I’ve just come in from shoveling 8 inches of snow. The sky is a brilliant shade of blue and the sun is bouncing off all the white. There is no wind, it’s glorious.
And I’ve done my workout for the day.
Quite a contrast from my week in San Diego. I was at a 4-day event learning about how to release our need for comfort and security so that we can enter a world of challenge.
Some people would ask, “Who needs challenge?” As much as I fight it, I know that I do.
If I’m not being challenged physically or mentally, I get bored. I don’t grow. I settle for what’s right there instead of working towards something better.
When I settle for comfort, the days turn into weeks and months and I have fewer memories or personal achievements to look back on with pride.
To know that I made a difference.
That’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed being an entrepreneur for 26 years. I’ve started different businesses and had lean times and rich times.
Throughout it all, I was definitely growing. I was stepping into my personal power and finding out what I was made of.
I was able to do things I never would have imagined before I got started.
Isn’t that how it is with challenges, both good and bad?
We survive them, sometimes we triumph. Either way we’re stronger afterwards.
And we’ve learned more about what we really want, quite apart from what anyone else thinks we “should” do.
I’ve made it my mission to inspire and empower people to live their best life.
Sometimes I ask myself, “Who am I to do that?” Or, “Why can’t someone else do it? I just want to binge watch 4 seasons of this show.”
It’s embarrassing to admit this.
Some weeks I’ve spent up to 30 hours in front of the television. Being an empty nester, that’s easier than it used to be.
Is it because I’m depressed? Or did I get depressed because I spent so many wasted hours experiencing nothing but mindless “entertainment”?
Deep down I know I’m better than that. I have more to do.
I’m grateful for my health and my creativity. I need to use these gifts.
As my mentor drummed into us this past week: We don’t suddenly have energy, joy, love, inspiration or fulfillment.
We generate those feelings by taking action. Sometimes we just have to live “as if” we have those emotions and we begin to generate them.
Bad stuff happens, we just can’t “live” there.
In the act of creation, inspiration happens.
On a more micro level, I’ve certainly experienced that walking into a house that’s completely not my taste. My first thought is, “I’d never buy this house and I hate everything in it!”
Amazingly, within 2 to 4 hours of a home staging consultation, I’ve transformed it into something so much better than I ever could have imagined when I walked in.
Sometimes, I’ve even managed to bond with the house and what’s in it. I guess that’s because I’ve created something entirely different with what was there.
In this month’s articles:
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You’ll also learn:
- How to Find Out if You have Home Staging Talent
- Houses Speak to Me – Not as Weird as It Sounds
- What Happens If You Choose the Wrong Passion to Follow
Keep your comments and questions coming. I’m always looking for new topics to address in Home Staging Business Report.
Wishing you every success in your home staging business, and this bigger thing called life. Let’s make the remaining 3/4 of 2016 awesome, shall we?