“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present / love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure / the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach quote
How much does it cost to go to a movie?
Okay, now what’s your answer if I told you that while the movie is taking place, you have to miss the final debate in the school board election, in a race where you’re tied for first?
Clearly, the stuff you miss has a cost.
Freelancers are very good at having an innate sense of opportunity cost. They realize, for example, that taking on a friend at a discount might be very expensive if it means that other, better paying work is going to have to be turned down.
Now that just about everyone is in the business of selling their time in some form, it’s important to be aware that even if something doesn’t cost you cash out of your wallet, the opportunity cost is not only real, it’s just as valuable. Not only does it cost money to say ‘no’, it costs money to say ‘yes’.
Feeling low on motivation? Use these sure-fire techniques to recharge your batteries.
Success takes time–sometimes longer than you’d like. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to become discouraged, and that makes it harder to achieve the success you deserve.
Here’s a simple, six-step plan to get your “mojo” back:
1. Define your purpose.
Why are you working? Why are you doing this work? Only you can answer these questions. Some individuals are drawn to certain kinds of work, while others are individuals are simply looking for a payday or to feed their families. No purpose is inherently “better” than any other–but you need to know your purpose, so that the prospect of fulfilling of that purpose keeps you motivated.
2. Tie your purpose to your company’s goals.
Now that you’ve identified why you’re working, deliberately envision your company’s offering (what it makes, provides or sells) as the vehicle through which you can fulfill your purpose. The more closely you associate, in your mind, your purpose with your company’s product, the easier you’ll be able to motivate yourself to do what’s necessary to get your job done.
3. Tie your purpose to your team’s success.
If you’re working with other people, they’re depending upon you to get your job done. Fulfilling your purpose thus helps them become successful too–which means that you’re having a positive impact on other people’s lives.
4. Create ambitious goals for yourself.
Now that you’ve got everything aligned, it’s time to set ambitious goals that, if achieved, will create success for yourself, your products, and your company. Pick exciting goals that will will inspire you to achieve them.
5. Create a workable but flexible plan.
Now that you’ve got goals, create a step-by-step plan that constantly brings you closer to your goals. That will help you build additional confidence, commitment and the feeling that you’re in control of your destiny. Hint: If you aren’t sure how to build a plan that will work, get the help of somebody who’s already achieved what you want to achieve.
6. Take massive action … starting now.
Success is now just a matter of executing that plan, adjusting as necessary to achieve your goals. To start on the right foot, as soon as your write your plan, immediately take some action to achieve that plan. Motivation feeds on action. You want to build momentum that will continue to carry you toward your goal.
The main point here is to do all of this consciously, to make certain that everything in your work life is aligned.
Have a great week ahead!
The above is based upon a conversation with one of the world’s top motivational speakers: Omar Periu.
Most of our suspicions of others are aroused by our knowledge of ourselves.
Life is not about how high you jump but about how high you bounce when you hit the ground, and sometimes its not important which way you jump, just that you jump
My lovely lady got me Terre d’hermes as a gift for fathers day, the perfume is the brain child of the french man Jean-Claude Ellena, a scent he produced for Hermes.
Infact, Jean-Claude Ellena is the official in-house perfumer for Hermès since 2004 and possibly the most adventurous, unconventional nose in France, and he writes in his new book. “Journal d’un Parfumeur,” “Odor is a word, perfume is literature”. I must say reading about his life as a ‘nose’ – a description given to creators of scents – is quite interesting.
When interviewed one time, he said, “For me, elegance is defined by discretion—not invading the space of your neighbor.”
Further in the interview, Mr. Ellena paused, gazing at the distant Mediterranean. “There’s a wonderful quote by Provençal writer Jean Giono, who says: ‘I love to look behind the air.’ That’s what I try to do—go behind the obvious. You have to bring people’s noses a little further than what they see to sense what is happening somewhere else.
That’s something to think about.