(Originally published in 2017, updated for 2019.)
In business, there is often a fixation on big goals and dramatic results. "Get 1 million followers! … Build a 6-figure business!"
When you constantly focus on future numerical goals, two things happen:
1. Your subconscious keeps telling you—daily—that you aren't there... that you aren't yet "enough".
Desire becomes a contract we make with ourselves to be unhappy until something specific happens. (paraphrase of Naval)
The fixation on a big numeric goal (such as “6 figure income” or “1 million followers”) creates an underlying layer of unhappiness or anxiety with one’s current life.
(Originally written Dec 2017, updated Sept 2019.)
Imagine if you had the ability to tap into your creativity anytime, on demand, and joyfully so!
You would accomplish so much more in your business and life. You could more effectively fulfill your creative mission and calling.
I wish this ability for you. It is a skill that you can develop.
For example, as I'm typing this to you, I'm on a deadline, one that I set for myself.
(Originally written in 2016, updated in August 2019.)
A reader asked:
"How to stay on top of my big volume of tasks and not feel overwhelmed?"
Think of tasks and information just like physical clutter: how do you solve that problem? Everything important goes into the right place. (What’s not important should be given away, recycled, or eliminated.) Then create a system for reminding you where the important stuff is.
Similarly, here is how I organize my ideas, my wishes, my don’t-forget-to’s, and everything else that’s important:
I share this “secret” with many writers -- I don’t feel inspired until after I start writing for awhile... as short as 5 minutes, upwards of 45 minutes.
I often feel uninspired, but I am willing to write anyway.
In fact, this is how I work most of the time. This very piece you’re reading has been written this way.
Most of the time, our working conditions are not optimal.
Here’s a thought to consider…
Your life is actually working perfectly.
Anything and everything occurring in your life has a system behind it. There’s cause and effect. You experience the effects. And you have more choice in the cause than you often assume.
Even though there are causes beyond your control, you have a choice of where you will focus.
Sure, we can blame others for the bad effects in our life -- other people, society, the economy, our upbringing, our genetics, or karma and the stars -- but every time we do this, we give our power away.
I invite you to take on this idea: "I am more in control of my life experience than I can imagine."
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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