I like hearing about inspiring people.
I like reading about them and finding out the great things they do.
I also like hearing about uninspiring people.
It reminds me that while being inspiring is good, you don't need to be inspiring to achieve great things.
I agree with the sentiment behind loving and honouring every moment as in a second it can all change.
And yet I know that mostly the things that make it all change in a moment don't just change in that moment, there are many moments before that and that moment is just the last one, not the only one.
I'm talking about the fear we have that 'it' can all be taken away from us with the mark of a pen, the actions of a single person.
Most of the things that contribute to a loss or a lack of growth are the culmination of many small things.
Yes- do big things and be big size grateful that you still have those things.
And yet spend time on the small things, for it is those things added together that have the most impact on what gets taken away ... or those things we get to keep.
Sometimes it's good to be happy just to be alive.
Sometimes it's ok to not be happy at all.
And sometimes it's good to be happy because you have achieved something so awesome that people would, quite frankly, not even cope with your awesomeness if you told them.
And often it's wise to be happy even if you haven't achieved anything at all.
Bottom line: It's always ok to just be who you are.
We fail all the time, regularly, sometimes with great fanfare but mostly quietly, in your own space with none watching.
We all do.
We need to fail more, failure brings growth, compassion and understanding that no matter what you do and how much effort you put in sometimes that shit don't fly.
Not only do we need to fail, we need to share when we do.
Success does not happen overnight
Not everyone is earning enough to have what they want (or even need)
Not everyone wakes up in the morning with a smile on their face and a song in their heart
When we share our failures we realise that everyone is in the same boat and that when we see others doing great things we appreciate that they have had challenges on the way to their success and instead of feeling jealous or inadequate we cheer.
And that makes failure an important part of the road to success (or a sign to choose a new road) rather than a private shame we keep to ourselves.
You do right?
You care about your clients right?
You care about their health both physical and emotional?
You enjoy their company?
You value that the money they pay you supports your life?
Do they know this?
Write a list now of 5 ways they know, you may send them email updates, a birthday card, you may say thank you, return calls.
Now make a second list with all the things from your first list that the other organisations/ people in their life that they pay money to (politicians, power company, insurance, the shop they get the 'deals update' from) send them as well.
How many do you have left?
That second list is how much they THINK you care.
They KNOW their local politician doesn't care about them personally, neither does their power company or the chain store so if you are saying 'thank you' the same way then they can't help but think you don't care either.
Work on that second list.
Julz Darroch at bigredball