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5 Tips for Leveraging Peace to Achieve Prosperity

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    Five Tips

    5 Tips for Leveraging Peace to Achieve Prosperity
    By Paula Damiano

    In the crazy, complicated world we inhabit, peace is often in short supply. Just as political entities have trouble achieving peace, so do much smaller entities like our workplaces, our families, and ourselves. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the wildly successful Eat, Pray, Love, says, “Somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”

    So what is this elusive state? Dictionary definitions range from “the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation or nations” to “a state of mutual harmony between people or groups.” Everyone thinks they understand the concept, and most people agree it’s a worthy goal. The mystery is how to get there. Here are some concepts to consider:


    Peace in the workplace. We spend a tremendous part of our time with workmates, bosses and other business-related people. A bad relationship here can seriously impact your effectiveness. Kathi Elster and Katherine Crowley of K Squared Enterprises (they’ve spoken at NAFE events and written for this newsletter) have published extensively on this theme, including Working With You is Killing Me and Working for YouIsn’t Working for Me Read and learn.



    Peace with your finances. Do you reconcile your checkbook every month? Regularly review your income and expenses? Can you easily name and value all your assets? Barbara Stanny (another contributor to the NAFE newsletter) is a leading authority on women and money. Her mission is to inspire women to become financially empowered. I’ve taken one of Barbara’s workshops on getting your financial house in order and can personally recommend it. Believe me, it’s thrilling to be at peace with your own money!



    Peace in your personal space. Clutter breeds chaos – and chaos doesn’t breed success. Responsible adults maintain order in their work and living spaces. If you absolutely can’t do it yourself, hire someone to organize your home and office. But get it done, or you’ll never truly be grown up.



    Peace with your career goals. Are you happy with your current job? If not, what are you doing to change it? Dragging yourself to a work situation every day that isn’t satisfying is unhealthy, unproductive, and no way to live. This is your life. Set optimistic yet reasonable goals. Then attend a seminar, get a mentor, read a book, go back to college – do whatever it takes to kick-start your career. What are you waiting for?



    Peace with yourself. I’ve studied meditation for several years, inspired by my visit to India with the Working Mother/NAFE team for an Advancement of Women Global Conference. My Hindu meditation instructor once discussed the concept of bliss. He explained that bliss shouldn’t necessarily be your goal, because it’s a difficult state to sustain. Instead, he counseled us to seek contentment – because it’s possible to be content 24/7. You don’t have to do formal meditation. For you, it may be spending quiet time in church or sitting by a waterfall.

    Contentment doesn’t have to mean complacency. The Buddhists say you should treasure a pebble in your shoe because it reminds you that life is never perfect – and there’s always room for improvement. To me, peace and contentment are synonymous. Whatever you call it, invest in your personal future by finding your own path to peace – and work every day to achieve it.

    Paula Damiano writes and edits corporate newsletters (including NAFE NEWS & NOTES), executive profiles, marketing materials, website text and other business applications that require words:



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