Archive for July, 2010

M is for Meaningful

Monday, July 26th, 2010

M  means – make your day more Meaningful

You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow – Tony Robbins

To me, the word ‘meaning’ is like the word ‘success’; something we all aspire to and want, yet we all define the concepts differently.  For the salesperson, success might be measured in numbers and new clients while for the stay at home mom, success might be measured by the number of books or projects a child was inspired by. Neither is better than the other; just different.

In our own search for meaning, we have to first define what it means to us. Not what it means to our parents, our employer or our spouse; but to us. Only then can we actually make a conscious effort to make our days–or lives–meaningful. We should at least have a target before we start shooting.

Yet, there is a fine balance between too much thought and just enough. We have to trust our own internal compass to know when we are ready to stop planning and start doing. That winning combination of enthusiasm and intent allows us to truly make our days, and the days of those we interact with, meaningful.

U is for Uplift

Monday, July 19th, 2010

U  means Uplift someone else every day.

Few of us write great novels; all of us live them ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Uplift…sounds like a lofty goal, doesn’t it?  The thought of being responsible for someone else’s good mood or outlook on life can seem daunting at best, even on our good days.

Is that really what anyone expects though?  If you are a parent, you know that you teach your children more by your example than by your lectures. Same is true, I think, of life in general.  Sometimes all it takes is a bit of perspective and a tweak in attitude to remind us what our role in life really is.

Bottom line is, we only live once.  We are each given 24 hours per day; what we choose to do with that time is what sets us apart from others.  Even on down days, if we choose to believe that our chances are unlimited and that we have a countless number of “things” to be thankful for, we are more able to offer a kind word, a nudge of encouragement or a boost to someone else who really needs it.

This week’s challenge: make a list of 5 people you want to stay in touch with, and jot a word next to each name relating to how you can uplift them in some way.  Make a conscious effort  to reach out to just one of these people–a phone call, a handwritten note, or even coffee if time allows.  You just might find that after that first meeting you’ll have an even greater desire to cross more names off that list.

G is for Gratitude

Monday, July 12th, 2010

G means – be Grateful for something every day.

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~William Faulkner

It’s easy to walk though life and forget everything we have to be grateful for, isn’t it?  So much easier to fall into the trap of noticing the the negative—the things we don’t have, the slight from our spouse or child, the promotion we didn’t get—rather than the positive.  How do we dig ourselves out of that habit once we are fully entrenched?

I find it’s easier to count my blessings when I decide to notice the little things rather than expecting the big things to be perfect.  A comforting cup of coffee to start the morning, the fact that I hit more green lights than red on the way to work, or a post on Facebook that brought a smile to my face.  When I count those, life is richer.

Take the time this week to notice the lovely small things that comprise your day. I’d venture to guess that there are far more than you think.

Beginnings

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

“The beginning is the most important part of the work”~ Plato

I love beginnings….bursting with potential; bright, shiny and new!  Truth be told, though, once something “launches” as new it’s already been quite some time in the making.  Take this blog for instance—I did not just wake up this morning and send it to you without any forethought or planning.

It’s been here—inside my head—percolating and evolving, for quite some time now.  And I waited until that quiet little voice said “it’s time…..GO!!” My vision for this blog is to provide food for thought, practical tips, and little insights into what I’ve learned along the way.  Feel free to drop me a line and tell me what you think; after all, sometimes two (or ten) heads are better than one!

This week, I hope you’ll consider that regardless of our personal circumstance, we are all at a place of beginning.  Whether you are embarking on a new career, reaching personal goals or just realizing that July is the beginning of the 2nd half of 2010, I encourage you to take your first step to your next great accomplishment.