Monday, January 29, 2018

The Prayer Process

The Prayer Process is that it grows as we grow. It can be used as a starting point for beginners, those first trying to forge the habit of prayer in their lives. But it can also be used by those most advanced in their spiritual life. Its structure is such that it celebrates where you are in your journey.

The Prayer Process

Gratitude: begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or him) and to fill you with a deep abiding peace.

Freedom: Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

Finish by praying the Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

From: Rediscover Jesus, An Invitation  (Matthew Kelly)

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Listening IS Important!

You spend about 80% of your day communicating. Of that time. 45% is spent listening, 30% speaking, 16% reading and 9% writing. A manager may spend up to 60% of the day listening to people.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Good Idea

Build up your self-image by making a list of your positive qualities. Ask your friends to list things they like about you.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Actions And Words!

You know the phrase, “actions speak louder than words?” Well, in order for people to trust you, they have to trust your actions. What you say is connected to how you follow up. And every time you say something (and don’t follow up), you waste time and energy!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Creative Resolutions In Communication

Creativity is a part of communication.  Jump in and see what you’re made of!

Do your communication skills make or break  you? Creativity helps in communication. And we can all use ideas to communicate better --- personally and professionally. Try the following and see where the ideas take you.

1.       Identify Issues: Is there something going on that needs your attention? You know what I mean – fear of confrontation, standing up for yourself etc. Well, the only way you move through something is to identify that the issue is. You have to give it a name before you can work on it. As Dr. Phil McGraw says, You have to name it to claim it.

2.      Creative Visualization: Each of us has an imagination. Use it to visualize how to handle something. Close your eyes and see the situation “as it is,” and then how “you want it.” With your imagination, you creatively visualize the end. Don’t forget, you’re the writer, producer, director of this scene. Be creative and have fun with it.

3.      Be Optimistic: Are you someone who sees the glass as half  empty or half full? You show optimism when you see what’s favorable.

4.      Brainstorm: Is your company in need of a plan (i.e. training classes for foreign speakers, etc.)? Get a group of co-workers in a quiet room to brainstorm for a half hour. Write down the ideas and then pick out the names that the group feels are most important.

5.      Be Open-Minded: Also known as trying new approaches and playing with ideas. Go with the flow and try new ideas. Sometimes, what seems  “odd” or “off the wall” might be exactly what the company needs. Don’t dismiss any ideas.

6.      Keep An Idea Bank: Are the ideas flowing too much? Did the brainstorming give you more than you could handle? Put the other ideas on cards and use them for later. Use the most  immediate  ideas and leave the others for later. It’s important to replace, add, and delete ideas as you need to.

7.      Observe And Understand: You know the phrase, “walking in their shoes?” Well, when you observe and understand someone, you relate to their ideas and where they’re at.

8.     Simplify: Keep things simple. Creative resolutions should be fun,  not a back-breaking job!

9.      Summarize It: You’ve done the work (and hopefully had fun); now summarize what needs to happen and go for it.

10.  Do It: O.K. You’ve outlined your blue print for successful communication, now do it. Watch how things seem “effortless and seamless.” Watch how you go places.

Resolving issues in communication – creatively; isn’t hard when you’re organized and are committed and are willing to “go with the flow.” 

Keep these points handy the next time you’re stuck and need a blueprint.

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