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26 jun

Ten Things to Do with Your Prosperity

JayForte“Prosperity-induced padding,” a term used by author Gay Hendricks in his book, The Big Leap, refers those extra 10 or 20 pounds many of us carry around on our frames because we are part of a culture of plenty. There are few places on the planet that have access to the amount and choices of food and resources we have. And though a recession has challenged this for many, we still have more than most.

“Prosperity-induced padding”– how interesting. Prosperity is the thing we work hard to achieve. “Padding” is the thing we work hard not to achieve. What does this tell us about how we use our prosperity? What does this tell us about our choices?

Our success, our prosperity, can allow us to have great things. And we Americans have a preoccupation with food – fast food, gourmet food, ethnic food, natural food, processed food, frozen food, farm-fresh food, food stores, mega-food stores, warehouse food stores, food TV, food magazines, food, food, food. And though eating is requirement of survival, many have taken our prosperity to a new and unhealthy level. Food uses more of our resources than it should, and when it does, other things that could benefit from our prosperity are ignored or disregarded.

Prosperity brings us:

- Time – many have enough resources not to need to work.
- Talents – many have the ability to develop their personal greatness.
- Treasure – many have great financial resources.

So, how do you use these? Consider these other ways to use your prosperity to not suffer from “prosperity-induced padding” and perhaps bring something more significant to the world.

Use your prosperity to:

1. Reorganize and redesign your space to commit to recycling 100% of what can be recycled to tread more lightly on the planet.

2. Insulate your home, replace wasteful appliances, tint windows, update heating or cooling with more efficient products, to reduce your energy consumption.

3. Donate to and support a charity you find personally valuable and meaningful.

4. Buy healthy food for those who don’t have enough, or any – locally, nationally or internationally.

5. Sponsor a child’s education – locally, nationally or internationally.

6 Mentor a child, peer or someone older in what has helped you achieve your personal or professional prosperity.

7. Invent something new and valuable that advances the quality of life, the respect for the planet, improved health, or something else signficant for humanity.

8. Work towards finding a cure for an illness that affects your life or the lives of those you care about.

9. To educate about tolerance, acceptance and respect for differences.

10. To support art, music, literature and other things of beauty that add to the quality of life.

A sign of success in many industrialized countries is the amount of food we have and how much we consume. Notice the amount of food thrown away each day at our restaurants. Notice the aisles of product choices we have in our food store. Notice how easy for most of us to have enough of what we want to eat. And having access to so much doesn’t always make us better. Many times it makes us less healthy, less charitable and less concerned. “Prosperity-induced padding” is what I now call using my “extra” for me instead of for others. And I am committed to ending it – for health and for impact.

So consider returning some of your prosperity back to your world. A little less food can make us all healthier. A little more time, talent and treasures shared with the world, can help others improve their lives. Absolutely celebrate your success and prosperity. But then share this prosperity with others. Another way to say this is, be great, then share this greatness with the world.

Jay Forte is a motivational speaker and performance consultant. He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition, and the on-line resources, Stand Out and Get Hired, and The Hunt for Opportunities Success Manual. He has just completed his new book, The Greatness Zone; Your Place To Live and Work With Power, Passion and Purpose; chapter downloads will soon be available on his website. He works to connect people to their talents and passions to live fired up! More information at www.LiveFiredUp.com.

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Posted by Jay Forte on June 26th, 2010 in Family, General, Health, New Directions, Personal Stories, Technology, Things We Love | 2 comments Read related posts in , , , , , , , ,

31 may

Do More of Some Things and Less of Others

JayForteLife is all about choice – we choose to do some things and not others. We have the choice to tread lightly in some situations and not in others. Here is what I mean.

In the living well magazine of my local supermarket was an article about a twelve-year old who worked with her family to limit their trash output to one bag a week. She educated her entire family about what can be recycled, required reusable containers and bags, and insisted on a commitment to reduce the amount of “stuff” the family has. Tread lightly on the planet.

An author friend of mine blogged this week about an elderly man who had fallen on the street, and though a crowd gather around him, no one bothered to help him stand. My friend came through the crowd and helped the man stand, made sure he was fine, then moved along on his way. Don’t tread lightly when it comes to helping others.

My neighbors in Florida funnel the rainwater from their roof into cisterns and barrels, and use this water to irrigate their plants and gardens. They comply with the water restrictions and are careful about how much water they use and when they use it. They respect this resource. Tread lightly with our natural resources.

I was in a Starbucks last week and watched a kid, excited about ordering his own beverage (the parent was in the car), realize to his horror that he did not have enough money with him. The person in line covered his shortfall and the kid’s smile returned in an exceptional way. Don’t tread lightly with kindness.

A friend of mine plans his household errands. He will delay an errand until it can be combined with several others in the same geographic area to use less gas and limit the wear on the car. Tread lightly on the planet.

A friend of mine from New England never misses an opportunity to send a card, make a call or stay in touch. Few people I know value their contact with their friends the way this person does. He celebrates his friendships every day; his friends feel special, valued and important. Don’t tread lightly with friendship.

It is our choice to respond – to tread lightly when it comes to our planet, our resources and our world – and to not tread lightly when it comes to kindness, generosity, help and support.

Since it is your choice, what do you choose? Try these:

- What three ways will you tread lightly on the planet – and how will you share your ideas with others to do the same?

– What three ways will you not tread lightly (be bold) in your service and kindness to others – and how will you share your ideas with others to do the same?

Each of us makes an impact – is it the right impact? Do more of some things; do less of others. Own your impact and share what you know.

Jay Forte is a motivational speaker and performance consultant. He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition, and the on-line resources, Stand Out and Get Hired, and The Hunt for Opportunities Success Manual. He has just completed his new book, Happiness Matters; Know Yourself, Find Your Fit and Transform Your World; chapter downloads will soon be available on his website. He works to connect people to their talents and passions to live fired up! More information at www.LiveFiredUp.com.

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Posted by Jay Forte on May 31st, 2010 in Family, General, Health, New Directions, Relationships, Spirituality, Things We Love | No comments Read related posts in , , , , , ,