Life-Work Balance – Day 323 of 365 Days to a Better You

Let’s start by acknowledging the bias of the popular phrase work-life balance. The conditioning clearly places the emphasis on work. We’ll begin by flipping these two into their proper perspective. Work is something you fit into your life. Life is not something you live around work.

Certainly, there are companies that have an authentic concern for their employees’ well-being. If you work for one, congratulations. Most companies today give lip-service to life-work balance. It’s kind of politically correct to say it. The main thrust, though, seems to be rejuvenating yourself so you can get back on the job and contribute to the bottom line.

The fact is, with our 24/7 devices, most 21st century employees only get the life-work balance they create for themselves.

This is not an attack on going after your career goals. It is a reminder that your career goals are a part of you. They are not you.

These affirmations help you to focus on maintaining your life-work balance. Use the ones that resonate with you.

  1. I give my job a solid 8. The rest belongs to me!
  2. I have a job, but I refuse to let my job have me!
  3. In the balance between life and work, I choose life!
  4. I work hard and I claim my just rewards for my hard work!
  5. Today and every day, I make time for career AND personal success!
  6. Today I make time for work and time for me!
  7. I am a high-achiever, but when I need downtime I recognize it and I take it!
  • You’re in the driver’s seat in your life. Don’t just go along for the ride!
  • Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

    Ray

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    Morning Meandering on the Topic of Profit

    img_5873-2Supposition…what are your thoughts?

    Conscious, ethical profit is a wonderful thing. It’s the return on your labor and your genius. It’s wonderful, that is, until it becomes the sole motive in society. That can turn the noblest endeavors into pure evil.

    The wonder quickly becomes a massive negative incentivizing things that ought not be incentivized. We often refer to profit as the bottom line, forgetting that in an enlightened society people must always be the bottom line.

    Ray

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    Multiple Income Sources – Day 35 of 365 Days to a Better You

    Multiple income sources

    Today’s post may or may not apply to you, in your estimation, but I’d contend it does apply to all of us today. There are a lot of us, to one degree or another, who are living in an old paradigm when it comes to money and financial security.

    I’m 54. My parents generation had a mantra that you got a basic education (maybe including a college degree or maybe not), you got a job, you worked hard, you saved what you could, you stayed loyal to your company and they would take care of you. My generation came along and realized this abject loyalty to a single employer was not being returned by employers. Our belief was that you got an education that included at least a bachelor’s degree and maybe an advanced degree. You viewed jobs the way a monkey views branches on trees. You swing from one to the next, trying to advance as you go.

    Both of these paradigms have one thing in common. They both rely on you allowing someone else – a single company or multiple companies – to determine your financial success.

    The two newer generations coming up now get kind of a bad rap from the two previously mentioned generations. They’re lazy. They have no direction. They don’t really care about getting ahead. At least, that’s the perspective through the eyes of our old paradigms.

    The reality is, they’ve accepted something that shatters the two previous generations’ paradigms. There is no security in a safe corporate job. Plus, it sucks your soul and damns your independence and creativity in return for a paycheck. They’re not playing.

    What this has created is a rebirth of entrepreneurism. If you go back a few generations ago, people largely controlled their own financial destinies. They owned a business or a farm. Then factories happened and Walmart happened and that idea of making a go of the world on your terms was decimated.

    However, today’s technology and this innovative young generation have turned the tables on that world view. They want to live their life on their terms and they’re finding ways to run “lifestyle businesses” that allow them to earn the money they need while living the life they want right now – rather than waiting for their allotted vacation or retirement time.

    Power hack: OK, Ray, so why are you telling me this? The system on which the older generations (including mine) base their paradigm is gone. The corporate career is not safer or more secure. For most people it does not provide financial freedom and the lifestyle we’d choose.

    I’m not telling you to quit your corporate job, but I am suggesting you find a way to augment your lifestyle and your income using the tools and ideas that are driving this new generation.

    We’ve all learned not to put all your 401(k) investments in one fund. The best practice is to spread the risk. Only we don’t do that with our incomes. We rely on the job and if something happens to the job, we get another job.

    What if you turned your passion into a viable revenue stream or multiple revenue streams to open the door to more options than you have today? What if you took a page from this younger generation and refuse to rely on corporations to decide your financial future?

    Would it change your future more than another night of reality TV? Would it put the passion back in your day, your week, your year? I can’t tell you what that “side hustle” is for you. I can only tell you that the smart money for living your best life relies in having other sources of income beyond the J-O-B.

    Brainstorm some ideas. How could you make a growing side income doing something you love? Need more help?

    Checkout these articles with tons of ideas for side-businesses.

    You are all the best!

    Ray

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    Make Meetings More Productive – Put a Stake in the Ground

    In the corporate world and often in our personal life, analysis paralysis or eternal collaboration can make you unproductive. Get more results in your meetings by being the one who is willing to put a stake in the ground.

    34 Entrepreneur Affirmations

    Today’s quote:

    “An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”
    ~ Roy Ash, Co-founder Litton Industries

    A hundred years ago many of our ancestors were business owners – entrepreneurs, craftsmen, farmers, or professionals. Slowly, we began transition into a society of corporate employees. By the 1980s, Wal-Mart was putting the final nail in the coffin of main street small businesses and we became largely a corporate culture.

    Then the Internet was born and there was a resurgence in entrepreneurship. That trend found new meaning as the world sunk into a global depression in 2008. Today more and more people are connecting with their entrepreneurial roots and realizing that their future and their financial security relies on their own efforts. Fewer and fewer people are willing to put their fates in the hands of institutions, including corporations.

    We won’t see the end of cube farms any time soon, but everyday more people are waking up to the power within them to control their own destiny.

    These affirmations are for the people who get up every day, bite off more than they can chew, and make it work.

    1. I understand my customers’ needs and I meet them. I understand my customers’ expectations and I exceed them!
    2. I am a visionary! I see trends well ahead of the competition.
    3. Day by day, I am building the foundation of long-term business success!
    4. My formula for success is in place. Now I am all about execute, execute, execute!
    5. A successful business person lives within me and today that person is running my business!
    6. I believe in my idea and I know I can bring it market successfully!
    7. I am in the right business at the right time with the right message! Today I capitalize!
    8. Day by day, my business and I are growing and learning together!
    9. Today and every day, my business generates an ever-growing revenue stream!
    10. I trust my talents! I trust my instincts! I grow my business with determination and integrity.
    11. Today I am attracting new customers from unexpected sources!
    12. Today I remember there is more to business than the bottom line!
    13. Knowledge is a commodity. It is innovation and imagination that will set me apart from my competition.
    14. Day by day, I am proving myself to be an expert in my field!
    15. (Your business) is my passion and I know sharing that passion with others brings me success!
    16. Today and every day, my business grows and thrives!
    17. Those who need my services are on their way to using them. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve them.
    18. Today I am molding my business into an unqualified success.
    19. I am flawlessly executing my business plan and I am succeeding brilliantly!
    20. Today my business has more satisfied customers than ever before!
    21. Excellence is my personal brand! My commitment to it is unwavering!
    22. My top-notch vision drives my bottom-line success!
    23. My business is on a roll! This is my breakthrough year!
    24. I am a thought leader in my industry. I’m always innovating for success!
    25. Today I model success with integrity in every business interaction.
    26. The success of my business rests on relationships. Today I am building strong relationships!
    27. Right now I am attracting clients that will be my foundation for growth well into the future.
    28. Today I am building a business that will one day allow me to walk the beaches of the world!
    29. Today my talents and my products combine to create a successful business!
    30. My business succeeds as much as my mind allows. Today I am open and ready for BIG success!
    31. The best business plan I can have is to be totally myself. Today I AM!
    32. My business success is accelerating to heights I only dreamed of.
    33. I am a brilliant, successful business person.

    Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

    Ray

    Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Give Advice to Entrepreneurs – The Affirmation Spot for

    Today’s Affirmation:

    I am flawlessly executing my business plan and I am succeeding brilliantly!

    Do you have a business or an idea for a business? Wish you could pick the brain of two the most successful entrepreneurs of this generation? I came across this great little exchange of business people asking questions of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. It only runs about 5 minutes, but there are some good nuggets in here for business and entrepreneurial people.

    Stay inspired!

    Ray

    Tim Sanders on Scarcity – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday June 23, 2009

    Ray’s Daily Affirmation:

    “I am abundant and more so every day!”
    (Choose from 100s mp3 affirmations at The Affirmation Spot)



    Speaker and coach Tim Sanders discusses how to overcome the scarcity mindset in the current environment. Scarcity is a sense of insufficiency and lack. It creates fear and doubt. Let your goal today, in your work life and personal life, be to release your scarcity mindset and step into abundance.

    Stay inspired!

    Ray

    2009 Affirmation

    “This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”