Discomfort can be a pain or a springboard for success. When you are uncomfortable you want to change your status. You are not happy with the status quo. This creates the impetus to take action.
When you are comfortable you can easily become satisfied with status quo. This can potentially lead to mediocrity.
Therefore do not view discomfort negatively but rather use it to provide the impetus to change – and change for the better.
To get to the next level of success, you need to leave your comfort zone and learn new things and seize opportunities. You have to make yourself accountable for going the next level or find a mentor who can make you accountable.
Zest creates joy; it gives you the ability to appreciate life even when there are ups and downs; the drive to face challenges in a positive manner.
Zest is fueled by what excites you, makes you enthusiastic and passionate. If you know what this is, do more of it.
When you are living and working with passion, it is contagious and it inspires others. Work and life are then less stressful.
Finding things that make you feel excited about life help to increase your zest – but doing the right thing does too. How you build your relationships with loved ones can have an impact on how zestful you feel. If you have loving and jovial relationships, you enhance your energy.
People who practice zest embrace life as an adventure and push the envelope. They see possibility where others only see problems. They do big things and bring other people along on their journey.
Create zest in your life and experience a life of unbridled energy and enthusiasm!
Our work is an integral part of who we are, and if we are not able to feel joyous when we are at work we are probably falling short of living our true potential.
Not only is joy our very state of being, but it is also a touchstone of all that is going well in our lives.
So let’s explore some methods that can help put the zing back into work.
➢ Define your mission – The articulation of who we are, what we want in life, and how we want to lead our lives can spell the difference between dragging yourself to work every day and choosing a workplace that helps you crystallize your vision.
➢ First things first – Before you go to sleep at night, write down three priorities you would like to accomplish the next day. If you complete these three priorities the next day you will feel terrific. So try your best to do them as early as possible.
➢ Widen your circle – We spend 70% of our waking time at our workplace, so it’s only natural that we want to spend it with people we enjoy being with. However, you also need to create meaningful relationships with other people. So go ahead and widen your circle.
➢ Treat every problem as an opportunity – Every challenge or problem carries within itself the opportunity for growth. What is needed is an open mind and self-awareness. Once you decide to view every challenge as an opportunity, life begins to unfold in amazing ways.
➢ Help someone – The fastest way to get out of misery is to help someone. To start with, it immediately diverts attention from your own misery. Second, it enriches you by adding value to your life. Third, the other’s relief and happiness are infectious.
➢ Create your own special ‘Joy Ritual’ – Whether it’s having that peppermint tea at four in the afternoon, or going out for a walk, create your own special moments to savor.
➢ Be in the moment – The past is no more, and the future is not yet here. All that we have is the present, and the present is loaded with opportunity.
How does magic happen? We are not talking about a circus magician but the magic that is created by someone like Michael Jordan in sports or Steve Jobs in business.
Michael Jordan in his prime was magic. However, he said he missed hundreds of shots he took. He also missed game-winning shots he was entrusted with. He failed many times and yet he was magic and one of the best ever.
Steve Jobs had many failures including being fired from his own company before becoming an icon of creativity.
Being magic does not mean not having failed. In fact most successful leaders, athletes who end up creating magic go through enormous challenges, struggles, and failures. They fail their way to success.
The key to their success was the unwavering faith that they will make it no matter what. Odds were stacked against them during their journey but that only enhanced their resolve instead of diminishing it.
So if you are going through challenges, struggles, obstacles do not panic. You have to go through enormous hurdles before you can eventually claim the so-called magic.
What do you want out of life? This seems like a simple question. However, a lot of people either struggle to answer this question or waiver or keep changing their answers.
How will life provide you what you want if you are not crystal clear and consistent in your desire?
I once asked this question to a room full of top-level CEOs who probably had everything a normal human being wishes- money, fame, power, health, comfort. I had a pin drop for quite some time. When the discussion eventually brewed, the response was interesting to say the least.
I heard things like: I want purpose, meaning, passion, love, happiness, peace of mind.
How about you? What do you want out of life?
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