Kids spell love TIME! They don't care what sort of car you drive or what brand clothes you wear, they only count their relationship with you by how much Value time you spend with them. I'm not talking about driving them places, cooking dinner, doing emails while they watch TV time - I'm talking about real Value time. Spending time with them at the beach, snow, park or museum. Whatever they are into, that's their values and joining their experience with them for something THEY love is what makes the difference. This is the stuff they will remember when they are parents themselves.
A few years ago, I found myself not spending enough Value time with the kids. I wasn't particularly happy with life. Work was so so, home life wasn't great and I found myself chasing external sensory highlights to make my life seem more fulfilling. You probably know the drill - you drink more, you shop more, you eat more, you have more - but somehow it doesn't add more fulfillment to your life. It just costs more. Unfortunately I couldn't find a way to have more time and money doing the corporate thing - it seems linear. Want more money, work more hours with more stress.
Life has a tendency of balancing itself and after awhile of this merry-go-round of consuming for fulfillment, I had a 'learning experience'. I got humbled, big time. Lost the high paying, big status corporate job. Was driving my second car, was living in a very small apartment - basically I was 25 again. Starting over.
So what did I do? Did I repeat the cycle and start consuming again? No. I sucked it up and started my passion business. I got real with myself and what I really wanted. More Value time with the kids, less trinkets of success and more life fulfillment. My ego took awhile to get use to it, but when I really got it, life was sweet again. I awoke with vibrancy and exuberance of a teenager. My relationships improved out of sight, my health improved, even my finances grew.
What was the change? The change was I was living my values and was congruent with myself. My kids felt my happiness and loved being around me because I was joyful and playful with them. You can't be happy with others until you are happy with yourself. Who knew, right! My business Social Star is designed around me, what I find important. Yes I leave early a few days a week to pick my kids up. Yes I work with friends and give discounts to people in need. It's my values and I live them every day. I also have a back up income to help me get ahead.
So how do you start your passion business based on your own values? How do you get your time back for your kids and to have a more fulfilling life? It's actually a simple process once you make the decision. Sure it takes work and changes to your lifestyle, but once you taste the benefits, there really is no comparison.
My mission is to help others to start their passion business so here are a bunch of free resources to help you on your way:
- Watch my webinar replay of 'Passion to Profits' to see how I transformed my life,
- Get my book free here 'Creating a Powerful Brand' and follow the steps to take control of your career and,
- Register for a free 20 minute business assessment to see if you have the idea that could change your life.
Don't wait another year before you take a chance to change your life. Grab your opportunity with both hands and demand more quality time with your kids. They are only young once.
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