by Skip Cohen
Note to self: Don't stay in your home office when you're having a new roof installed!
That explains why I'm just getting around to posting this morning's post at 3:45 PM! But it's short and doesn't change the sentiment or, I hope, my ability to make a point.
Every morning, Sheila and I read something short and inspirational from two books we picked out for the new year. As hokey as it might sound, it often sets the tone for the day ahead. Here's one that hit home for me just a few days ago.
What do you want to accomplish today?
There is a full day ahead with a fresh canvas for you to paint a beautiful picture.
What will it look like at the end of the day? Consider what needs to get done
and sprinkle in something nonessential and memorable.
Our days aren't supposed to be a list of tasks...
Emily Silva, Sunrise Gratitude
And while usually, this would be a topic for a Sunday Morning Reflections post; it's relevant to most of us every day of the week. We get so over-focused on the challenges of running a business that we need to remember to add in a few things that most people might consider nonessential.
Listen to just about any Mind Your Business or Tamron Recipes podcasts, and you'll repeatedly hear some of the industry's most respected and successful artists discussing the importance of special projects. For the most part, they're projects that started just for the fun of it but evolved into support for your most important client, YOURSELF.
That brings me to wrap up with a point - if your day wasn't as stellar as you hoped, take a break right now. Step back and think through when the day started to go downhill. Then set tomorrow up with something to break up the tasks for the day.
This is all about putting a smile on your face and keeping passion in focus. You all know how to focus your camera, but sadly we all forget how often we need to focus our hearts!
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