WHY EVEN BOTHER?

To err is human; to blame it on the other guy is even more human.
–Bob Goddard

 

I’ve had a lot going on today and much of it dealt with accountability.  Today, I made mistakes – honestly, I make mistakes on a daily basis.  But I strive to own up to those errors, admit my weaknesses, learn and grow from those things.

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If you do not grow from the lessons in your life, or if you keep someone ELSE from learning their own lessons, you are only hindering them from going on that journey of discovering the best version of themselves.  But WHY BOTHER?

To say,”WHY EVEN BOTHER??” does not bring us closer to being accountable and better inhabitants of this earth.  WHY EVEN BOTHER leaves you in a place of the Latin word “ego,” or “I” – instead of “we.”

 

Alone we are one drop.  Together, we are the ocean.

 

Not being present is not being accountable.

Not being responsive is not being accountable.

Not communicating is not being accountable.

Blaming someone else is not being accountable.

 

BEING ACCOUNTABLE is actually very freeing.  It’s all “out there.”  Nothing to hide and ultimately those things don’t end up being a big deal in the grand scheme of things. 

If you are not moving forward, you are moving in reverse.  You must continue to work on yourSELF to move forward.  And YOU are the only one that can do that.

Others can inspire you, but you are the only one that can MOTIVATE yourself.

So do it.  The time we have in this life is way too short to fritter away and not be the best version of you that you can be.

Be accountable.  WHY EVEN BOTHER?  There are so many reasons, but only you can answer that with the reasons that matter most to YOU. 

Take the time to bother.  I know you’ll be glad you did.

 

Are YOU ready?

WILL YOU GO INTO THE JUNGLE?

An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.  An entrepreneur thinks of things in a drastically different way than most of the population, with a mind and heart open to accomplishing through their own determination.  It requires hard work but the risk is worth it.

In college, my friend Sarah and I met, both studying in Music at Iowa State University.  Upon graduating she taught music, but after a few years of teaching and later staying home with her young daughters she was dissatisfied with the thought of returning to the same type of employment.  A business began out of an interest in sewing that grew, beginning in her early teenage years, and a passion to create while being her own boss. 

Sarah is now in her sixth year of creating works of art with her sewing machine, upcycling wool and fabrics into beautiful products for you and your home!  I had to sneak a glimpse of some of the products she is selling for a show just this weekend!

Brooches

I LOVE this Carnival-inspired pillow!  (Notice, it even has a “hitch”!)

Fabric roses with real stems

Catnip mice

Animals in patterns of her own creation…  Bears, Hedgehogs, Cashmere Bunnies and the very unique Narwhal! 

(There are other friendly creatures not included in this show, Foxes, Owls, and Fish to name a few!)

Wool mittens, various types of bags, garlands, lavender sachets, wine bags, and headbands are a few of the other types of product contained within in her original collections.

Although it wasn’t always easy in the startup phase of her business, Sarah persevered and proved to herself and others that this truly was a business and not just a “hobby.” 

Why be an entrepreneur? 

In Tony Robbins’ book Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom:

As exciting as it was to learn his investment system, what I found most interesting about Ray (Dalio) is how he looks at the world.  He sees it as a jungle, and his life as a constant, exhilarating battle. 

“The way I look at life, Tony, we all have something we want, something that represents a greater quality of life.  But to get there, you have to go through a jungle filled with challenge.  If you pass through it, you get to the life you desire.  It’s like I’m on one side of the jungle,”he told me.  “And you could have a terrific job, a terrific life if you can cross that jungle.  But there are all of these dangerous things and they can all kill you.  So, do you stay on one side and have a safe life, or do you go into the jungle?  How do you approach that problem?”

Ray goes into the jungle with very smart and trusted friends by his side, always asking,”What don’t I know?”

 

Are you satisfied to stay on the “safe” side of the jungle? 

Or will you surround yourself with smart friends and mentors to get through the dangerous jungle to get to the life you desire? 

Don’t settle, my friend.  Aim for the stars.

GET REAL

 

Reality.

Reality is subjective.  Everyone has a different version, hence came the phrase “from my perspective.”  But typically there are similarities in the experience, which are varied by the perspective of each participant. 

Reality is “the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.”  

It’s the state of things but is not measurable or tangible.

When returning from vacation, we say,”Back to REALITY” but reality doesn’t have to be a negative thing.  It can be however positive or negative as the REALITY YOU CREATE!

A really great example of perspective in reality takes place in the Bible Gospel – it’s really interesting that although the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it was penned by various men through the ages.  The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written by…  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John!  Although the message is consistent, there are details in one account not covered by another – because each of these had a different perspective and experience, providing varying details as such. 

This is how we gain additional perspectives and information we may have not otherwise known.  And this is the same as we continue to experience through life – it’s how they pieced together information to provide the account of the assassination of JFK, for example.  Varying perspectives that were similar.

So if there is a perspective that is so severely different than most others, is the “reality” experienced by that other person LESS authentic – a fiction, a lie?  To whom?  And who decides which is correct?  Probably the majority.  I don’t know for sure.  I’ve known others like this and it does not seem to be as if they are lying, unless they have convinced themselves of that lie so completely.  That shifts the information into truth in their mind.  It sets my mind into a thoughtful mode as to why that occurs.      

We do have a say in our own realities.  What you decide in your mind and heart will come to fruition if you desire it, define it by setting goals, and set in motion the plan to implement steps to arrive at your dreams which will become reality.  When someone says to “get real” you can happily inform them that you are!

WHAT REALITY WILL YOU CREATE IN YOUR OWN LIFE?  

YOU ARE THE ONE TO DECIDE.

10 WAYS TO GET MOTIVATED

What do you do when you’re grasping at straws to get that inspiration, that motivation going?  

1)  Think long-term.  Look ahead to what is promised you when you reach your goal.

“I already know what giving up feels like.  I want to see what happens IF I DON’T.”  Neila Rey

2) Reach deep down and find that spark to fuel your motivtion.

3) Be inspired by someone else.  Think of someone you admire, and emulate their actions and intentions.

4) Remember that quitting isn’t an option.

“It’s always too early to quit.”  Baltasar Gracian

5) Be a mentor.  

If you are a mentor, or teacher, it is easy to become passionate, because you know about the subject you love more deeply.  

6) Find your passion.

It’s much easier to be motivated to move toward a goal if you are chasing something you are truly passionate about.

 7) Hold yourself accountable.  

If you are not moving forward, know that you are the cause of this plateau.  Create a list of ways to overcome by taking action.

8) Regroup.

Walk away for a bit, and return with renewed vigor and energy!  

9) Surf.

Wander around that world wide web that’s available at your fingertips.  Just let the information take you where it will and find a topic that whets your creative appetite.

10) Get some face time.

Get together with friends or colleagues to brew some motivation.  Whether it’s to relax or meld your ideas, meeting up with others face-to-face is a great way to go.

#cognitiveshift