Do your work and I’ll know you. Do your work and you shall reinforce yourself.

Do your work and I shall know you. Do your work and you shall reinforce yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a moment, step back from your concerns, and focus on one thing: You have one life to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted. Sounds simple, but when you really focus on it, let it seep into your consciousness; you realize you only have about 100 years to get every single thing you’ve ever wanted to do. No second chances. This is your only shot. Suddenly, this means you should have started yesterday. No more waiting for permission or resources to start. Today is the day you make the rest of your life happen. Write down one thing you’ve always wanted to do and how you will achieve that goal. Don’t be afraid to be very specific in how you’ll achieve it: once you start achieving, your goals will get bigger and your capability to meet them will grow.

(Author: Colin Wright)

I felt it was important for me to address this prompt in two ways. I have been a professional social worker for 25-years. Throughout those years I have worked for several CEO’s and Executive Directors. All of them save for one have governed by fear. They don’t listen to their employees and make decisions based on a gut check. Before I go further I want to check my ego at the door and let my readers know this post is not about my ego. I am not the smartest person on Earth and I do not have the answers to all of the questions. I do have some of the answers and if we can work together we can arrive at a solution.

I believe I am not that different from most people. If you listen to me without prejudice I will share my thoughts with you. The reverse is also true, if you shun me I will learn it is not safe to speak and I will keep my thoughts to myself.

That being said, if Colin’s quote is relatively accurate and we all have roughly 100-years to make our mark, I am on the threshold of the half-way mark and I am growing tired, tired of sharing my thoughts an opinions and watching as they fall on deaf ears.

As I have written in earlier posts I have spent the last three years building my photography business. I ask for help. I ask for clarification. I ask for thoughts and input. I want all of the help I can possibly receive to grow my business. My goal is to continue to build my photography business into a full-time self-sustaining business. I also want to accomplish this feat on my terms and within a time frame I have identified.

Every morning when I return from my run I sit down with a cup of coffee and assess my goals for the day. These are smaller, short-term goals designed to help me reach my long-term goal. At night before my head hits the pillow I sit once again and briefly review my day. I reassess the goals laid out for the day. Did I achieve what I had set out to accomplish? If not…were the goals to ambitious? Did I need help and not ask or help was unavailable at the time. I identify new goals for the coming day. A successful day is one where I have worked toward my ultimate goal. I enjoy the path toward this goal. If, when I reassess my goals at night I have a smile on my face, it was a good day.

Yesterday was a good day!


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