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On Sharing Your Genius…

We all have a genius within us and when one of us doesn’t develop or use our special gift, a cosmic void takes place.

Originally posted on DailyOm…So spot on that I had to share…

Each of us is born with a specific genius that was bestowed upon us so we can do our part to make this world a better place. All of us have a role that we’re uniquely suited for. Imagine our planet without trees, oceans, or clouds. In this same way, when one of us doesn’t develop or use our special gift, a cosmic void takes place.

This unique talent or ability may be hidden from your own sight like a golden treasure buried under shifting sands. Often, we spend so much time dazzled by the talents of others that we can overlook our own gifts. It may even be that our unique ability is something we view negatively. Perhaps we find it difficult concentrating on any one subject for long; meanwhile, others are thrilled by our ability to weave various ideas throughout our conversations.

Or, you might think of yourself as “frivolous,” when it’s likely your charming approach to life casts a light of inspiration that others can’t help but follow. It’s important for all of us to try to find our special gift and discover how we can best express it. Ask others to name what they think is your most overlooked talent or character trait. Their answers may change your life.

Explore these riches that are yours to express, and you may find yourself helping others discover and develop their own blessings. Acknowledge and appreciate the gifts you see in those around you. Tell your neighbor that loves to garden how much her green thumb enlivens the whole block. Thank your coworker for always greeting your days together with a smile. Tell your close friends that their ability to listen makes your world a better place.

Our unique gifts are like golden rays of expression that can encircle the world with light.

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What Would You Do if You Had One Month to Live?

What would you do differently if you only had one month to live? Would you change jobs or leave relationship? Would you apologize or be more caring to others? Would you take a risk you’ve always wanted to take? Everyone’s answer will be different. The book One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life by Kerry & Chris Shook can help you answer those questions and guide you along that journey of changing the way you live your life.

From the book:

“Be brutally honest with yourself. Your time on earth is limited. Shouldn’t you start making the most of it? If you knew you had one month to live, you would look at everything from a different perspective. Many of the things you do now that seem so important would immediately become meaningless. You would have total clarity about what matters most, and you wouldn’t hesitate to be spontaneous and risk your heart. You wouldn’t wait until tomorrow to do what you need to do today. The way you lived that month would be the way you wished you had lived your whole life.

If you knew you had one month to live, your life would be radically transformed. But why do we wait until we’re diagnosed with cancer or we lose a loved one to accept this knowledge and allow it to free us? Don’t we want all that life has to offer? Don’t we want to fulfill the purpose for which we were created? Wouldn’t life be a lot more satisfying if we lived this way?

I’m challenging you to start living your life as though you have one month to live, and I’ve designed this book to help you. There are four universal principles in the one-month-to-live lifestyle: to live passionately, to love completely, to learn humbly, and to leave boldly. I’ve divided this book into four sections or “weeks” accordingly, and I encourage you to live these next thirty days as if they were your last.”

I find this book to be fascinating, thought-provoking and inspiring. Happy reading! What will you do with your one month?

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The 3 E’s – What Do They Mean? Why You Should Care?

To my way of thinking there are three aspects or necessary components to growing in life, work, fulfillment, success, balance, relationships, anything really.

Explore, Expand, Evolve

This sort of sums up my philosophy of both my work and my life.

You really need all three to be your most effective, to live your best life, to have your most successful career. They work together, building on one another and circling back and forth to form an intricate web which is the foundation for all growth, in business and in life.

But what do these words mean? How do they apply to you? To your business? To your life?

Here’s the boiled-down Cliff Notes version of my understanding and my practice.

Explore = Assess

  • Look at the situation, the problem, the reality, the goal
  • Learn more about options, choices, motivations, thought and behavior patterns
  • Generate ideas, contemplate possible solutions
  • Who am I? As a person, as a professional?
  • What am I doing? Or not doing?
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • What is missing? Or what is not working?

Expand = Move forward

  • Be more productive
  • Formulate a plan
  • Take action
  • What do I need to do to get from A to B, or A to F?
  • Where can I get help?
  • How can I best use my time?

Evolve = Change

  • What do I need to change?
  • What isn’t working?
  • Where am I stuck?
  • Do I need to shift my focus?
  • How do I need to revise my plans and strategies?
  • Do I need to modify my behaviors?
  • Are there patterns or habits that need to change?
Your Mini-Mission for this week: How can you apply the 3E’s to your life or business?

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Why a Better Life Is So Elusive For Most

Most of us will admit to a profound desire for a better life. We want more, better, easier.

But what exactly does a better life look like?

For some reason, probably many reasons, the answer is startlingly difficult to explain.  Ask around, see what kind of answers you get…including the answer in your own head. You’ll probably hear a lot of…Hmm…Well…I think…

The biggest reason that many of us aren’t living our version of “a better life,” is because we don’t even know what that means.

We’re just tiny ants being drawn to a picnic – a promise of the bountiful life – that we can’t see, can’t exactly understand, and worst of all, somebody keeps moving the feast.

So, before we start chasing the rainbow, perhaps we ought to know what we want to be in the pot of gold…

I’ll be pondering this question right along with you…I’ll share my answer in the next post and I hope you’ll share yours.

One thing I do know… Your answers and mine will help shape the direction and focus of this blog, my career and the decisions we all make tomorrow and beyond.

Consider carefully…

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Bucket List Revisited

When did you last look at your bucket list? I thought so…

As many of us are in vacation mode (or at least hopefully slower mode) this time of year, I decided to revisit and update a few of my old posts, to allow me to slow down a bit as well. It’s good to take a fresh look, rethink and reconsider. The first thing that came to mind as worthy of revisiting was the Bucket List. I hope you have one… 

Why a bucket list?

Life passes us by in a blur of commitments and everyday tasks without leaving much time for thought of what we’d really like to experience in life. Our worst fear is to lie our deathbed lamenting that “someday” never came and we never got the opportunity to do all of those things we intended to get to eventually. The painful reality is that we can’t achieve what we don’t know we want!

Revisit or create your bucket list

This week, set aside some time to create or take another look at your life list (bucket list) and stop putting off your goals, dreams and wishes until “someday.” If you already have a list, then take time to review it. If not, ask yourself what you’d like to do before you die. If that’s too hard to fathom, then start by asking yourself what you would you do if you only had a year left to live? Really think, let your mind wander, be open to possibilities, those buried deep down wishes and wants.

Some questions to get the juices flowing:

  • What have you always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?
  • What would you do if time or resources were not an obstacle?
  • What are your major goals and aspirations?
  • Any places you want to visit or things want to see?
  • What experiences do you want to have / feel?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or attempt?
  • Are there any particular people you want to meet in person?
  • What do you want to achieve in the different areas: Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health, Spiritual, and Community?
  • What do you need to do to lead a life of the greatest meaning to you

Some suggestions from other’s lists:

  • Learn a new language
  • Try out a new career
  • Run a marathon/triathlon
  • Take up a new sport.
  • Learn horseback riding
  • Start your own business doing something you love
  • Achieve financial abundance with your passion
  • Be a mentor to someone
  • Try an extreme sport – Bungee jump, Skydiving, Parachuting, Mountain climbing
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Write a book on something that means a lot to you
  • Sing your favorite song to an audience
  • Public speaking in front of a crowd
  • Get a complete makeover!
  • Play a new musical instrument
  • Take dancing lessons
  • Learn a martial art
  • Go on a road trip
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Go on a cruise
  • Learn sign language

Remember to look at your list regularly, at least yearly, but I recommend monthly or quarterly. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish when you keep it in your mind.

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