Most of us miss our best opportunities because they come disguised as hard work. Hard work is a fact of life. If you want to be successful, you have to work hard. Thomas Edison was on the money when he remarked, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

But hard work doesn’t have to be drudgery.  It can be a source of great enjoyment. If you develop joy in your work, you’ll find that it produces positive energy.

To develop joy in your work, you must be doing something that you’re good at, is meaningful to you, and contributes to your family, your organization, and society.

For many people, hard work is a drain on energy and emotions. They’re tired and stressed out.  Find work that brings you joy.  When you find it, pursue it with persistence.

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Unleash the Power of Challenges

Unexpected challenges, enormous change, or pressing deadlines are real and happen to all of us. The secret to surviving them or rather thriving is not to get ruffled, but to maintain your equilibrium and enthusiasm, and to stay centered. By relaxing and staying calm, you’ll be able to handle things effectively.

Involve your family and your colleagues in these challenges. This way you won’t feel alienated and they’ll also help you overcome these challenges.

When you are put to the test, stick to your values and principles by making the right choice in the moment of integrity.

The more you exercise wise choices, the easier it is to continue to do so in the future. When you succumb to temptations, you are less likely to withstand the real tests that are bound to come in life.

As you become successful, you face more challenges.  With each success, the test gets bigger.  As you overcome the first hurdle, a new one is put in its place.  This is the universe’s way of honing your capacity and ability to succeed.  There is nothing wrong with this since most of us never make use of our full potential.

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You are in charge of your thoughts; not your circumstances, not your environment, not your luck!

It is easy to blame something outside you for your mood and your thoughts.

When you realize it is you who is the master and the architect of your thoughts, you can channel your thoughts in a different direction.

Where do you take your thoughts you may ask? To a happy, blissful and serene place where you are at your peak.

James Allen is his classic book, As a Man Thinketh, said:
”A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

You are the master of your joy and sorrow. As you think, so you become. Beware of your thoughts – they determine the extent of your joy and impact of your sorrow!

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People who are successful in life have all developed the skill of self-discipline.

Discipline is also a big point for service providers, especially entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs have no bosses to watch over them or make sure they are getting the job done. They have to be their own bosses. They have to supervise their own behavior. Part of their discipline is to believe firmly in behavioral economics – that every behavior they display must produce economic benefit.

Sometimes you may do things to contribute to good causes that produce no economic benefit to you.  But here too, you must assess whether you are using your time effectively and efficiently to produce the results you set out to produce and to provide the maximum benefit to those you are trying to help.

 Discipline also requires you to be clear about your purpose.

The clearer your purpose in life, the more focused you will be on the areas that are really important in your life.  Once you’re focused, you’ll know which areas to delegate, which areas to throw completely out the window, and which areas to give your best resources.

 Discipline, purpose, and focus are three powerful ingredients of success!

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Your Time!

Are you clear about your priorities?
Is your time spent in alignment with your purpose?
Are you organized and methodical? Do you have effective systems in place?
Do you manage time or does time manage you?
Do you plan and use your most productive time to do the most productive work?

Some practical and inspiring tips for you are:

• Do the most important work first thing in the morning – as the first hour goes, so goes the day!

• Avoid too many interruptions. Some interruptions are necessary for doing business but you also need to carve out some non–interrupted time to get your important work done

• Delegate effectively. Be clear in your instructions when you delegate.

• Write down your goals every morning. Writing brings clarity and clarity helps focus. By writing your goals each morning you become very clear of where your focus should be.

• Eliminate clutter. Too much clutter results in a lot of wasted time looking for things. A clean desk with good filing system not only saves time but increases effectiveness.

• Emphasize results, not activities. Just because you are busy does not mean you are effective. It is not how much time you put in, but what you do achieve that matters.

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Embrace Change

Unlock the life-altering power of your attitude, and embrace change as an opportunity for growth.

Here are some things you can do to respond constructively to change:

-Become adaptable.
-Anticipate change.
-Use your problem-solving and coping strategies when faced with changes in your life.
-Use major crises to create breakthroughs.
-Engage in lifelong learning to stay abreast of change.
-Keep your principles intact despite change.
-Use change to break bad patterns.
-Grow from your experiences of changing circumstances.
-Realize the rewards that come with change.

In essence, embrace change as an opportunity for growth!

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Balancing Act

You can do almost anything in life, but not everything. When two desirable values contradict each other, it’s necessary to strike a balance.

Meritocracy, effectiveness, and efficiency are valuable qualities. But what do you do when they clash with pluralism, diversity, principles, and values? Well, you strike a balance.

We all want to put aside something to pass on to our children and grandchildren. But what if maintaining our own well-being requires all the resources we can muster? Care first for yourself. Otherwise, you may become a burden to your children before you can pass anything on to them.

To create a fulfilling life, we first need to grow our awareness about the choices we must make. Then, we’ll learn to make those choices consciously until we achieve mastery. After that, appropriate choices will come naturally to us.

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