:: Living Life One Day at a Time



"There is more to life than increasing its speed." - Gandhi

 

Do you sometimes feel like your life is too rushed or too complicated?

Do you find yourself longing for a simpler time?


Wikipedia says, "Simplicity is the property, condition or quality of being simple or un-combined. It often denotes beauty, purity or clarity. Simple things are usually easier to explain and understand than complicated ones. Simplicity can mean freedom from hardship, effort or confusion.  It can also mean adopting a simpler lifestyle."

There is a plethora of information being thrown at us everyday, options galore and pressure to buy more stuff and do more things.


We are overloaded with decisions that have to be made.

 

Even if you're an info junkie or someone who thrives on options, there is benefit in slowing down and simplifying your life, even if only occasionally. Simplifying your life - internally and externally - can free up space and time for you and can lead to more joy and more Flow. There are many ways to simplify your life.

Here are just a few:

-Limit stuff to what you need and cherish.
-Spend time in nature instead of at the mall.
-Clear out clutter (internally and externally).
-Be willing to say "no".
-Eat simply and healthy.
-Release complicated, unhealthy relationships.
-Let go of worrying about the future and "be here now".

What could you change/release in your life to create more simplicity?

Today will bring you a new awareness, a lesson or a manifestation that you are making progress - IF YOU LOOK FOR IT!  No matter how large or small, please record it in your Evidence Journal. It will only take a few moments and will AUTOMATICALLY put you in the Flow.

 

 
 
   

Honoring All Experiences

by Madisyn Taylor

     It is important when pain comes our way to honor           the experience, as it is usually a great teacher.

Honoring the experiences we have in our lives is an invaluable way to communicate with life, our greatest teacher. We do this when we take time at night to say what we are thankful for about our day and also when we write in a journal. Both of these acts involve consciously acknowledging the events of our lives so that they deepen our relationship to our experiences. This is important because it brings us into closer connection with life, and with the moment. Only when we acknowledge what's happening to us can we truly benefit from life's teachings.

It is especially important when pain comes our way to honor the experience, because our natural tendency is to push it away and move past it as quickly as possible. We tend to want to brush it under the rug. Yet, if we don't, it reveals itself to be a great friend and teacher. As counterintuitive as it seems, we can honor pain by thanking it and by welcoming it into the space of our lives. We all know that often the more we resist something, the longer it persists. When we honor our pain, we do just the opposite of resisting it, and as a result, we create a world in which we can own the fullness of what life has to offer.

We can honor a painful experience by marking it in some way, bringing ourselves into a more conscious relationship with it. We might mark it by creating a work of art, performing a ritual, or undertaking some other significant act. Sometimes all we need to do is light a candle in honor of what we've gone through and what we've learned. No matter how small the gesture, it will be big enough to mark the ways in which our pain has transformed us, and to remind us to recognize and value all that comes our way in this life.

 



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Written By Matt Morris -

How Do I Build a Network?

 

This is a question I hear from many people several times a week.  My answer has evolved with technology and the ability for you to practice some online networking but my principles behind it remain the same and are critical to your success.

 

You may be resistant to building a network for business because you associate it with schmoozing, insincerity and an icky selfish feeling.  With that said, when I answer your question, “How do I build a network?”, you’ll see that if you build a network for business correctly, you won’t be worried about any of that.

 

In the past, old-school networkers were transactional. They pursued relationships thinking solely about what other people can do for them. Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help others first. They don’t keep score, and they prioritize high-quality relationships over a boat load of meaningless connections.  This is what I like to call relationship networking.

 

2 skills are required when building a network for business (or even personal, for that matter)

 

  • Walk in the other person’s shoes. You need to be able to understand the other person’s perspective or how they view the world.
  • Begin with the GIVE in mind. Transactional relationships are all about WIIFM (what’s in it for me).  This idea flips that on its head. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking you to let go of all your own interests.  However, studies have shown that those who spend some genuine time and interest in finding shared interests have proven to be better at building a network for business.

So now that I’ve covered the skills needed for building a network for business, let’s move on to the tips to guarantee success.

 

6 Tips to Building a Network for Business

 

1. Focus on the correct people. The secret to networking isn’t to attend a networking event and pass out as many business cards as you can. In fact, I don’t even carry business cards!  I see people come out to events and just start handing out business cards like candy while paying no attention to who they’re even giving them to.  The goal is to focus on the people who can help your career and who have shared interests with you.

 

2. Make it a win/win.  I mentioned this above but feel it’s important enough to reiterate again and again…  never come off as a schmoozer.  Focus on the other person’s needs and help them meet them.  They’ll want to help you too. It’s human nature.

 

3. Connect the dots.  Sometimes, you’re going to meet people who you can’t help directly or who can’t help you.  You should still try to introduce them to others who can help them.  Some of the best networkers I know are connectors.  They’re remembered well by many.

 

4. Lead with the GIVE.  In networking situations, people expect you to ask them for help. Turn that around on them and watch the results.

 

5. Use social networks. Online networking is critical nowadays!  Millennials can’t even imagine life without it.  Honestly, I can’t either.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are powerful tools you can use to connect in a personal way to people all over the world.  Online networking is a great way to broaden your network and share what’s important to you.

 

6. Keep the contact warm. I’m sure this has happened to you too.  An old friend reached out to you out of the blue who you haven’t heard from in years and asks you to buy something they’re pitching.  Frankly, nothing pisses me off more than that.  Don’t be that guy.   After you choose the right people to network with, remember to stay in contact with them.

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