What is Your Best and Highest Use? (Part Two)

So did you answer the questions on paper? No? Go back and reread them. Think about the questions….

Once you know the answers to those questions, chances are THAT is your bliss. When you are doing it, you time distort, losing track of time. It’s naturally fun and easy.

When I am speaking, facilitating, writing and consulting, time flies. Those are the four elements of my work that represent my bliss. If I invest 80% of my time in those activities, that is the best and highest use of my time.
My most successful clients are the ones that have identified what they do well and most enjoy.

You cannot do everything. Expectations keep changing, we are being asked to do more with less. When you leverage that magical 20% that dramatically improves your contribution, you have more energy, more peace of mind, more security. Now is not the time to take it easy. I dislike that phrase Take it easy. NO! Show up early, stay late, work smarter. Ever notice that people that say that are not at the top of their game. They tend to be on the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder. Innovate. THINK! Bring some new ideas to your boss that will lower operating costs or increase sales. Let everyone else take it easy.

Consider delegating the tasks that take up most of your time in activities that waste your time, don’t bring you joy, you loathe and hey, you are not good at it! Invest the time to improve your knowledge and skills in high leverage activities. Invest in yourself. 20 years ago, in the midst of a recession, I started attending seminars on my own dime. I began pouring myself through every sales book I could find. I went to work on my skills and service to others. This is the key to unlocking your personal and professional potential. Forget trying to teach a pig to sing. He is only going to get madder than he already is.

A successful life is a paradox. While we increase our service to others, we also need to take better care of ourselves. Below is a list of activities that make certain you lower your stress levels and increase your energy. You will need to have extra energy. More coffee is not the answer. Try any or all of the following simple and easy to integrate activities. They come from some of the finest minds in wellness and health. RE-Create by:

>Drinking twice as much water. Drink a big glass upon awakening.
>Drink a glass ten minutes before every meal. You will eat less. Most people are dehydrated. It manifests itself in lethargy and weakened muscles.
>Sleep with the window open. Fresh air matters. It will detoxify.
>Stretch more. Upon awakening, invest a couple of minutes reaching for the ceiling, touching your toes. Watch your cat after a nap.
>Go for a twenty minute walk every day. If you can walk in the woods, all the better.
>Eat fruit for breakfast and skip the bagel or donut.
>Carve out 5-10 minutes for quiet time. Sit in chair, close your eyes, and simply BE. Empty your mind.
>Take a hot bath. Light a candle, put on some music, lock the door, 20 minutes to and for yourself.

Nah, you better not. You don’t want to be too wonderful!

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