Pain is part of life. It truly is inevidable. We've all experienced it. It can be physical, mental, or emotional. Try as we might, we can not escape it. The thing we can often times control is when that pain will come.
Watching what we eat and working out is much harder than being lazy and eating whatever we want... but we can either choose a little pain now (exercise and diet) or a lot of pain latter because of the potential of obesity and disease.
I would like to suggest that good mental health can be obtained through meditation, relaxation, spiritual awareness, and good planning. Often we experience "mental stress" because we have procrastinated something.
Being emotionally stable seems and available is much easier said than done. I have found that developing patiences has helped with a constant state of well being. Often is a lack of patience is perceived as emotional instablity. A great way to develop patience is to be focused outwordly. Doing acts of service for others gives insight and gratitude to those seeking emotional stability.
I heart To Do Lists... am I alone on this? I love them. I feel so productive when I have them. My little secret is to write down the number one thing I want to accomplish that day at the top of the list, so that if nothing else gets done that I can look back at my day and feel a sense of accomplishment. My notebook that I keep with me is actually an giant to do list. That way I can look back at past lists and remember things that might've fallen thru the cracks.
This also helps me relax. If I create my to-do list the night before I am able to rest better, instead of trying to keep track of things in my head when it's time to sleep.
Another hint is to always have Study and Exercise on the top of the list... these two things are essential for me to progress in my life. I know that if I am at least doing these two things everyday that I'll be able to look back in months to come and see that I've done something with my life :)
You are your most important product. You never know when you’ll meet a new client or see a current client. Be your best self, look your best, and try to always use positive and uplifting words. No clue what I mean? Talk less, listen more… Give help freely. Never make people feel like you’re trying to figure out what’s in it for you. Don’t interrupt your conversation to answer a call, no matter how important. Being face to face with a person is always the most important. Don’t wear clothes you’d be uncomfortable to be seen in, if you need clothes to paint in buy a t-shirt and shorts… but don’t hold on to stuff to wear that you wouldn’t want a client to see you in. If you don’t feel like you have fashion sense keep it simple and always dress-up not down. This is easy for women by just adding a nice piece of jewelry or men wearing a button down. I wear a lot of black and white, so it’s a non thought and everything matches, and can easily be dressed up by a bold accessory (and only use one accessory, not several). Even if you’re just running errancds, try to look good. Stay in shape, eat healthy, people want to work with others who represent success in all parts of their lives. This will make you preform better and be more respected.
I stumbled upon this book today and am excited to read it... Uncommon Genius by Denise Shekerjian
One of the reviews gave a good outline about what makes someone creative... I think revisiting our creative side often helps us be better in every aspect of our lives.
The review is as follows:For those interested in developing their creative potential, the book eliminates the mystery and lays out the "how" of being creative. But to be successful, one needs to make an "act of faith" in the "act of doing." Shekerjian's "doing" includes:
1. Find your talent.
2. Commit to it and make it shine
3. Don't be afraid of risk. Or even failure, which if seen in its proper light, brings insight and opportunity.
4. Find courage by looking to something stronger and better than your puny vulnerable self.
5. No lusting after quick resolutions. Relax. Stay loose.
6. Get to know yourself; understand your needs and the specific conditions you favor.
7. Respect, too, your culture. We can't, any of us, escape the twenty-first century. It's tucked up around our collective chin as snugly and as firmly as the bedsheet.
8. Then, finally, break free from the seductive pull of book learning and research and the million other preparatory steps that could delay the entire span of a life and immerse yourself in the doing.
I consider myself a spiritual person. I spend part of my day meditating studying sacred text and pondering. This being said, I think it is reflected in how I do business and how I think about business. I've started taking notes on ways that I can help my clients with their businesses by implementing truth based spiritual practices... here is a snippet from my note book:
Are you trying to sell too much? Do something well and sell it.
A great example of this is In-N-Out burger. Such a simple concept, such a simple menu... but very successful. They also didn't build it over night, they didn't expand to fast and they've kept their products quality their foremost concern. I think we can all learn a lesson from this.
Look around and see what other companies that are successful and figure out what they've done to get ther
Own your mistakes. Appologize right away een if it wasn’t all your fault. Be honest and forth right. Making a mistake is acceptable, covering it up isn’t. Fix it the best you know how and if you don’t know how ask the other person what they would deem as the best solution.
Having less helps you appreciate more… downsize, give away, buy a few really nice things, not a lot of cheap things. things just complicate your life. Friends that have everything seem like they have a repairman over at their house everyday to fix all the “stuff” they have. Only buy things that will truly increase the quality of your life not the quantity of things in your life.