Archive | October 2011

Power of Words

You know you’ve heard about the power words can have on a person.

  • The pen (words again) is mightier than the sword
  • Be careful what you wish for – it might happen
  • Speak your belief out loud – it will happen

What happens when you good naturedly joke?

A Facebook friend mentioned last night (only October 27th) that she was cold. I asked her what was she going to do when it really gets cold – picturing the coming winter with snow, wind and ice. Well apparently the typed word effects karma the way a pen would. I woke up to 30 degree weather and frost everywhere!

I realize that it’s just a coincidence – it was forecasted to be that cold anyway, but hmm I wonder… if I find someone muttering about too much (client) work and joke with them, will karma send more clients my way and give me too much to do? Wouldn’t that be great? I could live with that.

But then there’s the concern that it could backfire. YIKES! Definitely don’t want that one. So, perhaps it’s best to stick with the belief that life is what you make it. One can’t always hope that the thing they say will bring about the change they want/need. Physical action is needed as well.

So, don’t trust your life, health and business just to Fate – you have to take a hand and responsibility for the outcome.

Enjoy and I wish for you a happy and prosperous life.

OMG I’M Outside My Comfort Zone!

How many times have you said/thought that?

Well thinking about business – I’ll be honest with you, I’m almost always outside my comfort zone. You may be thinking “OK Liz, what kind of crap is this?” Well I was comfortable working all those years in the corporate world. Someone else was in charge and had to make all the decisions. All I had to do was show up for work, and do what I was suppose to do. I liked doing that – I enjoyed many of the things I did.

But now?

Well now my business is that of a virtual assistant and doing many of the things I used to do along with some new things I’ve learned. This is my joy and bliss. But there’s all the other business things that have to be done:

  • Getting/retaining clients
  • Paying bills
  • Getting noticed
  • Marketing (wait that’s part of the getting noticed thing) – working on my own newsletter and blog page.
  • Oh, let’s not forget the email advertizing (crud – that’s part of the marketing/getting noticed stuff) – following a schedule.

Whew! That’s a lot of stuff for someone to have to do – and I’m only scratching the surface. Talk about being waaay outside my comfort zone!

But, even though there are days when I get scared and wonder why it was I started a business in the first place, I think of the phrase “put on your big girl panties and deal with it.” When I have projects for clients I think about how much I enjoy what I’m doing – a sense of peace sort of washes over me. Kinda like wearing a warm fluffy bathrobe! During this time I think WOW, this is why I have my business!

Then there are the times when I don’t have any client work – the slow times. We all have them. This is when panic sets in and I get nervous. I’m back outside my comfort zone. Yes, the day will come with my business that I’ll have staff to do the things I don’t like to do. At least one person will be in charge of keeping me visible and getting new clients interested. The rest (for this particular stage) is fairly easy for me to handle. But then again, once I get staff, I’ll need to put my accountant to work! But, until my dream becomes reality I need to be the one to do all of the things that need to be done. I need to learn to be comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone. How else am I going to create my empire?

 

Life Altering Changes

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs

Yes, it seems that Steve Jobs losing his battle with cancer has inspired this particular topic. Maybe in a way it has.

Mostly I want to know whose world have YOU changed?

In a time when some still find challenges in their everyday world, you never know when some small act of kindness you did may have done something wonderful for that person.

Yes, we have all heard/read about things like Paying it Forward, the belief in Karma, etc. But, are acts of kindnesses done because we’re consciously thinking it needs to be done if we want to get to Heaven? Or are your acts from the heart – because you want to?

Is it crazy to walk on a crowded street and say Hi to people? According to some of the looks I get it is. Is saying Hi to someone going to change the world? You never know, if we all just take that half a minute it takes to nod your head at someone, say Hi – thereby acknowledging their existence – it could change the world. Instead of being cynical and/or afraid of others, we could possibly (at the very least) tolerate the fact that we’re sharing this world with a whole bunch of other people.

What a radical idea! I know I’m not the only one to wonder if this kind of thing could catch on. But, if I’m not the only one, why hasn’t it caught on? Am I that seriously outnumbered?

Remember, I’m not asking if you changed the WORLD – just if you changed someone’s world. A complete stranger, a client/customer, a family member, a spouse/significant other – any one of these folks might benefit from something YOU do. When that happens who knows, the world can really be changed in a positive way!

Yes, I’ve been told I’m crazy/weird, strange and/or just plain nuts. But here’s to all of us making a positive change in our world!

What do you do about fear?

Sometimes “fear” is a good thing. It can keep you from doing life-threatening things – like crossing a freeway with your eyes closed.

When you’re a sci-fi fan (like me) you can have a line from Frank Herbert’s Dune series occasionally pop up “Fear is the mind-killer.” Of course the entire phrase is something to perhaps keep in mind, have on a wall somewhere.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Sometimes it’s great to say sure I follow this, but in reality how many of us actually can? How many of us are afraid of things like:

  • letting someone know how we feel?
  • not going along with the group?
  • not trying new things?
  • saying  how you feel about something – like injustice
  • NOT being politically correct?

Sometimes there’s a very good reason for all of these fears – they may be timely in nature. Depending on the entire situation these fears could save your life.

But how often do you let fear run your life? Run your business? How often do you NOT let it pass over and through?

It’s incredibly hard to get ahead in life/business if you’re afraid all the time. NO, I am not perfect. YES, I have many times where I’m afraid of things and as a result I may have missed out on something really good. But that is my problem to conquer.

Last year when I first started teaching adult ed computer courses I was afraid – OMG I was standing in front of a few people and telling them things about Microsoft Office, Word and Excel! What was I thinking? But I did just fine – my students even liked me. I’m still teaching, it’s fun, I get out of the house (don’t do that often with a home-based business) and it’s extra income. Not a bad result of conquering a fear!

What about you? What are you going to do to conquer one fear?