I'm here...now how do I get there?
Today marks the end of our “Living with Intention” series here at A Maker’s Guide. Not to worry, we will be embarking down a brand new avenue in this entrepreneurial journey next week! Before we officially close this chapter however, I would like to leave you with a few simple nuggets of insight.
After 5 strategic weeks of delving into your daily habits, I am quite certain you have uncovered a place or two where would say you are “falling short”. Whether you feel short on time, energy, results or follow-through know this one thing..we all are right there with you! Though uncomfortable, acknowledging the realities of who you are and what you do in the present circumstances, reveals who you are headed to become.
"You become the company you keep, so choose the relationships you want to nurture wisely." -Claudia Chan
I like to think of everything in my life as an asset. My time, education, possessions, relationships, current projects, work history, past experiences, past accomplishments, and so on are all included. When you begin to break apart your shortcomings as well as your successes, you see the invaluable outlets as well as those pesky stumbling blocks. Now ask yourself this: Are you putting too much stock into your weaknesses and not enough into your strengths? This question can quickly become two-fold.
- Take Facebook for instance, this social media outlet is both a distraction and a networking asset. Are you putting too much time into the “entertainment” portion and not enough into the business networking services it provides?
- What about your website? Though this will be the first place a potential clients will look for your information, are you struggling to produce the quality web presence your business deserves? Is it time to delegate these crucial duties to a someone who can make your site a priority?
- And then there is the often overlooked "practice and training" portion of your business. Are you allowing yourself to be taken over by too much paperwork and not enough hands on training? Continuing to fine tune your craft is the only way you will stay above the competition! Allow yourself the time you need to become the sharpest you can at your trade.
This examination process put into practice is called “Edit and Focus”. Trim the fat, then do what only you can do is how I like to think of it. We’ve brushed up on this idea several times before, but this lifestyle is the number one revelation I want you to leave with for today. If you are destined to become who and what you surround yourself with, what are you threatening to become? What are you guarding and what are you focusing on? Are you allowing nonsense to creep in and steal your precious attention?
Every one of us falls short in an area at one point in every day. Yes, I said day. That is one of the beautiful flaws of humanity. None of us comes ready for “The Big Show”, but rather those who see success have chosen to give themselves over to the discipline that brings about refinement.
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” - Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
Take the time to come back to this place and examine your current status often dear maker. Where you fall short, begin again. Whenever I see shortcomings rising in my life, I acknowledge two things: gratefulness for everything I have been blessed to experience and the undeniable desire to accomplish so much more. That is your roadmap. The beginning and then the end. Everything in between is found in your willingness to edit, focus, trim and begin again.
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” - Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote.
This is a big deal dear maker -- you on this journey to find your dream. I know it, you know it. Just when you start to feel like it might be too much, remember that your purpose isn’t to pursue benign success, but rather live in the conviction that YOU are working towards a greater good. One that fills a need and encourages others just like you.
Until next time.
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