Aiming to Create rather than Destroy

Photo by Ethan Hoover 

Travelling, eating good food, having a good time… all these are goals that we can easily relate to. But everything comes at a cost and the financial aspect comes second when we realize that time invested in these activities take away from the time that we could be spending growing and impacting the world. So next time you’re laying in bed, feeling bored, remember that this very second is all you’ve got. We only live in the present moment, yet our actions accumulate and create long-lasting impact – either positively or negatively. Not choosing is not an option. What’s your aim?

Living Intentionally

Accidents happen all the time, but what if we choose to live our life in accident mode? We wake up dreading the day ahead of us and looking forward for the escape of sleep, just to realize that the lack of awareness while sleeping makes those intensely sought for moments insignificant. And we carry on looking for some real experiences when our most cherished present is the present moment.

The routines we build and do mindfully or mindlessly create the map for our life. It doesn’t take a fortune teller to anticipate what our life will be 10 years from now. Our life unfolds the way we see it in our mind and what we see in our mind is reflected through how we live our life. It can take extraordinary effort to love ourselves and start developing positive self-talk and beliefs of achievement that will help us overcome our condition.

Leaving our life to chance is a losing bet. It allows producers, employers, family and friends to feed off our backs, of our energy. Let’s use our creative energy to become our highest version of ourselves and go full speed in changing what we see and what we do to improve the world around us.

What Does Bringing Value Really Mean?

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

You might have heard from different sources about the concept of bringing value. I know when I first heard about it I thought – that’s just a fancy way for rich people to justify making money. But is there actual value in bringing value through our actions?

Value starts with caring. You might care about your parents who can’t find online classes suitable for their group category, your toddler whose needs are not being met by your local nursery, the planet, people in poverty, women and access to sanitary products, ideas of masculinity that inhibit men’s behaviors and the list goes on and on. Needless to say, we as a global community didn’t get many things right. And that’s great, pain means there’s a need for change and an opportunity for us to make it happen.

Witnessing a lack can get your solution oriented mind working and your creativity beaming. When we create for profit or non-profit projects that before any monetary value they create social value, that’s where our legacy begins. Know that value is always linked with action. Waiting for things to happen doesn’t produce results.

‘You Won’t Be the Same Person One Year from Now’

Photo by J-S Romeo

That’s what I was told when I started a new job. And it’s true, I wasn’t the same person one year from then. Was it due to the role? Maybe 10%, yes. But being in that place as part of my journey played a great part in what I wanted to outgrow – my limited beliefs, the power that I allow people to have on me and daring to want more and ask for it.

We hear of people traveling who are hoping that the experience will change them. Instead, they take their biases, views and assumption everywhere they go. A luggage costing them their own development. A place or a story can only touch us if we allow it. We tend to count more on other people’s views and discount the learning from simple things – people watching or observing different cultures.

What I’ve learnt is that growing is important, but the direction of growth adds more value to our life and to what we have to offer. Knowing that you won’t be the same person one year from now, tell me, what direction are you planning on growing in?

Random Act of Kindness

Photo by Sebastian Abbruzzese

Being kind doesn’t measure through the money we can dispose of for a good cause. Doing what’s right over what’s easy, giving up on something that would make your life easier and someone else’s life possible, helping without waiting to be asked. These are all traits that reflect kindness.

We all do the right thing for different reasons. Sometimes it can be for status or recognition of value, displayed altruism rather than purity of thought. I believe that every good deed contributes to making the world a better place – feeding your ego while feeding the hungry doesn’t sound all that bad to me.

Today is the Random Act of Kindness Day. Be spontaneous. Buy a sandwich and water for the rough sleepers you’ve been ignoring for years. Admit to your mistakes if you’ve hurt someone at some point. Buy a coffee for a stranger just because they look like they need it. And most importantly, be kind to yourself.

How to Get What You Want

Photo by Tobias Tullius

To get what you want you first have to believe that you are worthy of it and then you need to be brave enough to ask for it.

We all are generous people, but the truth is that we do things more easily when we see what’s in for us. If there is something that you want that needs to be facilitated by another person, think about the value their actions would bring to themselves – as a human being or as a company.

We are worthy of success and taking advantage of other people won’t create a better life for you. Be honest in what you want. Sometimes just being happier around people might be a great incentive for those around you to support you. If selfishness is not the only attribute guiding you, you will be surprised at the level of support you will receive.

Getting what you want is directly connected to adding value into the world. We are all in a search of meaning and when it comes to building meaning ourselves we first need to believe in ourselves.