How to become content with what you have

This article was co-authored by Jennifer Butler, MSW. Jennifer Butler is a Love & Transformation Coach and the Owner of JennJoyCoaching, a life coaching business based in Miami, Florida, although Jennifer works with clients all over the world. Jennifer’s work centers around empowering women who are navigating any stage of the divorce or breakup process. She has over four years of life coaching experience. She is also the co-host of the Deep Chats Podcast along with Leah Morris and the host of season 2 “Divorce and Other Things You Can Handle” by Worthy. Her work has been featured in ESME, DivorceForce, and Divorced Girl Smiling. She received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from New York University. She is also a Certified Health Coach, a Communications & Life Mastery Specialist, and a Certified Conscious Uncoupling and Calling in “the One” coach.

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In our fast-paced, interconnected modern world, it’s hard not to constantly want something new, something better, something faster. Whether it’s your car, your house, or your family, we’re always looking for ways to trade up, always chasing the next best thing. But this cycle of pursuit and temporary satisfaction is never-ending. To free yourself from it, you must eventually become content with what you have. This doesn’t mean you never seek improvements within yourself or your quality of life, but it does mean to stay conscious of how lucky you really are, and finding simple joys in everyday moments.

How to become content with what you have

Finding contentment in life seems like a road we all walk that never finds its end. If I am happy today do I really want things to change? If I am happy today am I content? Or am I just being complacent? Can I even say for sure that I know the difference?

A quick trip to the dictionary says that when we are content, we are happy. When we are complacent we are saying that we are happy, but we are doing so while being unaware of actual dangers or deficiencies present in our lives.

It seems that wherever we go, everyone is running around in search of some unknown thing without knowing what they want. A kind of discontentment reflects on their face be they millionaires or average Joes. With so many people experiencing it, could this really be the purpose of life? No. Not to me. Finding contentment has to be my top priority.

Finding Contentment in Life

Life is beautiful, yes… but f I say to you that you should enjoy its beauty and be content with what you have, am I saying you shouldn’t try to achieve more? I don’t think so. I look at finding contentment as putting an end to strife, not putting an end to striving. Don’t ever stop improving. It does not hinder you to better your condition in this world, in your family or in your career.

You may want more, but as long as you appreciate what you have, there can be no wrong in seeking to better yourself. As the saying goes, be thankful for the life you have while fighting for the life you want. While doing that, though, give contentment a special place in your life because discontentment benefits no one. All it does is push you towards negativity which harms not only you but also everyone connected to you.

Damages of Discontentment

Jealously, comparison, restlessness, depression, and aggression are the major factors of discontentment. Discontentment leaves deep scars on your soul and sometimes damages life in such a way that the damage is irreparable.

Discontentment is lust for money, material pleasure, fame, prestige, and power. The result is rivalry, bitterness, greed, covetousness, and jealousy. Cutthroat competition crops up everywhere be it career, family or academic levels. No one is satisfied with what they have. Self-sufficiency has taken the backseat.

Have we ever thought about what we are getting from these things? Are we benefiting from these feelings or actions? If the answer is No, then why not get better at finding contentment?

Finding contentment in life & finding peace

There are two tents: content and discontent. It is up to you which one you live in. If contentment is profit, discontentment is loss; if contentment is happiness then discontentment is sadness. Contentment leads you to peace, happiness, self-sufficiency, and love towards human beings and spirituality.

Make a checklist and find out whether you are closer to finding contentment, or further away now than ever.

  • What is important for you?
  • Are you happy?
  • What makes you happy?
  • Which of your needs are not being met?

If you find out the answers to your happiness are things that come from within yourself then you are contented.

Conclusion

Finding contentment in life is the key to happiness which brings us internal, and eternal, peace. A contented mind free of turbulence. That helps foment positive thinking. Contentment is an instrument in shaping your life. All the worldly things (riches and power) are worthless without contentment. It is an investment which gives you inner peace, love, harmony, and connectivity to God, and that is something which money can never buy.

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere

Francois La Rochefoucauld

So if you want to enjoy these benefits set yourself free from the cage of discontentment, start finding contentment and start living the life of your dreams.

Contentment. What does it mean? In America, we’ve been taught to believe that contentment is linked to our accomplishments or constantly getting more. Our basic value is that “more is better.” We think, “I’ll be happy when I get married.” Or “I’ll be content when I have a second child.” Or “…when my marriage is functioning on all four cylinders.” Or “…when we remodel the bathroom.”

The problem with this line of thinking is that the horizon is always moving. Since there’s no end to our desire to acquire or do more, we’ll never experience contentment.

The Stoics believed that contentment meant the opposite – the way to have peace and contentment is to have less and less. They would emotionally detach from the things and people they loved, convincing themselves that nothing mattered.

But the truth is getting more and more can never bring contentment, and desiring less and less can’t either. Prosperity doesn’t have the power to give us contentment, nor poverty the power to take it away.

The true meaning of contentment is being satisfied with what you have and with who you are – right now.

But is this truly attainable?

In his letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul shares the secret to being content: “I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me.I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

At the time of writing the letter, Paul was living in a Roman prison. Before that, he’d been beaten within an inch of his life, betrayed, and left for dead. Despite all this, Paul expressed his joy and appreciation for the church and then reassured them that he wasn’t writing because he needed their financial help. He was writing because he was joyful and grateful.

Paul realized that contentment is an attitude we learn and not a thing we achieve. He had learned to be content regardless of his circumstances.

Contentment doesn’t have anything to do with what is external – our circumstances. But it has everything to do with God doing something inside of us.The good news is that we all can learn how to become fully content with who we are, what we are, and what we’re doing. How? Through our supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ, we can learn how to be content by being:Thank God for what you do have instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Grateful.
Thank God for what you do have instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Teachable.
Ask God what He wants you to learn in your present circumstance instead of telling Him what you want Him to change.

Flexible. Knowing what you’re to do and actually doing it are two different things. Being flexible means that you need to be willing to change. Believe it or not, God’s number one priority is not to make you happy or to be fulfilled and have everything go your way. His primary agenda is to make you like His Son. You can practice being flexible by asking God: “What do you want me to change to make me more like your Son?”How is it that you can be teachable and flexible? The key is to be confident in the knowledge you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. This only occurs by faith, moment by moment.

Confident. How is it that you can be teachable and flexible? The key is to be confident in the knowledge you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. This only occurs by faith, moment by moment.

It’s my prayer that as we journey through God’s word together, that we’ll begin to experience a great and lasting contentment, regardless of our circumstances.

Keep Pressin’ Ahead,

Chip Ingram
Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge

How to become content with what you have

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Chip Ingram

Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge

Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California.

From research to consistency to the art of receiving feedback, how to create excellent digital content.

All current digital marketing initiatives are built on the basis of content production — defined as the process of conducting research, coming up with strategic ideas, turning those ideas into high-value collateral and then advertising them to a specific audience. Web pages, blogs, infographics, movies and social media postings are all examples of digital content, the marketing of which generates three times the number of leads versus traditional marketing, while costing 62% less.

All content has one goal: to make a connection with an audience — to bring in new leads and result in the return of earlier consumers. Beginners may believe that creating content begins with your own thoughts and what you wish to communicate. However, knowing an audience (imagining what they value, what they find fascinating and what prior material has appealed to them) is actually the vital first step in the brainstorming process.

And, despite the fact that the digital world is always changing, there is a method to the madness of content creation. If you follow the principles below, you’ll quickly establish yourself as a creation leader, drawing qualified prospects ready to solve their problems.

Search engine optimization

You must make your content appealing to search engines in today’s marketing square. Hone your writing abilities helps, certainly, but also use SEO tools to help you get the most out of material. Web content writers should be well-versed in the fundamentals of SEO and apply them to their work. And it isn’t a skill just for copywriters; properly curated video SEO and imagery optimizations help content rank higher than it would otherwise.

Another great approach in learning how an audience is talking about a topic is to conduct keyword research, which will also assist in identifying fresh content options that you may not have explored otherwise.

Research

Good content curation entails distilling a large amount of information and data into the most useful and relevant presentation for the reader, and research provides you with the authority to talk about topics in a relevant and industry-specific manner. It also helps you develop stronger and more fluid writing abilities by giving you confidence and clarity.

Change happens quickly in just about any business, so research — including tirelessly reading other people’s work — will help you stay up to date. The greatest content developers are inquisitive, and restlessly seek out topics that their target audience is likely to be interested in.

Consistency

The more material you provide, the more visitors your website will receive. If you want to be the best publisher in your field, you must make a commitment to push out content that readers are interested in regularly. It isn’t something you do simply when you have free time. It isn’t a hobby. Treat it like work. In order to achieve visibility, digital content production needs dedication and consistency. Remember, “Out of sight, out of mind”, so publish.

Learn about your audience

If you dig deep enough into an audience’s interests and patterns, you’ll discover new ideas that you might not have happened across otherwise. Basic demographic data like age, interests, education, location and purchasing patterns may go a long way in helping curate the kind of ideation you need. Understanding a consumer is your first obligation as a content creator, so, while brainstorming new concepts, consider what they would find entertaining, intriguing or useful, then consider how those ideas can fit into content strategy.

Brand analysis

A brand’s character and voice, design strategy, strong points, weaknesses, rivals’ tactics and effective content strategies with the highest value should all be included when curating content. It is only successful if it is in sync with a brand’s image and gets the message out properly, so brand analysis is crucial, and will help additionally in anticipating the content’s ROI.

Pay attention to feedback

Request feedback on material from a third party to check whether you’re still thinking about your primary audience and if you’re on track with the content marketing goals set at the onset of a project. Asking consumers for feedback and then reviewing it can help identify unresolved questions about a product or area that you might not have considered. Material created in response to those queries will have a direct and significant impact on the current consumer base.

It’s both difficult and gratifying at the same time to work as a content creator. Most of us have the ability to curate some, but making it reach the masses, and then gaining success through content strategy, is a whole different ball game. When trying to ace in this domain, remember the “C”s – customer, creativity and consistency, and you’re good to go.

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More money. A better job title. A bigger house. A nicer wardrobe. We all want more. It’s human nature, really. Even if you aren’t a restless perfectionist who’s constantly trying to push herself to the next level (I’m blushing and putting my face down on my desk over here), most of us usually aren’t willing to completely stagnate. We all have at least some desire to keep moving forward.

But, let’s face it—living our lives with a ceaseless yearning to constantly get our greedy little paws on more (whether that’s money, fame, or success) can be downright draining. And, if you want to feel even the least bit content on a daily basis, you need to learn to go against the grain and be happy with—gasp!—less.

No, I’m not saying that you need to sell your home, keep only one pair of shoes, and live an extreme minimalist life in a 20-foot trailer (although, more power to you if that sounds like your jam!). However, there’s a lot to be said for finding happiness right where you are—rather than being so obsessed with where you’re going.

Easier said than done, right? Believe me, I’m right there with you. But, learning to feel satisfied with what you already have is definitely doable—it just takes a little conscious thought.

1. Stop Falling Into the Comparison Trap

All too often, I find myself chasing after something not because I actually want it, but because I feel like I should have it. Why? Well, because other people have it.

Comparison has become all too easy today. Like everybody else, I’ll blame that on social media. One minute, I’ll feel accomplished and successful in my career—until I log into LinkedIn and see that a colleague was recently published by The New York Times. I have zero complaints about my cute little house—until I see that one of my Facebook friends has just purchased this ridiculously gorgeous home on a giant wooded lot.

See how easy that trap is to fall into? I won’t even bother getting up on my high horse and preaching to you about this one, because I compare myself to others more frequently than I’d even care to admit—it’s natural.

But, it’s important to remember that someone else’s success isn’t your failure. And, beyond that, you don’t have to have (or even want) everything that other person already has within her grasp. You’re different people with different lives. So, do your best to stay focused on your own path, and forget the rest. In the end, what everyone else is doing has little to no impact on your own success and happiness.

2. Think About Your Reasoning

Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with seeking improvement—as long as you have legitimate reasons for doing so. Maybe you want a better job because your current one makes you absolutely miserable. Perhaps you’re chasing after more money, because you find that your family is strapped for cash month after month. Those desires to be better can actually be motivating, and that’s a good thing!

But, if the only reasoning behind your longings are, “I just want it,” you’ve got a little more thinking to do. So, take a magnifying glass to your yearnings to amass more, and determine what exactly is feeding those desires.

If you find that you actually have solid justifications for why you simply can’t feel content and settled with your current circumstances? Well, you’ve lust landed on some awesome inspiration to keep moving forward. However, in contrast, if you discover that you’re only chasing your tail and driving yourself crazy for the sake of bragging rights or keeping up with the Joneses? You know you need to reevaluate and focus your attention on being happy with what you already have.

3. End Each Day Feeling Grateful

“Be happy with what I have?” you’re likely thinking now, “OK, that sounds great, but how exactly do I do that? That’s the hard part!”

You’re right. That is the hard part. And, I’m going to resist the temptation to spout out a bunch of those cliché, “It’s about the journey, not the destination” lines at you. This isn’t a high school commencement speech, after all.

But, do you know why that advice is so popular? Because it’s true. Oftentimes, we can be so laser-focused on what we want, we totally neglect to appreciate what we have. Don’t feel guilty—we all fall victim to this ungrateful attitude.

So, what do I do to try to combat that? Every night, I think of five things from that day that I’m grateful for. Whether it’s my family (my husband and my dog usually end up somewhere close to the top of that list) or a great accomplishment from that workday, I spend some time reflecting on all of the things that made me crack a smile.

It might all sound a little to mushy to you—and I can’t blame you there. But, I promise, it works. This technique pulls your attention off of all of those things that you don’t have and those slipups that didn’t go quite right throughout the day, and instead makes you remember all of the things (both big and small!) that you should appreciate.

Instead of falling asleep obsessing over the career trajectory of my college roommate’s friend, I rest easy thinking about all of the positives in my life. Dozing off while remembering how adorable my dog is? Well, there’s no better way to end the day.

We all want more. And, to some extent, that’s a good thing. But, if you spend every spare moment only thinking about all of the things you don’t have yet, you’re setting yourself up for a life of stress and discontentment.

It’s important to learn to be happy with what you have right now. And, as you now realize, that’s totally possible. Use these tips to feel pleased with where you are at the moment, and you’re sure to feel more satisfied, more fulfilled, and more accomplished on a daily basis. That’s right, you can actually have more with less.

Writing is a dream job, but not for everyone. Some writers are hired to write product descriptions for catalogs, and some turn out to be J.K. Rowling. Unfortunately, however, most writers have a better chance of writing product descriptions than they do of becoming best-selling authors.

While successful content writers seem to have an enviable life — they work from home, make their own schedules and work as much or as little as they please — the vast majority have a hard time making a living of it. They lack the skills necessary to succeed. Because no matter how talented they are, writing skill is simply not enough. So, if you want to become successful as a content writer, you need a full toolkit of marketable skills.

1. Successful content writers must master different writing styles.

The reason is that each form of writing has its own style. News is delivered AP style, in short, informational paragraphs with the meat of the story at the top. Blogging is personable, friendly and often opinionated. Ad copy is short and persuasive. White papers are long; they describe a problem and provide the solution. But, regardless, each and every category is content, and each style writers master makes them more valuable and in demand.

2. Successful content writers don’t pick random subjects.

“Ideation” is a marketing industry buzzword that describes the creative process of finding a subject, title and angle to write about; and ideation begins with analytics. Most ideation is done in a team setting, but freelance writers are usually on their own. Which is why it’s helpful to know how professional marketing teams generate ideas. Before doing that, successful content writers need to:

  • Understand their audience. Marketers call it creating a “buyer persona.” If you know who your readers are, you can write what they want to read. You write for your audience. Not for yourself, not for your company, not for your brand.
  • Perform keyword research. Buzzsumo.com showed that “content writing” is a better keyword than “content writer,” which is what led to a title change. The site also revealed that writing how-to posts are popular. One by Neil Patel on how to come up with topic ideas was shared nearly 16,000 times. (swoon)
  • Check out the competition. What successful content are others in your industry sharing? A competitive content audit gives you a ton of information. Not just about what your competitors are sharing, but who is linking to their content, blogging about it, tweeting it out and posting it elsewhere.
  • Craft a snappy title. After you have keyword, competitor and reader knowledge, take your time, choose your subject and craft a title that will interest readers. The title compels people to read. . . or not. The most important words on your post are the title and the meta description.

3. Successful content writers are original.

It’s your reputation. Every post with your name on it should be original. That probably sounds crazy, with all the tens of thousands of people writing about the same subjects, but it’s easier than it seems. Every talented writer can bring a unique voice, different perspective or new light to an overworked subject.

Plagiarized content is bad for SEO, bad for your employers and even worse for you. Protect your reputation and your career by taking precautions. Before you submit your work, use an online program to check for plagiarism. With all the content out there, it’s easy to accidentally duplicate writing.

4. Successful content writers know SEO, HTML, CSS and WordPress.

Don’t panic. You only need a few basics. WordPress themes have varying levels of automatic functions, and sometimes the only way to make your text appear the way you want it to is to dig into the text/HTML tab and manipulate the code to make a title tag or fix a spacing issue. It’s worth your time to learn the basics.

Updated SEO knowledge is also critical. Search engine algorithms change constantly, and writers have to keep up. One thing remains constant: High quality is always in demand. If you can write in-depth content from a unique perspective, you’ll be in demand.

5. Successful content writers are social media specialists.

Name recognition is important. Social media puts everything you need within your grasp. Build your audience, meet publishers and talk to industry experts. When your writing is published, the fun has only just begun. The more active you are on social media, the more likely your followers will be to recommend your content. Successful content writers are active, public and friendly.

So, think again about writing “success.” It stops being about words on paper as soon as “content” is added to “writer.” Content writers are marketing experts, SEO specialists, on-page coders and social media butterflies. With the right skill set, you’ll succeed and find that yours is the best job in the world.

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Sherry Gray is a freelance content writer from Key West, Fla., currently suffering the suburbs of Orlando. She's a science geek, a social media junkie and an unapologetic fan of all things bacon.

What is a content moderator? why not ask one. We sat down with Michele Panarosa, Online Content Moderator Level 1 at Besedo, to learn more about a content moderators daily work, how to become one, and much more.

Hi Michele! Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Michele Panarosa, I’m 27 years old and I come from Bari, Puglia, Italy. I’ve been an online content moderator for nine months now, formerly an IT technician with a passion for technology and videogames. In my spare time, I like to sing and listen to music. I’m a shy person at first, but then I turn into an entertainer because I like to have a happy environment around me. They call me “Diva” for a good reason!

What is a content moderator?

A content moderator is responsible for user-generated content submitted to an online platform. The content moderator’s job is to make sure that items are placed in the right category, are free from scams, doesn’t include any illegal items, and much more.

How did you become a content moderator?

I became an online content moderator by training with a specialist during the first weeks of work, but it’s a never-ending learning curve. At first, I was scared to accidentally accepting fraudulent content, or not doing my job properly. My teammates, along with my manager and team leaders, were nice and helped me throughout the entire process. As I kept on learning, I started to understand fraud trends and patterns. It helped me spot fraudulent content with ease, and I could with confidence escalate items to second-line moderation agents who made sure it got refused.

Communication is essential in this case. There are so many items I didn’t even know existed, which is a enriching experience. The world of content moderation is very dynamic, and it has so many interesting things to learn.

What’s great about working with content moderation?

The great part of content moderation is the mission behind it. Internet sometimes could seem like a big and unsafe place where scammers are the rulers. I love this job because I get to make the world a better place by blocking content that’s not supposed to be online. It’s a blessing to be part of a mission where I can help others and feel good about what I do. Besides, it makes you feel important and adds that undercover aspect of a 007 agent.

How do you moderate content accurately and fast?

Speed and accuracy could be parallel, but you need to be focused and keep your eyes on the important part of a listing. Only a bit of information in a listing can be very revealing and tell you what your next step should be. On top of that, it’s crucial to stay updated on the latest fraud trends to not fall into any traps. Some listings and users may appear very innocent, but it’s important to take each listing seriously and it’s always better to slow down a bit before moving on to the next listing.

What’s the most common type of content you refuse?

The most common type of items I refuse must be weapons – any kind of weapons. Some users try to make them seem harmless, but in reality, they’re not. It’s important to look at the listing images, and if the weapon is not exposed in the image, we’ll simply gather more information about the item. Usually, users who want to sell weapons try to hide it by not using images and be very short in their description (sometimes no description at all). It’s our task, as content moderators, to collect more details and refuse the item if it turns out to be a weapon. Even if it’s a soft air gun or used for sports.

What are the most important personal qualities needed to become a good content moderator?

The most important personal qualities needed to become a good content moderator are patience, integrity, and curiosity.

How to become content with what you have

We binge shows on Netflix and Netflix wants you to. But did you know that Netflix hires people to watch their shows? Yep. You read that right. They’re called Netflix Taggers,” and one of them told FastCompany what it’s actually like.

What’s A Netflix Tagger?

A Netflix Tagger is someone who creates tags after watching content. They tag genres, actors, directors and they form the groupings that you see in your queue. This allows users to discover new content and this is also the reason why Netflix’s recommendations are so spot on and specific. But is it really all it’s glammed up to be? Getting paid to watch something you like, yes. Forcing yourself through an entire season of something you hate, no.

The team of Taggers generally specialize in genres. The downside to this is that sometimes you’ll be assigned mind-numbing shows and all of that screen time will take a toll on your body. Not a bad trade-off since most of us already strain our eyes with all of the devices we stare at.

How Do You Become A Netflix Tagger?

Like all dream jobs, this one is not easy to get. One of the taggers tells FastCompany that the position is similar to a librarian because the job requires you to make “sure things are classified accurately, but you also have the broad knowledge base of how TV shows or movies are related, and if they look good together in a row on our site.” She recommends “getting into an archival or library studies program on a campus where there is also a film program.” Also, they’re only 3o people in this team and considering the amount of content Netflix produces and streams that’s not a lot of people.

But good news, Netflix plans on creating 700 original movies and shows this year, so if you want to be a Tagger there’s still hope!

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