I just listed my newest blog project at sitepoint.com. It’s a yoga blog created on the WordPress CMS platform that is all ready for someone to customize it and make it their own. This blog was a labor of love, and the topic of yoga is near and dear to my heart as I have been practicing for over ten years.
The site is a complete package that comes with a Twitter.com ID: yogafittoday, (which, btw, already has over 120 followers) 1 promotional video(already posted to youtube.com and 9 other video sharing sites, 10 unique articles written by me for this site, a seven part yoga tips email series complete with squeeze (opt-in) page and thank you page. It is monetized with adsense and amazon.
Head on over to sitepoint.comand have a look. It makes me feel good to be able to create and offer quality sites that you can add to your portfolio.
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I have always found great enjoyment from starting new projects. I crave the burst of inspiration and excitement that comes from embarking on a new venture. Learning something new, gaining new skills and navigating the difficult waters really fuels my internal fire. But, as the famous expression goes, “Well begin is half done.” Where I fall down is in sticking with this new endeavor after the shiny newness has worn off and it becomes another routine task. My first impulse is to set the old thing aside and reach for something else that’s all sparkly and new and calling out for my attention.
In my life as an artist I fall squarely in the process rather than product camp. I have been knitting since the first grade, and I find great enjoyment from choosing the right pattern, yarn and needles and setting off to create something fabulous. But unless it’s something small that can be completed fairly quickly such as a hat or a bag, I tend to lose interest after awhile and begin looking for another project to start. In knitting parlance a ‘UFO’ is an unfinished object, which is a WIP (work in progress) that has been abandoned. As my UFO pile began to grow I began to notice that it’s really the process of creating the thing rather than actually finishing the thing that has been getting me all excited.
Recently I have seen how this habit has crept into my working life. Now that I am self-employed I must guard my time carefully. I must choose what is the highest use of my time and focus on those things first–the things that will generate revenue and move my business forward. Since I recently added blog flipping to my business model, I have found that I am allowing myself to get bogged down in fussing over every little detail of the sites I create. I am enjoying the process of building the new sites, writing the content, creating videos, and finding photos for the blog entries. If I keep fussing over every site and saying, “Let me add just one more thing,” then I never get to finish it and the WIP quickly turns into a UFO. I created a site last fall with the intention of flipping it, but have I sold it yet?
As this all became clear to me as I lay in bed with thoughts about my newest site in development swirling around in my head I came to the startling conclusion that it’s fear that is keeping me from finishing the damn thing, listing it for sale and starting another site project. I can see that I must hug this monster taking the energy of the fear surrounding it and translate it into momentum to move me forward. It takes courage to feel the fear and act anyway. I was thinking that if I struggle with this bugaboo than there may be other people out there with UFOs languishing that just need a little kick in the pants to get them to finish it.
Today I am going to be about finishing what I have started. I will list that site I’ve been fussing over and begin again.
The way we think about our lives, our approach to facing and dealing with the challenges that life brings is based upon what kind of mindset we have. Children who are raised being told that if they work hard, stay in school, and stay out of trouble then their lives will be good. The traditional path of going to school, graduating from college and then finding a ‘good job,’ is the path that many Americans have been on until recently. Since the onset of this current ‘economic downturn,’ thing has radically shifted quite unexpectedly for millions of people. Now face with job losses, loss of homes, and a complete shake-up of their lifestyle, people are being forced to find another way of approaching life. When the ground that you once stood on becomes shaky, you are forced to move to another more stable position. If your job and your lifestyle of consumption is what defined you before, and that all falls away, what remains?
Developing the mindset of abundance involves looking to the source of everything which is resident in each of us. Every human being was created in the likeness of our Creator, and a spark from that flame lives within each of us. Taking on a new, more resourceful mindset of abundance begins by acknowledging that a job is not the source of our supply, rather it is our Source that sustains us. We were all given unique gifts and talents that would serve to help us to make our way in this world and through their expression live at our highest and best.
Taking on the mindset that each of us has within us everything we need to be everything we ever wanted to be involves trust, and faith and perseverance. We must trust the guidance that we are always given. We need to have faith that our Source will sustain us as we seek to express our gifts and talents, and we need to persevere through the challenges and the storms that are a part of living on this planet.
Developing the mindset of abundance involves getting in touch with our Source and being open to what it has to teach us. It involves expressing our deepest gratitude for what we have in order to create a space for what we desire. It involves blessing ourselves and those we come in contact with in order to increase the flow of positive energy moving through us. Take a look at this short article about the ‘Aloha Spirit,’ which has detailed instructions on how to enhance your power to bless.
Reading inspiring books written by people who embody the mindset that you desire is another way to train your thinking and change your thoughts towards the things that you would like to do, be and have. So, while the world keeps spinning its tales of gloom and doom and destruction, you can stand aside and embrace the power to continue on your own path doing that which you are guided to do and creating your own abundance and peace.