Saturday, March 10, 2012

Eyes of March

By Julie Rahm

It is not the “eyes” of March. It is the “ides” of March. Our daughter, at age ten, did not have an appreciation for Latin. It was a cute mistake; and she is probably mortified reading about it!

You see, ides comes from the Latin word "Idus" and means "half division". Ides was used in the Roman calendar indicating the approximate day that was in the middle of the month. Of course, the term “Ides of March” is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group included 60 other co-conspirators.

A prophet had foreseen that Caesar would be harmed not later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theater of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar met that prophet and joked, "The ides of March have come", meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the prophet replied "Ay, Caesar; but not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the prophet to "beware the Ides of March." Now you know!

Julius Caesar did not expect the unexpected. Even when warned, he did not expect the assassination. But, let me not confuse you. “Expect the unexpected” is so cliché. I’m not even sure what to do when someone tells me “expect the unexpected”. Instead, as America’s Mindset Mechanic, I advocate expect the expected! Set reasonable goals for yourself and expect to achieve them. Goal setting is a cornerstone of most personal coaching programs. Derive some attainable goals for yourself. My husband John says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you.” So, develop some vision for yourself. Where or how do you want to be next year, in five years or in ten years? John and I posted our goals on our refrigerator door. In plain sight everyday is a good way to keep focused on want you want to achieve. The key is commitment. You must be committed to your goals like the turkey is committed to Thanksgiving! The “how” will become apparent once you totally commit.

Set your path for success. Along the way, check your progress. Are your decisions consistent with your goals? Be flexible in the “how”. Goals are written in concrete. The “how” is written in Jello. Also, your inner beliefs must be consistent with your goals. For example, do you believe you deserve what you want to achieve? Or, do you believe all wealthy people are dishonest or “filthy rich”? If so, you will probably never be wealthy. Your inner beliefs will derail your plans.

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