I understand the need for people to take a mental break and escape through art. We all need this. However, when media programming preys on your vulnerabilities, stokes your fears, and deliberately misinforms you and/or distorts the facts, there is something wrong.
Month: March 2011
Life rewards resilience. Each of us will experience highs and lows. There will be moments where we feel we can do no wrong and others where very little seems to go right. We may feel on top of our game professionally, but struggling personally and vice versa. It is all part of the journey.
Everyone needs positive role models in their life and this experience shouldn’t end with childhood. As we go through our lives we will often stumble across unchartered territory. There will be times when there are no easy answers or doing the right thing won’t be as easy as it sounds. It is during moments like this we need to have something or someone to fall back on.
Not only does journaling provide you with an opportunity for daily reflection, it also serves as an outlet for your feelings about what is taking place in your life at any given time. Instead of keeping things “bottled up” inside, you now have a vehicle for emotional release (which is always the preferred alternative).
We’ve all heard the saying that “…you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The same thing could be said about betting everything on one major product/service line or depending too much on a small group of clients. Just as diversification is essential to managing financial investment risk, business leaders need to hedge their bets and manage their financial vulnerabilities.
There is no such thing as one size fits all product/service solution. People are individuals and buy similar products/service for different reasons.
It’s very easy to narrow our definition of what’s possible if we are not careful. In any situation there are inevitably obstacles to be overcome. However, these barriers to our success should not hinder our creativity but instead ignite it. While many things may not seem probable at first glance, there is very little that isn’t possible.
I’ve always enjoyed the company of fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners. It is inherent in their nature to be risk takers and problem solvers. They are rarely satisfied with the status quo and are regularly looking for new and better ways to do things.
Time does march on. There is nothing we can do to stop it or slow it down. All we can do is learn to appreciate the moments. One way to do this is to create rituals and traditions that add a sense of expectation and predictability of joy in our lives.
A common thread through most generally accepted philosophies of life and/or spiritual belief systems is the concept of happiness being directly related to our impact on others not just how they effect us. We need to embrace that fact that we coexist with other human beings and make choices each and every day about how we want these interactions to go.
When everyone begins to feel or think the same way about something I encourage you to at least consider an alternative point of view.
Being smart with your money is an admirable quality, but being cheap or greedy is not. When you are fortunate enough to achieve some level of success make sure you spread the wealth. Remember the people who helped get you here because no one is ever successful alone.
Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you will be successful or happy. In fact, many people fill their time up with useless or non-essential activity. They run from meeting to meeting or event to event and wonder why the important stuff never gets done.
If you continually broaden your horizons and vary your interests you increase your capacity to manage the inevitable complexity that will confront you in life. You will also enhance your ability to adjust to changing circumstances and make better decisions.
There is certainly a place for being impulsive and trusting your intuition. We’ve all have examples of being forced to make tough decisions with limited information and time. However, more often than not this pressure is self-inflicted.
Technology is just a tool. It is not and end in and of itself. We are connected as people now more than ever before (which is a good thing). There are certainly times when it is extremely useful and leads to great enjoyment, discovery and as evidenced lately wide scale societal change. However, it can also be all encompassing and a distraction.
It is so easy to fall into bad lifestyle habits when you are stressed out, but this is the time to intentionally do the opposite. Your ability to manage stress is directly related to how fit you are, what you eat and drink, how much sleep you get, the state/strength of your closest relationships, how centered you are spiritually, and whether or not you have positive outlets for your emotional energy.