I recommend you read the book by the founders of Live is Good Company and learn how they view life. http://www.lifeisgood.com/home-pet/life-is-good-the-book/life-is-good-the-book–how-to-live-with-purpose-and-enjoy-the-ride-27887.html. Bert and John Jacobs are an inspiration and this book has many tidbits of wisdom worth learning.
Many times we feel stress and dread going to work or thinking about an upcoming activities. In the book, they talk about how lucky they are each day to be enjoying life and bringing smiles to people. Even though they had many struggles and it took years to get the company going, they did not give up.
I encourage each of you to take their mantra of changing out the words “I have to” to “I get to” and see what effect that has on your life. Will you give it a try? Let me know how it goes!
For me, I am trying to incorporate this easy change into my daily statements. Today I get to clean my house, I get to visit with friends and tomorrow I get to go to work!
What will your life look like in 5 years, 10 year, and 20 years? These sound like typical interview questions but you really should be asking yourself these questions at least once a year even if you are not changing jobs right now. Read this article by Dr. Peter Diamandis on how the cost of living is changing and changing at a fast pace. What does this mean for you? Will your current job still exist in the future?
How we live and pay for things are changing fast and traditional jobs are being replaced by technology. Many people don’t want to face this reality and the longer they bury their heads in the sand, the harder the change will be for them.
Here are few recommendations for keeping current and designing your future life:
- Learn – Become a “Life Learner” and digest the latest trends and technology. Subscribe to an online course.
- Learn – Subscribe to Inc. magazine or Wired Magazine – learn more about what startup companies are doing and what other unique ways people are making money.
- Become a part of the “YouEconomy” – explore Taskrabbit or Etsy and start thinking about which services and products you can use to contribute to the new “YouEconomy” and to your bottom line.
- Network – follow thought leaders in the areas that interest you most. Are you interested in learning how Drones will be used and regulated? Do research. Explore who and where to be to learn about the topics and technologies that interest you most.
- Do Something – take action every day even it if is 5 minutes to enhance your skills and knowledge.
It is an exciting time and Today is the day to start investing in your future self! Good Luck and let me know what tasks you do to create your best future!
Source: Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years By DR. PETER DIAMANDIS
Are you one of those people that when the phone rings your first thought is Oh No, what is wrong, what has happened?. in this day and age of bad news all over social media and in the news it is hard not to have negative thoughts. This article gives some solid advice on how to turn your thoughts around and train yourself to push the negative thoughts away. Check it out and let me know if it which step works best for you!
If you are to stop negative thinking, it is imperative that you challenge your mind-set and cultivate behavior which accentuates positivity.
In my opinion most of us have too much stuff. “Stuff” – you know all the trinkets, personal possessions, material things that are cluttering our houses and our brains. On a scale of 1 (100 items) to 10 (hoarder) where do you stand? Come on, be honest. I am around a 5 I believe and am working hard every day to get rid of more stuff. My ultimate plan is to downsize in one of the popular Tiny Houses (500 sq feet or less) but I haven’t succeeded yet.
How to do feel about stuff? Check out this article from Jeremy McCarthy and his views on stuff. Makes you think about how you can do more to stop drowning yourself.
My rule is that every item I bring into my house, an item of the same size must come out. If I buy a new shirt, I have to get rid of an old one. This rule helps me to at least keep me from getting more stuff than I have now.
How do you handle your stuff? Do you need help downsizing and organizing? What is your downsizing goal?
Let me know and Happy Downsizing! Suzy
I love this quote from Dolly Parton, “Don’t get so busy making a living you forget to have a life.”
Answer these questions and see if you are really living your life or just going through the motions:
- How many times did you laugh today? Do you know that children laugh on average about 300 times per day. Adults, maybe a dozen….
- What was the most fun thing you did all day? No, going to sleep doesn’t count…
- How many hugs did you give or get today? Hugging and human touch are so important for people’s well being. I don’t recommend you take this as an invitation to become some freaky “hugger” at the office! Take this as an invitation to hug the ones you love!
Try to answer these questions honestly and add a little fun in your life! Have a great day!
Check out this article by Kerry Hannon, leading expert on Retirement and Second Careers. Kerry outlines some steps to take when thinking about and planning your next career. http://www.consumerreports.
Taking baby steps – so many people wait to retire and don’t “test drive” what their day, week or life will feel like when they retire. Many people have feelings of loneliness, depression and generally feel like they no longer have purpose in their life. By taking baby steps and trying different things out while still working, they can ease into their new career and retirement. Personally, my plan is to take a “test drive” or sabbatical every 5 years until I fully retire. So far, I have taken one sabbatical and loved it! I have another 3.5 years before my next “test drive” so I am busy taking baby steps now and planning what I might do next.
I also totally agree with staying financially and physically fit. If you are financially healthy you will feel less stressed and less fearfully of experimenting with different options. Everyone knows that if you are physically fit you will be more confident, creative and have more energy, all important attributes of people being successfully in new careers.
Why don’t you take Kerry’s steps to heart and make plan for your success? I would love to hear your thoughts and plan, so please share your comments and your exciting plans.
Who said that only college students could take a “Gap” year? Personally I love the idea so much I decided to take my own “Gap” year or self funded sabbatical, as I like to call it, in 2013. Having time to recharge my batteries, volunteer, read, travel and just have fun did a world of good for me. I highly recommend that everyone try to schedule a “Gap” or sabbatical in their near future!
Check out this article on some fun ideas and let me know if you need help planning how to take a successful sabbatical!
For years, I have been conditioned to start fresh every school year in September as many of us are when summer comes to an end. I can remember getting excited about meeting new people, having new classes and a change that comes with the cool crisp air and the crunch of leaves under my feet. With the crisp fall season upon us, I find this a great time to make a new list and tackle some new goals. I strive to get clarity and realize a new focus for myself and I recommend each of you do the same thing.
What is this fall bringing you? What are the new offerings and plans to keep your customers engaged? What ideas do you have for enriching your life and your work? Here are a few of mine. Let me know yours?
- Change one bad habit? What is your biggest time waster during the day? Surfing the web, chatting with friends, day dreaming? For me I find filing emails a daunting and arduous task. My goal for this fall is to send less email.
- Changing clothes the same as changing seasons – if you have clothes you have not worn in a year get rid of them. Donate them to charity. Pair down your wardrobe by a few items. Try this trick to keep yourself in control. Every time you purchase new clothes, replace or remove the same amount of clothing from your closets and then will keep you in check.
- Customers, how often to speak to your customers? Make a plan to reach out this month and see how their business is changing. Don’t call to sell them something, call to talk, really talk about what is happening in their world and how you might be of service to help them reach their goals. You might be surprised what you learn.
- Get out and exercise. Now is the best time to work on your health. It is important for you, your business, your family and your sanity. Try this trick for getting circulation during the day. Each time you use the restroom, stop and do 50 jumping jacks. Yes, you need a proper place and shoes to do it, but it is well worth it. On some days I do as many as 300 jumping jacks. It is a quick way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping. It also helps stimulate new ideas.
Are you moving too fast? Have you forgotten how to enjoy life? Checkout this Ted Talk by Carl Honore’ on the Slowness Movement. I can not agree with Carl’s findings and strategies more. I too miss those days of being able to read to my kids and share in the bedtime ritual. If you have young kids, please view this video and be proactive about slowing down, they will not be kids forever! You only have one life to live – live it with intention and enjoy the moments. Carl Honore’ Praise of Slowness