Happy Thanksgiving!

These last few months have been quite interesting for me.

In August, I photographed a couple of weddings, and then soon after, we started a project to have new siding and a new roof put on the house.  Of course, we also refinanced the house, and found out that self-employed individuals have more stringent requirements than regularly-employed folks.

It all worked out, and now I'm sitting in a house that is more energy efficient and better able to maintain an even heat through all the rooms.

Life is good.

Times like this, I'm reminded of how far my life has improved.  Back in the late '80s, when I was homeless and struggling just to survive, it was hard to imagine living in such luxury.  Most of my clothes came from a thrift store, and having dinner at the local Denny's restaurant (a low-priced chain across the USA) was a treat.

But even then, the principles of manifesting a better life required that I find SOMETHING to be grateful for, even if it was the idea of something better coming into my experience.

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Getting the Type of Work You Want

This week, I've been watching a few online workshops hosted on CreativeLive.com as part of their Photo Week 2015 series.  CreativeLive broadcasts workshops 24/7 on a wide variety of topics, and you can watch for free.  Of course, they offer past workshops for sale, and this can be a great way to learn new things on YOUR schedule.

One topic that comes up often in the photography workshops, and also applies to many other areas of life, is the question of "How do I attract the type of clients I want to work with?"

Many photographers, especially when they're just starting out, find themselves in situations where they are asked to do work they really don't enjoy.  For instance, I have often found myself photographing a wedding where the couple who hired me wants a photojournalistic style of photography (candid shots taken without posing).  While I can do this, it's not really my favorite type of photography.

I prefer to pose people and get really striking, dramatic shots that are more artistic.

How Much Are You Worth?

The conversations I see on Facebook worry me sometimes.

Lately, there was a conversation in my circle of friends which centered around how much money the top CEOs make, and whether or not it is justified.  One person went so far to say that NO ONE deserves to make that much money.

In this post, I'm not going to debate why a CEO may or may not deserve to be paid what they get.

What I AM going to address are the core beliefs behind the issue.

Think about it.  If our beliefs create our reality (and there's plenty of evidence to prove this), and you believe that NO ONE deserves to make a million a year (or much, much more), then what type of income are you likely to manifest for yourself?

That type of belief is often called "poverty consciousness".  A belief that there's only so much money to go around, and when one person earns "too much", then others suffer as a consequence.

Let's play a game.

Websites for Sale

In my continuing efforts to cut back on the number of projects I handle, I've decided to let go of a number of website domains, including:

Just to be clear, I'm only offering the domain names, not the associated products or the current website content.  However, in the case of the Keys To Power Persuasion course, I'm also willing to sell that product, including full ownership rights to both the product and the website.

Getting Back to Positive

An issue that many people find themselves dealing with is an overabundance of negative thoughts.  In fact, some of those who go through my materials write in to ask me how they can get back to being a positive thinker.

Here's what I recently wrote to one such person.

You've uncovered some significant beliefs, and with this, you're on the right track.  The next step is to take control of your mind and reshape these beliefs into something more supportive.

Several of your beliefs sound like ones I've dealt with myself.  After a number of years of poverty-level living, I had lost faith in good things happening, and even found myself swimming in a giant whirlpool of uncontrollable negative thoughts.

Here's what I did to get past that and get back to a positive focus.

If You Want Specifics, You Have to Specify Them

One of the things I do is help people set up websites.

In late June, I was asked about the possibility of extending a website that I helped build to allow people to book appointments at conferences.  It seemed like a simple enough request, so I said that I would look into it and get back with them.

After several days of researching, I found that the Drupal CMS (Content Management System) did not have any working add-on modules specific to this.  Several modules had been created for similar uses, but none that handled this case directly.  And the only ones that seemed to be a close fit, when tested, didn't work correctly.

A couple more days of thinking about it, and I realized that the core shopping cart system could be made to serve in this capacity with a few tweaks here and there.

About a week ago, I started working on implementing the desired functions, and in a couple of days, had the core of what we needed.  Of course, with most website projects, once they saw the core functions working, they started asking about making the website do more.

Identifying the RIGHT Things to Do

This morning, I received an email from Terry Dean, an Internet Marketer I respect and pay close attention to.  In his email, Terry talked about how 3 specific questions can help you eliminate unnecessary work from your life.  Since it ties in perfectly with what I've been writing about this week, I'd like to share a link to his blog with the article.


Specifically, the questions that Terry recommends you use are:

  1. Does this need to be done?
  2. When does it need to be done?
  3. Are you the right person to do it?

The first of his 3 questions is the subject I was already planning for this blog post, so let's take a closer look at it.

In almost any list of things to do, there's bound to be at least 1 or more items that really don't need to be done.  One of the questions I suggested yesterday touches on this.  "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"

Of course, the 2 questions are different, which is why I had planned a separate blog post on the first of Terry's 3 questions.  "Does this need to be done?"

When Order Matters

In my last blog post, I mentioned that one way I maintain my peace and tranquility when faced with too much to do is to focus on the most obvious needs first, and let the less important things slide.

While this does make sure that my time is used in the best way possible, there are exceptions to the rule.

For instance, when building a house, the walls may be the most obvious need, but you better start with the foundation, or the whole thing will fall apart very quickly.

Now, this will be obvious to a builder, but maybe not so obvious to the average person.

The point here is that what YOU see as the most obvious thing to work on may or may not be the best thing to start with.

To figure out if there's something else you need to work on before you start a task, ask yourself this question, "Does this depend on something else that needs to be addressed first?"

Other questions that can also reveal a specific order requirement, "If I do this now, will I have to redo it again later after I do some other thing?" and "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"

Getting Things Done

One of the biggest issues many of us face is a shortage of time. 
There's just too much to do and not enough time to do it in.

I often find myself thinking the same thing.  Sometimes, I even get to the point of becoming anxious about it.  But I have to remind myself that the best I can do is the best I can do, and let that be okay.  This always brings me back to serenity and peace.

The guiding principle is best seen in the way I clean house.

I always start with the most obvious mess.  The worst spot in the house.  Even if I get nothing else done, cleaning up THAT spot will have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the whole house.  When I get that area cleaned up, at least as much as I feel like doing at the time, I look around and see what then stands out as being the worst spot.

As each "worst spot" gets cleaned up, the house takes a significant step towards cleanliness, and if I don't have time to do the whole job, what does get done is the most that could have been done by me in the time available.


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