It’s not the sign on our door that makes us what we are but the person who knocks on it.
It’s our clients who make our workspace special. Without clients, this same space would be little more than a storeroom.
Some of them appreciate our talents but we find that hard to believe. We put it down to luck or their kindness.
They talk about behaviour that seems so normal to us that we struggle to see it as talent.
Just like fish who can’t see they’re in the water.
What if we accepted other people’s ability to see the best in us? Their ability to define our qualities? Want to be defined?
“What’s next?” is probably the most frequently asked question. We are always on the go and in action.
There is no free time in our overbooked schedules any more. Time to look out of the window, to daydream, or even hug our children…even when they’re about to go to school.
We are stuck on the first letter of the alphabet. A for action! Followed by B for business, C for chores, D for development, E for errands, F for forty winks…25 letters until we finally reach Z for zen.
Our inner journey makes us work through our own alphabet book. Some have reached M for meditation or S for sorry.
Paolo Coelho said: “in life, everything is a sign”. What about V for visible, so you can see the signs all around you?
“Humility isn’t about seeing yourself as inferior but about lacking in self-importance.
It’s a state of simplicity that is in harmony with our true nature and allows us to enjoy the novelty of the present moment.
Humility is a way of being, not a way of appearing.”
This lovely definition by Mathieu Ricard gives me pause for thought each time I read it.
Instead of keeping it for myself, I’m offering it to you as a Bubble of Happiness!
“I’m really motivated to write an article!”
“I’m really inspired to write an article!”
Reading these exclamations, we can feel the enthusiasm, the energy and the motivation. And I can put my fingers on my keyboard in a super motivated way to write a great article. But this great motivation falls flat on its face if I’m lacking inspiration.
According to the Larousse encyclopaedia, motivation comes from the reasons and concerns that drive us to act. But inspiration is the breath of creation that brings our efforts to life.
In other words, if I’m motivated when I sit in front of my keyboard but I’m not inspired, I won’t be able to create a Bubble of Happiness!
What about you? Are you inspired to do what you do?
Gary Keller, the author of the book “The One Thing”, explains that we can’t manage two priorities with the same level of commitment. He suggests choosing just one and giving it your all. Your “one thing”.
Because as soon as we completely focus on a project, we start to make progress! Keller suggests dedicating 4 hours a day to your “one thing” … every day.
If you want to put a website online, regardless of your initial skill, imagine starting every day of the week with four hours totally devoted to this project! With no distractions. It’s highly likely your super-brain would find creative ways to meet every challenge. As you wouldn’t authorise it to do something else, as it would be your “one thing”!
What priority would make you focus on just “one thing” as this new year begins?