Look What I GET TO DO Today…
One of the side effects of a job in sales is constant education – and inspiration.
No one said it would be easy to create income from nothing, and I didn’t expect it to be. I also didn’t expect it to be so scary – no paycheck on Friday unless I sell something! But the rewards are great, and once in a while I realize that I receive far more than a paycheck for my work.
This was brought home to me in a podcast this morning by Gabby Bernstein of Spirit Junkie, who is one of my invisible mentors, always bringing inspiration to my job. So do many others, and without the “self-help” community being there to share their motivating thoughts with the world… people like me could not do what we GET to do.
That’s key. Something I learned this morning will stay with me for a long time.
I had created a strange “to do” chart for myself that looks like the inside of my brain. It’s my own thing, and resembles a spider web – many sections within sections, symmetrical but round, rather than a straight-forward list. It has segments for my work, my side work, my “chores,” and just life stuff that’s going on every day within it all. Using this, I can see clearly what is before me for the day… it just works. For example, here are some things I have to get done today:
And as Gabby pointed out, I was looking at the day, already exhausted by all the things I needed to do in so many directions. Then she said, “Think of it as things we GET to do.” Just repeat that to yourself.
I live in New Orleans, the most interesting city in all the world. It really is. I GET to represent these drop-dead amazing properties and get paid for showing them to other people. I GET to enjoy some funny things that happen in other people’s properties; like this shoe-in-the-freezer thing. As I told my client, “Fodder for the blog.”
I get to be responsible for millions of dollars worth of property, plan fun events for friends as a side job, work with my little guy to get his summer homework done, cook for and feed my beautiful family in a kitchen my husband created with his own hands. I get to be social, busy, amused and rushed and overwhelmed with a collection of to-do items that can only be listed in the form of a spider web.
There are people all over the world who would kill for my to-do list. I am blessed enough to GET to live a life that feels like a merry-go-round to me sometimes.
But I don’t HAVE to do these things – I GET to do them.
I spent the whole day thinking that way. Look what I get to do. Look who I get to meet. Look what I get to create. How beautiful is life when we realize we GET to live it?
I have deep gratitude for my life in New Orleans, among the crazy, swimming in a tide of strange and wonderful things.
What do YOU get to do today? Change that word, and the day will change around you.
Realtor, Inventor of Spider List
(PS – You also GET to enjoy some free wine this month, if you want to share your bliss with friends of our club).