Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 19)

Answer these questions to determine your spirit reservoir:

  1. Are you tired a lot?
  2. Sick a lot?
  3. Are you under/over eating?
  4. Do you sleep soundly or fitfully?
  5. Are you on the verge of tears?
  6. Are you irritable a lot?
  7. Is your temper explosive?
  8. Feel like running away or hiding?
  9. Using alcohol or drugs to excess?
  10. Are your daily responsibilities increasing, yet gratifications are decreasing?
If you answered yes to a good number of these questions, you can be sure that your reservoir is low. If it gets to EMPTY, you won't have the inclination to do anything.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Reaching Beyond

Do you reach beyond to touch the sky, or lag behind, afraid to try?
Do  you reach beyond to learn anew, or hesitate, the same old you?
Do you reach beyond to test your limit, or do you tell yourself, I'm timid?
Do you reach beyond to lead the pack, or do you waste time, looking back?
Do you reach beyond and strive to find, better ways to stretch your mind?
Do you reach beyond to care and share and help some others, do and dare?
Do you reach beyond, expect the best, or have you given up the quest?
Do you reach beyond and claim your space, here and now, this time and place?
Do you reach beyond and try to soar, or sadly, play it safe once more?

-- Suzy Sutton

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 18 - End)

Much of a message is communicated non-verbally. Body language is an excellent source of information. Watch how the speaker stands and moves through space. Do they seem rigid or stiff? If they are, they may be nervous! Facial expressions provide cues too. Speakers who are committed to their material are more likely to demonstrate facial cues that support their message. Smiling, frowning, etc. are useful cues in determining the speaker's sincerity and enthusiasm. If the verbal and nonverbal messages do NOT correspond, the nonverbal cues are more honest.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 18)

Your spirituality is geared to guide you to your life purpose. Many don't have any idea what they are called to do. Many times it's because they've never been validated by others (i.e. parents, teachers, friends) to point them in the right direction. Your life purpose = your gifts from God. Think of your spiritual gifts as reserved EXCLUSIVELY for you. Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. What are you gifted at doing?
  2. What do you love to do and why?
  3. What do you do naturally (i.e. draw, paint, remodel homes etc.)?
  4. What have other people told you about your gifts?
  5. What can you do for hours, and not get tired of?
  6. What gives you the most satisfaction?
  7. What have you done that has had the BIGGEST impact on others?
  8. What can you imagine yourself not doing?
Every year of your life has a purpose. It's up to you to figure out the  rhyme and reason of it all. When you figure out your life purpose, your spirituality will come out and will bring you JOY!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Effects Of Worry

Worry is stressful. It drains your energy. It encourages you to focus  on the problem(s) instead of the solutions. When you worry, you're on the edge and tense.

When you worry, it's hard to concentrate. Your mind has a tendency to wander. You anticipate trouble.

Worry is contagious. When you worry, it suggests  (to others) that there is something legitimate to worry about.

There is a way out of this cycle. Become aware of your competence. See yourself as brilliant and resourceful. When you do, life will seem easier and less stressful.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 17)

As every ESL person knows, listening is the key to learning a new language. Differences in dialects or accents, can serve as a barrier to listening. Nonverbal cues can throw a listener off. Many gestures are culture-specific. Using textbooks to study usage and grammar is important. You gain fluency by hearing and speaking it.

Listening to the speeches of others can help you hone the skills you need to be a better speaker. As you listen to different speakers (and speeches) you'll learn how to:

  • Build your vocabulary
  • Improve pronunciation through repetition
  • Learn new idioms or informal expressions (i.e. slang) used by English speakers
  • Observe body posture and gestures which support "verbal" English
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