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The Recommendation of the Month: It’s a Website Challenge

Hello The M.I.D.A Project Readers, I am pleased to introduce my recommendation of the month.  One of the blogs I follow is hosting an entrepreneurial challenge for business owners.  So if one of your goals this year was to start a business or expand your business, you may want to check this challenge out.  The challenge includes tips, inspirations, and weekly action plan activities.

2013 marks the second year of this challenge and upon completion of the weekly challenges, you could possibly be selected to win prize packages and a profile in the sponsor’s magazine.  But the biggest prize of all is moving your business forward and stepping away from whatever may be holding you back from the success you crave.  If you have an idea for a business and don’t know where to start, then this challenge may help you formulate a plan to move you from idea to inception.

Last year I learned of this challenge towards the end of the event and this year I discovered it four weeks into the challenge yet I still decided to join this event.  My daughter began a business last year and I think the lessons included in the challenge will help us move her business forward.  So without further adieu, here is my recommendation.

Join me in the  Success Magazine “Start Small, Win Big Challenge”.  If you have never heard of Success Magazine, stay tuned next month because it is my recommendation of the month for March 2013.  If you have some doubts after viewing the Challenge enrollment page, check out the Success Blog and try out a few of the tips profiled in the action plan activities.

Here’s hoping you join the challenge and find the inspiration to move your business to its next level of evolution.  There is nothing stopping you but yourself.  In parting, this challenge is free so sign up today.

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi

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Resilience of Toddlers

Resilience in Action

The last few weeks have had me in a perpetual state of anxiety.  First, I became ill with an inability to eat and an urgent & unrealistic need to stay away from my children in order to prevent them from catching my bug.  Then immediately on the heels of slowly turning the illness corner and successfully eating one meal, it was time to take my youngest to the hospital for surgery.  It was while watching him sleep off the anesthesia and then fight to stay awake that I had an epiphany.  Toddlers can teach us a lot about being resilient if we open our minds to the experience.

When the doctors said it would be at least a day before my son would want solid food, he instead requested it one hour after surgery concluded.   They said he would be cranky and likely need pain medications every four hours, he didn’t need them until 72 hours after surgery.  And only after his throat began scabbing.  RESILIENT!   Thankfully I have had the honor to witness resilience in action within other moment to moment discoveries of his two years on this earth.  Here are the top 3 lessons he has taught me:
1.  Every minute is a new adventure – Toddlers do not waste time analyzing their inadequacies.  They instead utilize all of their brain power and energies on figuring out how to get to whatever caught their interest.  Try as we might to distract them from their goal, short of physically removing them from the object in question, they continue towards their goal.  What great things we could accomplish if we were more like them.
2.  Take time to enjoy the little things – Toddlers find enjoyment in everything.  Saying hello to  others in line brings a smile & a tickle generates a laugh.  An airplane flying in the sky makes them stand in place pointing to the sky full of glee.  We view the line as a waste of time and the plane as too loud.  Maybe we should adopt the toddler perspective and bring more smiles & laughs into our lives.
3.  When you fall down, get right back up – Toddlers personify the saying, don’t cry over spilled milk.  They fall, shed a few tears then jump back up and begin again.  The cycle repeats until they reach the point in which they are satisfied with their progress.  There are no periods of wallowing in self-pity or feelings of defeat.  No overwhelming need to obtain approval from other people, they find ways to motivate themselves.  During the course of growing up, we sometimes lose sight that the only person we need to motivate us is the same face staring at us in the mirror’s reflection.
Of course toddlers have one major cool factor which allows them to have a sense of security to explore and achieve, they are gifted with caregivers who love and support them through their adventures.  They are free from the day-to-day worries of mortgages, food, and employment.  But even with the burdens we carry, we still maintain the freedom to take time for adventures as we get back up from our failures.  The only thing standing in our way is the reflection of ourselves that we see in the mirror.

Til next time,

“Actions express priorities” – Mohandas Gandhi