“Tell me about your goals.”
“Well… I want a business beyond my wildest dreams… doesn’t everyone?!”
In her voice, a slight tinge of desperation… an unspoken “I refuse be happy until I get there.”
When I started my business, I was also uber-focused on external success. Becoming a millionaire, having a guru online presence, etc.
And then I burned out. I came to see that prioritizing the externals tends to decay the internals… bringing stress, forever grasping, lack of deep fulfillment, etc.
Today, I wish to be average in external metrics, yet lead from the inner qualities.
In a sea of business coaches and marketing experts who all clamor for seven-figure incomes and million-follower fame, I now focus on 3 different things…
Which experts, personalities, and “influencers” do you follow? Whether you are aware of it or not, they are shaping your definition of success.
As you observe what they are pursuing, it automatically influences your beliefs of what is important to pursue.
Notice the imagery in their content (lifestyles of the rich and famous?), notice what they celebrate and point out to you, and notice the style they exhibit.
In this moment, question the direction of growth that they are encouraging you toward...
When you feel stuck on a difficult project, it's usually because your perspective has gotten stuck. Any problem can be solved with your creativity and persistence, but when stuck, you don’t have the mental and emotional energy in that moment to figure a way through that challenge. Instead, you might be in danger of spiraling into negativity.
This is why the most foundational practice I have at work is not how I manage my time, my knowledge, or the tools I use to track my business... it's how I "reboot" my energy throughout the day.
It takes a minute each time, and makes such a difference.
With enough energy, you can truly find a way through any challenge. Sometimes, the solution is to come back and work on it later... but even being conscious and taking action on the impulse to rest, requires energy!
In this post, I'll explain my Energy Reboot process. Feel free to borrow whatever aspect resonates with you. Make your own energy reboot process meaningful for you.
I look forward to hearing how this technique benefits you.
Recently celebrated my 40th birthday :)
As I reflect on everything I've posted online ... status updates, articles, videos ... there are specific pieces I find myself recommending more often. I'm proud to present to you my best 40 postings, ever. (It's my opinion... you can let me know what you think!)
The topics include:
Joyful Productivity -- how to be organized, productive, inspired (even "spiritual") as we work, and to have a healthy balance with non-productivity.
Authentic Marketing -- how to attract new clients and grow your brand, based on actions that arise from deep integrity and generous service.
Healthy Money -- tips and tools on how to relate to money in a healthy, wise, sustainable way.
Spiritual Living -- some thoughts on what it means to be a spiritual being having a human experience.
Some are articles, others are videos. Some of these are short, others are longer. All are intended to uplift and serve you. I look forward to hearing how it benefits you. Enjoy my best 40...
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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