February 27th, 2010 Archive

Big Finish

February 27th, 2010 by Liz in Financial Freedom, Lifestyle

Memory. This is part of what we seem to dread about the future, isn’t it? It’s hard to think that when we leave this planet, we’ll turn into mere memories. Not to mention, our fear of slowly losing it as we age. <g>

Legend. Now, this is a remarkably flattering and honorable term. Living or not, to be called a legend in your own right is, well, memorable. <g>

Of course, one does not become a legend overnight. What qualifies someone to be a legend? Is it just a popularity contest? Thankfully, it’s not. To be called a legend, those around you should recognize and appreciate the contribution you’ve shared with them and with others. It has to be for something meaningful to you and to them. It could either be a revolutionary innovation or a simple “aha!” moment, as long as it’s something that would leave an impression in the world.

In order to be a legend, there are a few success secrets and steps that could be taken. Becoming one overnight is possible, especially for those who’re really gifted and simply amazing. For the rest of us mortals though, it takes a lot more time and hard work. <g> Keep in mind too, that you’ll never get anywhere in life if you let other factors and your own self doubts or apprehensions get in the way of your success.

Below are a few tips I gathered on how to get ahead and be on your way to making your own mark in the world from our HealthyWealthynWise online magazine’s gurus.

Small Bites, Big Results
As we grow older, take on more responsibilities in life and eventually focus on our careers, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, stagnant, or even a bit confused. It may all stem from the excitement of starting anew, breaking free from school and finally getting to live on our own with a promise of greatness in the horizon. Then, all of a sudden, when life starts throwing obstacles in our way, we slowly fall back down to earth and realize that, “Gee, this is harder than I thought!” Don’t worry. You’re not alone in this. We’ve all been there. <g>

Amidst our freedom frenzy, we tend to get too excited for our own good and bite off more than we could chew. It happened to Ric and me when we were fresh out of college and newly married with a baby in tow. Ric was working longer and longer hours in a company, but we ended up with no additional income from where we started. We were way over our heads when we first entered the corporate world and planned on conquering it. We ended up having that world swallow us up, until we realized that enough was enough. We didn’t want to be stuck there and just watch while corporations gobbled up all the hard work we put in. We wanted to provide for our newborn and live a life other than what we were struggling with. So we decided to go into business for ourselves.

We started small and tried several ventures that either fizzled out or worked for a while. But, we eventually found the world of online marketing, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s been working quite well for us for many years now. <g> Today, we’re able to provide for our two sons Chandler and Stefan, balance various businesses and live the life we’ve always wanted.

I’d like to share with you a few tips from Morgana Rae in her article Getting Ahead (and Out of Your Own Way).

Break it into pieces

In doing anything, whether trying to organize our house or our business, it doesn’t help if we try to tackle everything at once. We end up spreading ourselves too thin. In the end, we accomplish little and the quality of our work may be sub-par. We don’t want that, do we? <g>

This is why it helps to break tasks into little pieces. We have to accept that we can’t do everything all at once and set out to accomplish just one or two each day. Whatever we achieve beyond that is a bonus. If, for example, you plan on launching a new product for your small business soon, don’t think of production and distribution at the same time. Focus on defining your product today, then move on to the gathering of raw materials tomorrow, then preparation of materials the next day, and production the next and so on. Don’t fill your glass to the brim. You’ll observe that fewer and fewer goals will spill out and more will get done instead.

Choosing to focus on smaller parts of your plan doesn’t mean you’re chickening out or  not living up to your potential. You’ll even end up slowing down and getting organized, focusing more on what you learn and developing your skills and confidence more. Albeit a little slower than you planned, but more sure and steady.

80/20 Rule

Morgana talks about the Pareto Principle – better known as the “80/20 Rule” where 80% of your results are produced by 20% of your activities. That is, if you focus on your strongest talents and niche. If you focus on doing what you’re good at and using the skills you already have, you’ll save time, effort and money. In utilizing your top 20%, you’re actually able to produce 80% more income, more results and more fun. If you wish to expand your skill set, enhance your activities and work on self improvement, then you can tackle those as added perks.

Do first, analyze later

Don’t let perfectionism get in your way. You could always master your skills and learn as you go. If you wait for everything to be perfect and stress and problem free, then you’ll never get to do what you want to do or launch your product like you should.

Expect that you’ll run into obstacles along the way. Prepare yourself to overcome them as you encounter them. In terms of mastering activities and skills and being successful at something, nothing beats learning from doing and going through the whole shebang of experience. <g>

Remember that in anything we do, longevity is the key. It’s not always about how fast we get somewhere, but how we were able to get there while achieving great results and personal growth. Find your own pace and avoid burn out to stay in the game. As in driving, start slow and get a feel for the road. When you’re a little more confident, speed up and adjust your course and pace as you go.


Legacy Awaits

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.“~ Fred Rogers

Once we’ve figured out how to improve our lifestyle, businesses and activities, we start to focus more on the future and what it’ll bring – not only to us but to our loved ones as well.

The need to make a mark on this world – to leave a legacy – starts to dawn on us and somehow pressures us into doing something soon. If I think on it, Ric and I already have a few legacies of our own. First and foremost are our sons Chandler and Stefan and whatever values we have and continue to instill in them — values that they, in turn, will impart to their own children someday. Another is our pool of businesses that have surely touched people’s lives, while helping them realize success at the same time – Small Business CEO Magazine, HealthyWealthynWise, The Transperience Network, and others. What more could we ask for? A lot actually – but that’s another post altogether…<g>

To asses whether this will be your year to start creating your legacy, and to find out how we could immortalize part of ourselves for the world to appreciate, here are a few misconceptions on legacies and the elements that we’ll find in most, if not all, of them from Dolly Garlo’s article Is 2010 Your Time to Begin Legacy-Level Living and Working?

Misconceptions


1. It only happens upon death

Legacy does not have to happen only after you die. It’s more promising and rewarding if you start while you’re still alive and are able to witness how you’ve touched others’ lives. Plus, nothing beats being respected as a “living legend.” <g>

2. I’m not wealthy enough to create one
Nonsense! <g> Legacy is not all about money. It’s about how we’ve shared ourselves with the world and made something good out of our gifts and lives.

3. Everything I leave behind goes to my children
Legacies are not about inheritance. Well, not fully anyway. <g> Inheritance is part of our legacy, what we leave to our children, but it’s not the crux of it. You could work on something for your children, or not <g>, as long as you raise them well and instill the importance of contributing to society in any way they can.

Elements

1. Share your gifts with the world
A legacy is more about giving the world a glimpse of your unique abilities. Better yet, letting them experience who you are. Take something that you love and share it with the world, while leaving a mark and touching people’s lives. Keep in mind that we are put on this earth for a purpose, and someone, somewhere is in need of what we could offer.

2. Create one while you’re alive
To better appreciate and realize the mark you’ve made, it’s best to start working on your legacy while you’re still alive. You could work on improving your legacy and maybe even add more as you go along. You’ll be glad to find out that we could tap into our creative abilities and produce something from practically nothing.

3. Know that it’s good for you
It’s somewhat funny, but working to be remembered is actually good for you. <g> It comes from living with a purpose every day and knowing that you’re working on something that would go beyond your own experience. In addition, and as I’ve already established in this blog before <g>, giving more and contributing more to the world increases our happiness meter and provides us with more reason to smile about and live more.

Creating a legacy allows you to achieve the ultimate personal growth. It may even be the end game of it all. <g> Your legacy would help you realize your own purpose and place in the world. You could focus more on what you can do and share, and thus, giving you a certain level of confidence. So tap into your passion, patiently create your legacy and work to make something that would exceed even your wildest expectations and live on for generations.

Have you started creating your legacy? Have you gained success and big results from focusing on smaller tasks? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

Good luck with your tasks and legacies!

Liz