THE BLOG
07/10/2013 10:41 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2013

You Want What You Want... So That's What You Should Get!

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? What is your deepest desire? No, really... what do you want out of life? Is it something intangible like peace of mind -- or maybe something materialistic like your first exotic vacation? The underlying problem is we spend so much of our lives working towards goals, but when the time comes to act upon our desires, we often deny ourselves of the one thing that we desire most.

Why do we carry ourselves as if we don't deserve the best that life has to offer? I cannot answer that question for you -- only you can determine the answer for yourself. As a society, we spend so much time denying ourselves of rest, healthy eating, or even fulfilling relationships because we have been tricked into thinking that we cannot "have it all". I must confess... I was previously guilty of believing that I had to choose between working to establish a successful career and having a fulfilling personal life. However, as of late, my mindset has changed.

Recently, I was speaking to one of my sisters about what I believed was a small branding decision that I was attempting to finalize in order to meet an advertising deadline for my law practice. My sister quickly interrupted my thought process and boldly told me that I should never compromise something that will represent me -- no matter how great or small the representation may be. Hence, that conversation inspired this submission and forced me to think about other recent decisions that I have made in order to "meet a deadline" or check a requirement off my list of "things to do".

When was the last time that you "settled" in order to get the job done? We must be careful not to move so fast that we run the risk of watering down our brand. Whether we like it or not, by virtue of being alive, we all have a personal and/or business brand that we represent each day of our lives. What image are you portraying to the world through the decisions that you make and the actions that you take? Are you satisfied with that image?

If so, keep fighting the good fight and promise yourself that you will not become complacent. If you are not satisfied with your image, immediately take the necessary steps to change it. After all, you deserve the best...you want what you want so that's what you should get!

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