Directions for Life

The following is a re-post, but I thought it would be worth repeating.

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A few days ago I bought a new hair serum.  Before I used it, I decided to actually read the directions on the bottle.  Here is how the instructions read…

Directions:  After shampooing and conditioning, apply generously to scalp and rub.  Comb through hair and let set for 5 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly with water.

Many times in my life I have often wished I had such clear directions for life.  After my own life journeys and experiences, I imagine the directions for life would read like this…

DIRECTIONS:  After identifying what you want and need, apply liberal doses of faith.  Combine with plenty of self-care and let set.  Rinse thoroughly with forgiveness.  Results visible immediately.”

© Copyright 2011, Finding Wanna and Cecilia Deal.  All rights reserved.

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Simple, Easy, Better…Simple, Easy, Better…

This last week was packed full of “activity”.  I have talked to all sort so support people and sometimes it felt like overload, trying to keep all the parts moving smoothly and still concentrating on work and home at the same time.

But earlier this year, I decided to make a commitment to myself, to look for the Simple, Easy, and Better Way through life.  I know it exists, but I don’t always allow myself to experience it.  Especially, when I’m afraid that letting go and trusting might not yield me the results I want.  The auto accident this last week feels like the ultimate challenge in maintaining this belief.

So, to keep with my own commitment, I’ve been singing a little mantra in my head. “Simple, easy, better…simple, easy, better…how can it be simple, easy, better?”

I know, that even in the most difficult of times, there is always a way to keep things simple, easy & better and still accomplish all you hope for.  Always.  My goal this year?  To prove it to myself, beyond where I already know it exists.

So, on the drive over to the Lawyer’s office I sang my little mantra; “Simple, easy, better…simple, easy, better”.  Secretly hoping that no one saw me singing to myself without the radio.  And praying that the conversation would go smoothly.

And you know what happened?  It was easy.  Everything went so well.  And I gained the understanding I needed.  Just simple, easy and a whole lot better than I could have imagined.

My first proof that even what seems difficult at first can be simple & easy.

I wonder, where could you prove to yourself that “difficult” can be “simple, easy & better” instead?  What challenge do you face that seems daunting at the moment, but may be the perfect opportunity to find “Simple, Easy & Better” in your life?

I wonder…

Some Day When…

Thursday morning I was in an auto accident.  It was painful, but thankfully I will live.

On that very morning while in the hospital I thought mostly about the managers I would disappoint at work, the candidate who would have to wait an extra day or two to receive an offer and the managers who would painfully wait an extra day to review new resumes.  (I’m a recruiter at a local engine manufacturer).  It bothered me so much I even made phone calls and left messages while still waiting for more tests to be ordered.

But this morning, the Sunday after the accident, I’m not thinking about the managers and candidates.  Instead, I’m thinking over the accident, realizing that I was really luck to walk away with my brain intact and all my senses to enjoy life with.

Without being overly dramatic, I know now that it could have ended up very differently.  And had that been the case, there is so much I would have missed.

I would have missed the opportunity to tell my family and good friends how much I love and adore them.  How much they mean to me and how gifted they truly are.

And I would have missed the opportunity to share with you what I know about making life easier.  About finding peace and wholeness in your life and about being truly O.K. with who you are, just as you are, right now!  Those words I long to share would have ended up in the pages of a series of my old trusty notebooks stashed away in some box for the next 20 years until someone finally decided to burn them or throw them out, instead of on the screen of the computer you’re staring at right now.

So, it makes me wonder…If I no longer kept putting off these dreams until “some day when…”, but instead did them now, what would I pursue?  What would it look like?  How would I get started?  How would my life change?

Then it makes me wonder….if you started pursuing those “some day when…” dreams, what would you pursue now?  What would it look like? How would you get started?  And how would your life change?

I wonder…

Your Gift

Your gift  will always feel easy, simple and uncomplicated.

Easy, Simple & a whole lot of Fun

I often get stuck when something feels too difficult. I’ll avoid the situation or task and procrastinate like crazy. But if I take pause and step away from it momentarily, I can often find an easy and fun way to approach it.

So if something feels daunting, difficult or just plain scary. Or you find yourself hesitating to approach it; try asking yourself this question…

“If this was Simple, Easy and a whole lot of Fun, what would it look like?”

Hmmm, I wonder what you’ll find there.

Focus in Your Job Search and Business

 

It is a matter of focus!

I can not remember where I heard that phrase, but it seemed brilliant at the time. And it is still completely relevant. Focus is the one of the most important things you can do to get your job search or your business hopping.

I have plenty of clients tell me they are unmotivated and can not seem to get things done. They say they just do not have the will power or tenacity to get things done. Then they complain that nothing they “do” in their job search or in their business is producing results.

Hog Wash! It has nothing to do with “will power” or “tenacity” and nothing to do with your capabilities or ability to take action.

It has everything to do FOCUS.

Look…focus gives you motivation, dedication, will power, tenacity, and guts. It generates ideas and connections. After my clients get focused, they take off like a shot and have more motivation than they know what to do with. What a great problem to have.

Why does focus work? It works because you finally know where you are going, what road to take, how to communicate, and what decision to make. You know when to say YES and when to say NO.

Without focus, I doubt I could write this article or get my point across. If you are a job seeker or an entrepreneur without focus, it is difficult to communicate with potential employers or your customers. You find you can not complete your resume or your web-site material. And forget trying to search for a job or your customers…you get lost in search engine limbo forever, without focus.

I will let you in on a little secret. Your potential employers and your customers KNOW you have no focus when you interview or talk with them. It’s amazing. They pick up on it like a sixth sense, even if they can’t explain why. They walk away dazed, confused, without any sense of why they talked with you in the first place, or they forget you the moment you walk out the door. Not good, if you want them to actually hire you or buy your product or services. As a job seeker or an entrepreneur you want to leave a lasting impression, and not that one!

So sit down and figure out your focus. Ask yourself what you want to do or offer. Take a bit of time to do some research about what potential employers or your customers are looking for. Then find a focus and communicate that to them, in a way that shows them you have exactly what they need.

It will have your potential employers or customers flocking to you. And they will remember you, in a good way. And whether they need you now or weeks down the road, you will be the first person that comes to mind. Because what they need IS YOU, your talents, your services, your skills and your strength.

Now, go get ’em!

Happy Hunting!