Sometimes it’s the little bit extra

Last Sunday I was registered to run the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer 5K.

I was so excited. I ran this last year and the whole event is so awesome.

I’ve been fighting a really bad cough and all the side effects that go along with it and wasn’t sure I could run but I was NOT going to miss the packet pick up. I want my t-shirt!

avera-packet-pickupThe day before the race I went downtown to get my packet. I parked in the back and I was surprised to see how they decorated the area leading up to the store. They really did the little bit extra. Actually, a lot extra. And, this was in the back! Imagine what they did to the front?

The extra effort they did made me want to run the race even more!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t well enough to run and I was so disappointed. But, I couldn’t stop thinking about the extra effort they did even for the packet pick-up experience.

They made what could have been a just a normal packet pick-up time – fun!

Have you ever been the recipient of someone or a company doing that little bit extra? How did it make you feel?

Have you done the little bit extra lately?

The good news is that it doesn’t take much these days to make someone feel special. With e-mail, texts, social media, etc. we are losing the personal touch so when it does happen – wow!

Let’s make a pact right now that in the next 3 days we are going to wow someone.

I’m going to send someone on my newsletter list a copy of my book Confidence: Now is Your Time – 31 Days to a More Extraordinary You!

Who will it be for you and what will you do?

I mentioned in my last Wednesday Wisdom I’m going to offer teleclasses on different topics that will help you think differently and have the courage to take a next step.

The first teleclass I offered was all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles! If you missed it you can still purchase the recording.

My next teleclass will be about wasted guilt! The teleclass is How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First. You will want to put Wednesday, October 12 at 6 PM EDT in your calendar. Details coming soon!

Take the next step

bike-path-treesAs I was riding my bike recently on the bike trail in town I started thinking about all the different kinds of people who enjoy the trail.

• Serious bicyclists going extremely fast
• Regular bicyclists – like me!
• Joggers
• Runners – there is a difference between those who jog and those who really run
• Parents with children in the carrier behind their bikes
• Children on small bike pedaling furiously to keep up with their parents!
• Older couples taking a leisurely walk
• People who hop on it for a shortcut to work
• Photographers shooting senior pictures
• And so many more~~
One thing they all have in common is their desire for movement and to enjoy the outdoors.

Which got me thinking about my subscribers to my Wednesday Wisdom. My list includes people in different stages of life and work. This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing my weekly posts – the variety of the readers. But, one thing you all have in common is the openness to think differently and the desire to take the next step.

In what area of your life do you have a next step you are waiting to take? Almost everything gets easier once that first step is taken!

Getting back to my weekly posts – a newsletter article can only go so far. I decided to start offering teleclasses on different topics to help you take that next step in a deeper way.

The first teleclass I’m offering is all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles!

heels-going-up-ladderTake the next step to get rid of your paper piles…once and for all

Clutter is a major factor in holding people back. Why? Because it represents the past of undone stuff. Particularly in paper piles. No one likes that feeling but few have the courage to do something about it!

Let’s take care of this and here is how you can take the next step…now.

Join me on Thursday, September 22 at 1 PM EDT, for the Get Rid of Your Paper Piles…Once and for All teleclass. Join us live or if you can’t make it there are no worries. If you are registered you will get the recording.

Imagine, your desk top clear of the piles and you can find what you need easily. It is possible! Find out more and let’s get you registered.

FInally

mentalFinally, it’s getting through to me.

Everything is 100% mental.

Working out starts in your mind.

Growing your business starts in your mind.

Building relationships starts in your mind.

How you spend your time starts in your mind.

Getting organized starts in your mind.

It is so true. When you think you can do something you can. When you think you can’t do something; you can’t.

Your body follows what your mind tells you.

Instead of writing a to-do list item like ‘talk to a prospect’ write it instead like this ‘I will talk to _____________ today’. Just this wording changes everything.

Instead of writing ‘take a walk today’ write ‘I will take a walk at 5 pm today’.

Instead of writing ‘organize desk drawer’ write ‘I will organize my desk drawer so I can find anything in it instantly’.

Get the idea?!

How can you think differently this week?

Bubble fail

Chris and Ashley took Addi on a fun weekend trip to Seattle so I got Alex for 3 whole days!

Oh, we had such fun.

alex-bubblesOne day we were blowing bubbles outside and, of course, he wanted to do it himself.

He set everything up for success but then he tried too hard and then he didn’t try hard enough.

We had a bubble fail. Click on the play button in the picture to watch Alex’s effort. The sound effects get me every time!

The best part is he kept trying until it worked.

Have you ever tried too hard at something and it didn’t work? Have you ever given minimal effort and gotten the same result?

We can everything set up just right but due to our efforts it may not work.

There is always just a right amount of effort where things work so smoothly. What’s interesting is that we often need to re-learn this lesson every day.
I’ve found when things just aren’t going the way I want I know it’s time to take a step back. Re-think my approach. Re-think my why. Re-think my strategy. Once that is done it’s usually a piece of cake!

Is there anything you are trying, it’s not working, and it may be time to take a step back?

And there she goes

addi-bikeAddi just got her first 2-wheel bike. She could not be more excited. For years she has been on bike rides with her parents in a seat on the back of one of their bikes.

Now, it’s her turn.

I watch in amazement as she rides down the sidewalk with her head held up as high as it can go. You can just see her pride and confidence beaming out of her.

I want to be more like my 5-year-old granddaughter. What happened to excitement around my achievements? What happened to wanting to share them with the world?  What happened to the joy of doing something I love to do?

How about you? Do you want to get it all back, too?

Let’s start today. Think of a past achievement that was exciting at first but now it’s old stuff to you. Do you know that many people are not able to do whatever that is that you do?

One of my achievements is using Mind Mapping software to prepare and give presentations. I love it!! But, how often do I talk about it? Hardly ever.

What is yours? I want to know.

This really happened

On July 11 I decided to write a thank you note every day for 365 days. I am so excited about this and I love doing it.

Part of why I love doing it is using the incredible cards I find at TJ Maxx. Yes, TJ Maxx. Check it out!

mom-cardOf course, I wrote a card to my mom.

As I was visiting her I asked if she had gotten my card.

Her eyes lit up and she said that she had and she loved it. In fact, she wanted to tape it to the window.

We started to look for it and it was nowhere to be found. There aren’t that many places to look in a nursing home room!

I could see she was getting upset so I told her I would just send her another one.

She wasn’t having that.

She looked up to the sky and told God that we needed help to find this very special card. When she said her ‘Amen’ my head turned toward her walker with the attached bag and I knew it was there.

I can’t explain this except for the fact that God answered her prayer immediately. I mean ‘at that moment’.

Wow! Mom just smiled.

I wonder what would happen in my life and business if I would go to God much sooner than I normally do. Do you ever wonder that?

A card may not seem like a big deal to many but for my mom, whose life has shrunk to the size of her room, it was a huge deal. God understood this.

Is it time to look up first?

There are lessons everywhere

I’m studying a book by Judy Carter called The Message. It’s about turning your life story into a money-making speaking career.

Sounds good to me!
One of the first exercises is called Bad Day, Good Day, Same Day.

kosama-alarmJudy asks her readers to write about a day that started off bad but ended up good. The assignment was to set an alarm for 15 minutes and write about the first 10 minutes of that day. Once we are done writing we go back to the story and pull out some life lessons.

I decided to write about the very day I was reading her book. My alarm went off at 5:45 am so I could get up in time and make it to my Kosama gym for the 6:10 am class. I had a really bad night’s sleep and I did not want to get out of bed. I lay in bed for 30 seconds debating and then swung my legs off the bed and stumbled into the bathroom.
I splashed cold water on my fast which felt fantastic and woke me up and then walked to the closet to put on my workout clothes. Funny how once I was up I didn’t feel tired anymore. I also felt very proud of myself for getting out of bed when all I wanted to do was crawl back under the covers.

I started to feel excited about doing what I had said I was going to do and not let excuses win. I got my water, phone, gym bag and off I went.

As I walked into the gym I greeted the 5 am trainer and went and claimed my spot. I have this perfect spot right under the fan which I really believe keeps me alive during the workouts!

kosama-bev-socksBev walked in with my favorite socks – Believe and Achieve. The day had turned from me being cranky and not wanting to get up to an awesome start.
When I got done writing the story and thinking about life lessons I couldn’t believe what I came up with from a very simple story. This Judy Carter is pretty smart!

Where did I start? Having every reason in the word to stay in bed but I didn’t. I got up, had a great workout, and was inspired by Bev’s socks.

What was the moment when everything changed? When my feet hit the floor.

What do I want in the story? To do what I say I’m going to do.

What obstacles got in the way of me getting what I want? I hadn’t slept well and did not want to get up.

What did I need to learn how to do? Take the 1st step and push past the excuses of why I wanted to stay in bed.

Life lessons from the story: No matter the obstacle if you take the 1st step the rest comes easier. Surprises (like Bev’s socks) are right around the corner!

What are 3 steps that we all can take to overcome obstacles?
Step #1. Make a commitment
Step #2. No matter how you feel take the 1st step.
Step #3. Do what you need to do to keep your commitment.

There are lessons everywhere. I didn’t believe the author when she said there could be life lessons from a very simple story.

What has your day been like? Take time to write it down in detail and ask yourself the questions Judy asks. You will be surprised what you learned today and now can share with your audiences!

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