As you ready yourself to fight for the things you want and need, a safe assumption is that you prepare your arsenal to battle whatever the obstacle may be obstructing your path. You create a plan to overpower foreseeable challenges. You arm yourself with weapons that increase your ability defeat the monster that seems invincible.
Today’s focus is: Weapon.
Weapons are used to increase the usefulness and effectiveness of actions.
If your action is to quiet a crying baby, your weapon of choice is a warm bottle of milk.
If your action is to manicure your lawn, your weapon of choice is a lawnmower.
If your action is to find your way through the darkness, your weapon of choice is a flashlight.
If your action is to overcome obstacles in your way,
your weapons of choice are your strength, passion, and confidence.
When I went to the hospital to have my son, I had a few rules.
I didn’t allow any visitors; I didn’t want a lot hospital staff in and out; and I didn’t want anyone to share the news of my new baby because I didn’t want a lot of phone calls to my room.
My family thought I had lost my mind.
And just to give you a little context. My big family is usually like a TV sitcom family, congregating, crowding, and celebrating in the waiting room while the newest family member is being born down the hall.
I couldn't bear having any of that. I wanted quality time with my new baby.
I wanted to love on him uninterrupted without the opinion and recommendations of others.
I didn’t want to engage with company, chat with well-wishers, or clean up for onlookers.
It was just mom and baby (Ok, dad was there too).
And after a less than pleasant pregnancy, I had the post-delivery experience that I wanted.
On my own terms.
It may seem a little selfish and finicky,
(no one has a picture of me in the hospital and my baby wasn’t taken for those newborn pictures),
but there are few times when you can be selfish and it’s alright.
When you sacrifice yourself for another's life, that counts as one of those times.
Another time is when you create your own business.
Some of you have one of your own. It is your baby.
You decide the rules. You decide with whom you will engage.
You decide your limits.
For most, it is a lonely endeavor.
It should be on your own terms.
Summer of Inspiration: Today's Action Steps
1. Describe what “on your own terms” means for you. What are the terms for your life? What are the vision and rules for your business?
2. Determine your ideal client & business relationships. What type of people/businesses do you want to engage with? What type of values do they have?
3. Recognize what meaningless ideals you can give up for real meaning. Consider what you are willing to give up in order to have your terms met.
Live life on your own terms!
"What others think of you is none of your business!" -Unknown
The first time I heard this quote I was working with a business success coach
and the words blew my mind. I immediately realized this was why I still felt stuck.
I cared too much about what other people thought, especially about my career change. Who leaves such a great job as a physician? I knew who and I knew why.
But I felt stressed trying to explain my reasons and my mindset to everyone who questioned it. It made me second guess my decision and question my desire for something more.
My coach helped me stand behind my decision. I trusted my instincts.
Now I have the opportunity to help others in a way that I never dreamed of before.
I'm happier than I have ever been, and my life is on the right track. Never let others dictate what your Success Path should be because when you envision yourself doing something greater, there is no substitute.
Your Success is Your Hard work, Your Sacrifice, Your Business!
Only you know what, how, and when things are right for you. And when you make a decision that decision is all yours. You take the responsibility for it. Don’t let others hold you back or keep you down. What would you do if no else’s opinion mattered to you?
Describe Your Perfect life. What do you do? How do you do it? Why do you do it?
Share Yourself Your Way!
It’s Independence Day Weekend here in the US!
On this weekend of observance, I can't help but think about how our country's forefathers had a dream of what a nation could be at its Best. At that time, there was nothing like it on Earth, and the fledgling US was certainly not starting as a perfect nation. Many people over the years chose to believe in the dream, no matter how divided our nation was at times. And now, through all the ups and downs, we are so much closer to that vision.
But that’s how a BIG dream is supposed to work. A dream should be a vision of the Best that you can be. It should be something that seems out of reach, but worth the attempt and worth the effort.
Who do you choose to be?
Even the Iron Giant, a weapon probably designed for evil, can choose to be a Hero.
Regardless of what you have done & who you have been in the past, You never lose the opportunity to Change your Course and Add to Your Life Story.
Choose the Best of You!
Becoming Your Best Future Self starts with a Dream. Stop being so realistic! Imagine Your Big Adventure and Your Best You! Take a Step towards it Today!
Happy Independence Day!