“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw
It’s not how much you say, it’s how little you can say and get a point across. In every arena of life there is pressure to reduce content to the minimal amount possible.
Presentations – One image – short text.
Emails – brief, be brief.
Twitter – short is great.
Facebook – the fewer words the better.
Texting – keep it short.
Is it effective? Is it better?
People want to only know if they have to do something or respond with something. Stories are being shortened and compressed. Take your minute and use it wisely.
“All of us are in the manufacturing industry – manufacturing either our own happiness or unhappiness.”
― Ogwo David Emenike
Does your life feel like it is spinning out of control? Does it seem more like a demolition derby than the life you were hoping to live? Does it feel like others are charging into you to stop all movement in your life?
For many people life is out of control. Time is going by to swiftly. The sound of disappointment only screams louder. The cries,”When will things get better?”, echo in your mind. Other people tug at your for attention. Friends and family aren’t doing things that please you and you just want them to stop ruining your life.
The carousel spins out of control and all you can do is hold on tighter and think this isn’t how life should be. When things appear to be out of control or before they get that far, stop and ask yourself “What is it that you really want?” Take some time to evaluate what it is that you really want. Many people are getting off the carousel and designing a lifestyle that works for them. That may mean giving up some of the material items in their life and living in a simpler way. High paying jobs often come with a lot of stress. Living from paycheck to paycheck often creates a lot of stress. In the end it boils down to the choices that are being made. What choices are you making and are they leading you to the life you want to live?
“Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
For some people it is only about results, not how the results were created but just that the results meet expectations. Demands for results have never been higher and never before have people expended so much emotional energy in creating those results. Longer hours and a thread to work that rarely goes away keeps the worker in constant contact with the work.
Does more work create a happier life? Do you feel happier by working longer at your job?
One lady has decided that serving others is more important than finding ways to increase her financial success. Barbara Crawford works with soldiers to help them repair the emotional wounds encountered in stressful situations. Her goal is provide soldiers and families with resources to manage and control PTSD. She does this at no cost for the soldiers, she volunteers her time to make a positive impact in the lives of others, that is her reward.
The easy thing to do is to work harder and put in more time doing work that will ultimately have little long-term meaning. The inspired leadership approach allows one to make an investment that creates significance in life as well as success. Inspired leadership allows one to focus on building a complete life as opposed to chasing things that supposed to represent a happy life.
Are you living an inspired life? Are you leading yourself in the directions of your dreams? Are you finding the balance between success and significance that bringing you greater joy? I hope your answers are “yes”.