Lifebushido has started a wonderful effort to increase neighborly love—with a frightful twist! We have started what is called “Ghosting It Forward.” This is a combination of the movie “Pay It Forward” and the fun Halloween tradition of “Ghosting” or “Boo-ing,” as some neighborhoods call it. Basically the idea is that you gift some neighbors with a bag of candy, a nice card, a small decoration or any other small gift that you feel is appropriate. The fun part is that you do this in secret!
Do not let your neighbor’s know that you were the one who ghosted them! Include, with your gift, the directions which instruct them to do the same to 2 other neighbors. After a while this idea will spread around your neighborhood, your town, and we might even see it happen all around the country. It has already begun. Have you been ghosted yet?

Are you a giver or a taker? While most of us must take a great deal just to make ends meet, we can also give even more! This giving can be in time or knowledge, it does not have to cost you a penny! Not only does this increase other’s opinions of you, but it could increase that which is being given to you. Lifebushido practices this. We should always be willing to share information with clients and non-clients for no additional cost. Take a step back and ask yourself if you have given anything today. Be willing to constantly provide help, ideas, and knowledge to clients, prospects, and fellow Ishidos.

There are only a few months left before the end of the year. Do you have yearly goals that are as-yet unmet? What is the single most important goal you want to achieve by the end of the year? Start your day by reading that goal. This will help you focus on it so you can complete it by December 31.

Sometimes we can get so focused on our future goals that we forget to relax and enjoy today. Take a step back and look over your day. Are you letting your family moments slip by because you are working too hard? The opposite could be true as well. You could be so wrapped up in the here and now that you are not achieving anything towards your long-term goals. Balance your time. You should devote time to both the present and the future.

We all have days that just seem to be a waste. These are the days we can’t seem to focus, the days we wish we could spend outdoors, shopping at the mall, playing computer games, or just vegging out at home. However tempting that may be, it will do nothing to get you through the backlog of duties you probably have waiting for you. If you don’t have anything pressing, such as a major deadline or meeting, then spend the day doing small buffer tasks. These are the tasks that need done, but get pushed to the side. They usually have no real deadline and require little time and even less thought. Take a few minutes right now and make a list of your “buffer tasks.” When it’s done, set the list aside until you have a day that you just can’t seem to focus.

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