Stand Up

The presidential election has permeated through everything. It has affected the markets, sales, communities, ideologies. It was the first thing on everyone's lips this week no matter personal or business or even escape. I attended the YJLive! conference this weekend and it was all we could talk about. It's been unreal, jarring, disturbing and celebratory (for some). This is unprecedented and we have no idea what happens next. 

Our environment has been reframed, but we remain the same and arguably stronger. We are being forced as individuals and as a society to not only define who we are and what we believe in, but to take action, to take a stand. 

Sometimes this is scary (it's certainly scary for me), but powerful things happen when you stand up for yourself, your community and what you believe in. You will notice deeper respect from your peers and competitors and shifts will happen. 

If you are an entrepreneur, I encourage you to do this work and to strengthen your personal brand identity before things change, before environments change, before people change. Because they will. 

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: a man flattened by an opponent can get up again, a man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

Patience, My Dear

Digital data allows us incredible insight into our business activities. Post a photo on Instagram and receive 1,019 likes - an instant reminder that your photo is awesome and your followers do indeed love you. With google analytics we can understand how many people are visiting our site and what they are looking at right now.

This kind of data is amazing, but I think it sets us up to feel like we deserve instant gratification. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with instant rewards for your efforts, but this kind of world it does makes us forget a little that the good things, the really good things take time. How often do you see your target traffic number or revenue metric and spend an entire year working towards reaching this goal (but, oh how sweet it is once you reach it).  

When feeling impatient while waiting for a result to come in, I look to nature: for a plant to grow, the seeds must be planted, the soil watered and nourished and later we can watch stem grow and finally the bloom. 

 

patience

Here are a few ways you can cultivate more patience in your life and business:

  1. Celebrate the small wins along the way
  2. Practice meditation
  3. Keep your eye on the prize: visualize how sweet your big success will feel once it arrives.
  4. Be grateful, especially for the lessons you are learning while you wait.

 

Do it Now

How often do you let a big project loom over your head until the last minute? Or do all other possible tasks before tackling the important ones that you know will take time, effort and brain power. I do this, my friends do this and I bet you do this, too. 

The better approach is to tackle the big things first. This way, you focus on the tasks that will make a meaningful impact on your business or position. This approach will also help you release the anxiety and pressure of putting off an important task.

Most success experts would agree:

  • In 4-hour work week Tim Ferriss talks about the detriments of busy work. Instead he suggests to "define the single most important task for each day."
  • Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People reminds us to take care of the big rocks first.
  • This article on Lifehack recommends eating the frog first, before you even let yourself eat breakfast.

So, my (and their) advice to you (and to me) is to DO IT NOW.

Be Like a Tree

Be Like a Tree

On letting go

You're Right

You're Right

What do you believe?

It's Time to Make a Commitment

It's Time to Make a Commitment

"The moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too." - William Hutchinson Murray