Do you love what you do???

As I get ready to start a new opportunity in a few weeks, I have found myslef looking at the lessons learned and the growth that I have expereinced over the last few years.  It has been rewarding to see where I am today compared to where I was a few years ago.

I came across this quote from Steve Jobs that illustrates how I am feeling about this new opportunity.  This quote is applicable in so many ways, and one of my goals is to live my life in this manner.

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The question to think about over the weekend:  Do you love what you do?  For me this new opportunity will allow me to do what I love to do…hope you do as well 🙂

What to do with new opportunities?

I was presented with a opportunity today and of course it has been on my mind all morning.  As I was getting situated at work for the day I came across the quote below from Richard Branson

Richard Branson

 

The lesson for me from this quote…Life is going to give you opportunities, and they have the potential to push and stretch you beyond what you feel you are capable of.  But, if you never take these opportunities…you will never know what you are truly capable of.

What opportunities have you been offered lately?  What would happen if you said YES to them?  

It it going to be a great week…full of opportunities 🙂

We are all perfect…just the way we are

This week I am studying the following principle:  “Each one of us is a perfect, unique, energy force.”

We live in a world full of Judgement and comparison.  It seems that a lot of us are not happy or content until we reach a certain income, look a certain way, or achieve a certain status.  This principle allows us to let go of all the judgments and comparing and simple LIVE according to our definition of perfection.  The quote below really drives this idea/principle home for me.

“Remembering our true state is perfect, regardless of what we think, say or do, releases self-condemnation and frees us up to really live.  Great [People] love themselves and their clients unconditionally.  We are never afraid to let our light shine, as we know that this is a beacon for others to embrace.  Remember, the definition of perfection is unique, unto itself.  Relax, You’re already perfect!” – Unconventional Wisdom

What are you thoughts on this topic?

Can we decide who we want to be?

The next principle/idea I have started studying this week is:

“Each moment describes who you are, and gives you the opportunity to decide if that’s who you want to be” – IPEC core principle

The thought that comes to mind for me when I think about this idea is the fact that just because I have done something once or acted in a certain way, doesn’t mean that I have to make the same decision or act in the same way the next time I am presented with a similar situation.  I have the ability to choose who I want to be and how I want to respond in every situation.  The thought below rings true to me as well.

“There is no such thing as finally “getting it right” for this idea traps us into thinking that there are goals to be met at the “end.” Life is a journey, a becoming, a growing, a process. We often set goals (e.g. finish school, to get married, to have a child, to earn a Ph.D, etc), and they are motivating factors; but to live in the moment, in present time, means not to measure success by the realization of that goal, but by the process, as it is in the process that we can decide our own measure of success.  in fact, one might say that the most enlightened goal could be to enjoy the process of life.” – Unconventional Wisdom

 

Something to think about…how do we treat ourselves?

Take a look at the quote below and let me know what comes up for you.

“If we treated our friends like we treat ourselves, we’d all go to jail” – Unknown

What thoughts or impressions come to mind?

My post on Monday was about how we cannot make a mistake.  In that post we discussed the idea that we all make the best decision we can in each given moment.  A “mistake” is the judgement we place on our choices, and by releasing these judgments, we can in turn learn from our choices instead of beating ourselves up over our “mistakes”

This quote confirms the inner battle that we sometimes struggle with.  I have noticed that I beat myself up, judge myself for the choices I make, and have a inner battle with myself…that sometimes get ugly.  No one knows the details of this battle but me, it is individual for me and for us all.

What would happen if we could release these judgments we put on ourselves, release the “mistakes” and treat ourselves like we want others to treat us?

You cannot make a mistake…what do you think?

  • There are no “mistakes” only different varieties of ways to experience life and remember more of who we are.  We make choices based on our past, our belief systems, our values, and perhaps even the collective consciousness that’s engrained in our DNA.  We always choose what we believe is the best possible choice in any given situation.  Instead of directing our energy toward the past by beating ourselves up over “mistakes,” why not ask, “What is the lesson?  What can be learned from this experience?” – IPEC core principle

What are your thoughts about this idea/principle?  

When I first heard this principle I don’t think I fully understood it.  I still don’t think I completely understand it, but I am realizing more and more each day that there are really no mistakes…we simply choose what we feel is the best choice in any given moment.  A mistake is the judgment we put on the choice we make.

Releasing the judgment is a very freeing feeling.  Doing this allows me to focus on the lesson I can learn from my choices instead of beating myself up over the “mistake” I made

What would your life look like if you did the same? 

What happens when you change your perspective?

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This quote is such a powerful reminder of how our perspective create our experience with life, situations, relationships, work, and most everything else.  What would happen if we truly changed our perspective when we were faced with challenges or stressful situations?

I had an opportunity to experience this change of perspective this week.  I have experienced an increase in workload at my job over the last month.  This increase has required more from me, and I will admit…I have found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that I am being asked to do.

This perspective of being “overwhelmed” was challenged by my wife this week.  We were talking over the phone after a particularly stressful client call I had just finished.  In her wisdom, she asked me “Babe, what if you stopped feeling overwhelmed and started feeling grateful for all the clients you get to work with?”  She may not have said those exact words, but that was what I heard.

This question stopped me dead in my tracks…and I was able to take a look at how my current perspective was holding me back.   As I thanked my wife for her wisdom, I made a commitment to change my perspective on my current workload.  This renewed perspective of feeling grateful for all the clients I get to work with totally changed the remainder of my week.

Could it really be that easy?  Could a change in perspective really allow us to experience more from life?  

From my perspective the answer is YES.

How about you? 

How can I build the life I want?

I have been thinking about this question a lot over the last few weeks.  I have recently completed a year long coaching certification program and am very excited and eager to build my vision and dream of assisting others in discovering and living their greatness.  I also currently have a very demanding full time Job that is requiring more time from me than I would like.  I will admit that I have felt a little overwhelmed lately as I work to balance my current job and my dream of being a successful life and personal development coach

My Grandfather shared this story with our family this week. It was perfect timing for me and provided me with a great reminder. It reminded that as I put my trust in God…and do everything in my power to create the type of life I want…he will always take care of me.

I hope you enjoy this story, and whether you believe in God or not, find something in it that you can relate to.

JUST A PENNY

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the home of her husband’s employer.  My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. Her husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.


As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant one evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.  Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.  He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.
  How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her.   Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.
   A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

“Look at it,” he said. “Read what it says.” 

She read the words, ” United States of America ..” 
“No, not that. Read further.”
  “One cent?”   “No, keep reading.”   “In God we Trust?”   “Yes!”

“And? …”

“And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin, I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray. I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!”

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, “In God We Trust,” and had to laugh. “Yes, God, I get the message!”

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient.

How can we learn to love our weaknesses?

One of my neighbors shared an LDS talk with me this week that has really made me re-think my definition of “weakness”. For those that may be interested, I have shared the link to the article below.

https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/04/it-isnt-a-sin-to-be-weak?lang=eng

Here is what resonated with me from this article:

We all have weaknesses, and we all tend to try to work on eliminating these weaknesses, on changing ourselves in order to become better. We also sometimes let these perceived weaknesses define us, limit us, and hold us back from being who we really are.

What if instead of trying to eliminate our weaknesses, we embraced them for what they were?

Think about your biggest weaknesses.  What qualities are you most unhappy about? Here is a list of some of the potential weaknesses that I could think of.  I am sure there are more as well. Take a look at the list and pick the top 3 that resonate most with you.

1) Disorganized
2) Stubborn
3) Inconsistent
4) Obnoxious
5) Emotionless
6) Shy
7) Boring
8) Unrealistic
9) Negative
10) Intimidating
13) Weak
14) Arrogant
15) Impatient

Next, look at the below list, find the same three weaknesses, and look at the traits to the right of each of your three biggest weaknesses:

1) Disorganized —> Creative
2) Inflexible —> Organized
3) Stubborn —> Dedicated
4) Inconsistent —> Flexible
5) Obnoxious —> Enthusiastic
6) Emotionless —> Calm
7) Shy —> Reflective
8) Irresponsible —> Adventurous
9) Boring —> Responsible
10) Unrealistic —> Positive
11) Negative —> Realistic
12) Intimidating —> Assertive
13) Weak —> Humble
14) Arrogant —> Self-Confident
15) Impatient —> Passionate

The three qualities to the right of your three weaknesses are all strengths.

What I learned from the article and this exercise is that hidden in your weaknesses are your strengths.  Every weakness has a corresponding strength.  Instead of trying to change your weaknesses, accept them, and leverage your associated strengths. In this way we can truly learn to love our weaknesses…because they make us who we are.

How To Make Life Work For You

I have been thinking about this exact topic over the last week. My dream is to build a successful coaching business where I get to assist others in living their dreams. This post reminded me again that what we consciously choose to focus on we ultimately become.  I am going to focus on creating this coaching business.

What about you?

Thanks for the great thought provoking post Chris…I had to pass it along!

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Since we’re on the topic of enjoying a balanced life this week, I wanted to quickly share with you a quote that I believe best summarizes this concept.

“Make life work for you!”


Whether it be work, relationships, your health or any other facet of your life, there’s always one goal in mind – make it work best for you.

  • Don’t like your job? Fix it or find a new one
  • Sick of a negative relationship? End it.
  • Tired of the way you look in the mirror? Do something positive about it now!

Too often we fall victim to mental ruts, where we believe negative aspects of our lives are unchangeable. The process is too difficult, we lack focus, the security of a bad situation is preferrable to the scariness of an unknown one.

– Even when we know it’ll be better for us in the end.

In essence, we remain in negative…

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