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Is the Goal Really the Point? (Hint... it's not.)

Most of us would like a new car or a bigger house. Or maybe you’d like to climb Mount Everest. However, if you were instantly teleported to the top of Everest, you wouldn’t be as happy or fulfilled as if you actually climbed it. Our goals are more than just things we want to have or achieve. There’s much more to it.

You might think that you’d like to have a magic genie at your disposal. But it would be a lot less enjoyable than you think.

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to your goals!

Consider these ideas:

  • If you could have everything you want just magically appear, would you find that satisfying? If you’re like most people, you have a long list of things you’d like to see, do, and have.
    • Imagine you could just suddenly snap your fingers and be wealthy, play the piano, see Paris, lose 30 pounds, have a successful business, be married to the person of your dreams, and have three kids.
    • Imagine that and ask yourself how that...
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Why We Care What Others Think of Us

At a time when our ancestors shared the planet with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, no one wanted to get left behind. Group inclusion was necessary for survival. Today, our greatest predatory threat is our own species, both physically and socially.

Regardless of this threat shift, the need for acceptance—and the fear that we won't be accepted—remain powerful influences on our thoughts and feelings. In fact, this in large measure fuels the existential anxiety that has become the hallmark of a generation, driving everything from people-pleasing to co-dependence to over-sharing on social media.

In other words, while our brains have evolved, that part of it that believes we must ensure we are included in our tribe, no matter the cost, is alive and well. It’s commonly referred to as our lizard brain.

The lizard brain is a physical location at the base of the brain. It’s called the amygdala, and it’s related to, among other things, our survival...

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Are You Truly Committed to Excellence with Your Business?

The best way to really commit to following a path of excellence is by having a good mindset. Once this is in place it will be much easier to focus on actually committing to excellence.

Can you truthfully say that you strive to do your best every day? If you run an online business, do you put out excellent products? Or do you just try and put out a product that will generate lots of sales quickly? What about customer support, do you even have a customer support system in place?

We are not asking you to be perfect, that is not feasible, but we are suggesting that you are accountable for your actions. This is how you commit to excellence.

The problem with running an online business is that it is so easy to hide behind your website. You don't have a physical storefront so you don't see your customers in person. Everything is run behind the scenes so to speak.

Keeping this in mind then, you do have choices for how to commit to excellence with your business. These choices do matter,...

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Why We Need Inspiration in Our Lives

 

Inspiration cannot be measured or quantified. As entrepreneurs, especially, we cannot just report to a boss that we had this much inspiration today and therefore have accomplished so much.

In today’s world, people often believe that that which can be measured is more important or more valuable. But without inspiration, there's nothing to measure because we produce nothing. Inspiration is what creates and all that is measured springs from this nebulous concept.

There are three parts to inspiration, according to psychologists Todd Thrash and Andrew Elliot.

  • Evocation. Inspiration is created spontaneously and without intent. The word inspiration means "divine breath." Inspiration is not a part of our baser, more primal brains; it serves no purpose for basic survival
  • Transcendence.  This part comes in moments of clarity and with the awareness of new possibilities. Inspiration is indeed the mark of higher consciousness in us. Inspiration comes from a place...
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The Battle for Productivity

Every entrepreneur wants to be productive. It feels good to look at something tangible and say, “I created this. I made this. I did this.”

To get things done. To check things off a list. To make a serious dent in your checklist.

Productivity looks different to different people, but the feeling is universal. For one person, creating an incredible presentation or meeting the needs of a specific client can make them feel amazing. For another, it may mean developing a new product or coming up with a new design.

For you, it may be completely different, but you know the good feeling you get by putting in a productive day.

Productivity encourages a true sense of purpose. It offers a deep feeling of accomplishment that’s important to a happy and fulfilled life.

Being productive also gives you the freedom to spend more time with the ones you love and less time worrying about the things that are left unfinished.

If you’re looking for that sense of purpose...

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