When I started my business, my purpose was clear: to leverage my communications skills in order to become wealthy. I learned that unexpected things happen along the way and I needed to live by some non-negotiable beliefs if I was to be happy in my work. So, three decades later I am still learning. This is where I've learned thus far.
One of the most powerful aspects of having a striving business is being able to give from a place of total abundance. You know when you can write a cheque to your favourite charity without feeling like you're robbing Paul to donate to John. That's when you know that you've been successful at managing the negative mind chatter.
I think the best way to observe blog post number 1,000 is to write blog post number 1,001...the one you're now reading. And if there's one thing I'd like to celebrate with writing it, it's the value of discipline. I raise a toast to all those who have the discipline to grind it out, to keep showing up, and to pound through pain.
What are the things that I want to achieve in my life? What do I want to do? How do I structurally lay it out? Are there places that I can visit that are relevant to what I want to do, to whatever will make me happy. I try to be clear on those things that are important in my life as opposed to those things that are not important. And I try to eliminate all those things that have nothing to do with me focusing on things that are relevant to my passion, my purpose, my skills, my development.
Put three toes in the water. Why three? Do one thing and it works, and it could just be "luck." Do two things and it can still be an anomaly. Do three things and now you have a pattern. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.