Live from Strength™ Life Lessons

By Wayne Ottum

A couple of recent events in my life have reminded me of some lessons life has been trying, I guess unsuccessfully, to teach me.  At least based on experience because I keep having them hit me in the face.  So, perhaps blogging about it will solidify these lessons once and for all…

The first lesson is that no matter what you do, someone in your life will expect more and consequently will be disappointed in you, in some fashion or another.  Whether you have done a lot of things, made a lot of money, lived a pretty healthy life, moved your life in a positive direction or got it done on time and under budget, someone in your life or business will point out all that is left to do, the money you left on the table, the few things you could do to live more healthy, how far you still have to go and someone will still want it faster, better and cheaper.

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Living Intentionally

The power is yours to create the life of your dreams with a clear vision!

You may have heard a few of these quotes in your lifetime, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” (George Harrison). Or, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you will wind up somewhere else!” (Yogi Berra). We really like these quirky little quotes because they capture the true essence of what happens when you’re not in the driver’s seat, actively navigating your life, and living intentionally. They also touch on the extraordinary power available to you by honing a clear focus, choosing a direction in alignment with who you are, and creating a compelling vision of the life of your dreams.

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Understanding Your Authentic Self

No matter our chosen profession, and regardless of our upbringing, we all have a natural way of being and we know our “way of being” (in terms of personality, talents, capabilities, ways of communicating, and ways of being motivated), are all different from those around us.  We know from experience when we are in alignment with our natural way of being – and when we are not. We perform better, feel better, we have more success, and we get outstanding results.

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Personal Mission Defined

A personal mission statement defines three things for the world to see:

  • What you do. This is the work you do that will take you where you want to go in your personal vision.  It is the work that will give you satisfaction, meaning, and purpose in your life, one happy and content day at a time.
  • Your unique value proposition. This is the unique value you provide to the world.  This is the result that people or organizations (which are simply larger groups of people) get from you or your efforts.  It could be joy, wealth, information, knowledge, skills, a better life, etc.
  • Who you serve. These are your customers.  These are the people or organizations that most value your unique value proposition.  This could be anyone (as everyone needs food) or it could be very specific (such as – children with leukemia).

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The Purpose of “Purpose”

 

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” W. Clement Stone – Bestselling author and founder of Combined Insurance Co.

iStock_000016880083XSmallAt one time or another, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here?”  Or, “What is my purpose in this world?”  Many struggle daily to answer these questions.  Others never really try to answer them, believing they are impossible to define.  We’ve heard some people say, “They’re just rhetorical questions, right?  Nobody really has a unique purpose in life, do they?”

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Listen to Wayne Ottum on Voice of America Empowerment Radio

KDMarlee-show-descriptionListen to the interview on Voice America Empowerment Radio, recorded on October 17th, 2014, with the founder of Ottum Enterprises, Wayne Ottum where he discussed the principles behind his book Live from Strength with hosts K D Marlee on their show “B-MyTe: Balancing Your Money and Your Time.”   Click here or on the image to your right to listen to the show.