Welcome to Business Zen. My intention is to travel with you and help guide you along a path toward creating a healthy sustainable business. Is it tough out there? Depends on how you look at it. I choose to look for the opportunities that are seemingly hidden. I encourage you to do the same. I invite you to start your day, every day, by setting your intention to look for an opportunity to build your business; right a wrong; make someone smile; don’t complain and most importantly…be grateful. To quote Dr. Wayne Dyer “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.
In Sanskrit the word for Non-Stealing is Asteya. The obvious is not taking what does not belong to us and we often think of our possessions but I would like to broaden that as we think of how we conduct ourselves in our business relationships. One of the areas that we need to be mindful of, because we cannot get or give it back, is time. A precious valuable asset. Examine and practice Asteya, the Non-Stealing, of Time and set this powerful Principle in motion.
We are building a solid foundation for our business…
Ahimsa, non-harming. Satya, truthfulness. Asteya, non-stealing.
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The Yama’s are the first limb of the 8 limbs of yoga as presented by Patanjali. Last week we talked about the first of the Yama’s, Ahimsa (non-harming) and how our thoughts, actions or words can literally kill someone’s or even your dreams and ideas. The second of the Yama’s, Satya, is coming from a place of honesty and truthfulness. That’s it!
Practice Ahimsa and Satya this week as you re-enforce your businesses foundation based on these ancient principles.
Give Support. Be Honest. Be your biggest You!
Practicing the ancient principle or yama of ahimsa (non harming) in business can transform your organization (even if it’s an organization of one). If someone has a idea, even if YOU don’t think it will work, come from a place of inquiry…how about saying “that’s interesting tell me more” instead of “that will never work”.
Be Inquisitive. Listen. Practice Ahimsa.
I have been enjoying Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge. Today was day 9 and after completing the meditation and reflecting on how to bring Abundance into our lives I came to the simple conclusion that we must…
Give with no strings attached.
Receive with Grace.
Be Generous. Be Gracious. Experience Abundance.
Yesterday, in my live tele-training, we had an in-depth discussion about the importance of having Core Values clearly defined as part of your business success model. Why? Core Values are your foundation, your guiding principles. They are what keeps your business together in good times and bad. Your Core Values represent your highest priorities and deeply held beliefs. In our competitive environment, your clearly defined and communicated Core Values will set you apart from your competition and have your clients say yes to doing business with you over someone else.
Be Bold. Be Purposeful. Be guided by your Core Values.
I woke up this morning excited about what was possible for me today and it got me wondering…are you excited too?
Do you realize that what you do and what you offer NO ONE ELSE DOES? You are uniquely YOU and people come to rely on you for that. Now that’s exciting!
Show your enthusiasm and your passion for what you do and people can’t help but respond to it.
Be Excited. Be Bold. Be Yourself.
Yesterday was the first day back to school after summer break. I remember all of the mixed feelings of going back to school. I didn’t want summer to end but I was also excited to see all of my friends that I had missed over the summer. There was lots of anticipation and trepidation about who our teachers would be…and of course everyone had an opinion on if they were “good” or “bad”.
Let’s transport ourselves back to a time of learning, growth and development. It’s the second day of school. Who is in your circle of influence? Do they have a positive or negative influence on your life, business and pursuit of dreams. What “classes” are you taking to keep you mentally and physically engaged, excited and fit? Have you chosen teachers and coaches to help keep you focused, motivated and accountable? Is your curriculum balanced between requirements, electives and advanced courses?
I encourage you to make this semester your best ever.
We are intelligent people. We know the power of words. We don’t need to be reminded of this. Or do we?
We have choices to make when we decide what words we will use to express ourselves.
I remember when my son was very small reading that his self-esteem could be strengthened or weakened depending on how I chose to discipline him. For example if he did something “wrong” I could say “you are so stupid” or I could say “could you have made a different choice?”.
I admit I made plenty of mistakes but I made it a point to be mindful of my words so that he know it was his action not him that needed to be changed….and he is a very confident young man today.
The same principle applies to our own self-talk. We are sometimes running old tapes that someone else helped us to record. This is not a habit easily broken but it worth breaking.
One of the best tools I know of came out of my Sassy Mastermind with Lisa Sasevich when she introduced Edwene Gaines book “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity” and Edwene’s 21-Day Challenge where she made a commitment that for 21 day she would not Gossip, Criticize or Complain – not to others or even to herself.
No negative language at all for 21 Days!
Don’t worry if you don’t make it to 21 Days all you have to do is start over with a new 21-Day cycle.
I promise you… this is a life changing tool that will help you reclaim your power.
Will you take this on?
What is the emotion that comes up for you when you think about Profitability? You might pull back the covers on this and look closely to see if your emotional response has a relationship to your businesses bottom line.
Food for thought.
I was talking to my graphic designer,Linda Anderson, yesterday and she said something that made me laugh and gave me the idea for this blog! Thank you Linda.
We were talking about how we could help each other in our businesses and I mentioned that if someone said to her “I feel like I have no control” or “I feel like I’m going in circles” they would be a good referral for me. She said “you know that reminds me that when I talk to people in my home state of South Dakota, where the economy is much better than here in Nevada, I tell them that our idea of a business or retirement plan in Nevada is to win the California Lottery or just plane old wishful thinking”.
Even though she was joking it made me wonder…Is this a new twist on business planning? Have people given up? Is this your plan?
Just in case it is…I did a little research for you on Google and found this…”The odds of winning the California Super Lotto Jackpot are 1 in 18 million. (1) … If one person purchases 50 Lotto tickets each week, they will win the jackpot about once every 5000 years. (4) … You Win? California State University, Hayward.”
I could not find any statistics on wishful thinking but my “gut” tells me the odds are not much better than winning the California Lottery.
I’m not saying DON’T buy a lottery ticket or have wishful thinking but I am saying DO have a solid back-up plan in place where you have control over the outcome.