Ok so here is another one of those posts that you’ll breeze over in your email and think some good thoughts then move on to your next inbox message, tweet, or post…….and you will regret it!
Why? Not only have I listed 5 awesome smack-happy gifts that you can give yourself that are guaranteed to keep on giving but if you really pay attention these are some of the most expensive and rare jewels that people yearn for, and DIE for lack of! My gift to you…..blueprint for a funner, happier life , FOR FREE!
1. Simplicity…..estimated value: Good rest, no costly anti-depressants
Balance in life can never be overrated. Perhaps you should start a garden, pickup on an old hobby, or take a class. I always thought simplicity came from staying organized but that’s not the case. A wise man said “there are no lazy people: only those who are sick or uninspired”. So often the clutter and ‘space mis-management’ we exhibit is a result of having no emotional fuel to find simplicity.
This year as I stepped out and started doing more things and trying to add value to myself I see now that I am more prone to get organized and do things that bring about balance in my life. I’m one of those people who cannot sit down to study until his desk is clean. Now as I do more of the things I have always wanted to do I feel more energetic and stay on task with keeping things simple and balanced! I have not totally arrived yet but I would not trade this simplicity for all the tea in china
Checkout: How to Live Simply: Lessons I learned from My Grandparents from Tammy Strobel
Also check out Everette Bogue’s FREE e-book Minimalist Workday: 50 Strategies for Working Less
2. Fame….estimated value: you won’t suck any more!
It may be a little off but in some way or another we are all looking for fame. If you would unwrap yourself from yourself and get devoted to something bigger than yourself, you would gain great influence in the world. Not self-centered jerk fame, but widespread hope infusing smile creating heart warming passion inspiring flame. Get over yourself!
Example: Check out my new friend Joni at Every counts. She has totally devoted herself to serving God in a major way by giving a voice to those who are unheard of. I believe in what she does therefore I am writing about her so that you can read about her…hence, fame! (see all the mentions here!!??? I’m not paid by Joni or anything. She is just a great person on my anti-suck list who I want people to know about)
3. A Board of Directors….estimated value: $657,853.27
The first responsibility of any Board of Directors is to protect and extend value. A board of directors enhances a business by adding oversight, insight, comparative thoughts, and often times, common sense where it is lacking. I own a business, as do you. My business is called Erik McEntyre, Inc. Your business is called
________(insert your name) Incorporated
To manage this business I have gathered some of the best and brightest to add the greatest value to my endeavors. Allow me to demonstrate:
- Scott- 55
That’s 250 years of experience, education, mistakes, success, and wisdom THAT I DO NOT HAVE. And guess what? It’s readily available to me. These are the names of the top 5 men in my life. They have the power to hold me accountable, encourage me, rebuke or correct, whatever is needed. You know how I know? I asked them to.
All it takes to build your board is to list the names of those individuals who possess values and skills/talents that you do not have and TELL THEM. Tell them how important they are to you. Share your love for them. Let them know how you feel about them and where you would be without them. Then submit. I love that word. I submit to the authority and presence of each of these great men. Note: I advise using men, if you are a man, for females vice versa.
Where did I get that value from? I made it up. Low estimate.
4. Education….estimated value: ability to find, sustain, or create a job and freedom!
Without education you have absolutely no power. So get it…for FREE!
Education paradigms in America need to be re-examined. Schools are pretty much becoming factories of manufacturing 9-5 zombies. More and more organizations are realizing that its not always the letters behind someone’s name as much as it is the value and innovation they bring to the table. I plan to be ahead of the curve.
For example, tonight I am going to the library after work. I plan on starting my way thru the Personal MBA Reading list, my thanks to Sean Ogle by the way. I have a busy schedule and things to do for my daughter for Christmas but if I don’t do it…it wont get done. Make time!
5. Breakfast with someone you love
Simple as it is. It’s the greatest pleasure. This Saturday morning, Christmas, I am looking forward to a rendezvous with a very special woman. My 5 year old, Chloe.
Everyone is welcome to join but she is my special guest. I even found the recipe I’m going to put together: Sausage Breakfast Casserole.
Besides breakfast you should develop the habit of saying YES to more opportunities to build healthy relationships and do stuff that you normally don’t do.
If I could sum it up and scream in your face really really loud I would bust your eardrums trying to convince you that you have everything you need in order to conquer 2011 and every other freakin year of your life right at your fingertips! Don’t let money ever keep you back. Money is a tool, BUT NOT THE ONLY TOOL! Your days should be wrapped up in purpose and joy, not sulking and sapping the life out of others with sob stories of how you never had what you want. That’s not what you were created for!