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Step Back to Gain Perspective

It’s been said that life is lived forward and only understood backward. I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but I do know that things sure look different a month, a year or a decade after the fact.

As I enter into the final days of my 60th trip around the sun, I realize I have a much different perspective on things that have happened over the years.

Even if you haven’t been around as long as I have, I’m sure you’ll agree that many events that seemed like a big deal weren’t, while other, seemingly insignificant things, turned out to be substantial. “Disasters” often became blessings and what we thought at the time was something good may have turned out to be not so much.

When we’re in the midst of things—when life is happening—it’s challenging to always see the big picture. It’s not easy to understand, to be fully aware and have the insight that comes from looking back.

In every business I’ve owned, in every relationship I’ve ever been in, there’s one common thing I would have done more of. I would have stepped back more often, taken more time off and gotten away from the busy-ness of things.

We often need to get away in order to see things clearly. We need to step back, take a break or see things with a fresh set of eyes.

Be sure that you’re taking time off on a regular basis. And I suggest planning part of that time off for reflection and introspection. Ask yourself questions. Journal about what’s happened—and your thoughts and feelings around them.

Having a MasterMind Team like our Diamond Club and Inner Circle is a big help in improving our perspective. And the process we use of reporting to one another with “what worked, what didn’t and what’s next,” goes a long way toward having a healthy reflection and positive and productive plans and expectations.

Of course you can do this on a regular basis without going away, and I certainly encourage you to that.

But in my opinion, getting away is best. There’s something about a different environment, away from the routine and maybe with new people, that provides the fresh outlook, the different viewpoint and the elevated clarity getting away from it all creates.

And that’s why Practical SuccessNet Principle #6 is Step Back to Gain Perspective.

Practical SuccessNet Principle #6

And a very helpful resource in support of this and our other SuccessNet Principles is our Step Up to Success Course. It’s a Success 101 course that covers the basics which we all need to work on.

If you don’t already have it, you’ll definitely want it as part of your success library.

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Are These YOUR Top Ten Challenges?

101 Best Ways to Simplify Your LifeWe did a survey awhile back and asked our readers from around the world to tell us what they considered to be their biggest challenges.

According to the respondents, these were the top ten problems they faced:

1. Insufficient Income
2. Procrastination
3. Not Organized Enough
4. Lack of Focus–Too Scattered
5. Need Better Time Management
6. Not Sure How to Achieve My Goals
7. Need More Balance in My Life
8. Unclear On My Goals – On What I Want
9. Information Overload
10. Not Having a Good Network of People

But in the comments people left and in our discussion with some focus groups, it became clear that the biggest CAUSE of these problems was something else entirely.

What caused people to procrastinate, be disorganized, scattered, etc., was that their lives were so overwhelming and complicated that they couldn’t stay focused.

Like we often say, “Clarity leads to power.”

And LACK of clarity leads to little or no productive action.

But if you create a simpler life, you’ll have much more focus and contentment.

And that was the reasoning behind our research and compilation of 101 Best Ways to Simplify Your Life.

It’s a book that can make a profound difference for you and those around you.

Think about it, our lives are BUSY and getting BUSIER!

We have so many things we think we need to do. So many places to go, things to remember, skills to develop, relationships to maintain, stuff to take care of and information to absorb.

And unless you do something about it–unless you actively simplify your life and your business, it will get more and more complex. You can count on it.

We’re not saying our eBook is the only way to make your life less complicated. But I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better collection of ideas you can quickly and easily implement.

And just today, we bundled together yet another 101 eBook that you can get for just a few dollars more. It’s 101 Best Ways to get Ahead from 101 of the most successful people in the world.

Both books are explained on this page (and you can get the second one for only $4 USD) . . .

PS: We wish for you a more peaceful, balanced, serene and simple life filled with only things you love and appreciate. This package can help you achieve that. See what people say about this new eBook.

Best Way to Lighten Up Your Business in Dark Times

One of my new strategies for this year is to have more fun. More fun personally, more fun in business and more fun for our readers and members.

It’s not that we don’t have fun—we do. It’s just that we’ve decided to plan and experience more fun than we normally do.

And I couldn’t think of a better place to start brainstorming this idea than the spa on our back deck. Dawn and I jumped right into it, so to speak.

We first began thinking about what fun is. What constitutes enjoyment? What kinds of things have we done that we identify as fun? What’s joyful and entertaining? And what could we do more of to increase the fun factor?

The list grew pretty quickly.

What about you? How do you define fun?

What do you do, or what did you used to do, that’s fun?

What makes you laugh, smile or chuckle? Or better yet, burst out with a full-out, no-holds-barred belly laugh!

We would like to know how you go about—or plan to go about—making your life and your business more fun.

There’s plenty of gloom these days with the economy, wars, conflicts and troubles around the globe. But we’ll get through it.

The question is, will we survive or thrive? And how can we enjoy the ride?

We’re not looking to make light of these challenges but rather to lighten things up. I learned some time ago that you can be serious about things without being grim.

Besides, success is rarely created unless you’re having fun at it.

So we’re committed to making our life and our business more fun this year. You will see it in our mailings, our websites, our live events and in our products. And when you do, this strategy will have succeeded.

What would YOU suggest we do? What would make your experience of us more enjoyable?

And what ideas can you develop to experience more joy in your life?

If you send us your ideas, we’ll compile the best ones and share them with you in a later article or blog post.

Send your suggestions, personal observations and feedback to with “FUN” in the subject line.

Or if you prefer, you can post a comment to this blog post below.

Remember, 2009 is your year to shine.

Let’s have some fun.

PS: Someone once wrote, “Life is too important to be taken so seriously.”

And Thomas Watson, former president of IBM, said, “You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.”

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