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.

 

Practicing Affirmation

Ever stop and think, “I wish someone would say something nice to me”, or “I would like to know that I’m appreciated”?
Well, just about every person you come in contact with has an invisible sign written on their forehead that says “please tell me how much you appreciate me!”

postive affirmations

There are stories of that one little compliment received by a child, which once received, started a fire of passion and confidence that propelled them to grow up and do something amazingly successful.

Here are a few ways to affirm someone each day: [Read more…]

Column Dressing – So Easy!

column dressing exampleLast week I attended a business luncheon at which I was seated next to a future Hall of Fame athlete. I wore a black column (black slacks and black knit sleeveless sweater), topped with a cobalt blue jacket. Pulled together very nicely, if I do say so. But, there is a funny story behind my ensemble. I was wearing my black column, topped with a lovely winter white double breasted jacket when I left the house that morning. Just before leaving my office to head over to the luncheon, our Executive Director walked by my door, and I caught a glimpse of the back of her jacket, realizing we had the EXACT same outfit on – black columns and winter white jacket. I immediately let her know that I would leave right away and stop by my house for a quick change  on the way to the luncheon.

Because I had my column on, it was so easy to run in, make a decision between a cobalt blue and kelly green blazer, and back out the door. Phew! Column dressing is so versatile, I highly recommend you have a few in your wardrobe for any occasion. [Read more…]

If You Want to Be Happy, Give It Away!

Be HappyFeeling down? Thinking a lot about your own problems? Take some time each day to give something away and you will be a LOT Happier! That’s what recent research says according to Marla Jo Fisher, author of “Helping others will make you happy”, in the OC Register.

A 2007 study published by Science magazine found that people felt happier when they gave money to others than when they spent it on themselves. Researchers at Harvard University gave participants money and told half the subjects to spend it on themselves, the other half were to give it away to others. The people who gave their money away felt happier than those who bought something for themselves.

I love that giving it away caused them to feel HAPPIER!! As in they feel “more” happy than if they received something themselves. Amazing! [Read more…]

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…]

Tips For Being Fabulous at Work!

If you are job hunting, and getting ready for interviews, you will have read and memorized my “Tips for Success in Your Job Interview” and are practicing your presentation.  There’s more!

What is it that your potential new employer is looking for in their Fabulous New Employee??

” Employers are searching for positive, enthusiastic people who show up for work on time, who are dressed and prepared properly, who go out of their way to add value and do more than what’s required of them, who are honest, who will play by the rules, and who will give cheerful, friendly service regardless of the situation.”

Read more here:  “Reviving Work Ethic in America,” from Forbes Magazine. [Read more…]

How Your Physical Presence Can Create Success!

Your posture and body carriage create a presence. Tall or short, petite or grand, the way you hold yourself and move, send nonverbal messages about your confidence and self image. You physical presence enters a room providing the first impression of your persona before you even speak a word. What you say and what you have to say, add to that impression, taking only seconds for those in the room to size you up.

What does your posture say about you? How do you carry yourself? Wish you were invisible? Self conscious that anyone is even glancing your way? [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…]

What Do Optimists Have That Pessimists Don’t?

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

How maStepping stones by Anne (2010)ny pessimists do your know that live exactly that way?  Those of us optimists shake our heads in wonder! If you are a pessimist, no offense here, really.  But, I would like to know, do you really enjoy life? Do you find beauty, joy and satisfaction in life?  No, I am not a pessismist hater, not by a long shot.  I have gone to school with, worked with and known many.  They see life in such a way that it is predictable and sometimes humorous. [Read more…]

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