Some people believe life isn't fair.
On the contrary, quite the opposite is true; life is perfectly fair. It asserts itself through specific, unwavering natural laws - universal principles that never deviate in their expression.
Natural laws are either working in your favor, or they are not, but understand this: the laws themselves do not discriminate. Whichever way they're showing up in your life, it's not because of any deviation in the expression of the law - it's because your awareness of the laws, and your ability to put those laws to work in your favor.
Of all the activities you engage in on a day-to-day basis, what do you think is the most valuable in regard to return on investment?
Laws are inescapable truths. You can escape knowledge of them, in other words you can be ignorant, but you'll never escape the consequences.
Take cause and effect for example. Every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. Whether the effects are what you'd like or not is irrelevant to the law, the point is cause and effect asserts itself, right on schedule, every time, regardless.
It can do nothing else.
And here's another inescapable truth you'd be wise to give your undivided attention to:
A small number of causes have a vastly disproportionate influence on effects.
In other words, the most effective things we do are vastly more worthwhile than the rest because we get the highest amount of results from a small amount of activities.
Because make no mistake, unless you get this particular inescapable truth fixed firmly in your mind - and start to live by it on a day-to-day basis - you'll condemn yourself to the all too common path of constant struggle, frustration, underachievement and mediocrity.
I don't want that for you anymore than you do.
But I can do nothing if you choose to be willfully ignorant (which is exactly what you'll be guilty of if you choose to do nothing with the knowledge this message brings you).
If you are reading this message it means that, at some level, you aspire for greater things. You want more out of life.
If that's not true for you, go right now to the bottom of this message, click on the " unsubscribe" link, and unsubscribe immediately with my best wishes.
If it does describe you, and you are serious about enjoying a level of success most business owners only dream of, then you need to understand this: if you want more out of life, you need to put more in...
...BUT that does NOT mean you get busy getting busier.
It means you start applying a lot more intelligence - awareness if you will - to become acutely aware of the activities that drive the biggest returns on investment in your business and your personal life.
This is a long-observed, long-established reality of life in general, not just business. It's tried, tested and proven.
And the bottom line is, the more you align your thinking with it, the more successful you'll be.
That’s a fact.
The results businesses owners get prove that the problem is, the activities most business owners think bring the greatest returns, don't...
Which is why you'd be very wise to pay close attention to my next message.
If there could ever be such a thing as work/life balance I'm quite off balance lately. As you may have noticed, my weekly email didn't go out on Thursday. That's because my balance scale shifted to family. I am spending time with Megan, my youngest daughter who is in town for her baby shower. I tried, but writing the email just wasn’t going to happen. (For photos of the shower, see below.)
Work/life balance seems to be the buzz word these days, but seriously—can we really achieve it? As my dear friend and speaker Bruce Wilkinson says, "Whoever said they had work life balance must have been drunk or high."
I wonder if any parent of a newborn ever thought about taking a break from the intense parenting stage to go to work more often because they are spending too much time on family? Or would an Executive who needs to meet a tight deadline to land a high paying client say, “I can't spend time on this because it would put me out of balance”? Of course not.
I would like to propose another term for work/life balance. I prefer the term work/life seasons. This is truly how life is. There are seasons when the kids are small and evenings and weekends are filled with activities, seasons when work requires our evenings and weekends and there are seasons when we’re sandwiched between aging parents and growing children. Life happens and we suddenly have to adjust our priorities.
In reality, we only have one life, not two. Forget balance and just enjoy the season, being present in the moment.
Click here for photos of our current season. Note the Jr. photographer (that's our 8 year old Granddaughter Aubreigh)
The Now to Wow guide is a great way to re-focus and make some positive adjustments. Download the FREE Now to Wow Guide and start 2018 off right. The guide will help you get focused for the new year so you can take advantage of opportunities that lead to your success.
Watch for more emails coming your way in 2018 with tips to help you grow your business and become the best version of you possible.
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Do you know anyone who ISN’T stressed? My goal in this 2-part series is to open your eyes to the cause and effects of all those stressors that sometimes make our work environment feel like a roller coaster. Some of those stressors are: fear of being laid off, pressure to perform, long hours, lack of control over workload and/or salary, or harassment.
Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. And not all stress is bad: it can motivate you to work harder and better. But even "good stress" can become overwhelming and lead to burnout. If you’ve noticed any of the following, it’s probably time to take a step back:
· Trouble concentrating, sleeping, communicating
· Using alcohol or drugs to cope
· Feeling apathetic, irritable, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed
· Home life and relationships suffering
According to the 2017 American Psychological Association Stress in America Report, stress levels have increased for the first time in ten years. When stress exceeds our ability to cope, it becomes harmful to our mind and body, as well as our job performance.
Chronic stress produces high levels of the primary stress hormone cortisol, which can disrupt nearly all of your body’s processes. It can alter immune system responses and suppress the digestive system, reproductive system and growth process. Studies have also linked stress to obesity, Alzheimer’s, depression, memory impairment and more.
Don’t get stuck there! Stay tuned for my follow-up article on suggestions for coping in a stressful work environment.
(pronounced Deck uh toe)