Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Taking Stock - Wading Through the BS

Now it’s time to discuss the mother of all problems.  Read the following questions and pay careful attention to the answers and feelings that arise.

What do I want in life?  Where do I start?  What is going to make me happy?  What is going to make me money?  What can I be successful doing?  What does my audience want?  How do I fulfill my desire to help people?  How can I focus on helping others and making money at the same time?  Is it possible to wake up every morning happy to go to work?  How do I create a life of purpose to really make a difference?

The questions can go on and on.  Sometimes no matter how hard we seek the answers the waters seem to muddy.  Then there’s the matter of following one’s passion verses looking at reality, which can be a daunting task and frequent dispute between most new entrepreneurs and their loved ones.  Besides, what if we get an answer we’re not prepared for or don’t want to hear, then what?  Are you prepared for a big life change just to be happy?  Should you just be content with your lot in life?  These are deep soul searching questions that require a clear mind and complete honesty with self to get the answers that are truest to each of us. 

Here is your opportunity to wade through all the BS and take stock of where you are currently as well as your potential for growth.  Like Winnie-the-Pooh says, “The best place to start is at the beginning.”

Consider these three very important questions:
What do you love?
What are you good at?
What serves the world?
Within these questions lies the answer that you are looking for and will bring you to what we term “the sweet spot.”

If you’re playing along and thoroughly and thoughtfully read the questions at the start of the chapter its possible you are feeling a little uneasy right now, which is completely understandable. Looking deep within about the things that we want to make us happy along with those that will give us purpose can be quite intimidating.  This can lead to second-guessing and questioning our own abilities.  “Is this right for me?”  “Will people laugh at me?” “Will I fail at this?”  These are all nerve-racking questions and probably the reason that most people go running from them to the comfort of their couch and TV.  Maybe you watch too much TV, maybe you don’t.  Are you someone who runs to comfort food to feel safe and secure?  Have you ever used alcohol or other drugs to numb the pain and avoid answering those really hard life questions?  There are milder forms of avoidance too.  How much time do you waste playing on your smartphone?  How much time do you spend on social media catching up on the latest gossip?  Are you a big time procrastinator or just a once in a while dilly-dallier?  How comfortable are you with these questions?

Please know that we are asking these questions for a reason.  We want you to be happy.  We want you to succeed.  We want you to help others succeed.  But in order to do that properly we need to look at reality for a minute before we get going on the really good stuff.  You are living a BS life because you are wading through it and it’s all you can see.  At some point you even got used to the smell, texture, and taste and it didn’t seem so bad. Heck, some of your best friends are right beside you, waste deep in muck. It’s a party. STOP!

Let’s just agree that there is some level of BS that needs to be taken care of so that we can move forward.  Time for a purifying cleanse.  Realize that whatever you were, thought you were, or others thought that you were five-seconds ago no longer exists.  You are now a person who, despite all odds and thoughts to the contrary, is about to embark on a journey to find your sweet spot, forever changing your life. 


Look for "Finding Your Sweet Spot" coming soon!

Taken from the forthcoming book, Bankroll Your Mind, by Larunce Pipkin and Rich Perry

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