"It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake,
nor to succeed in order to
-- Charles The
this Daily Inspiration, I've hit 1,000 of them from beginning as a temporary
upliftment for a handful in late 2009. Others enjoyed them, I enjoyed doing them
and even found much inspiration in doing them myself, and this has grown
substantially from that small beginning. But, I never even considered hitting
1,000, let alone 500 or even 100.
of you probably have sold or bought something on eBay. So, you're probably aware
of the feedback number that sellers and buyers have which helps people have
confidence in transacting business with those persons or companies. I started
selling on eBay in April 2004 and had a zero feedback number. Then, I finally
got 10, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, and now have 11,321 feedback that people see, and
I've given 16,047 feedback to others. It's amazing to look at that now compared
with the beginning, and these are very small numbers compared to some serious
movers and shakers on eBay.
heard the old adage of putting one foot in front of the other, or a journey of
1,000 miles starts with the first step I'm sure. Focusing on the destination is
what some people think moves them forward, but I'm not convinced of that. If I
had set a goal to hit 11,000 feedback on eBay, I think I would not have got past
25 in the process before becoming discouraged and finding something more
rewarding to do. The only way that came about was by focusing on what I am doing
right now this minute, this hour, this day without counting until that day was
done. Even then, I may not count on a regular basis, but just focus on doing
rather than achieving.
a sales manager for over 40 years, I've seen a lot of sales managers and
executive managers so focused on the achieving, or the objective, or goal,
rather than a more lucrative focus on doing right now. Sure, I've had goals that
I wanted to hit, to win a prize, to have the bragging rights and such, and have
also become obsessed with hitting targets in my experiences. So many of them
resulted in disappointments because if the objective is missed, the prize is
however, we focus on the activity--the doing, the reward is the activity and
activity breeds results. Maybe there is other rewards, maybe not. But it is
truly in the doing, the putting one foot in front of the other that creates
satisfaction, and ultimately creates achievement.
also may begin with one idea and have it morph into another we may not have
considered before. This happened with my experience with eBay, which ultimately
became a worldwide business for several years selling nearly 20,000 items. As it
has with these Daily Inspirations. Many tell me how much they enjoy them, but
none more than me. My satisfaction is in the doing of them, not in the
achievement or the results of the effort. Don't get me wrong--I love hearing
what others have to say and love reading their comments and encouragement, but I
do it because I want to and because I love the doing of it.
Moving At The Speed Of This Moment.
Spread Some Joy Today--by feeling the joy that is natural to you. It isn't
something that comes to you, but something you allow from within you. Just let
go. There are zero problems in this moment. All the problems are in the