noodling about diligently researching online, I came across Gandhi's Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World over at Francesca's place. Wow! I was stunned by how closely his words mirror my sense of business. Little wonder, since meaningful work means meaningful change. Without it? Business is a rather soulless endeavor.
I'm curious – do you have a similar reaction to his words? Share with the Power Chicks by leaving a comment below.
To create a business with life-changing impact, it has to begins with you. And trust me, there’s no way to get around this! Whatever – or better, whomever – we are on the inside shows up in our work.
You are in control
Stuff happens. Shitty stuff, stellar stuff – it's all there. The power of "you are in control" means, in part, that you get to decide how you'll respond. The economy tanks and your business with it? A partner burns you big time? It's your choice to respond in a way that's not only strategic but also positive, wise, even loving.
Forgive and let go
Grudges hurt only us. Pema Chodron targets truth when she writes, "Taking the leap involves making a commitment to let go of old grudges, to not avoid people and situations and emotions that make us feel uneasy, to not cling to our fears, our closed mindedness, our hardheartedness, our hesitation."
Take care of this moment
Chart your next day, week, month and year – your entire life's dreams and desires. But never forget to breath deeply and do what needs to be done right now. Tweet this tidbit.
Without action, you aren't going anywhere
Action puts skin into the game and propels you beyond "I wish…" and "If only…" "No one else is going to build the life you want for you," writes Tara Sophia Mohr in 10 Rules for Brilliant Women. "The most amazing souls will show up to cheer you on along the way, but this is your game. Make a pact to be in it with yourself for the long haul." Yes!
Everyone is human
Words that really resonate with me are "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" (by Plato, I think). It reminds us to breath deeply into compassion both for others and ourselves. What better advice is there than to reach out to others in shared connection and empathy for the struggles we each face?
See the good in people and help them
In his book Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki writes that a key to engaging business relationship is believe others are good. Trustworthy. As eager to support you as you support them! Seeing the good in people might look like offering kick ass customer service, going the extra mile with employees, or taking time to express appreciating to your colleagues.
So, ready to download this free poster for yourself? Read it daily – and change the world!
Lynn Baldwin-Rhoades is the founder of Power Chicks International.
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