Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Charge It!

Before we entered the age of technology, we had to learn things the hard way. Think of how cars were made. If you left your headlights on, your battery died and you had to get someone to give you a jump.

Just like that battery; we forget that our OWN supply of energy has to be replenished, namely through sleep, rest, food and relaxation. Busy/non-stop days can be draining. When you operate at TOP speed, you run the risk of your energy being consumed.

Unless you pay attention to your human battery, you will drain it to the point of being dead on your feet. When you're fatigued, you cause your perceptions to be distorted; consequently, your responses to others can be negative.

Take a break (or a series of them) throughout the day. Charge (or recharge) your emotional - spiritual - psychological battery so that you're more productive and content.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Goal Setting

Did you know that setting a goal is a statement of faith? I didn’t either. Every day, I get a devotional. It’s a short narrative that sets the standard for your day. For me, they’re helpful. I couldn’t get through my day without them. This post was inspired by Rick Warren who believes that any goal that is set, is set in FAITH. Put the spiritual reference aside, and look at the acronym >> FAITH.

F >> FOCUSED. Your goals have to be specific. If you use general words ( i.e. more or less) than the goal doesn’t have a strong foundation or intention.

A >> ATTAINABLE. If you set an unrealistic goal; it’s just going to discourage you. Set a goal that s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s you.

I >> INDIVIDUAL. Your goal HAS to be personal and about you. The only person you can change is yourself.

T >> TRACKABLE. A goal  that is specific is TRACKABLE and can be measured. They’re verifiable. Here’s an example: By January 10th, I will accomplish _____.

H >> HEARTFELT. Your goals have to be heartfelt. You have to have a DEEP desire to do it. If you don’t, don’t do it.

Wishes are a dime a dozen. The only way to have a purpose, is to set a FAITH goal.

Question for you: What current  goal needs your FAITH?
Focus: Spirit, wellness, life

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Leadership And You (Part 21)

There is a mental sharpness that comes from being around good, quality people. A meeting of the minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires discussion partners who can challenge each other and stimulate thought -- people who focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion; people who know how to attack the thought and NOT the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Rapport and You!

Rapport is overlooked but it's critical to personal and professional success. Establishing rapport contributes to a more relaxed way of being. It helps to establish long term relationships that are based on honesty and integrity. Rapport assists you in bringing out the best in you and others.

When you lack a sense of rapport, you lack TRUST. For whatever reason, you don't click. Without rapport, you come across as condescending or arrogant. Sometimes, you can't put your finger on it, you just know that something is missing.

The key to rapport is to make the other person you're with, feel as though they're the most important person in your life. You want to be present with them. Note that when you "fake it," people feel it.

If you take the time and energy  to establish a sincere rapport with people, your life WILL change. You'll have a better connection with people. You'll create more nourishing interactions. You'll be trusted, and far more effective, when dealing with others.

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