"Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life".
Joni Eareckson Tada.
I alter my perspective of the world each day. I find wonder in familiar things and recognize the extraordinary nature of ordinary events.
I slow down and notice the miracles that are occurring all the time. Caterpillars transform into butterflies. Tiny acorns grow into mighty oak trees. I become grateful and develop a sense of awe.
The earth provides resources that keep me alive without any effort on my part. I receive food, oxygen, water, and sunlight.
I seek a personal connection with the events I observe. I explore important memories. I think about how I can contribute to the world.
I put aside old assumptions. If I have a disagreement with a coworker, I accept their truth so we can view each other as friends. It does not mean that I have to agree with them. I just have to understand that everyone has their own perspective of life from where they are at.
I pay attention to all my senses. Sights become more vivid and I enjoy my commutes to the job sites because I am grateful that I still have a job and my own business. Sometimes I leave my house real early in the mornings and I observe everything: the sun rising to flood the world with light and warmth, the clouds forming, the fog lifting and all the wildlife that is out forging for food as I also respond to aromas, textures, flavors, and sounds.
Some of my best lessons come from children and animals. I have had dogs and their unconditional love is a constant reminder to love with no expectation of return. Dogs teach me just to enjoy the time that I have with the ones that I love. Right now, I have a cat who teaches me the joy of napping in a sunny spot, with no stress or cares of any kind to trouble my slumber. It is said that if you want to get a new outlook on life, be sure to look, through the eyes of a child. Children find wonder everywhere and teach you to view even the mundane events of the day with awe.
Today I rediscover the world. I look at everything as if it was my first time and I appreciate the significance of all that surrounds me.
1. What is one amazing event that happens every day that I could stop taking for granted?
2. How does it feel to challenge my old assumptions?
3. What is one routine office task that I could make more stimulating by seeing it with fresh eyes?
The benefit of having a long-term plan to achieve your goals
P.T. Barnum said that “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.” I am rich in experience but know well the feeling of being challenged financially. However, I also think that having less pushes me to work harder.
Each day provides a chance for me to do something great with my life. I am motivated to excel by my desire to attain more, in wealth or in valuable experience. What I really hope to obtain through hard work and experience is a comfortable life.
When I set goals, I remind myself of what I intend for them to help me attain. Each target is aimed at moving me from one level to the next. I know that I am able to shine brighter through hard work and dedication.
When my financial situation is less than ideal, I work towards strengthening it each day. I sacrifice my short-term desires in favor of long term dreams and projects.
For instance, I have always wanted a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It would have been easy to over commit financially and buy one before I was ready or able. Instead, I focused on that goal and patiently worked toward achieving what I wanted. I now own the motorcycle I wanted, which is paid for in full. It was this experience of working toward a goal and being challenged that showed me the benefits of sacrifice and hard work in attaining my heart’s desire. Delaying that instant gratification in favor of a long- term benefit is now a tool I use in my life to attain other goals.
Today, the extent of my effort lies in my focus on achieving my goals. I am committed to working diligently and receiving due rewards. I am committed to using my valuable experience to move forward in my life. My persistent endeavors in life are geared towards propelling myself to higher heights.
What is the difference between being motivated and being greedy for more?
What activities do I undertake to make myself more marketable in the workplace?
How to I reap the benefits of my life experience to move closer to attaining my goals?
How do I rebuild my resolve when I become exhausted from hard work?