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Befriending the Enemy

One time, I took action regardless of the fear I felt in my heart.

The greatest power we can ever own is living fear-free. This is a healthful way to live. As with any new habit, it can take a few weeks before it becomes part of what you do, say, think.

I discovered that if I have patience with myself and take things a tiny step at a time, I can make positive things happen.

In some way as well, every once in a while, with my heart in my mouth, I close my eyes and take that large singular step. I then open it and realize that I was able to achieve something.

Break free from fear by taking positive action towards your goals RIGHT NOW.

Break free from fear by taking positive action towards your goals RIGHT NOW.

Whether at work or at home, take things one day at a time, one single step at a time, or even one moment at a time.

Make that most important client call you’ve been postponing for the last moment.

Tackle that most irritating yet valuable task you’ve been relegating till whenever.

Take action upon an issue that has been sitting in your To-Do list for the longest time.

Every single day, take at least one action step related to your business goals as well as your personal dreams. And once you have taken that first step, take action daily despite the fear in your heart and the critical voice in your mind.

As you do so, your business and your life take on definite changes.  Fear, which was once the much-dreaded enemy lurking in the shadows, will soon be the much-needed ally in bolstering you towards success.

What has been your greatest fear and how were you able to deal with it?

Do You Rock the Boat or Sink it?

Are you someone who motivates people?

Do you help build morale and keep it from crashing down to a person’s shoelaces?

Do your actions help enhance how people perform at work or function at home?

Do you resolve challenges instead of adding to conflict?

Do you look around and discover means to make other people’s lives including yours better?

And when you leave the room, how do you make people feel? Do you make them miss you and look forward to your next visit, next engagement, next date?

If you said yes to at least one or two of these questions, then you are a Captain who can successfully steer the ship towards its destination.

Do you know what it takes to lead? (courtesy of people-equation.com)

Even if the boat leaks, you know what to do.

Surviving 24 Hours

Working online has its perks:

  1. You get to spend a lot of time with your family while working (assuming you work from home and if you happen to live with your loved ones)
  2. You work at your own pace wherever and whenever you want (provided you are not working on something urgent and/or location-specific)
  3. You don’t have to dress up grandly or go out of the house to check email or touch base with your virtual team.

But there are days when, to borrow my Mom’s term for it, “you just can’t hack it”.  What are the most delirious ways you can come up with to survive a day (and night!) filled with fiery deadlines, nerve-wracking feedback and migraine-inducing colleagues?

DITCH THE GADGET

You do work online, but the Internet must not rule your business and your life.  I travel with just an iPhone and it’s all I need because this way, it leaves room for bottles of formula, water, baby diapers and baby clothes that I always lug around on one arm as I carry my baby on the other arm.  During breaks, I put my phones on silent and get back to them as soon as I resume work.  The world doesn’t end if you fail to answer an SMS or call for JUST a few minutes.  Do remember however to return calls and messages as soon as you get back to your work chair and shift to work mode.

BOOK AHEAD OF TIME

When my family and I go malling or stock up on a few grocery items, I always multi-task and bunch together a few tasks.  The day before, I confirm the travel schedule with Brother #3 (whom we hitch a ride from) and proceed to plot our itinerary in my head.  If someone needs a haircut, I book an early appointment and as soon as we reach our destination, that person goes to the salon while I do the grocery and my brother settles his business.  We find this setup extremely stress-relieving, time-saving and cost-efficient.

We also do the same thing when eating out —we order ahead of time most of the time (provided we have already made up our mind where to eat).

LET THERE BE LIGHT

First thing I always do upon waking up is drawing the curtains and letting the morning sunlight in.  It never fails to light one’s mood up!

Photo courtesy of @endangeredangel

TIPPING POINT

I learned a valuable lesson from Brother #3 and Sister #2: always leave or give a nice tip.  Most of the time, I get good service because Filipinos are inherently hospitable even to strangers.  On occasions when I come across someone mean or intolerable, I report the staff immediately to the supervisor and don’t leave a tip.

For more tips on local shores, you may refer to this article.  Also, let me know if this resembles your tipping style.

UPGRADE

What is the secret to getting an upgrade? It’s no secret, really.  When traveling, try to utilize as few providers as you possibly can.  You will attain a certain kind of privileged status and they will exert a special kind of effort for your comfort because they know you’re a valued consumer.

And one bonus tip:

OWN YOUR JOY

Live your life as if your life depended on keeping yourself and others happy.  Find reasons to be positive even in the direst situations.  I have a friend who laughs at her bald reflection every time she looks at herself in the mirror.  She is currently undergoing chemo and she has never relinquished her joy to the cancer cells slowly ravaging her body and her hair strands.

At the end of any stressful day, it all boils down to one thing: did you live it to the fullest knowing you did your best?

What are your survival tips?

I’m a VA! (Part 2)

I’m a VA! (Part 2)

Here’s the second of a series of experiences I’ve had and the tools that helped make my life easier as a virtual worker/VA.  If you missed the first one, you can always go back to it here.

Right now, here are a few of the tools that are immensely helpful in terms of project collaboration and database management.

1.  DropBox for data management.  It definitely simplifies your life and keeps your files (big or small) in one place, and they can be accessible wherever you may be working from (make sure you first download the software onto the system you are using).  The good thing here is that you can download the mobile app and can manage your files from your mobile phone.  You have to install the software again if you are managing more than one account.

2.  Jing – is a free tool for creating and sharing screencasts.  If you want to create a screencast, here is a YouTube video on how to do it.  This eliminates a lot of time that’s consumed calling or emailing someone.  There is a risk that you or the other person can miss a point or misunderstand instructions, so Jing fits the bill perfectly.

3.  Google Docs – this has most recently been upgraded to Google Drive, which is most suitable for document collaboration and sharing.  You can enable the app within your Gmail account and work on team or individual projects and get real-time feedback.  Just make sure you enable the Public sharing feature so other people in your team can view the documents or files from their end.

You are very much welcome to add to this very short list.  I know that there are thousands of resources out there which can greatly benefit everyone.  In the meantime, I am trying to put together a video tutorial of some kind regarding the next topic on this series.

The First Step

The First Step

 

My life story has stuff that can rival any TV soap.

I got pregnant and cried like crazy because my child’s father walked out on me and my dreams crumbled right before my eyes.  Little did I know that what I saw as the greatest obstacle turned out to be the greatest blessing.

I left a 9-5 corporate job and was jobless for a couple of months.  Then I discovered the Internet, and all its amazing power.

I got hooked!

So what got me started? I wasn’t even tech-savvy and still have to sit very still to churn out credible code.  I was nearly bankrupt and I have a daughter to feed and care for, not to mention debts to pay so I can get a better credit report.  I couldn’t even afford a roof over our own heads!

WHAT I DID

So what I did was…..

Pool whatever resources I had left

Signed up for online jobs and submitted my portfolio to employers online while on the side, I wanted to find means to augment whatever income I may earn.

THINGS STARTED TO GET BETTER

I am forever indebted to my first online Employer for helping me get started online.  His patience and guidance immensely helped and inspired me to become a better person and to readily start from scratch.

LEARNING TO REBUILD MYSELF

Seeing oneself as broken glass wouldn’t bring you anywhere near your goals.  I always wake up realizing I am truly on my way to rebuild my dreams and my life for my daughter.

I call this my accidental vocation.

The road to rebuilding one’s career and one’s life is challenging, but fun if you discover your passion and use it to fuel your dreams.

YOU CAN DO IT

There are millions of chances given to us every single day and all we have to do is grab whatever wins your heart over.

I couldn’t discount the help of my friends, colleagues and family.  But if I didn’t take heart and welcome the challenge to live a better life, I wouldn’t know how my life and my daughter’s turned out to be.

If I can do it, so can you.

JUST TAKE HEART and give it your best shot !!!