This week we would like to focus on the term vocation. Meaning, what we desire to be participating in everyday for a living and contributing our purpose in life. If you have a purpose in life, you have everything. Everyone has a unique life mission. The dream of what “might be” is more important than the record of what “has been.” The way to get your purpose is to focus on what you want to be, consider what you want to do and consider the values and principles upon which your character and contributions are based. Once your purpose to found, the next step is providing a service to help others. Instead of trying to become a person of status, try to become a person of value. And the way to do that is by helping others. Mission comes alive only to service—the idea of caring for others.
The whole concept of good business is based on providing the customer with products or services that will help that customer achieve his or her goals. Successful businesses go the extra mile to help out their customers. Likewise, in your job, if you have the attitude of working to help your company get what it wants or needs, you will succeed in your career. When we help another, we help ourselves, we find meaning, and our satisfaction soars.
This week we would like to focus on “connecting more and networking less.” While listening to the ‘Beyond the To-Do List’ podcast featuring Scott Gerber he states, “The idea of networking has fundamentally shifted from its initial core idea of people building authentic relationships to only focusing on personal gain, making relationships transactional or handing out hundreds of business cards hoping it lands to the right person.” By thinking on short terms wins rather than long-term values, it will have you taking shortcuts that aren’t allowing you to progress in life. More importantly, we must understand that less is more. Building ten strong bonds is more powerful than trying to build a hundred transactional relationships. The net-worker is a vanity metric.
The connector on the other hand is simply a community builder. Curating a small amount of creatives and like-minded individuals allows each person to diligently learn from one another, build off of strengths and weaknesses and collaborate on projects to help each other grow. This is a friction-less environment. Building real estate off of smart intentions for common goals and aspirations keeps that humanity and simplicity. Allow your community to have voice rather than your community listen to one voice.
This week we would like to focus on “changing yourself and not the world.” While listening to podcast by Erik Fisher, he interviews the entrepreneur Robert Plotkin on the ‘Benefits and Distractions of Technology for Productivity.’ Robert blatantly states this point about changing ourselves for the better. Everyone has an opinion on what is wrong with the world, yet few will do the work to improve their own lives. If you want to change reality start with yourself first and attend to your own personal development. In doing so, problems give way to solutions and no longer affect you. This allows us to progress in life both gradually and healthy to then make our presence a statement in this world.
It makes sense to work on yourself so that outside conditions no longer affect you as they once did. This is the key to enlightenment, raising your level of consciousness so you transcend problems with a higher awareness. This day in age, our world changes rapidly in the blink of an eye, so focusing on re-inventing the wheel will have you trying to catch to everyone. We are all born onto earth with a will to create and enrich both ourselves and our peers. So the next time you complain or think that the world is against you, understand that shit happens and continue to enjoy life.
This week we are focusing on “deliberate” practice. Most people practice by mindlessly repeating an activity over and over without any clear goal of what they want to accomplish. For example, let’s say a man wants to improve his golf game. If he’s like most men, he’ll just go to the driving range and hit a couple buckets of balls without thinking much about specific ways he can improve his swing. Three hundred balls later, this man hasn’t improved at all. Whereas instead of just going to the driving range to mindlessly hit golf balls, break down your golf swing into different deliberate elements – body alignment, club-face alignment, grip, back swing, down swing, etc. This way, you can begin to see signs of improvement from every aspect, rather than doing it all at once.
Deliberate practice is designed with clear objectives and goals. And carrying out practice sessions in this deliberate fashion is a skill that takes time to develop. More importantly having a mentor help you design your practice sessions can be invaluable. They have the knowledge and expertise to break your skill down into specific elements. Mentors can also see you in ways you can’t see yourself and can direct you to focus on the elements that you need to work on most. Whether you have a mentor or not, wonder through life using your time wisely to improve your craftbecause focusing on precision is worthwhile in the long run.
This week we would like to focus on “magic.” While listening to a podcast by Matthew Bivens, he always states in his introductions, “Magic is when we inspire ourselves, other people or life itself to do amazing things.” And what Mr. Bivens means by this is that magic is a form of manifestation. We perform magic every day throughout our 24 hours by our thoughts and our actions, yet none of us realize it. When we inspire ourselves by reading, listening or watching something valuable, magic takes place that then allows us to manifest our creativity into the world. Most of us vision magic as something that is so called “fake”, but if we really bring the Law of Attraction into play then is it really fake or real?
When we inspire others and give them the information to do amazing things, that act of magic will bring us great rewards. Performing positive actions will attract positive energy which will then create positive opportunities. From now on, look at life as magical experiences that will randomly place in certain areas that are meant to carve out the life that you desire. And never take magic for granted again.