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Balance – creating balance between work/home etc.

Develop a system to be sure your fun meter is maxed 24/7 when at home or work

I like to have fun.  Every day, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, I want to be having fun.  I am having fun writing this article.  My fun meter is on MAX.  People talk about balance between work, play, and personal life.  In my opinion work, play, and personal life are all one.  Our fun meters need to be on maximum 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

There was a time that I was like most people.  Work was work and play was play.  I was at a point where work was just one of those other unmentionable four letter words.  Work was not very nice.  It was a means to an end.  I looked forward to the weekends just to be away from work.  I still rest on Saturday and Sunday (see rest, renew, and rejuvenation below) and now I look forward to Monday morning!  Back to work.

Every day, including weekends and holidays, I evaluate each and every activity.  I ask myself in the morning, “What activities will I do today to realize the most fun and financial reward today?” At the end of the day I ask, “What did I do that day?”  I record, in my personal data device, the results.  The way I have fun is to make work with play.

When your hobbies become your work you will never have to get up and go to work.  You might want to re-read that sentence.  I know a catering manager who lamented to me about how she hated her job.  Working for the restaurant, managing the catering, setting up and tearing down were becoming too much.  When I asked her what she wanted to do she said, “Go fishing.”  Within less than 15 minutes we verbalized a plan to create that business.  Shortly after that she left the restaurant to start her business.

Beyond hobbies you can choose things you like to do.  If you are a ‘people person’ find a job that allows you to interact with people.  If interacting with people is a negative for you, find a job that allows you to work alone.  A dear friend of mine and business associate would rather sit in a corner alone than interact with people.  After a 20 year career as an engineer he opened his own business.  He finds that his best resources for new business are to interact with other business people.  After 12 years in business he continues to network with people in business.  He continues to find ways to stretch his comfort zone so that today he operates two related businesses, getting most of his business from the people in his network, interacting with other professionals.

Surround yourself with positive, like minded people who are having fun.  Meeting someone you instantly like is rare.  Meeting someone you instantly like does happen.  Creating groups of people we like that share the same values takes a conscious effort.  I recently had an experience where a fellow who is mostly negative (90 percent of the time) moved to a new place.  The food was great, the living quarters compared to a Five Star Hotel, and his life was on an upswing.  Less than a week later he found his peer group of complainers.  The food went from great to bad, the Five Stars fell from the sky, and he is now looking for a new place to live.  He is happy being miserable.

Include rest, renew, and rejuvenation activities in your business and lifestyle.  Combine those activities so that there is overflow between business and life activities.  Here is what we created for my financial planning client who loves golf.  Monthly, he and a golf professional invite one of the financial planner’s clients to a free golf lesson.  To sweeten the deal, the client is also allowed to bring up to three friends who live in the same area.  Living in the same area is important to the financial planner because those people who live in that area have similar investment needs/desires.  They also need to like to play golf.  Now the financial planner has three prospects to get to know and have fun with.  The golf professional has four prospects to connect with for future lessons.

Gerry Rose runs INTEGRITY Networking Solutions in Oceanside, CA.  He works with people in business who want to attract the right prospects and generate more referrals.  More than 10,000 businesses have been presented the INTEGRITY Networking Solutions system in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties.

Gerry’s stimulating presentation Unlimited Prospects, Unlimited Referrals is ideally suited for small business owners, home-based businesses, and independent professionals who want clearer direction and want to attract more prospects, develop dynamic systems, and strengthen their companies’ accountability.  Gerry does one on one consulting, conducts a range of keynote speeches from thirty minutes to full-day education workshops.

His book series, Unlimited Prospects, Unlimited Referrals, are available on the website, www.integritysd.com.

Gerry has more than 20 years’ experience directing business owners how to grow their businesses.  He is a networking dynamo.  Those who know him will assure you that he does a great job of bringing people together—which is why he started INTEGRITY.

Involved with networking organizations since 1984, Gerry is a Distinguished Toastmaster, a member of Toastmaster International, and has chaired numerous chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations.

Are you truly committed to attracting the right prospects and generate more referrals?  If so then contact INTEGRITY Networking Solutions for availability and information.  You can contact Gerry by mail at 1610 Quiet Hills Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056.  Direct dial (760) 439-4623; e-mail to gerry@integritysd.com.  For more information, go to www.integritysd.com

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