Are You Looking in the Right Direction?

Thank you for being with us for another throwback Thursday.  This was originally published on February 6, 2017

We are often in search of something. Moreover, there are various types of people out there who are willing to lead us on that search in exchange, in exchange for something they want. They may want money or attention, or understanding or to believe they are doing good or fulfilling some purpose. They do want something.

The question is, do those offering you guidance understand what you are looking for and can they really provide what your needs require?

I find it interesting that our eyes set at the front of our body on the high ground and focus outwards. Unless you look in the mirror, you do not see an image of yourself, and it is hard to see what goes on behind the eyes. If you have to look around behind yourself, again you will need more mirrors with images.

The question I have today is, ‘Are you looking in the right place?’ Or, are you running all over the place looking here and looking there for answers? Do you seek things in many places, yet, never seem to be able to find them? Do the claims of others somehow generally leave you short of where you want to be, feeling somehow less, and somehow again without.

There is another place you can look. The location is one of the hardest to recognize, and yet one of the easiest to get at. You need to look within yourself.

Is there anybody who knows you better than you do? Who knows what you want? You do. Who knows what you like and don’t like? You do. Who knows how far you are willing to go to get something done, and done the way you want it done? Oh yeah, that is you. Okay?

Reach out to the world to collaborate, to communicate, to solve technical issues, and to learn new ideas. Never let others tell you who you should be or what you are and are not.  You are on track to being the best person you possibly can.  Just listen to that person in the mirror.

Would you like to discuss the idea of internal growth?  Please leave a comment. And, You can always reach me at mikeb@reveille.rocks.

 

Limited Stress

In life, we find many occasions that have the opportunity to put pressure on us to do something we may or may not wish to do. How we handle those situations defines the amount of pressure we feel, and how much stress that pressure actually causes us.

People always want you to do something, and whatever it is, the request is usually the best thing for them instead of being the best for you. They want your money for the course, or they want your time for a project, or they want your endorsement so they can use the people who look up to you.

The best way you can minimize your stress is to be genuinely you. This does not mean saying no to everything. Weigh the pros and cons that you perceive the request will garner for you. Please, do not be afraid to say no, or to say yes. Take time to weigh everything against your desires and the destinations that you have mapped in life.

Whatever your answer is will be correct as long as you do right by yourself and your plan to grow through life. You could explain to the other party why you made your decision and please remember you absolutely do not have to give that explanation if you don’t want to.

The choice is yours. Yet any agreement without full understanding is usually misguided. Take time to think things through. Make sure you know all the demands that are being asked of you and try to understand what the positive and negative consequences could be within the agreement.

Have a great day and thank you for being here. I truly understand that this is a choice that you have freely made. And, I appreciate it.

I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

 

 

Work With What You Have

If you have a business idea, you do not have to go out and spend a bundle of money you don’t have to get it off the ground. Start small and work with what you have. The worst thing you can do is figure that you’re going to have infrastructure immediately for 1,000 customers or 10,000 followers or be building four classes and writing five books a year.

You will probably get there. Yet, if you study the people who actually build their business, you will find that the first 2 to 3 years start off with minimal numbers, and it takes a while (years) to actually grow to the numbers you want. In the meantime, you don’t want to be paying out-of-pocket for resources that you don’t need and won’t use until year three or four of your business.

Use what you have.  Most computers and laptops these days are strong enough to support a startup business. If you use Microsoft, you have built-in AI such as Dictation and Read Aloud. I use this for everything from dictating my blogs to listening to business e-books. Many free or inexpensive programs make running a business more manageable for you.

Training does not have to be thousands of dollars for e-courses to start.  Find some good mentors or possibly a reasonably priced coach, depending on what you can afford.  Make your budget affordable and stay within that budget. The two best business builders you can accomplish are actually very inexpensive. Be yourself, be genuine and make friends. The rest will happen naturally.

I know this sounds simple. Please, look at me as a voice who is learned through the college of hard knocks. When you’re building a new business simplicity is precisely what you want.

Hope to be with you again tomorrow.