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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?

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Top 3 Business and Life Lessons of 2012

Make peace with your past.

Have you made a couple of mistakes both professionally and personally that continue to hound you or that nearly cost you your life’s savings, even your life?

In life, you learn how to deal with mistakes

Three ways to conquer and silence the beast:

  1. Forgive yourself for committing a faux pas, then move on.  Start again!
  2. What’s the lesson that merits your undivided attention? Don’t lose it.
  3. Recreate something useful and creative from what tripped you in the past.

Eat, pray, love.

Your own fears can be a stumbling block to success and can cause even the most diligent to retrace their steps back to the starting line instead of push towards the finish line.

You eat while I pray which is what they love

What’s wrong with enjoying the lasting benefits of a plateful of fruit with a slab of chocolate on the side? Why be scared of asking God for what you’ve been dreaming of for two or more decades? What’s the fear that’s preventing you from reciprocating the humble affections of a loved one?

Pay it forward.

I started out as a virtual worker knowing only the basics.  With the help of family, friends and colleagues, I was able to understand the intricacies of balancing home life, motherhood and a virtual career.  I was able to discover the joys of helping a business grow and help other people in the process.

A great way to settle old debts

There are many ways to pay your dues forward, but one main thing stands out the most: always reach out.  It is not enough to just listen to what others say or don’t say.  Most times, it is the unspoken word that strikes a deep chord and moves the person to action.  So reach out and hold on to the person until he has steadied himself and can ably help someone else.  Let the cycle continue.

Top Three Work Desk Must-Haves

Take a look at your work desk right now.

What are the things you see? Do you have everything you need within your reach? Do you have everything organized down to the last muffin crumb or did you suddenly realize you accidentally stuffed your document in the garbage bin and instead put the empty Skittles packet on file?

A friend once made comment that these items can be a form of security blanket, much like that grubby toy or unwashed blankie you couldn’t let go of when you were still this small.  Brother #3 calls it nambabangil (translation: whatever).

Here’s a list for starters:

Number One: Bookstore Finds – notebook, pen, paper, paper clips, filing folders, scissors —you name it, you’ve got stuff that can rival a mini bookstore

When everything you need is at your disposal (courtesy of goop.com)

 

Number Two: Grocery Items – food!  candy! Need I say more?

Heart Stoppers for Champions (courtesy of RayaGr)

 

Number Three: Fill-in-the-Blanks-Here – dental floss (a college friend has it still, within arm’s reach), moldy cheese (don’t ask me, it’s NOT mine), toys (I babysit while I work), a photo of something or someone which you occasionally stare at? (definitely not mine)

What are the top three items you cannot live without and need to see on your work table every day, 24/7?

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.