Isn’t that what we really do, “$pend” time? We receive this gift of time and then we spend it. There are so many ways to spend our time, and once we spend it, it’s gone. Understanding that our time is our most important resource and asset, how are we spending it? Will our contribution make a difference to others? Will the way we spend our time today help someone, or many others, in the future?
Improvement has been running through my mind frequently. My most thoughtful moments of the day are when I first wake up. I don’t remember dreams very often, so I’m not sure if that’s where these thoughts originate, but some days when I wake up, I have specific thoughts that pop into my head and here they are:
Brands and Loyalty – Experience
We all know that we are compelled to associate with certain brands, brands that align with our core values and beliefs in life. Did you ever meet someone who appeared a certain way, but turned out to be not at all what you originally thought? (this funny video I recently saw has a great message about appearances delivered in hilarious way) Are we a reflection of our core values and beliefs, or disjointed? A brand can be a company as well as a person and I completely believe when our brand identity no longer reflects our true core, we lose loyalty of those with whom we connected, personally as well as professionally. So for this reason, it is truly important: to reflect our brand, don’t waste time trying to be something we are not passionate about. We accomplish so much more when we are passionate about something, we are driven, nothing stands in our way, we work tirelessly to achieve our goals, we motivate others, others leave happier from their experience with us, this is where customer service excels and the experience is incredible. (Think of Disney, think of Anheuser Busch- the original company) What if the entire workforce or team we belong to did this? How amazing would that company or product be? We all have experiences in customer service and can tell immediately who’s connected and who’s disjointed. The customer service provided by someone who’s connected is simply amazing and we want to come back!
Honesty- Being True, Real
Isn’t honesty something we all want? I almost wrote “expect” instead of “want”, but realized I don’t often expect it, but I want it. Why is it that so many of us get uncomfortable being honest? I’m betting it has to do with acceptance? I think we generally want to be accepted by others and being honest really puts us “out there” and vulnerable to acceptance by others, we may not be “liked” for what we say. I’ve also noticed how dishonesty truly tears apart a person or a company. How many great companies can you think of that have fallen due to lack of honesty? Or a more relevant question now, think politics! Ha ha; I won’t even go there! Our connection to someone is disrupted when we don’t see honesty. On the positive side, when someone is honest, we may not agree with them, but don’t you appreciate honesty? For me, I respect someone more for being honest; that shows me their strength and courage! It also shows being true to oneself, being real, and who doesn’t love that?
Following a Passion- Happiness
Wouldn’t it be incredible if everyone we knew in our life was following their passion, the vibe would be so positive! Instead of forcing ourselves into a role that doesn’t quite fit, what if we became the best at our talents? Followed our Passion? Create something amazing?
As an example of this is: I am Christian and have a strong faith, but over time, I’ve realized I don’t fit into a religion and that’s been a struggle for some to understand. I also was forcing myself to conform, probably for acceptance, but not being honest about it. I’m not being disrespectful, but I don’t believe “one size fits all” as it relates to a religion; I believe it’s more of a personal connection through prayer. My life is truly different and better when I pray. Part of my belief is that God gives us gifts and those who figure out what their gifts are and use them for good excel in life and are the happiest people.
Lifetime of Improvement
I also believe that once we find our passion, that’s not “the end” but rather the beginning, the starting point, because no matter where we find ourselves today, there is always room for improvement, no matter who you are or what you’ve accomplished so far. Life is like the game of golf, you may get good at it, but you will never master it; there is always room for improvement! Think of everything in our world that evolves over time: transportation, technology, housing, businesses, cities, etc. If any of those stopped improving that would be the end. There is so much that all of us can contribute in life; I hope you seek and realize your passion, explore it, cultivate it and continue to improve because you will be incredible if you do!
Events in life can change us forever. Some experiences are amazing and some we wish to forget. Life is a series of ups and downs, so it’s important to take what life hands you and be strong with it: Turn it into a positive! This is a quote to keep in mind because it relates to everyone in our social circles: friends, family, and anyone who enters our lives:
A like-minded friend posted this video recently, great message with a humorous delivery to keep in mind: Advice
Why do we do what we do?
The answer to this question is the important one; it is our driving force and it’s personal for each of us. What is your Passion? Driving Force? How are you $pending Time?
It’s Friday, so “Cheers to You” on your journey in life! I hope today is a great one for you and that you follow your passion and Making It Count- for you and for others in the future! …And have fun doing it!