I frequently mention that change is the only constant in both our personal and business lives. The coronavirus is a current change that is affecting both our personal and business lives. Change often results in people blaming others for whatever caused the change as well as the consequences of that change. A prime example of how humans don’t respect each other, and how sensationalism and turmoil become the main topics of conversation, is readily visible by watching our elected government officials at work (or lack of it). The slanted media continues to foster anger and distrust instead of talking about what could happen if we all pulled together to solve a problem.
Clearing our minds and hearts from the negativity that is constantly bombarding us and focusing on the beauty and joy that exists, if we only look for it, will help each of us to better our personal lives and to think positively about business growth.
I am a collector of many things, but one that is very special is my kaleidoscope collection. My collection is small, it numbers about 24 pieces. Let me share a quote from Clifford Kuhn, M.D. (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville).”Stress is destructive to our bodies, disorganizing to our minds, and disabling to our spirit. It has been demonstrated that a regular habit of quietly drawing aside from one’s usual responsibilities for reflection and relaxation significantly repairs or prevents the potentially destructive effects of daily stress. Kaleidoscope viewing is one such activity of repair.”
No matter which of my kaleidoscopes I look through or how I turn them, the view is always spectacular and ever changing. Every twist is a different, never to be repeated. The pieces of glass, jewelry or objects that help make that awesome view bring me a sense of JOY and also taught me a valuable lesson.
Last week one of our members asked me how I could stay so upbeat. I learned to look at my business as being made up of many pieces that fit into the kaleidoscope of my mind. As I look at my business kaleidoscope I know that if I keep turning the different components that are needed to grow a successful business, I will see great designs and opportunities that fill me with JOY.
When is the last time you looked through a kaleidoscope?
Tips & Advice by Nick Petra, CFP – Founder of Strategic Duck and BizQuack
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