The Value of a Vision

What is Your Vision?https://blog.intercom.com/why-startups-need-a-strong-vision/

My mind quickly conjures up a scene of a  watercolor artist sitting before an easel with a pure white canvas background. Brush in hand, colors and water jar ready, he sees the story he will tell with his strokes before the brush even touches the canvas. He knows the background colors he will use, where the focal point will be, and what the finished painting will look like.

Vision is very important to how we proceed in life, what we accomplish in the fruits of our labor and how we will be remembered. What we choose as a career, or not. Do we marry? How we raise our children and what the direction we point them in. How do we see our seasons of life? What does retirement look like? How do we weather the unexpected storms? Does our vision continue on without us, after we are gone?

I’m seeing fruits on different fronts, standing aside to watch seedlings bud and blossom, and creating new visions where life has provided an unexpected turn in the road.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29.18, a proverb of wise King Solomon. When we have a vision, we have a focus, a direction, a plan, a path and hope to see it come to pass.

 

12 Tips on How to Keep Impressing in Your Job

Business suites for womenThe workplace is changing and we need to make adjustments to stay competitive. One of the greatest influencing factors in the interviewing process is the first impression. After the first few minutes, and once past the first take, your prospective employer will begin to assess how you fit in the company and what you would be like in the position you are seeking.

Think of an interview as an audition.You have built your resume, now you are demonstrating how you are the perfect choice to meet the needs of the organization. If your future employer is impressed, it doesn’t stop with the job offer.

Performance counts. If you want to win the loyalty of your customers, coworkers, boss and other constituents, you need to turn i a consistently strong performance. And if you want to wow them, you need to turn in a remarkable performance.” – Mark Sanborn, The Encore Effect [Read more…]

2 Tips to Turn Obstacles into Stepping Stones

How are you meeting obstacles that are keeping you from living your most fabulous life? Successful people know how to take those obstacles and turn them into stepping stones to success at every turn.

As I look back at the many roadblocks and detours in my own life, turning each into a success boils down to two critical character traits. Neither of them  were inherited. Both were developed by first observing them in others, watching their success, then trying them out in my own life.  I share them with you here, with a side note that they both go hand in hand.

Bring It On!Brad Nelson covers a lot of ground at first base by Paul T. Marsh/PositivePaul

Yes, that’s right. It’s the thought process that shows you have the upper hand. It comes about from a lifestyle of learning, being prepared, and building confidence. It’s not arrogant, just confident that when you are approaching a situation, a problem, a new circumstance, or a new day, you are ready to deal with whatever it brings.

“Bring it on” is a mindset that says, no matter what, I will figure out a way to handle the situation, and am confident that I will succeed. [Read more…]

How to Tweak, Update or Overhaul Your Personal Image

It just happens. Your life is busy, time flies by, and the next thing you know you are ambushed by Stacy and Clinton from “What Not to Wear”! Well, almost.

This is when you realize your skin is starting to sag,  gray hairs are springing up, you can’t find your makeup colors at the store because they’re no longer being made, your pants all have elastic waistbands, and your kids cringe when you get out of the car in public. Is this you? This was me. My daughter did send in a request for Stacy and Clinton to work their magic on me. Twice. I don’t need to say anymore!

I kind of lost myself in everyone else’s lives and let my own go.  As time went on, and the kids became more independent, I could see my light at the end of the “mommy” tunnel. I took on a new job, and started a new business. Being back in the “real world” caused me to take stock of my public image, and realize that I needed to make changes in order to be someone people were proud to be around, happy to be seen in public with, and someone my family and colleagues could look up to.

Here are my tips from my tweaks, updates and overhaul over the past couple of years: [Read more…]

Want to Cross the Finish Line? Ready to Achieve Your Goals?

You see someone you haven’t seen in a while, and WHOA! – they have lost a ton of weight and look great! How did they do it? You ask and they say they changed the way they were eating and worked out.

You run into a former co-worker, and while catching up, find that they are now working in a promoted position in the job of their dreams! How did that happen? What did they do? They say they were in the right place at the right time – but is that really how it works?

Here’s a few tips to help you cross the finish line of your goals and dreams! [Read more…]

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