Weekly Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom: Intentional Happiness

Happy Wednesday!

Happiness is a state of mind we have full control of if we are willing to accept it.  It is one of those things we mistake for an emotion and often give its power to others to wield over our lives.  Stop giving away your power!

Have you every met someone who appears to have everything you want?  The looks, the career, the family, the confidence, the (insert your own word here).  Then they open their mouths and you have to rethink your initial assessment because every other word is either negative or pessimistic.  Those are the people I try to avoid.  I want to be surrounded with people who build me up and remind me to believe anything is possible.

The type of people who have a story which surpasses your expectations regarding what they have overcome.  They type of story that means they have gone through a trial, come out of a trial and are still standing to convey their testimony. Those are the people who inspire me.

The person who beat cancer while building a business after a layoff. You inspire me!

The person who lost their job but was able to keep the lights on, food on the table and the car running.  You inspire me!

The person who left jail and turned their life around to be an employer for others.  You inspire me.

The next J. K. Rowling. You inspire me.

The next Oprah. You inspire me.

The next Dr. Is. You inspire me.

The person who never heard the words “you can do it” or “I believe in you.” You inspire me.

I don’t know your story and I may not know or recognize you on the street but you inspire me.  You inspire me for the happiness you will embrace in 2017.  

Make happiness an intentional habit.

Til next time,

“You are the only person who can and will make you happy. Stop looking to others for what they cannot provide.” – Tiffany Tom-Johnson

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Resilience of Toddlers

3 Life Lessons from Toddlers

Happy Monday!

Life is never boring or monotonous when you are the parents of toddlers.  Each day you have little reminders of resilience in action.  No matter what knocks them down they jump back up.  Along the way you may have to shield your ears as they succumb to screaming fits of frustration.  You may even have to watch a temper tantrum or two when they don’t get their way.  

But they always run to their trusted adult a few minutes later and ask for hugs, kisses and reassurance.  Oh to be a toddler again when resilience wasn’t a conscious thought but a natural reaction.

Toddlers teach us lessons by their acts of wisdom.  Yes I said acts of wisdom. Spend an hour with them and you will see them live out skills we wish some adults could understand.  Here are a few examples of their infinite wisdom:

1.  Knowledge of their client base/salesman:

Ok we know toddlers don’t have clients but bear with me. Children learn what each parent or caregiver will allow them to do and what they won’t be able to get away with.  They adapt their behaviors to meet the needs and expectations of the caregivers in their life. 

Teachers, parents, siblings, grandparents don’t often see the manipulation in action with them but it is easy to recognize when used on others.  “They don’t do that with me,” is often overhead when discussions are held about the child’s behavior and later after comparing notes, the adults learn then have been manipulated by a master salesman who may not as yet conquered potty training.

2.  Adaptable to new demands/change:

Either weekly, monthly or yearly children hit milestone which may require change to their environment.  They conquer solid foods and move away from breast milk/formula.  They conquer rolling over and then it is time to crawl and then before you realize it they have grown up and walking.  The behavioral expectations increase along with the child’s development.  While they may not like the new rules, they adapt and keep going.  They don’t let the change stop their momentum.

3.  Purpose Driven determination:

Advocating for what you want is sometimes a lost art form that children have mastered.  They make their mind up as to what they want and they go after it with single minded determination.  First it’s, “may I ____? Depending on your answer the next thing you will hear is either “thank you” or “why.”  The why question will continue until they either get what they want or you find a distraction.  But don’t think you won that round because once the distraction fades, they return to request a new goal which is often the original question.  They got distracted but they didn’t forget their goal. They picked the idea back up and pursued obtaining it.

As you plan for 2017, what are a few lessons you can adopt from the children in your life?

Til next time,

“Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath.  Happy creating.” – M. F. Ryan

Weekly Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about you but the closer I get to the upcoming Christmas holiday, the more invigorated I feel.  It’s like my brain is recognizing that Christmas comes with family time and long weekends.  Time to rest and watch my kids as they remind me of the joys of innocence, hope and excitement.

Watching them as they attempt to stay up to catch Santa while bubbling over with nervous energy and exhaustion at the same time.  When I think about the holiday movies and cheesy Christmas Carols, I can’t help but to smile.

Anyone remember I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas or maybe you remember The Grinch Song.  No matter the carol, remember the intent – amusement and motivation.  That being said, below are a few quotes I hope will motivate you this week.

1. “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller

2.  “Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

3.  “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

4. “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.  Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball

5.  “Education is a loan to be repaid with gift of self.” – Lady Bird Johnson

6.  “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish almost anything if you’re willing to pay he price.” – Vince Lombardi

7.  “As our confidence, so is our capacity.” – William Hazlitt

Til next time,

Think Positive Thoughts and Do Purposeful Actions

Goal Achievement · Uncategorized

Free Webinar: 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017 | Hosted by Michael Hyatt

Happy Monday!

If you are interested in making 2017 a year of change because you did Do something about your it, then sign up for one of the free webinars being hosted by Michael Hyatt.

This is a limited time offer as the sessions will be held on one of the following dates:

1. December 6, 2016 morning and evening sessions

2. December 8, 2016 morning, afternoon and evening sessions

3.  December 14, 2016 evening session

Thank you to moneysavingmom.com for the details of this special event.  The 7 Steps for Taking Control objectives of the session are explained in the provided link.

Don’t miss out on this information.  Free and informative doesn’t happen all the time. I have registered, will you?

Til next time,

“Action expresses priorities.” – Mohandas Gandhi