Just a little help might be nice

alex-climbing-wall-1Addilynn and Alexander were thrilled when their parents got them a fabulous swing set with a climbing wall! What could be better?

I know in a matter of weeks Alexander will be doing this by himself. But, for right now, he needs a little help.

Have you ever felt that way in your life or business? You could use just a little help right now? You know you’ll be ok in the future but, for right now, you need some help.

This was true for me with:

  • Learning computer programs
  • QuickBooks
  • Giving webinars and teleclasses
  • Designing Mind Maps
  • Discovering the ins and outs of being a professional speaker
  • Marketing
  • Parenting
  • …the list could go on and on!

Where could you use help? Please don’t be afraid to ask. That’s the issue. So often we struggle along on our own only to find if we had just asked – we’d be much further than we are right now.

Live and learn!

Confidence-bookIn 2011, I started looking back at my life and all I had learned. I started typing up the stories associated with the events and lessons learned and it became something I am very proud of – The Confidence: Now is Your Time – 30 Days to a More Extraordinary You book. This book has helped many give themselves the permission to be who they were created to be.

Just a little help – that’s all you need! The answers are in this book. Get one for yourself and one for a friend!

Look up

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I had a coaching client tell me yesterday she was going to put her head down (figuratively) and focus on a project. This made perfect sense as she was wanting to avoid distractions.

After thinking about it, though, I told her to look up instead.

Just the term ‘put my head down’ causes a negative feeling. One of bondage, almost.

But, thinking ‘look up’ instead is a feeling of optimism, the future, good things ahead, etc.

When my dad was first moved into hospice we could not find his gold watchdad-watch that he had for 40 years. This watch represented a huge portion of his life and I was determined to find it. I finally found it in the pocket of his coat and when I put it on his frail wrist he looked up at me with a smile and said, “Man, things are really looking up!” In 2 seconds my dad became a motivational speaker!

He was facing the last days of his life and he found a way to make a sad situation a positive one.

If we look for the good during a day; we will find it. If we look for the bad during the day; we will find it.

If we look for the good in ourself and others; we will find it.

Maybe it’s time to look up.

Keeping our head down is exhausting. Look up and see the awesomeness in your life and others.

What do you see?!

Post-It Notes, really?!

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Have you ever planned what you wanted to do that day only to find at the end of the day you did everything BUT what you had planned?

I was visiting my amazing friend, Theresa Rose, in Minneapolis. She showed me a unique way to know what you want to do each day and stay on track. Very unique. Using Post-It Notes!

She has a home office and in her office is a fireplace with 5 tiles at the top. She takes unique colored post-it-notes and labels them: Marketing, Sales, Network, Social Media, Admin, Book, etc. She then looks at her calendar to see if she has a speaking event that week. If she does, she puts a ‘Job’ Post-It Note on the day’s tile. Then she takes her other Post-It Notes of tasks she wants to accomplish that week and puts them in the ‘am’ or ‘pm’ spot on her tiles.

She can just glance at the tile to know what she needs to do. Genius!

So, of course, with her blessing, I did what she did! I used the cupboard theresa-computerabove my desk and there are 6 doors. Perfect. One for each day Monday through Saturday.

Now I know exactly what to do every day.

Theresa also has a very cool way to make sure she does what she says she’s going to do. She puts a bright-colored Post-It Note on her computer that says, “Back On Track”!

Do you need a new way to look at your week? If so, give the post-it-note thing a try!

Have you said these words lately?

On Sunday my husband, Bruce, and daughter, Abigail, visited mom. She was having a day where she was feeling exhausted and wasn’t her usual bright shiny self. abby-mom-me

But, when she realized it we us, she said, “You are here again? I am so blessed. You always do extra.”

How often when someone sees you they see you, “I am so blessed.”?
How often when you see someone do you say, “I am so blessed.”?

What would happen in your life and work if you started using mom’s phrase?

I think amazing things would happen!

The picture on the left was taken right before we left and she would not let go of my hands. I didn’t want to let go, either. Can you see how peaceful she is?

That’s how we feel when we are around people who bless us.

Is it time to choose to be with people who bless you and you bless them?

My challenge: Tell two people today that you are so blessed when you are with them.

I’d like to bless you! If you are not a member of my Clear the Desk Movement, let’s get you signed up. Every day we have great posts and encouragement to help you not only clear the desk, but your fears, your mind, your clutter – whatever is holding you back.  You can join here.

 

All is well

Have you ever wanted to do something that you knew would be great – but you were scared? But, you really wanted to do it?

easter-3That was Addilynn on Easter when we were visiting my mom. Uncle Sean challenged her to jump to him. Addilynn wasn’t so sure at first. But, she trusted Sean and jumped with a scream. Then, of course, she wanted to do it over and over again!

She trusted Uncle Sean and all was well.

Perhaps you trusted someone in the past and they let you down. Now, it’s hard to trust anyone. I so get that.

Thankfully, today is your fresh start.

1st: Trust yourself. If you say you’re going to take a walk – take a walk. If you say you’re going to eat healthier – eat healthier. If you say you’re going to organize the makeup drawer – do it.

But, if you are like 99.999% of the people in the world you don’t always do what you say you are going to do.

That’s where the fresh start comes in. Every day you can start over. The more you do what you say you are going to do – the more you can trust yourself.

2nd: Trust God. He will never let you down. Things may not be in your timing or how you thought it may happen – but you can trust Him. When you trust Him, no matter the outcome, all is well.

3rd: Trust me! I want to assist you in clearing out the gunk in your life – physically and emotionally – and have you feel all is well with yourself. One way I can help you is in my Clear the Desk Movement. If you are not a member, why not? Join here..

 

There are people and then there are PEOPLE

I met my friend, Kris, at Starbucks recently. I was outside when she pulled up and she parked in front of the store next to Starbucks. I remembered from previous visits that there were BIG signs saying only patrons of that store could park in those spots.

I walked over to Kris to tell her about this policy. We both looked at the huge sign in the window right in front of her car. We then looked at each and were both thinking the same thing – probably a good idea to move the car.

I noticed where she parked there were two men visiting and when she walked by they said starbucks-parking(2)something to her. I didn’t think anything of it.

After we got our drinks we were deep in conversation. All of a sudden, a man appeared by our table and put two Starbuck gift cards down.

We both were shocked and asked him, “Why?”
He was the owner of the adjacent store and was one of the men who talked to Kris as she walked by.

He was so appreciative he gave us gift cards! There are people and there are PEOPLE. Right?!

The adjacent store is a liquor store. I told Kris, “I don’t drink, but since he was so nice I may just start so I can purchase something!” No, I’m not going to but, wow, that was a surprise.

I believe that every day we get chances to be one of those PEOPLE. How often do we deliver? I’m not talking about purchasing gift cards. I’m talking about noticing nice actions and showing appreciation.

It’s hard to notice when your mind and schedule is full. And, for many, they are full to the brim.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot and I’ve been wanting to give back more to those on my list and those I meet when speaking, thus, the Clear the Desk Movement was born!

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I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘clear the decks.’ Do you know what it really means? Clear the decks means to prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress.

I found that fascinating.

What about your desk as opposed to a deck? Are you more ready to prepare for a goal by having a clear desk? What about a clear mind? A clear schedule? A clearness about who you want to hang around with and who you don’t?

My Clear the Desk Movement is all about being part of a community where we are ready to stop chasing squirrels and focus on what is important in our life and in our work.

Clear the Desk is a mindset philosophy that will not only organize your space and time, but get you clear on what matters most and go after that!

My movement is free to you! Yes, it is a gift.

All you have to do to join is go to the Clear the Deck Movement private Facebook group welcomeand ask to join. You may already be a member as I changed a previous group to the new Clear the Desk Movement.

When you become a member in this movement you will receive a free gift that will make you fearless!  Also,  I have a theme each day to help you move forward to clearing the desk, your mind, your schedule, your files, and clearing negative people out of your life.

To join go to this page and if you see a +Join Group button click on it and I will approve you as soon as possible. If you see a Joined button you are already a member. Read through the description and, if it seems like a fit to you, please stay a member. If not, simply unjoin the group.

It’s that simple. Especially if you want to be one of those PEOPLE and having such clarity in your life you see every moment when you can make someone else feel appreciated.

See you in the Movement!

Signs are everywhere

Look around you and what do you see? People’s faces buried in their phones. They seem oblivious to what is going on around them. I want to tell them if they would look up they would see signs of beauty everywhere.

It’s time for all of us to stop and see the signs that are all around us.

I was on a bike ride with my daughter-in-law the other day and she stopped when she saw a cardinal. She told me that a cardinal is a representative of a loved one who had passed and she thought of her dad.

cross-in-skyMy dad and I used to have a contest who would see the 1st robin in the spring. It was a joke, really, because I didn’t pay any attention to birds and he always saw his 1st robin months before I did! Now, when I see a robin, I think of my dad.

On Monday I went to the hospital to visit my precious aunt who was being taken care of by hospice staff. As I got out of my car I looked up and saw a cross in the sky. I knew that everything was going to be ok and Heaven was waiting for her.

We each give our own meaning to the signs we see. But, if we don’t get our face off the screen we are going to miss them.  Look around. What do you see?

 

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