Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The most important rule

Seth in his blog post titled "The most important rule" says,

How's this for a 98% rule: By a factor of three, what you do is not nearly as important as how it makes people feel.

I, for one, totally buy that. In the spirit of this blog, I would add that,

Every single time, what you do is not nearly as important as how it makes YOU feel.

If you are giving away time, effort and/or money and you are feeling that you are losing something, that feeling has a profound effect on how you perceive the world, a world of scarcity instead of infinite abundance.

What you feel is a natural reaction stemming from your belief system and it also can affect it.

If you are selling a product/service and you are pushing for a sale somehow through some outrageous claims or by undercutting price, you are feeling that it is a win-lose proposition and you believe that what you are selling is not the best.

In your career, if you are settling for not-so challenging projects every time, then you are believing that you are not good enough.

Not that you are not great but that is what you made yourself feel by choosing the unchallenging project and so you are, for now. But that can change, if you become aware of this, and make a statement to yourself by choosing differently.

The key is to be aware of your actions and their effect on your feelings.
What you feel impacts your belief system and your belief system dictates what you perceive in this world and to what extent. More on beliefs here.

Whenever you come across a new person, thing or event, ask yourself, how it is making you feel and check to see if it is not negatively impacting your belief system in any way.


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