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Quote Of The Day

“Accept yourself, love yourself and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

~ Roy T. Bennett

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Posted in Coping, Inspiration, Life, Motivation, Positive Thinking

Time To Get To Work – Don’t Wait For Opportunity – Create It But Always Be Flexible

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Dream It, Believe It, Work It

It can be challenging to keep ourselves motivated and to remain focused. I struggle with that all the time.

I always have good intentions, but it is easy for me to wander away from following through. I am retired, so I do not answer to any one else. If the sun is shining, like it has been the last two days, I would much rather be outside. These were probably the last two days of spectactular fall weather this year so, yes, I did spend my time outside.

Consequently, I did not write anything. What to do? Get down to it and get it done. There is no opportunity left from the last two days, so I have to create the time and work fast.

So how can you create opportunities?

I already did the first one…I made the decision to go ahead and write the blog now, even though I am very limited on time. Sometimes when we are busy, like I was today, we pass over an opportunity. In my case today, I could have changed my morning schedule around and put off something else until later. If I had done that, I would not be worrying about it now.

Imagine opportunities everywhere you look. As you go about your normal activities always be looking for ideas. Watch other people, listen to conversations, and maybe you will find an idea. In my case, it would be something to write about. Someone else may find an idea on how to improve on an existing product or service.

Don’t sell yourself short. You have more potential, and therefore, more opportunities than you may think. Most of us discount our talents; it’s human nature I guess. Whenever we interact with someone there may be an opportunity we are unaware of. When you are at work, or out in public, your interactions may impress someone. How you speak, your smile, your compassion may be an opportunity for a promotion at work or a job offer from an unexpected source.

Think of your work as important. Most of us do not respect ourselves. We are important, what we do is important. When you make a decision to place more value on yourself, you will automatically have a better attitude and be more confident. Others will notice the value you place on your work which may lead to more opportunities in the future.

There is a lesson learned from what I did today. I took advantage of time outside and getting lots of major work done. I needed to do that. The downside is I did not prioritize my inside work.

It is so important to have a plan and a schedule we follow. It is even more important to be flexible and have the ability to make adjustments in our day so we can get everything done. I was stressing from not writing this blog so it was ready first thing this morning. If I had made the needed adjustments first thing in the morning and did some prioritizing, there would be no stress.

Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.”

As always, thanks for reading my blog. Have a great day.

Posted in Excitement, Inspiration, Life, Motivation, Personal Development, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

 “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Quote Of The Day

In the game of life, we only get one choice. Once we are born, we are players. The only choice we get is if we want to play with a finite mindset or an infinite mindset.

~Simon Sinek

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Quote Of The Day

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

~ Ayn Rand
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Posted in Business, Learning, Positive Thinking, Potential, Success

Do You Want To Be Successful? Tips To Help You On Your Journey To Success

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” 

–Swami Vivekananda

Everyone wants to succeed on some level. Whether your dreams are big or small, they require commitment and hard work to achieve.

Before you start working on your plan, do a self-assessment. Determine what the driving force is for your idea. What do you consider success? Are you in it for the money, or do you want to do it because you feel passionate about it? If you love what you would be doing, and are passionate about succeeding, you chances of being effective are much higher.

Develop a strategic plan. You may have an idea for what you want to accomplish. But to be successful it is necessary to do some work. Do the research and see if others are working in the same arena. How is your idea different? If there is already a large group doing the same thing, you may want to re-think your approach. Is yours different? Does it offer an additional benefit? In what way is it better?

Once you are satisfied with your idea, it is time to make a solid business plan. A business plan is a formal written document containing business goals, the methods on how these goals can be attained, and the time frame within which these goals need to be achieved. Wikipedia Look on the internet, and you will find many options such as this one from “Business Plans: A Step-By-Step Guide.

It is necessary to write your plan down and prioritize based on your abilities, time, and cost factors. When you have your first draft, start making adjustments until you have a plan that will work for you.

Commit to your plan. Once you have developed your plan, be sure you are ready to put forth your best effort. Invest your time and all your abilities to be successful. Be proactive by continually evaluating and making adjustments when necessary. Make lists, keep notes, and always have daily goals to accomplish.

Don’t be afraid of failure. When you make mistakes, it does not mean you are a failure, or that you have to give up. Ask anyone who runs a business; they will tell you that there are always risks and setbacks. Take some time and evaluate what happened. Look at what went wrong with open eyes, do not try to sugar coat it. What can you do to fix it? Can it be corrected, or do you need to start over? Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving on. Having something go wrong is an opportunity to learn. Instead of giving up, keep working and make it better.

Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Some people will doubt you and your abilities. Only you know your skill level and your actual capacity for success. Do not let other people’s opinions interfere with your dreams. Put forth your absolute best effort in everything you do.

Do not give up. You have to realize upfront there might be setbacks. Something does not get done on schedule; a client wants some changes; the project is more expensive than estimated. Do not stop. Make the necessary adjustments, look for less costly options, and keep pushing.

If you have a team you are working with, support them, and delegate as much to them as you can. Value each individual, and they will help and support you in your efforts. Develop a good team from the start of your business. Your team and their abilities are an essential part of you becoming successful in business.

Have high expectations and push your self every day to be successful. You will learn that you are capable of doing more than you realized. Whether you are starting your own new business, or have a high-level position for another company, it will be a challenge of your determination, mental and emotional strength.

At the same time, reward yourself. Take the time to congratulate your team for a job well done, but also include yourself. Smile, relax, and take good care of yourself.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

—Norman Vincent Peale

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Quote Of The Day

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

– Andrew Carnegie
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How To Cope With Setbacks At Work And Learn From Them

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 “How many people are completely successful in every department of life? Not one. The most successful people are the ones who learn from their mistakes and turn their failures into opportunities.” 

~ Zig Ziglar

Life is full of ups and downs. Each of us will have success, and each of us will experience failure. It is what we do with each of those experiences that shape us. The decisions we make will make us who we are in the future.

We will not always get it right, and we will look back and wish we had done some things differently. We can. We may not be able to go back to that exact moment in time, but we can make some corrections that may soften the impact. We can become better.

Setbacks come in all different sizes. Small setbacks will be easier to correct and will have a minimal negative affect. Make a few changes and move on.

There may come a day when you have a setback that makes you feel like the ground opened up and swallowed you. It hurts, and you feel overwhelmed. You feel like there is little help to fix it, save your job, or your relationship, whatever the situation may be.

Whatever the situation you find yourself in, you can work through it. When you look back, you will realize you are stronger because of the setback. You will feel better. You will feel stronger and more confident.

If there has been a significant setback at work, the first day you walk into the building, or into a meeting, might make you want to crumble. You will get over it. Hold your head high, nod at co-workers, smile, say hi. Get on with it.

It may not be easy, but it is necessary to acknowledge what happened. You may not want to at first; you may feel like hiding, denying, and pretending it didn’t happen. You can’t do that.

Take some time to assimilate what happened. Do not jump to conclusions or make hasty decisions. Do not place blame on yourself, or others, too quickly. That can be an automatic response, and it may be incorrect. Now is not the time to burn bridges with an inappropriate response. Do not turn in your resignation.

Once you have your balance back, and you have accepted that it happened, it is time to develop a plan for moving forward. What do you want to do, what will make you comfortable, and how do you want to move forward. You want to do damage control and minimize the impact on your career or your relationship.

Do you know and trust someone who may have gone through a setback themselves? Do you respect how they handled it and moved forward? Make contact with them and ask for advice. Check out articles on the internet for suggestions. If you are having a difficult time coping, you may want to seek the help of a professional counselor.

By this time, you may have done some soul searching. If not, I encourage you to do so. You must do an in depth analysis of what happened. What was your part in it? Trust me; you also have a role in it. Figure out what it is and how you can fix it. Also, analyze your workplace, the culture of the organization, your bosses, and coworkers. Are they a good fit? Is this where you want to be for the long term?

You have to understand your role, how you came to that point, and why you made specific decisions. To move forward, you need to know yourself and what will benefit you in the future. Make a plan and a strategy for implementing it.

Once you have a strategy, put it into action. Move ahead one step at a time. Make sure you are comfortable and do a reassessment. When everything feels right, then push forward. Be sure to measure your progress as you go. Once you have gotten to this point, you will start to feel better about yourself and regain confidence.

When you have weathered the storm and come out on the other side, you will recognize a new you. You will know yourself better, have a new outlook, and understand what is important to you. Setbacks suck, yes they do, but how you handle them will make you grow as a person. You will be stronger and more confident. You will have respect for the process and yourself.

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” 

~ Steve Maraboli

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Posted in Curiosity, Excitement, Inspiration, Learning, Personal Development, Positive Thinking

Quote Of The Day

Some things cannot be explained. This is part of the magic of life. There cannot be a word or an idea or a definition attached to everything.

~ Jim James

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Quote Of The Day

Life is so much easier than you think it is, and as you come to understand the way life works, and the power you have inside you, you will experience the magic of life in its fullness.

~ Rhonda Byrne

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