Do You Recognize Your Strengths? (Or Focus On Your Weakness)


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDo you recognize your strengths? Or do you focus on your weaknesses?

Now, you’re probably wondering why I chose this picture to go with today’s blog. Well, I’ll tell you. This is a picture of (left to right) my cousins Billy, Johnny and Gary, and yes that’s me in the hat (why the heck I had a pocketbook I have no clue…I didn’t have any make-up (didn’t need any then) or credit cards.

But next to me is my cousin Gary. He’s a wiz at math; which is probably why he’s a financial analyst today with a major bank. Me? I need a calculator to add two + two.

But for years, when I was growing up, Gary would come over to tutor me in various forms of math. It progressed, you know, to geometry and algebra and calculus.

But it didn’t matter how much Gary tried, or how patient he was…I just didn’t get it.

Math was NOT my strength, but I completed my English Regents Exam in thirty minutes and got 100% (they give you three hours to complete it)

So, in my long winded way, I’m trying to make a point…you KNOW what you’re good at. You KNOW what comes easy to you and what makes you happy doing it.

FOLLOW that way…for it is your way; it’s the way you’re supposed to go.

Me? Ya know, now I need that pocketbook…for my make-up, my checkbook…and my calculator;)

Do You Seek To Live Harmoniously?


35920022Do you seek to live harmoniously with others and with all the different situations that come into your life? Or are you angry all the time; at others; at life in general? Are you good at playing the “blame game”‘…nothing is EVER  your fault but the fault lies with everyone else, and if they could only be better, if they could only do better, well, then, life would be just sooooooo much better for you.

Have you thought to look at the person you see in the mirror each morning and ask THAT person what he/she could do to be more pleasant…to be kinder, to take a step back BEFORE they start blaming life, the plumber, the boss, the mother-in-law the…well you get where I’m going with this so do yourself a favor and have a long talk with the person you see in the mirror each morning; a good heart felt one and see how life can change and be a little more lighter and brighter:)

 

Have You Thought About It?


DSC01702_0012Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever thought about it when you had one of those days when you thought to yourself “There’s just not enough. There’s not enough in this world to go around so I’m sure they’ll skip over me.”

Have you ever looked up at the sky on a dark night and seen the millions of stars dancing in the sky…how many there really are nobody really knows. Maybe they are infinite.

How about all the single blades of grass that line the fields? How many of those are there? Or grains of sand? How about those?

And how about that? Seems to be a lot huh? We live in a Universe of plenty. But we must reach out and take our bounty and not lament that there “isn’t any” That’s like sitting at a banquet and saying there’s nothing to eat:)

Be Your Own Barometer


990210627_011Be your own barometer. How can you do that? By noticing your feelings in different situations.

When you feel good; when you feel open; when you feel ANYTHING is possible then you know you’re in the right place… the place where dreams come true; the place where miracles happen.

But when you feel nervous, anxious, angry, jealous or insecure, then you’ve entered the land of “blockage” the place where you and the things you want stagnate and just seem to fall apart.

Practice feeling good. Practice being grateful for what you have.Practice being happy for the good fortune of others. Be kind in your words and deeds. Move forward in life with positive expectation and a smile.

See the difference it can make in your life:)

Set the Example


ChrysanthemumSet the example…for others. Be the spark that lights up the room; that causes others to smile and to believe in themselves.

Be the one who offers a helping hand whenever possible and seeks nothing in return. Show others that kindness and compassion is the way.

Be patient. Understand others do not have the same life experiences as you and may think differently. It is their right to do so. Respect that and don’t push your way in. You may, in this fashion, show others a better way but that is only if they wish to be shown. If not, offer your hand and a smile anyway.

When you do these things they WILL  come back to you multiplied, even though you’re not looking for compensation. The Universe sees all and sends back what is put forth.

Just think of it as a nice fringe benefit.

What Questions Do You Ask Yourself?


990105679_004What questions do you ask yourself everyday? What tone do you set for your day?

Do you get up in the morning and ask yourself “How can I make this day the best it can be?” Do you ask “What can I do to move closer to the goals I set for myself? Do you write them down and refer to them as you go through your day to see if you are “on track?”

Good for you, I know you’ll make every day a great one!

Or do you get up and say “What’s the use? Yesterday was lousy so today will be just the same.” And then you just go through the motions of your day, like a robot marching through dense fog not really sure where you’ll end up.

Then you probably won’t be too happy about the way your day unfolds…

The choice is yours now- which way will you go?

It’s Your Privilege


990205258_034It’s your privilege to step up and claim what’s yours. It’s your privilege to take the steps necessary to achieve what you want. You don’t have to conform to the ideas of others; just because someone says you have to do or act a certain way doesn’t mean you have to. Just because somebody else says you should be doing this or doing that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. You have the privilege to say “Thank you, but I think I’ll head out in this direction instead.”

And then do just that.

Are You Just Going Through the Motions?


3644216f-d0dc-4c98-b263-134b03077e79_0028Are you just going through the motions when it comes to a client or customer? Are you just trying to “sell” them something; a “one size fits all” kind of thing without spending the time to listen to their personal needs and desires? Are you too busy talking about how terrific you are instead of allowing them to express their feelings and to openly ask questions? Do you care that what you offer will truly benefit them in some way?

If you answered “yes” to these questions then good for you! Not only do these qualities help you in business but they help you in your everyday life as well…people like to feel that they matter to others and what they have to say and how they feel is important. By listening, you put people at ease.

If you answered “no” to these questions then I just have one more for you,,,how’s that workin’ for ya?

 

 

Are You Judging Yourself By Past Mistakes?


101_0150Are you judging yourself by past mistakes? Are you putting yourself down for something you might not have done as concisely as you wanted to?

LET IT GO! Yup you heard me…want me to say it louder? WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. WE ALL DO THINGS THAT MAYBE WE WISH WE HADN’T DONE OR SAID.

We are not perfect No matter how much you may look to another person and think, “Oh yeah, she/he has it all together, they don’t. Nope nobody. At least nobody human.

What we CAN do with mistakes is learn from them. What can we do differently next time? What can we say differently? How can we act differently?

That kind of thinking will propel you to greater heights.  Just sitting around and judging yourself, well, that won’t even get you off the ground SO DON’T DO IT!

What Kind of Glasses Are You Wearing?


80ab50b1-e005-42b3-941f-6038a886ae8f_0003What kind of glasses are you wearing? Are they rose colored; meaning you see the good in everyone and in the world around you and that you greet each day with positive expectations? Do you see the glass as half full when you wear those glasses?

Or are the glasses you wear darker, even though the sun isn’t out? Do you wear the glasses of fear and worry? Do you wake in the morning and feel that the day will be a burden and that things will just go all wrong? Do you see that glass as not even half full but instead as totally empty?

Do me and yourself a favor and change the color of those glasses. Toss the dark ones out and grab a pair of those rose colored ones; I think you’ll like them much better:)