it into my consciousness. This creates the context for my day and helps me to make the choices that are consistent with what I’m up to.

Check up on me in 6 months. My flat belly should make it easier to touch my toes with a straight back.

We can do so much today that was not possible for our parents. We can write books, make movies, video games, music and more. We can even even market them ourselves. Not to mention all of the productivity applications that are out there.

Yesterday I leaned of a new productivity tool called “The Brain.” This thing allows you to visualize the relationships among as many thoughts as your brain can produce. Well probably not. But it can definitely handle enough to be useful.

There is no way that anyone can master everything that’s out there. No one person can do that. The trick is to pick the few that will further your goals and develop a practice of developing your skills using them. “The Brain might be an interesting place to start.