Have you read this tiny gem of a book? To the Grave on Empty by Josh Bowen?
Although the title sounds grim, it is the ultimate book of optimism. The title is referring to the living of a life so full that when we are ready for the end of this physical state, we have nothing left inside of us. We have given it our all.
And it dawned on me, isn’t that the perfect metaphor for everything we touch or are involved with?
For instance, our online Affiliate Marketing business is all about relationship marketing. So that means, are we giving away all that we can in terms of our interactions online?
And so it goes in life, doesn’t it? How are we in our daily ways of interacting and giving? Are we overflowing in our ability to give to others? Are we doing all we can possibly do to give hope, potential and peace to those that need a extra hand up?
And if we can answer yes to all that, are we also doing that with our online business?
We are all looking for value. The value of connection, love and learning and community. The value of being heard and seen. The value of going onto a website and having our needs met. Problems solved.
The term value added has become a bit overused at times.
But let’s look at this for a moment. If I am providing support and hope, I am giving a life line and opportunity.
That changes lives, yes?
And isn’t that exactly what we want to happen in every step of our daily lives?
So what does it take to be so interactive online that we get to the Grave on Empty?
I don’t know about you, but for me, if I make a connection that is so directly heart connected and solves a problem, I know I will come back to this site. I know that it speaks to my heart and I am so in.
So every time I am working on my site, I ask these questions:
1.What is my intent with this post?
2. Am I stirring our hearts?
3. Am I solving a problem?
4. Am I offering a solution?
5. Am I willing to put my heart and soul out there to have a relationship with my readers?
6. Transparency, ahh the big one. No hidden agenda
7. Am I giving the added value my reader wants?
8. Does my message shine through each post?
9. Am I giving enough?
10. Does my reader have the chance to know the person behind the words?
11. Am I trustworthy in every post?
12. Honest. How honestly am I interacting with my readers?
13. Do I return comments in a way that provides comfort and invites the reader to come back?
Lots to think about, yes?
But here is the thing. The very big thing.
If we are committing to do this for the rest of our lives, our lives have to dictate how we do this.
With integrity, value and compassionate grace.
Sounds a bit off putting to use those words sometimes in terms of business,.
But here is where I part ways with traditional sense of business.
I am the business.
I am the one out there, creating and promoting and giving. And if I do not see how to do this with my integrity intact, then I am not truly in sync with myself or my readers or my business, am I?
And if I truly want to get to the grave on empty, I must be willing to give it all away, yes?
There has been a huge movement in the last 15 years to social enterprise and micro giving. And I so think that speaks to the heart of how we truly want to be in our lives. In a business that is social enterprise, it is based on the concept that we all help each other. And it is for the greater good of the community. So we are no longer talking about corporations just worrying about their bottom line.
Instead, there is an expression, Tikkun Olam. This phrase means “repairing the world” (or “healing the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world.
That is my wish. This is how I wish to live and run my world and my business. I want healing, connection and simple compassion to be my daily walk.
Do you want that also? Can you see how vital it can be?
As we walk through this space of a thing we call life, every day is the choice to heal our community, our souls, our interactions. We must not miss any opportunity, no matter what it is.
And if we can create our business to add to that seemingly lofty, yet so necessary goal, we have created a legacy.
What is your legacy looking like in your business?
How do you define it? And how will you make it reflect who you truly are?
What do we each need to do to ensure our connections are healing and positive ?
There is a quote in the sweet book that says:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain”.
Isn’t that perfect? If we see everything we do as a dance, there is no longer the need for obstacles. For we have chosen to see the beauty of the dance. And that becomes very healing and positive.
So each week and day as we encounter changes,challenges and new steps, we have the choice of knowing we can do this. No one ever said it would be easy, but then again, no one who has truly lived to the hilt, did not give it all they could. And did not let challenges become a mountain they could not climb.
Here is my mantra, today this moment:
I am giving all that I can. In every aspect of my life. My business will reflect that joy, love and connection. My world is busy creating a new dance step. And I am the creator of this amazing new Universe. My every step is in sync.
I wish each of us the knowing that each step of the way, we are there for each other. We are healing our world, we are giving until we are completely emptied out. Yes?
Check out the book, To The Grave on Empty. And let your heart blaze the path to success.
Do let me know what your thoughts are about how we choose to be in our business.
In peace and gratitude,
living one heart-centric moment at a time