What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?

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What’s the Reason Behind Everything You Do?

Article by: Lisa Jacobs

So, you like to reach for the stars! Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why do I want to touch them?” As I explore my next moves for the great year of 2011, I find myself being bombarded with tips and advice for handling great success. Premonitions? I hope so!

I quote Jack Canfield in saying, “You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.” As I prepare to watch my business plan unfold before me, I’ve stopped to double-check that what I’m looking for is really what I want.

I’m pulling this next bit from Martha Beck’s article in the January 2011 edition of O Magazine. To paraphrase, Martha had clients coming into her office with big dreams, like having a baby and getting a huge promotion. When they got what they had been asking for, it turned out to be a different experience than what they had expected.

For instance, the woman who wanted the baby wanted to be loved. She imagined the baby arriving, nuzzling her, cooing at her, and growing up to admire her forevermore. What she got was a baby—who would do all that, but it wasn’t as dreamy as she had pictured it. That little person also came with colic, dirty diapers, and sleepless nights.

In the second case, the woman who wanted the huge promotion wanted more money and recognition. Of course that came with the job, but so did long hours, less fun, and an exhausting workload.

You can look at your goals and ask, what’s the reason behind everything that I do? When you examine it more closely, you come to realize that the feelings you desire—not the goal—are what you’re looking for more of in your life. If you start feeding your spirit these feelings you desire, you will work toward your sense of wholeness now—and the goal won’t be too far behind.

In the exercise, Martha Beck asked that you close your eyes and imagine yourself achieving that big goal you have for the year. Then, open your eyes and describe what you felt in three adjectives.

For example, my goal is to have great success with the Energy Shop this year. When I close my eyes, I feel:

1. Excited
2. Fulfilled
3. Accomplished

Now, I need to look at my current life and ask myself, how can I feed the desire to feel those three things? Well, I get excited when Handmadeology publishes another one of my posts! I can hardly wait to read what the community is going to say when they find it!

I feel fulfilled when I’m serving others. Whether it be a nutritious dinner and mouth-watering dessert for my family or quality customer service for my shop, it feels good when I give my all in service.

Finally, I feel accomplished when I fully complete my business. I mean, don’t you? For instance, how does it feel when you not only finish your orders, but then clean up your workspace too?! I feel good when I look around me, and see completion–everything as it should be. That sense of accomplishment keeps my energy positive and forward-moving.

Lately, I’m making a point to feed my spirit what it craves by doing more of what I’m dreaming of. Record-breaking sales at the Energy Shop, HERE I COME!

What are your dreams? And how do you feed them?

Posted at 1:35pm Jan 19, 2011 EST


Awesome post. I have to go think about my answer!

Posted at 1:38pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

dotsdiner says

Great post, I have been thinking along those lines lately, while trying to decide what I really want to be doing when I retire from my day job and jump into this full time.
Do I really want to be sitting there sewing all day? Or is it more than that?
Thank you.

Posted at 1:39pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

toriska says

Great post! I love what I do here because it gives me the thrill of creating something beautiful, earning money on my own skills, and having a creative outlet when the day to day gets too repetitive. It's always good to examine our motivations.

Posted at 1:41pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

Honestly, the reasons I'm doing this are several, but all stem from my need to feel secure, happy, and fulfilled in what I do. I never got that from working for someone else.

Posted at 1:42pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

I created my company after a trip to South America. I couldn't find good beads. After finding a bead workshop, I showed them what I wanted, offered them help with procuring dyes and machinery and my business was born. Although it's a small workshop, they keep me supplied with whatever I need. When my (trade show) sales went up, they added mid-day meals so they would not have to return home. Now, they have added a small room and have child care available.

This alone gives me the spirit and energy to do what I do.

Now, my other business, creating jewelry, helps subsidize the bead biz.

My dreams? They are my reality: enjoy every day, travel everywhere, keep in touch with everyone and take care of myself.

Posted at 1:44pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

Mummm - Not reaching for any stars here! LOL! Just trying to clear out so I can get my ideas sewn up & have some room for them in my little house! I have (4) shops here so I have inventory!

Posted at 1:44pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

tweal says

Great topic for discussion. I like this part: Jack Canfield in saying, “You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.”

Been there, done that. Well I didn't get to the top of the ladder, but I was a good ways up, when I realized that the ladder was much higher than I thought, and it wasn't even that fun to climb. So I changed my mind and started sewing instead.

So far so good, I am happy doing this, but now you've got me thinking. Thanks for bringing this up ;)

Posted at 1:45pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

The reason I do what I do? Simple. I love it! Creating gives me satisfaction, and makes me feel good.

Posted at 1:50pm Jan 19, 2011 EST

When I first started on Etsy I came across a post from Lisa (energyshop)about her success in her first 3 months - she generously shared important information that I still find valuable.

Posted at 1:52pm Jan 19, 2011 EST