Do you back up what you say and what you believe in with your actions? Most of us find sometime during the day that this is not the case. We find ourselves doing or saying something that does not agree with our values or purpose. This is something we can work on, just a little each day, to get better and better.
Have you ever thought about the power of having a purpose? Everyone needs something that gets them moving in the morning, keeps them going through the day, and makes them continue to work toward a goal. Take some time to think about the activities your are involved in and how they relate to your personal purpose or how they do not relate. For the activities that don’t relate ask yourself why you are participating. Perhaps you need to reevaluate your commitments and renew your conviction toward your purpose?
Yes, work is important. We need to work to earn money, so we can provide our family with food, shelter, clothing and all other essentials to survive. But there are more important things other than work. Like your family. This group of people is who you depend on, love and cherish. As you get older, are you going to wish you spent more time with them, or more time going over spreadsheets at work? Friends are just the same. So think about the areas of your life you cannot imagine living without and you have found what really is terribly important.
Do you ever get frustrated because things are going too slow in your life? Many people don’t realize that building a Foundation that will lead to success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly building and learning. It is extremely important to create a Foundation that will remain strong even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that failing is only failure if you quit…otherwise it is a learning opportunity. So, don’t worry if your life seems to be in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your steps back.
This isn’t so much an inspirational quote as it is a practical truth. When we feel overloaded or frantic at work, the first reaction is usually to put our heads down further and continue to grind it out, hoping that more work will solve the problem. In fact, the opposite is the best strategy. When your schedule fills up and stress pays an unwelcome visit, that’s exactly when you should step back and regroup. Regular relaxation not only helps you focus on what’s important, it gives your mind and body a break. You can get more done in 45 minutes with a clear mind than you could in an hour or more with a clouded, distracted, anxious mind. It doesn’t take much, just a few minutes here and there. Find reasons to get away from your workstation and stay on your feet. Don’t wait until stress wears you down.