Work Less, Make More Continued…

The core is to change what you believe about success.  Do you feel bad if you don’t work at least ten hours a day, do you expect to come home tired from work, do you act as if your company expects you to put its needs first and your family’s needs last, do you feel guilty if you say no at work, do you feel you take on more and more work because there’s no one else to do it, do others not work as hard as you do and it makes you feel proud, do you measure your success by what you achieve through your work, do you keep going and going when you want to quit, do you cut your vacation short so you can return to work, are you frustrated because the results aren’t showing up fast enough, do you typically spend more than ten minutes solving a problem before asking for help, are you finding yourself justifying why things are taking so long and do you carry your briefcase and check your emails when on vacation.

If three or more of these apply, your beliefs about work are limiting your success and lifestyle.  Your mind will tell you that just doesn’t fit with what it takes to be successful.  Many of us have heard that we must figure out what we want to do and work nonstop to achieve it.

Beliefs about money are deep ceded.  Ignoring how much you make or don’t make is not the answer.  You will not gain the freedom you want if you don’t realize your assumptions about money.  You need to make shifts from old beliefs to new beliefs.  Many believe they are not successful unless they have a lot of money as it is the true symbol of success.  Many believe money is the key to happiness.  Life is not about sacrificing how much money you make to feel important.  Shift beliefs in thinking you aren’t successful if you don’t have a lot of money.  Being wealthy is having an abundance in your life – money, relationships, opportunities, happiness, creativity, friendships, space and time and love in your life – having wealth in every area of your life.

Do what you do best and do not focus on what you love.  The love always comes when you do what you do best.  When you’re the best at what you do you’ll decide how much you will work and how much you will get paid.  But you can’t be the best if all you’re focused on is doing what you love.

Be smart about designing your life around your strengths.  Professional basketball player Michael Jordan was paid handsomely for what he did best, playing basketball.  He was the best at basketball and he found the love of the game while he focused on doing his best.  Today he’s using other gifts of talking on television as people are not limited to just one gift.  Discover your brilliance of what you’re good at.  You cannot level your strengths or you’re just like everybody else.

What do you do easily and naturally, what do your customers pay you for, what does your company pay you for, what have other people said you’re really good at, what activities energize you, what consumes you, what do you really want to do on your days off, and what qualities and skills do you see in other people that you know you have.  Many people have a hard time identifying what they do well.  If you can’t determine what you do well, visit with a professional to help you.  People are attracted to those who have a mastery in what they do, such as Jordan.  Many go for mastery but quit before they get there as they aren’t willing to stay in the game until they reach it.  It takes a plan to reach mastery and you should ask what a mastery in this area would get paid.

Harness the power of focus and stop trying to get more done.  Most of us are getting more and more done but feeling less and less satisfied because you are doing the wrong things.  Do less to achieve more.  Stop focusing on getting more stuff done and focus on results that matter.

Decide what really counts and don’t hinder the results by trying to do too many things at once.  Very little time is spent on what we do very well.  You are more powerful if you’re able to concentrate.  Focus on only three of the most important things to do which would matter the most.

Spend 80 percent of your time on these three things.  Simplicity is the key to get more done with less time.  Figure out what are the three most important activities you can do and what are the three activities that bring you the greatest return.  There are three major focuses you need to have in order to harness the power of three.  Your own purpose for being, why are you on this planet, why is your business in business.  Always focus your attention on your purpose of being so your life reflects it.  Do what you do best to help you integrate what your business does and what you do well – your market niche – maximizing what you do best.

The power of focusing is about knowing what you do best and focusing your time and attention there.

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Work Less, Make More: Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want – Jennifer White

This is a book review of Work Less, Make More:  Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want written by Jennifer White.

Jennifer White is an author and renowned success coach.  White offers an easy to follow program for overcoming fears, unblocking passions, challenging energies and managing time more efficiently.  She provides ways to start today to have more time, more money and more fun on your own terms – the key to unlocking the potential for living life to the fullest.  Once these are in place, White discusses taking more risks, doing work that truly makes a person happy, achieving success on your own terms and having more fulfilling relationships by putting passion back into your life and work.  Is this even possible!  White also has a website to further assist in working less and making more.

The majority of people all have one excuse or another – if you just had more time, if you just had more money, or as soon as I have more money, as soon as I get a better job, as soon as the kids graduate etc.  We don’t celebrate our successes as we are still on a quest.  We stay busy because we don’t want to admit we’ve lost touch with ourselves.  Being busy convinces yourself you are important and all that work means you’re important.  Work less is not just about spending less time at the office.  It also means you can find joy at the end of the day and put the passion back into your life.  Making more is not just about making more money but making more of your life.  It’s a lifestyle which can be redesigned so you can feel satisfied, fulfilled and passionate about living again.  We spend a lifetime of running around and saying we’ll have fun some day.  Ask yourself how you can make more of your life.  Success comes down to you.

Changing and growing never takes a straight course and can be messy and chaotic.  Many people give up and return to the lifestyle they had before when success was right around the corner.  If you want to work less and make more, have confidence the roller coaster ride is part of the process.  There are three key things to keep in mind in redesigning how you work and live and are vital to the program.  Make sure your closest friends and family know your plan so they can provide support.  Realize some of your close friends and family may not support your change as they are used to you being you.  Others will be encouraging as they see how you are progressing.  Maintaining a journal allows you to keep track of the past and the present and helps in creating a positive future.  People sometimes stay stuck because they are afraid.  Overcoming fear and making the changes necessary to take the right steps takes courage.

Work less, make more has nothing to do with your skills.  Uncover what stops you.  The one thing that blocks a person from his or her own success is one’s self.  We want to blame our business and lack of time on someone else but you can’t.  You need to see what is blocking you so you can overcome it.  Evaluate and identify what’s blocking you from having the life you want and you will know what’s stopping your success.  Create your own path to working less by blasting through what is holding you back.  The difference of passion for your work and workaholic is the fulfillment you get and self-worth when working.  Many people put off the rest of their life to work even more and sometimes become a victim and trapped by their responsibilities to work harder and longer to be successful.  Choice is the key word.  Workaholics use work to avoid everything else in their lives.  If overworked, you have other interests and relationships in your life but simply don’t spend enough time focused on them.

Look at the top five things that are the biggest concerns in your life.  Define your vision for your work and life.  Decide where you want to go on with your life and having a vision will guide you.  You must decide what you want if you are ever going to get there.  Complete the phrase “work less, make more means ___________.”  Be specific and keep it simple so it doesn’t seem unachievable.  Overcome negative beliefs.  You must be willing to work less and make more and be willing to work to get there.  It’s about changing the way you work and live, which is sometimes a little change or a big change to what you’re doing.

Thank you guys for reading and stay tuned for the continuation. I gotta sleep a little.


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