Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It is a critical component of our happiness to share our appreciation with others. Everyone should take time regularly to thank those that make a difference in our lives. Part of the joy in our lives is directly from the people we share our days and nights with. Life is better because of those that play important roles in our existence.
Being grateful for our blessings and sharing gratitude regularly is something I hope each of you will practice daily. If you have slipped up on reminding others of their significance in your life Thanksgiving is a wondrous yearly reminder to do so.
This semester in my Managing for Personal Success course I had my students participate in a Gratitude project. Part of our success and happiness is from the contributions of others. I had each student sit next to the white board while their classmate wrote what they valued or appreciated in the individual. Students found out what their peers wrote at the next class where we had a “Classgiving” and I shared their beautiful pictures and words.
It was a meaningful and special project for everyone to participate in. After experiencing how being admired, appreciated and valued felt, I gave them their assignment for the holiday break; to call 10 people they are thankful for and tell them why!
Take the time to share joy as we enter the holiday season and remind others why they are so important. Letting others know their value and the impact they have in your life is an amazing experience where all reap the rewards. Take the time to give THANKs!
We have a LOT to be THANKFUL For!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
There are different moments in our lives where we face a crossroad. We are forced to decide to continue on the path we are currently traveling or change route. I recently faced one of the biggest forks I have ever encountered. Literally the 2nd hardest decision I would say I have made my entire life.
The easiest decision is to stay on the course of currency; it is the known, familiar, and less risky. It is also the one that keeps us stagnant and prevents the opportunity for true transformation and chance of what could be. Changing direction means going into the unfamiliar, less stable & secure. Yet this choice could provide the opportunity for growth beyond measure. It would be not only the more difficult decision but potentially the more challenging pushing me to learn and expand in new areas.
I have often said the hardest decisions in life are often the most important ones that we make. After a lot of soul searching and discussion with my closest family and friends the decision has been made. I often make a decision and live with it in my own mind before finalizing externally. In those days I typically know if I am making the right or wrong decision.
The physical response of freeing oneself to new possibilities is a gitty feeling. Immediately immersed with joy, excited and feeling lighter. The stress of so much was instantly gone and what had been restless nights were much more peaceful.
Our souls always know what we need and the universe tries to conspire to provide. Within 1 hour of formalizing my decision to external forces one door after another has opened. Everything is not going to be just alright, it is going to be better!
When we are faced with crossroads in our life remember we have been brought there for a reason. Typically we need to take a different course to get back on track for our life’s purpose. Don’t run from that which is scary, foreign, and beyond. Choose how you wish to live by embracing the opportunity that is around the corner of most crossroads!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Life is about evolving, growing, and changing. One of the ways we do this by challenging ourselves. We have to decide what it is we want and we have to go after it. For so many, we stop ourselves from reaching our full potential because we are afraid we can’t or won’t succeed. The truth is you CAN, you just have to do it!
We must start by setting a goal. When you have a destination that you’d like to reach you need to quantify your desires. For example, A little over a month ago I decided I wanted to run a 10K before the end of 2014. Our aspirations must be as specific and detailed as possible. This not only helps us have a time-frame for accomplishing, but it makes it clear to ourselves and others what we will do.
It is helpful to create positive affirmations that will inspire and motivate us while reaching for our dreams. Saying out loud that which you wish to achieve makes you more accountable. Additionally you need to visualize what you want the process and outcome to look like. For my goal, I wrote affirmations that I read every night and every morning about feeling rested and energized for a great run. I also saw myself successfully running a race.
You can think about it, talk about it, and dream about it but nothing will happen until you take action towards attaining your goal. Every day you must take small movements towards getting exactly what you want. Some days are easier than others but every effort is movement in the right direction. Before you know your baby steps will have you running toward achieving all your desires!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
So many are so concerned with what everyone else thinks about them they forget that the only opinion that truly matters is yours! You have to wake up with yourself everyday and live with you, so why not make it a point to really like who you are! Each and every one of us must learn to fall madly in love with ourselves. When you love you, you are proud of you. This is the only way to truly allow others to love you and be proud of you, too! It is time to put you first and to show the world your worth by valuing you!
We must prioritize ourselves and our life for true happiness. When you value who you are and what you are, you open the door for the world to see you for your authentic self. Only then can others appreciate you for all you are! We do not need to shy away from being who we were meant to be. Each and every one of us is an original masterpiece! Once you recognize that and embrace being all you; you free yourself from the burden of letting others dictate who you are. You need to live for you; once you do so you show others that you are your biggest fan and that no one gets to interfere with you being you.