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Adopting the Value of Contribution and Experiencing Greater Purpose

JOY

Contribution and purpose.

Those two words aren’t always natural descriptions or characteristics we always live up to.  I know from experience that my actions don’t always demonstrate contribution and purpose.

Let’s examine these two words more closely though.  These two values have exceptional benefits.

Contribution helps you enrich the lives of others.

Purpose is the reason for your actions- and your reasons for accomplishing your goal.

Purpose provides:

  • meaning
  • greater joy, and
  • hope for our lives

You can develop a value of contribution- by defining the types of ways you’d like to benefit those around you- at work, at home, or at school.

Maybe your work helps other people who are struggling become successful.

Or your work helps others improve their lives (mentally, physically, or spiritually)

If you’re in school, consider how your future career will provide some type of benefit to the lives of those you encounter.

Here’s an example:

Maybe you’re an accountant, and the advice and input you provide for your company helps it become more successful and profitable.

An indirect result could be greater impact for your community.  You’ve helped your company become successful.  With its latest success, your company’s top executives decided to fund a budget shortfall that one of your city’s main charities is facing.  They’re on the verge of shutting down their operations.  It’s sad because they’ve made significant contributions to the people of your city.

As a result of your company’s contribution, the charity survives and makes a difference in helping someone overcome his addiction problem, obtain regular work, and find a place to live.  This man now helps out the local charity that helped him.  He then makes incredible contributions of support and encouragement to those with the same addictions he’s faced and had victory over.

My point is this: you really don’t know how much your contribution will impact and help others.

I encourage you to explore the types of ways you can contribute to the lives of others, and to your community.

Here’s another quick example:

For each of my goals and activities, I’ve listed benefits.

I’m in the midst of creating a highly valuable email subscription series and complimentary product.

Through my email series, I hope to help my email subscribers achieve their goals, and to provide them with tips for greater productivity they can put into action.

I’d like to help people with life change or life improvement.

I’ve been able to adopt the value of contribution in my life, and I find greater purpose in my life.  It inspires me and motivates me towards greater progress and success.

As you define how you’d like to contribute to the world around you, you’ll discover greater purpose in your work, community and school.

Here’s an excellent quote on making a contribution:

“What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give others.”

Thomas Merton

In my next post, I hope to encourage you with the topic of developing the value of development (personal growth).

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How the Value of Beauty brings Greater Meaning to Our Lives

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It’s been an interesting experience in developing this blog and learning all I can with the time I have available.

In the last year or so, I’ve developed ideas greater clarity about the values I have, and I can see how my values are related to the goals I’ve set.

I’d like to encourage you through the process of defining values for yourself. So, my hope is that this blog post will be of great encouragement to you.

To me, beauty of course, has its place and its definition in appearance and so forth.

I believe that we can value beauty in the following ways:

Meaning and Purpose

I think beauty involves adding meaning, purpose and hope to your own life and to the lives of others.

Meaning, purpose and hope are good characteristics to develop in life.

As you develop greater meaning and purpose for your goals and actions, it brings your goals “to life”- which is another way of saying that “it adds more excitement to your goals and dreams you have for your future”.

Recognition and Appreciation

A big part of valuing beauty is recognizing and appreciating:

  • your blessings
  • Our gifts and talents
  • Our potential

There are so many blessings that we often forget.  When you consider the blessings that you have as you wake up each morning, it’s a great source of encouragement.

I tend to get so busy that I forget to be mindful of the blessings I have.

Take a bit of time each day to bring to mind your current blessings.

As you do so, you’ll experience greater contentment, hope, inspiration and gratitude.  In developing this new habit, it will help, motivate and encourage you each day.

Take time also to reflect on your goals- and to recognize your gifts and talents.  One of the greatest freedoms in life is to recognize the gifts and talents that you have- and to use them, develop them and be grateful for having them.

To me, part of valuing beauty is to recognize and appreciate your potential, as well as the potential of those around you.

We can recognize potential in many ways.  For example, the potential for greater personal development, the potential for making our own unique contribution to the world, and our potential for achieving our goals.

I like the image below with the quote underneath:

The quote says:

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

May you discover more beauty, charm and adventure in life- and experience greater meaning, hope and inspiration today.

My next post will be about the value of community (charity and giving back).

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The Value of Acceptance and its Benefits for Your Life

Welcome to my next upcoming series on the Value-based Life.

Today I’d like to discuss a bit about the value of acceptance. It’s one that I’ve struggled with in the past, but it’s a good value to consider and incorporate for a fuller and more peaceful life.

I believe that a big part of the value of acceptance is the issue of control.

Here’s a good checklist of how the value of acceptance comes into play in our lives.

It incorporates the acceptance of:

  • Self-acceptance
  • Acceptance of Others
  • Acceptance of Circumstances

Self-Acceptance

Self-acceptance is an important area for personal and professional growth.

It includes accepting yourself with your strengths and limitations.

The awareness of your strengths and weaknesses is quite liberating.  Accepting your strengths allows you to build upon your personal qualities and professional skills. It also helps you determine the types of work you’d like to do in your life, and the type of legacy you’d like to leave.

Become aware  of your limitations or weaknesses.  As you accept your weaknesses (and that you have some weaknesses and limitations), you’ll find that you have greater peace and patience with yourself.

There may be weaknesses and limitations that you can work on.

As you work on your weaknesses, you’ll be given the chance to develop good things like patience, determination and perseverance.  You’ll also see great progress in your life as well – as you work towards achieving new goals.

Acceptance of Others

This can be a tough one sometimes.

It became a freeing and liberating to me to realize that I can’t change other people.

Other people’s ideas and opinions are just that- their own ideas and opinions.  I have more peace as I recognize that it’s not my job to change other people, the government or the society around me.

It all depends on how important having peace of mind is- and to me it’s become more and more important.

Acceptance of Circumstances

Yesterday there was a staff shortage at my place of work.  It was tough, as there were job duties that I really didn’t want to take on.  I had to accept the new circumstances and duties I had to perform.

As you accept circumstances you can’t change, you’ll move through it with less stress and greater peace of mind.  I try to “work with whatever comes along”.  It’s less of an internal struggle.

I recall reading a prayer written on a plaque that asked God to “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.

So for today, I’m considering working on my level of self-acceptance, accepting others, and accepting circumstances that I can’t change.

My hope for you is that this will give you greater insight into the value of acceptance, and will help you lead a fuller life- and that this will help you achieve the goals you’ve set in life.

Completing Your Successful Project and Key Tips for Moving Forward

As you complete your successful project, it’s important to do these two things:

Reward yourself and create a new goal or project for yourself.

Here are a few additional ideas.

Satisfaction

I like how Jack Canfield in his book “The Success Principles” defines the word “satisfaction”.  He mentions that the word “satisfaction” comes from the Latin meaning of “satis”, which means “enough” in English.  Therefore, the word “satisfaction” means “enough action”.

I’ve had to keep in mind that as I’m achieving short-term goals with my projects, I need to take “enough action” to experience a feeling of satisfaction.

It’s crucial to see things through to completion when you’re working towards a goal or successful project.

Clear Rewards and Benefits

Rewarding yourself is motivating- as rewards or benefits keep you on track with your goals.  Rewards or benefits are your “reasons why” you want to achieve your goal — and to successfully complete your project.

Here’s a few tips:

  • create clear benefits or rewards for completing your project or achieving your goals
  • Do an ongoing review of your goals for your project — and the rewards or benefits you have clearly defined for yourself
  • Follow through with the rewards you’ve stated for completing your project or goal.  This will motivate you for the next phase of your project or short-term goal.

Of course, rewards can be tangible or intangible.

Here’s an a few examples

Tangible Rewards

Tangible rewards can be things such as a new place to live (house or condominium) for achieving your financial goal or project. Or you may want to take a vacation or trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit.  A tangible reward could also be a new electronic gadget you desire to own.

Intangible Rewards

Intangible rewards could include: the felling of well-being or satisfaction of a job well-done., greater motivation in your life – for achieving new goals and completing new projects, and greater personal development.  Having more self-discipline, better time management skills, and organizational skills are examples of greater personal development.

Setting New Goals/New Projects

As I’d mentioned previously, it’s important to reward yourself after you successfully complete a major goal or project in life,

But you shouldn’t stop at that point.  I’ve experienced complacency first-hand, and its consequences.

I successfully graduated with honors when I obtained my Business degree in 1998.

I set no new goals or projects for myself- and I became complacent.

My advice to you (for the time period after you complete your goal or project) would be:

Guard against complacency..

Set new goals and develop new projects- ones that have these characteristics- they would be goals or projects that:

  • are new, exciting and compelling
  • stretch you (help you move outside your comfort zone)
  • motivate you
  • develop your skills
  • inspire you with a great vision for your future

This concludes my blog post series on the topic of planning projects.

In my next series of posts, I’ll discuss various types of positive values you may consider adopting- as you develop great goals for your future.

Until then, live life to its fullest!

Here’s a good video on setting and reaching your goals- and developing targets:


The Essential Elements of Planning and Control for Your Projects

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Beginning and completing projects seems “daunting” or overwhelming at times.

If you’re like me, the terms “planning” and “control” for projects seem like big, huge terms. I start to feel “way out of my league” as the saying or cliche goes.

Here’s a few tips to make the process of planning and controlling your current project less stressful and more enjoyable and productive.

The Value of Your Perspective

I’ve found that changing my mindset, view or attitude towards starting and completing projects has been very helpful.

In the past, I wouldn’t plan ahead very well.  It’s hard to get things going without a plan or road map.

As I’ve changed my mindset from thinking “this can’t be done” to more positive aspects of planning things out and monitoring them, it’s helped me with my viewpoint on my current projects.

If you’re starting a school, educational, home or business project, you may feel rather overwhelmed.

As you start your project, I recommend writing out or summarizing how you’ll ultimately benefit from completing this project.  Feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction, and the development of new skills such as better time management could be ones you could list.

Evaluation & Short-Term Goals- On Track?

As a good reminder, stay on track with your project by setting short-term goals and deadlines for accomplishing them.

Setting deadlines creates a commitment- and a target date for completion.  Even if you fall short, you have a list that you can use to help keep you accountable with your project.

Assess Resources

As you’re in the process of completing your project, it’s helpful to assess your resources along the way.  Here’s what I mean by “assessing your resources”.

Here’s a few helpful questions to consider:

  • Are your resources sufficient for completing your project?
  • If you have a resource that isn’t sufficient for your project, can you locate alternatives?
  • Do you have the right tools in place for a successful project?
  • If you’re stuck on a certain aspect of the project you’re working on, do you have personal or professional contacts that can help you? If not, can you network to acquire the contacts that you need?

Tools can be anything from the materials required to complete your project, a planning system (such as a project planner or daytimer) or a rolodex for organizing your information.

Here’s a few examples for resources:

If you’re a business owner, your resources may be services you’re using to get your business up and running.  Or you may have professional contacts that act as a good resource for information and expertise.

If you’re a student, your resources may be the Internet, your professors, or sometimes even your classmates.

Action Steps

This is where the planning and control aspects of a project ties in with the tips I’ve provided in the last paragraphs.

Once you’ve developed and maintained a positive mindset about your project, you can then develop short-term goals for your project (breaking it down!).  You can use these short-term goals with their deadlines to evaluate whether you’re on track or not.  As you’re completing and working on your project, you can assess your resources (are they adequate?).

In my last tip with this post, I encourage you to take action on your project based on your short-term goals.

Make new adjustments as you evaluate your resources.

Take action on the things you learn as you complete your project step-by-step.

Action is key!

My next post will be about completing a successful project- and why it’s important to set new goals and projects in life.  I look forward to sharing a bit more of my experiences with my next post.