Blocks to Joy Get You Off Track

Blocks to JoyHere’s where we get off track.

Here’s where we get stuck.

Beware. Notice a drop in your joy-o-meter.

And then choose again!

Blocks to joy

  • Bad attitude: Attitude is infectious. Attitude is your choice – choose wisely.
  • Judgment: Judgment moves you away from truth – and joy.
  • Expectations: Expectations generate impatience and frustration – never joy.
  • Stories: Everything is a story – what story are you telling now?
  • Beliefs: All beliefs are wrong; some are helpful. Does this belief support joy?
  • Interruptions: If our whole life is an interruption, where’s the space for joy?
  • Control: If someone is controlling you, they’re taking away your choice.
  • Victims: If you give up your choice, you’ve chosen to be a victim.
  • Blame: Blame is righteous indignation – anger with justification.
  • Scoreboard: You’ve got the data to prove life is not fair – you made it up.
  • Fear: Your life is a moment-to-moment choice between joy and fear.

Learn to recognize these blocks to joy. Then step back and choose again!

Become The Expert in Your Field

Credibility is your personal concern. The Expert is the master of credibility. Becoming The Expert In Your Field means you understand who you are, what you do, and how to project that outward. There’s a sense of confidence that comes with this knowing. This simple little book quickly helps you get clear and on track as you step into your power as The Expert In Your Field.

I don’t think there’s anything quite like this little book. After I ran the gauntlet as a new self-published author, and began to teach other aspiring writers, I was challenged to say what I meant by “becoming the expert in your field.” After some research and inspiration, I created a two-page handout that looked like a detailed outline. It has been routinely well-received.

When the muse stuck again, moving me to publish the handout, I knew it needed to be fleshed out – I just didn’t know how much. What unfolded is still very clean and very much to-the-point – no fluff. The added work has primarily to do with two simple-but-not-easy exercises that bring the original outline to life.

I’m pleased with the way it turned out and confident that it can and will make a huge difference in the lives of those who read and apply it. What more can an author ask of his work?

Pricing written material is even more a random exercise today than it was when I first published. I believe every reader will take away more than $9.99 in value – that’s what’s most important to me.

I think everyone who owns their own business will benefit from reading and practicing this ebook – including those who would like to own their business but haven’t taken the leap yet. This is particularly true of those who employ the writer-speaker-consultant model of serving – but also works for auto mechanics and landscapers.

I think the work goes beyond being successful in business – this is just good marketing after all. It touches on the core of who we are, what we do, and how we show up in the world. Though simple, I’ve found value in repeating the exercises whenever I get a little sideways with the world. It always brings some insight which helps me move forward with a bit more spring in my step.

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Mission, vision, bla, bla, bla

What is the crucial ingredient that makes business run successfully? I love  reading all the answers provided by business writers and consultants. Each  one sounds a little different from the rest. I suppose that’s just good marketing.

Some experts like to start at the beginning. Where is the beginning anyway? Have you ever met someone who is at the beginning? Can you remember a time in your own life when nothing proceeded that moment? I guess you can draw a line in the sand and call that a beginning if you’d like.

Some experts like to start at the top. After all, that’s where the power is. Nothing happens without direction from leaders, right? As I see it, a lot happens without direction, or even acknowledgement, or knowledge from the top. If it didn’t, I can’t think of a single business that would still be around.

Some experts like to start with the clients. Remember them? If we just provide them what they say they want, when they say they want it, and deliver it to their doorstep at a price they’re delighted to pay, we can’t help but succeed! Ha!

And then there are those experts who like to begin with the vision and mission. If we don’t know where we’re going, we’ll get anywhere, they say. It’s hard to argue that. Unless you’ve ever read some vision and mission statements and compared them to what’s actually happening in the business. Or asked workers about them.

So, you’re probably expecting me to give you the answer about now. Rog will probably say that business begins with joy – that’s his answer to almost every question.

Well, I don’t think so. Business is a system – a complicated system that involves a tremendous number of pieces and variables. No one piece serves as a beginning, or a controller, or even a direction. They all work – or don’t work – together.

So, even though there are levers – places in the system where small actions lead to disproportionately large changes – beware of the quick fix. Don’t be suckered by the seven steps to this or the five stages of that.

Defining visions and missions is a process that can help clarify business. It’s nice to know where you’re going. But maybe all that’s possible is to think you know where you imagine you’d like to be. And that’s a lot!