Start!Written by Dave Balch
It's hard to get started.
That could mean a lot of different things, so let me talk about a few of them.
For one thing, getting started in morning can be pretty difficult for a lot of folks: just getting to that first cup of coffee can be biggest challenge of day! Try this: at end of today, try to save something for tomorrow that you are really looking forward to doing. Then, when your eyes open and that dreadful feeling of "I don't wanna get up!" starts to flood over you, you might remember fun thing you saved for yourself and jump out of bed with enthusiasm. (Or not!)
It's also hard to get started when you have a seemingly overwhelming pile or list of things to do, such as a stack of bills, letters, or emails that you have to deal with. Here's a tip: 'trick' yourself by deciding that you will only deal with, say, 10 of them and then give yourself a reward. For example, you'll just answer 10 emails and then treat yourself to a short European vacation! Hmmmmm, maybe that would be a little extreme… how 'bout a short walk in sunshine or listening to your favorite CD track? Here's what will happen: you'll do that first 10 and you'll say to yourself, "That wasn't so bad, I'll just do another 10 and then have my treat." Before you know it, task will be done and you'll really enjoy that treat that you've earned.
When I started this article, though, I was thinking more about starting a new project. That might mean a new product or service, a new advertising campaign, a new marketing strategy, or buying a new computer. Whatever project is, it involves a number of steps and taking that first one is tough.
"Are YOU Independent?"Written by Holly Cotter
While celebrating Independence Day last week, I suddenly became very aware of how "independent" I have become these last few years...
- Financially Independent: I no longer rely upon a J.O.B. to provide income for my family. Through my home business, God has blessed me with ability to generate enough money to meet my family's needs and more. No more working two jobs to get by!
- Physically Independent: I no longer have to commute back and forth to work nor spend my entire day cooped up in an office. How I spend my time is my own decision. While I do choose to work hard, I also choose to play hard. What a great feeling...to have CHOICE to spend my time doing WHAT I want WHEN I want.
- Emotionally Independent: I no longer live with fear in my life...fear of losing my job (I provide work for myself), fear of losing my income (God has shown me that if, bottom falls out of my business, I have ability to start over and build another income very quickly), of missing out on important events (I now have freedom to choose how I spend my time, and am always able to engage in activities I enjoy most), etc.