Encouragement, Inspiration

April Showers

When we hear the words “April showers”, we think of pleasant gentle rains that refresh everything and everybody. Sometimes, however, these showers turn into storms full of thunder and lightning. Everyone runs for cover. Life is like that. Sometimes we have situations or inconveniences that just trip us up a little. Oops! But at other times, we have storms – major upheavals and unplanned disruptions that stop us cold in our tracks. There is no cover for us to run to. And in life, we can’t avoid storms.

Just like there is a reason behind nature’s storm, e.g., atmospheric pressures, there is a reason behind our personal storms. Sometimes we have storms because of something we did or didn’t do but, more often than not, we don’t know why we are in the storm. The unexplained storm is the most frustrating because we can’t find the reason for the storm and, no matter what actions we take, the storm doesn’t stop. I’m in an unexplained storm right now so I understand completely how it feels.

When we are in an unexplained storm, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to spiral down into fear and hopelessness. But your job is to weather the unexplained storm. How do you weather such a storm? Here are three things not to do: Continue reading “April Showers”

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Motivation

Love You!

All during the month of February,  everyone’s thoughts are turned to love – love smothered in hearts, chocolates, stuffed teddy bears and diamonds. There are several definitions of love in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and I found this one particularly significant: “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of others”. I’m going to tweak that definition and change “of others” to “of yourself”. Yes, in this life, you must love yourself. It is okay for you to have an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for yourself.

You’re probably asking, “What was does love have to do with my personal growth?” EVERYTHING! If you are not concerned about yourself, if you don’t love yourself, you will make poor decisions and engage in destructive behavior time and time again. Here are five tips to help you love yourself:

1.Know and accept your weaknesses. Everybody doesn’t know or is able to everything. That’s the way life is set up and you can’t change it. Don’t beat yourself up. Life is also set up so that there is someone already in your life whose strength is your weakness. Numbers and I don’t get along so I have a financial advisor. She’s awesome and translates financial gobbledygook into something I can understand. Be concerned enough about yourself to find your strengther to help you. Continue reading “Love You!”

Goals, Perfectionism, The PLAN A Way To Success

I Hate Goals!

It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is talking about setting goals. I hate goals! They are the bane of my existence. Every January, I would think about what goals I wanted to reach and write them on paper along with a goal date. I would go the extra distance and post them around my house. And then life would happen and I wouldn’t reach my goals. I’d feel bad, wonder what was wrong with me and view goal setting as an empty exercise. But last year, something happened… I set some goals and reached them! I am so excited now and my goal setting model is changed forever! I’m assuming you feel the same way about goals or you wouldn’t be reading this post so I going to share with you my new Continue reading “I Hate Goals!”

Encouragement, Inspiration

The Gift of You

I’m old-school. The Christmas season doesn’t officially begin until after Santa Claus appears at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Thanksgiving has passed so the Christmas season is now officially here! You may now put up your Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.

This is the season when we take our focus off ourselves and focus on other people. Our thoughts turn to giving and thinking of others, especially those who are close to us. Feelings of joy fill the air. However, some of us fall into the trap of letting the season turn us into stressed-out, guilt-ridden and debt-accumulating individuals; we lose the feelings of joy. Don’t fall into the trap this year. Continue reading “The Gift of You”

Getting Better, Inspiration, The PLAN A Way To Success

The Fourth Thursday

The fourth Thursday in the month of November is set aside as Thanksgiving Day. It’s a national holiday in the U.S. A time for family and friends to gather together to laugh, catch-up, watch football games and eat foods they’ve been waiting to eat all year to eat (like stuffing!) Gratitude is everywhere.

This year as I wait for my meal, I’m pondering a thought one of my business partners dropped on me – be grateful for the difficulties you go through in life. None of us, including me, like the difficulties of life. They always come at the wrong place and time. They cause untold stress. We loose sleep, get angry, feel fear, get upset, worry, doubt, feel hopeless, cry, envy others and go into hiding. Continue reading “The Fourth Thursday”

The Book, The PLAN A Way To Success

Give A Gift of Success for the Holidays!

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Getting Better, Goals

It’s All Part of the Same Pie

I’m guilty. I’ve written post after post talking about the value of reading or listening to material that improves the way you think and act. An enlightened mind takes your thoughts and actions to new, higher levels of achievement. And I’ve spent my time doing exactly that.

slicedpieBut recently I had a revelation. Personal development encompasses more than the way you think. It also encompasses other areas of your life.

  1. Your Physical Being. Being healthy is vital. If you feel sluggish, you act sluggishly. You certainly don’t want to read or listen to anything.  Be sure to incorporate exercise into your day. You can start small by just adding more walking more during your day. Invest in a good pedometer to count your steps. Exercise reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Watch what you eat. A steady diet of fast food, skipped breakfasts and snack food can lead to deficiencies in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to function properly. Add more fruit, vegetables and water to your diet. You will feel great and have more energy!

Continue reading “It’s All Part of the Same Pie”