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Here is the remarkable truth about focusing your life on gratitude, you attract people who live the same way. Yesterday, my meetings felt more like the reuniting of my tribe than they did business. There was no convincing, or selling any ideas, just a true and resonant sharing that what is most real and precious about life begins inside of us. This is a seemingly simple shift - pulling our attention inward to find what we are looking for- but challenging in a culture inundated and drowning in how it looks out there. It becomes more simple once you start practicing being happy & grateful, because you begin to feel both the spaciousness inside and an energy that moves in you. It isn’t magic, although I know this sounds like it. The wonder of harnessing and directing your capacity of attention will change how you live.
This is not a place-based access, and it can happen everywhere. Make an intention to stop looking outside for what can only be discovered inside. This is the truth - the groups/ tribes that flourish share a single path into one’s heart. This single intention changes everything and I am beginning to become acquainted with the tribe. Another key to finding this space is giving up the focus on the how. Clear intention does not lead with how to get things done. The how of it will present itself, usually in ways that you couldn’t anticipate anyway. This is the essence of the letting go that is at the heart of receiving. It is a magnet of goodness that will bring you deeper into why you are here.
Please share a story about how your gratitude has attracted the wonders of the life you lead.
Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love
My family and friends
My beautiful home
My camera/ photography
My caring heart
My dog Sparky
My yoga practice
My events & groups
Have you ever noticed that when you get things right in your business, other opportunities start arriving, with almost no effort on your part? It’s all about momentum. Other people—potential employees, prospects, vendors—naturally want to be part of a good thing, so they flock when your business is growing. Over the years, I’ve noticed that they often rely on small daily habits and routines—both in business and their personal lives that keep their business moving in the right direction. These disciplines aren’t complicated but they pay big dividends.
Plan tomorrow’s agenda today
Scott Cullather, CEO of inVNT, a live events agency in New York, meets with his key support team before the close of business to go over what’s coming up the next day. “We review and forecast what tomorrow is going to look like and how we’re going to get through that,” he says.
Put your meetings on a diet
Ask entrepreneurs who left corporate America what they don’t miss and they’ll tell you it’s those endless, often unproductive meetings. Many fast-growth companies keep meetings short, so they have time to get projects done. For instance, Cullather limits his afternoon huddle to about 15 minutes.
Find a way to manage e-mail that works for you
They key is to avoid getting sucked into constantly responding to and sending e-mails, which delays you from finishing projects on time. Many business owners like the system suggested by David Allen, the well-known author of Getting Things Done. He offers a free PDF full of smart tips, such as putting e-mails you need to act on—and those you don’t—in separate places in your inbox. Find ways to reduce the number of useless messages you view, so you have more time to work on what matters. OtherInbox, for instance, pulls e-mails from various senders into folders you’ve designated and even unsubscribes you from e-newsletters you no longer want.
Never stop selling
You’ll lose productive days if you wait until you’re almost done with your current projects to pitch new business. The smartest entrepreneurs I know are always cultivating new business, so they can quickly plug holes that open in their schedule. Often, it’s a matter of sending an email saying, “Anything else I can help you with?” at the end. They are prepared to bring on temporary help in case they get overbooked even if it’s simply through an arrangement with a reliable freelance colleague.
Cullather puts on his running shoes daily and then hits the streets. “It’s amazing to me how many creative ideas have come to me during these long runs in creative solitude,” he says. “Not only does it give you the physical endurance to work 18 or 20 hours a day but it helps stimulate your mind and your thinking.” When Cullather is traveling, he hits the gym—often a great chance to spend time with clients or network informally. “When we’re working with Fortune 500 companies, their senior executives are there before the conference begins,” he says. Shouldn’t you be there, too?
(Author: Elaine Pofeldt)
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