The PENCIL Principles.
99% of the time I write my ideas down with a pen or I type them up. One day I was looking for something to write with and all I could find was a pencil. This took me back because just a few years ago a pencil was my best friend. I had no computer, smart phone and very rarely any ink pens. The intrigue of not having a pen inspired 6 success principles through the word PENCIL.
The P is for Point.
The point on a pencil represents the point of no return in your life. You can’t get a second chance to make a first impression. A pencil point can be sharp, dull or just need a little work. Some will know you mean business from the beginning and others will argue and make you prove your point.
The E is for Eraser.
When you write you don’t want to make mistakes and have to use your eraser. In life we should do more right than we do wrong which will give us a greater chance for negativity to be erased from our future. The mind is a terrible thing to waste and by all means we have to find ways to erase doubt. Doubt is what kills dreams. Erase fear.
The N is for Number #2.
In all my life I have never written with a Number #1 pencil. Every time I see Number #2 I realize I have to keep writing like I have something to prove while also believing the best is yet to come. In some cases it is easier to go from last to second than it is to go from second to first. Give your all even if you end up Number #2.
The C is for Colored.
Pencils come in different colors like rainbows. Not everyone wants to be a Plain Jane but with a touch of crayon life opens up to a different perspective. Black and white is only in the ink and the paper that it’s printed on. Put racism in reverse and enjoy our world that is diverse.
The I is for Instrument.
Every artist has their choice of instrument. Picasso chose the paintbrush. Michael Jordan selected a basketball. Kenny G dazzled through the saxophone. Right now you have the choice to pull out a PENCIL and use it to open doors for you. A PENCIL can take notes, leave instruction and write out the plans for your future.
The L is for Lead.
At the point of the PENCIL you see lead. There is much more lead beneath the surface of a pencil. We don’t get to use most of our pencil potential until we put in work and we realize that in order not to become dull we have to sharpen up. At the end of the day, life we ask if you have you lead anyone to the top with you?
Use The PENCIL Principles daily to prove your Point and Erase doubt. Work like you’re Number #2. Color the world and be an Instrument that is not afraid to be Lead.
Image courtesy of Simon Howden.
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