“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman
There are simple ways to spice up your day. This is a simple, but powerful loop that you can practice everyday as part of what you already do. It will add zest and light your fire while you make things happen as you go about your day.
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige
Chances are you have tasks each day, that you just don’t want to do. Talk about un motivation.
“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert
The more you know about yourself, the more you can skillfully motivate yourself, play to your strengths, limit your liabilities, and make the most of any situation. Socrates taught us to “Know thyself” … but how? What are some of the more effective ways we can learn about our patterns for thinking, feeling, and doing.
Here’s a simple model I’ve been using lately to help some friends think about the infamous passion vs profit question. I actually like to think of it as a passion AND profit … and value question. It really is a simple model, but it helps highlight a couple of key points. For one thing, the saying do what you love, and the money will follow, is misleading.
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It’s hard to live your values if you don’t know what they are. My dictionary defines a value as “something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable.” That sounds about right. Clarifying your values is one of the first steps towards knowing yourself. You would think you know yourself after all these years, but a lot of things get in the way. For example, maybe you never took the time to write down your top five values. Or maybe, you got caught up in what you think you “should” value or what other people scripted for you. Either way, now’s the time to figure out your values.