“Get down to business”; we hear this and even say it, but how many of us in business are actually *doing* business, and more importantly, doing and pursuing the business we want to do. We blame the lack of time, but I really blame the lack of initiative, the lack of focus, and the overabundance of excuses.
In this final post of the year, I had to ask this question because my business and personal life often overlap, and I cannot help but take notice of all the people around me. I watch people chasing things constantly. They have dreams, desires and goals, but much of it surrounds the accumulation of things, the gathering of money, the hoarding of attention, the hope that their endeavors will impress others in their lives, or that they’ll fill some gaping whole of woe in their life. Why is this?
Why are we so consumed with consuming?
Why aren’t we consumed with creating, learning, making, helping, building up others, and teaching? Also, why can’t we just settle down already? I find it exhausting watching people chase what they believe will bring them happiness, only to see them sacrifice the happiness that is plainly staring them in the face. I find it frustrating that so much exists around us, around every corner, in all the crevices of our lives, and we ignore or walk right by it, acting as if opportunity and joy are reserved for someone else, but not us. And I find it deplorable that we want and expect so much, but give so little of ourselves, our talents, our sweat, and of our own compassion.
Be still. Inspiration and opportunity are staring right at you. Dreams are all within in your view and within your reach. Are you man/woman enough to gaze back, then do something about it? Are you ballsy enough to stop scampering and dig in and get something done? Do you have the belief in yourself to stop blaming or making excuses to pursue what you tell yourself you cannot? If you’re ready, here are a couple of free things you can do to start (and if you Google a bit, I bet you’ll find scores more):
- Create a vision board
- Read an inspiring book from the library
- Teach someone something every day
- Be a mentor to someone
- Smack yourself when you start blaming
- Cease your negative internal dialogue
- Have a positive quote emailed to you every day
- Pick up a fun, un-work related hobby
- Watch a documentary (or several) on some inspiring people or events
One last thing: if you have people in your life that are not encouraging you or are otherwise holding you back from a better you or your better work/life balance, rethink that relationship. Some people are put in our lives to be hurdles and it’s up to us to get up and over them. Remember: it’s not about the accumulation of things that makes us great, but what we do with all the gifts we have within.