Monday, August 30, 2010

Get Over Discouragement!

Did you know that discouragement is curable? Get "in touch" with the four common behaviors that sabotage a goal.

1) [FATIGUE] You wear out after a while. It's important to not burn your candle at both ends. When you need a break, take it. Come back to a task  when you have a clear head.

2) [FRUSTRATION] Distractions or  disturbances lead to frustration. This is clear when you are in a groove and the "little things" start  to pile up to take you away from what you need to do. When you start to experience, "one more thing, one more thing," your frustration button will be pushed.

3) [FAILURE] If you can't finish a task within a certain time, you think you've failed or are a "loser!" It's not about losing. It's about perspective. Did you have the right resources or tools to get the job done? Hindsight is 20/20. Getting a perspective will give you another chance to get things rolling and get to your goal!

4) [FEAR] When fear is triggered, so is discouragement. The negative tapes start, "I'm a loser at this. I can't do this. This is all too much!" Fear and discouragement are killers! Yes, these 2 traits can destroy your life. Resist the fear and discouragement by changing your "growth channel."

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Monday, August 23, 2010

You ARE Capable!

For some people, "self-confidence" is based on what other people think. We buy into this idea in order to be accepted. We do what the trend is. The truth of the matter is that the "trend" is an illusion. Self-confidence comes from within, it's not based on a "trend." It's not based on the latest pair of shoes, or jeans, or where you live. It comes from a strong core belief that you are acceptable just the way that you are!

Start today. What makes you unique? What spiritual gifts do you have that makes you "stand out?"

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Monday, August 16, 2010

It Starts With A Thought!

"Change the way that you look at things and the things that you look at will change." This is a powerful thought from The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer. Any behavior starts with a thought and here are 3 POWERFUL ones!

1. My "life" interpretation influences my situation: Situations happen and you have a choice in how to handle them. That choice is based on how you see the situation. Your reaction can be either positive or negative.

2. My beliefs influence my behavior: You act on our beliefs. If you believed that the "bogey-man" was in your closet, your body reacted in fear. It's important that you have true (not imagined) information yo make an educated decision. Your convictions about yourself and your life are connected to behavior.

3. Self-talk influences self-esteem: We constantly talk to ourselves. Don't run yourself down with negative self-talk. If you are doing this now, cut yourself some slack.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Sound Decisions!

Here are 3 ways to make sound decisions:
  1. Get your facts straight before you answer any question.
  2. Be open to new ideas.
  3. Hear both sides to the story.
All three of these principles center around more information. You need more information BEFORE you make a decision. If you "jump" you are prone to prejudice and judgement.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

How Are Your People Skills?

Whether you're looking to find your first job, or change the one you have, you need to network. Effective networking skills are skills that empower you. They enable you to access and share information, resources and support, in a manner that achieves goals and purposes. How are your people skills? Check the statements that apply to you:
  • I'm not easily intimidated
  • I can express myself easily
  • I ask for help when I need it
  • I look for the "good" in people
  • When I talk, people listen
  • People don't think I'm boring
  • I strike up conversations with people
  • I listen to others viewpoints
  • I have skills that are valuable
How did you  do? Did you check off many statements or did you look at them and think, "I need to work on it."

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(Excerpt from Networking: 6 Ways To Improve People Skills -- Improving Your Communication)