Apr 282018
 

I love reading and go to the library every two weeks! Here is why you should too.

The library is a great free resource for books, e-books, magazines etc. There is nothing like just walking the aisles and randomly picking up books to read on all different types of topics. I easily bring home 10-20 books to last over 2 weeks.  It is a goal of mine to read at least 30 minutes a day. This not only keeps me out of trouble but sharpens my saw! You should try it! Let me know what you are reading.

Source: Why You Should be Reading Books Every Day, According to Science | Inc.com

Aug 012017
 

Many people are talking about happiness at work and what benefits will keep your employees happy and engaged. Check out this article on what works. https://goo.gl/QPe1CF

My short list is:
1. Leaders that share and live the Vision of the company with employees.
2. A safe place to work and express your ideas. Micromanagement is out!
3. Thank you -individual expression of thanks to employees for specific things they have accomplished
4. Recognize your employee strengths and stop trying to “Fix” the 20% they don’t do well and encourage the 20% that is their true strengths.

Jul 202017
 

A friend recommended the book,  Younger Next Year, https://goo.gl/AbY6dW 

and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what Chris Crowley and Henry S Lodge, MD recommend to make your “next third” happy and more enjoyable. If you are looking to energize yourself and plan for retirement, check out this book. It truly can change your life! I am onboard with the plan and have already started to see some good results. Learning about the effects of exercise, your attitude and socialization can save your retirement from being a “slowing down” phase of your life to being the next great adventure! Check it out!

 

May 262017
 

Love this article from Gretchen Rubin on her advice to graduates. I think this advice applies no matter your age. It is worth the read and pondering the questions. Check it out!

 

Source: My Best Advice for Graduates: 12 Tips for A Happy Life | Gretchen Rubin | Pulse | LinkedIn

Jul 042014
 

First off, I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July! While you are celebrating, take a few minutes to thank those that have allowed us to have Independence and reflect on what Independence means for you personally.

As I was doing my morning walk this morning, I couldn’t help thinking about what independence means for me:

Independence as a nation – I am thankful to live in the USA and for all the independence that I enjoy because our fore fathers had the insight to draft and ratify the Constitution.  I am especially thankful to all those in the Arm Forces, Civil Services and Government that work and sacrifice every day so that we can enjoy our freedom. (ok not everyone in the Government – but you know what I mean!)

Independence as a person – I am thankful to my parents for raising me in an environment where Independence, free thinking and “risk taking” were encouraged. Their example has made a huge difference in the person I am today.

Independence as a parent – I am thankful to my children that tested their independence (leading to a few gray hairs!) and boundaries that lead them to grow up into successful young adults. Their willingness to try new things and take risks inspires me and makes me proud of them every day.

Financial Independence – First let me be clear I haven’t achieved financial independence but I have learned the value of saving and being thrifty. I am thankful I learned the adage, “pay yourself first” at a young age and have continued to save to achieve my goals. I am thankful to my grandparents and parents for teaching me that experiences and adventure are much more lasting and enjoyable than material things could ever be. “Less is More” in my book – smaller house, less stuff, less clothes and hopefully less stress!

Health Independence – I am thankful for finding doctors that work with me and set plans in place to keep me healthy and medication free whenever possible. In a world full of pill pushers and “quick” remedies, I am lucky to have found a path that keeps me in shape and healthy.

Independence as a Woman – I am thankful for the inspiration of my mother, my female bosses and all the Empowered Women I know for showing me a world where woman can be appreciated and respected. With so many women struggling in the world just for the rights to live free, vote and be equal, I am so thankful for the opportunities that I have come my way. I am also especially thankful for the men in my life that allow me to speak my mind and push me to achieve more in my career and my life.

Please share with me what Independence means on this special day. Enjoy!

Jan 282013
 

I love goals! I thrive on lists and get a big kick out of crossing things off of a list. I have even gone so far as to add something I have just completed so that I can cross it off the list! Yes, call me crazy but my brain is programmed for setting goals and tackling things one at a time. I think part of this came from my parents and grandparents and their incredible work ethic. I remember many times my grandmother saying “idle hands are the devils workshop” and something about keeping busy. I must have listened and watched their example because I have to really work sometimes at relaxing.  I subscribe more to the philosophy that Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1980’s movie, The Shining wrote about, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I love to set goals and work but I strongly believe that balance in life and relaxation is key to a healthy, happy life.

This past week I had the opportunity to work with two different groups of business professionals on goal setting and what methods work best. I had presented some of the common goal setting techniques and had each group complete exercises setting goals for themselves. It is amazing to me the feedback and reasons why people do not get goals accomplished. I heard everything from, “ I was too busy”,  “my goal was too big” to “I didn’t feel like it!” as the excuses why they had not completed the goals that they had assigned themselves several weeks ago.

Keep in mind that these people are no different than you and I. Life hands us different challenges that prevent us from hitting our goals. Different people handle these different challenges differently and because the level of commitment is different for each one, some were successful and others were not.

Here are my tips for what makes me successful with my goals. Maybe these can help you too. Give them a try and let me know how you do.

Goal setting questions to ask yourself:

  1. Is the goal specific enough? Will you know when you have hit it?
  2. Is it realistic? Does it make you reach or stretch?
  3. Have you broken it into smaller steps or tasks? Are the tasks small enough to ensure success?
  4. Do you have a champion that can help encourage you along the way?
  5. Have you written it down?
  6. Have publically announced it? Maybe on Facebook or to your boss, your family and your friends?

If you answered yes, to the questions above, you will have a much better time of hitting that goal. Now go out a pick one goal and let me know if you are successful.

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