I’ve already posted today, but I saw today’s wordpress word prompt is ‘Rebel’, and I just couldn’t resist!
There have always been rules, both social or more formal laws. Rules put in place (in theory) to protect, organize, and assist the masses. You only need to stand up and question your immediate surroundings to realise that sometimes the rules can be more of a hinderance to real and positive change than a help, sometimes the rules are protecting the wrong people, and most of the time they don’t stop people who intend to do whatever they want, regardless of how many people they will hurt in the process.
When people are trying to bend or change the rules for a positive outcome, that’s when the magic happens…
Kerri Kasem was unable to visit her elderly father because his wife forbid it. Despite the fact that he also wanted to see her, the law says his wife had to give permission. Have you ever heard anything so strange? Does it make any sense at all?
Well obviously Kerri went to work and changed the law… That’s my kind of woman!
I challenge you to re-think some of the rules you are following. I hazard a guess that most of them are unwritten social rules. Find which ones are making you unhappy for no real reason other than “this is how we’ve always done it”, and dare to be different.
Stay unrelentlessly you,
This morning I watched a video on facebook, of the morning meeting held daily at Cardone Enterprises, and it hands-down seemed like the right way for a company to start the day.
The shared the successes of the day before, they congratulated each other at the top of their lungs, and sang happy birthday a couple of people in the team who have made it through another year.
The energy was positive and supportive, and I have no doubt an environment like that breeds the confidence and drive that it takes to work in a competitive sales team, or really any business.
But if like me, you still work for other people, and your small upstart business is still Party of One, how does that help?
I’ve been mulling it over, and definitely think there are ways to adapt this morning strategy to a solo-preneur lifestyle! Things like:
- Teaming up with another solo-preneur to boost each other, bounce ideas, and hold each other accountable when motivation is lacking
- Morning meeting with your family – if you can swing this, they may appreciate the extra time with you, and have a better understanding of what you’re doing (which can definitely help if you’re grinding the rest of the day and night away, everywhere else but home)
- A morning gratitude journal
- Convince your boss of the productive benefits of doing this in your office, or hell, just start doing it and let people join in
- Hell, if you’re truly flying solo put on the music that makes your feel most powerful, look at your stats from the day before, jump around, dance, sing, celebrate your own successes from the day before
Any other ideas? Do you have your own energy-boosting morning routine?
Sitting down for my minimum 30 minute songwriting slot this morning, I realised with a little prompt from a random word generator for inspiration that the songs were flowing out of me. Yesterday was quite a different story, only getting out a couple lines that I liked, and not finding the rest of the lyrics for the songs that I knew were rolling around inside me somewhere.
We all have both good and bad days (some have more good or bad days than others), and of course a large part of this is perception, but also a large part of what we consider a good or bad day comes down to confidence in what we’re doing. Confidence in turn can be increased by getting better at what you happen to spend your time on.
I know that by writing every day, I’ll get better at it, and will find new tricks and prompts along the way that work for me, and it’s the same for the playing the guitar and clothing design. I can’t go back and “re-invest” lost time on what I’m now interested in, but I can make the most of now!
What are you working on increasing your confidence in?
Another big day working from sun-up til sun-down! Although thankfully not as late as the night before…
It’s something I’ve just always had the capacity to do, work long hours. As long as I have confidence in what I’m happy to keep chipping away at what I’m doing until it’s done. It’s where I don’t have confidence in what I’m doing that it all falls apart and my anxiety kicks in… It’s useful, but only in combination with having something productive to do!
I feel like a lot of people struggle with this confidence and and anxiety issue… competence breeds confidence, and the best way to be competent is to keep doing what you’re doing until you’re good at it, or you’ve achieved what you set out to do!
I hope you’re smashing your day today!