There's this notion for startups that to make more sales, you can either increase the value your product brings, or increase the perceived value of your product.
You increase the value of your product by adding features, improving speed and quality, adding documentation, and so on.
You increase the perceived value of your product by making your benefits measurable. Add a dashboard with the hours your customers have saved by using your product, and add the average ROI for your customers to your landing page.
Whichever of the two you do, you're increasing the value your customer feels they get from your product. Both are important. Make a valuable product, but also communicate this value clearly.
Here's the thing: you can apply both concepts to yourself and your own image of yourself.
You can improve yourself by becoming more social, making more friends, eating healthier, exercising, and working towards something you believe in.
But you can also improve your perceived image of yourself by learning to appreciate what you already have. That's why writing a gratitude journal has such a powerful impact on your happiness.
Recognize and acknowledge all the good things in your life, the beauty around you, and the friendships you already have.
Yes, personal growth is important.
But take the time to see what you already have.
I recently wrote an article on managing stress as a developer:
“Developing software can be stressful. Deadlines, undocumented code, outside parties meddling with the project… Stress adds up. From different sources and over time. And you often have no control over outside influences. But you control how you respond.”
“Conquering a mountain of adversity could lead to feeling better about oneself and being ready to take on any new challenges. A greater appreciation for the self may result, and so might the ability to deal with future challenges. Self-love might lead to a path of self-forgiveness.”
“In this article, we will take a look at the Kubernetes Docker deprecation notice making sure we understand all terminology and components involved, allowing you to assess the impact this will have on you.”
Weekly Mindfulness Practice
This evening, take a piece of paper and note 3 things that made you happy today. Then write 3 things you are grateful for in your life. Enjoy this warm feeling you have now.
If you like it, you can do this again tomorrow!
Research has shown that writing a gratitude journal boosts our long-term happiness.
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