I recently saw a post on Facebook of a woman wearing a wedding dress. Under the photo, her husband told of how he never got to see her in that dress. They had gotten married, but it was a quick ceremony. She was scheduled to have surgery and they weren’t sure she would make it, so they rushed to the courthouse to exchange their vows. I’m not sure how much time passed after she had the surgery, but her cancer came back and she received a terminal diagnosis. It was at that time, they decided to plan a “real” wedding and she bought the dress. She never made it to her real wedding day. She passed away just two weeks before marrying the love of her life.
It’s been quite a while since I last posted. The new year has been frought with a number of challenges. The hardest thing I faced was the passing of my dad. The feature photo for this post was taken on the early morning of February 7th, just after we left the hospice where my father peacefully went to be with the Lord. The adjustment after his passing hasn’t been easy, but I have learned a few things, especially about helping others.
We are all faced with life challenges – health, relationship, business, financial. Some of them we handle well, others… not so much. Overcoming challenges isn’t always easy. What makes us better equipped to handle some and while we struggle with others? Maybe age. Perhaps it’s experience. For me, there are certain common denominators that provide comfort when I’m going through a difficult situation. I’d like to share with you some of the things that help me.
So, I was selected in the lottery to run the Big Sur Marathon. I’m more than excited! This race has been on my bucket list for several years now. I can’t believe I’ll be running it next April 30th. That said, I am very nervous about the training. It’s been several years since I’ve been able to run 26.2. So what am I doing? Experimenting with heart rate training. Read more
I’m a “go, go, go” type of person – always thinking, planning, and doing. Yes, I do take time to relax, but to totally unplug for vacation is completely unheard of… until now. Right now, I’m frantically trying to finish all the work for my clients before I leave on a 9-day vacation. For the first time in a very long time, I’m going to be unplugging from technology. Ok, I’ll have my cell phone, but there will be no laptop, no working of any kind and no communicating with clients. Here’s how I plan to successfully execute this “unplugging.”
We live in a world where competition is the driving force for much of what we do. As I work with business owners, they always tell me what the competition is doing. For some strange reason we often assume the competition is more successful, and in turn, we may even begin to change how we market and serve our customers to match what the competition is doing. Stop worrying about what the “other guy” is doing! Instead, find ways to implement the power of business collaboration.
My one-word answer – Absolutely! And, as the leader of your organization, it needs to begin with you. I’m not talking about a romantic love. The love to which I refer is the kind of love that says, “I’m going to love my neighbor as myself.” If you believe the manner in which you treat people in your organization doesn’t matter, you should probably rethink your values. I’ll even go as far as to say that treating people in your organization with love is the most important aspect of owning and operating a business!
It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish, the only way you’ll find great success in your endeavor is to be committed to the process. Are you in it for the long haul? When things get a little rough (and they may) or you begin to wonder if you’re doing the right thing (and you may), are you willing to persevere?
We’ve all done it – we’ve been distracted by “Shiny Object Syndrome.” If you’ve never heard that term before, it’s when you’re working on your business and someone comes to you with an offer that’s just too good to pass up. Maybe it’s another business venture or a new direction for your current business. If we end up pursuing that shiny object, we lose the momentum we were gaining on our original endeavor. Shiny Object Syndrome is not a good thing, despite the way it may seem. It causes us to waste time, money and resources. Shiny Object Syndrome will take us away from what we should be working on and put our efforts into something that isn’t right for us. Shiny Object Syndrome disappoints all the time, every time. But, how does one avoid being tempted by Shiny Object Syndrome?
Kindness is priceless, especially in a day and an age when everything is moving quickly and life seems to be all about self promotion. I say “priceless” because kindness, though simple to give, is often overlooked as we go about our busy lives. How many times have I been so focused on my day, I missed seeing an opportunity to be kind to another human being? Too often, I’m sure. That realization saddens me.