Be a class act!

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To be a class act, you don’t need a Rolls Royce or Grey Poupon. You just need to treat people with dignity and respect. Follow the Golden Rule of treating others the way you’d like to be treated. It’s funny how the most basic virtues and approaches to life are the ones that most profoundly impact your success.

All personality types are leaders.

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No matter your personality type, there is always room for you on a team. Communicate strengths, vision and mission to leadership. Help them understand how your innate abilities and characteristics translate into the satisfaction of the organization’s vision and mission. Leaders are busy and sometimes need some help from you in figuring out how to best take advantage of your wonderful traits!

Don’t neglect your greatest ally!

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Feeling that work is leaving you without room for much else in life?

Feeling overworked, unappreciated and constantly stressed can make it difficult feeling that we are making progress at work, let alone successful elsewhere in life.

You are the only person who is truly responsible for taking care of yourself.

We often derive great pride and satisfaction from our performance and the contributions we make daily. However, when we feel like we are spinning our wheels and not getting anywhere, things can get really stressful.

Your success depends on your ability to take care of your mind, body and soul.

Currently, companies are not hiring many people and remaining staff is left to do more. Often, much more. While this has everyone working hard, people are also afraid of possibly being the next person to get cut, adding further to their stress loads.

Addressing stress through meditation, exercise and pleasurable activities will increase your focus and performance.

As we find ourselves in a stressful situation, signals reach the brain that induce the release of hormones, cortisol and norepinephrine, designed to help the body perform under stress. This is actually good for us! Well, up to a point.

Your body is your greatest ally, but it also let’s you know when it’s had enough. Don’t make it do that!

We learn by watching others as we grow up, adopt habits as a result of societal expectations of what it means to be successful and reinforce them as part of the cycle we have come to believe serves us best.

Slowly integrate healthier habits that you are interested in trying! Slow and steady wins the race!

As we get older, we face different challenges in managing stress that we did not face as children. We feel there is more at stake, our options are few and the significance of our actions affect our reputation.

The stakes are higher, but maintain perspective. You’re human. You have limitations. You will not always win. However, there is a lot you can do to win by taking good care of yourself. You ARE empowered.

While these beliefs are real, take a look at what is behind all of them. I find that actions and thoughts are often based on fear rather than the things that primarily motivate us to be ambitious and succeed. So what should we do when facing stressful situations?

1. Your emotions fuel your actions. So ask yourself what you are feeling.

2. What things precipitated those feelings? When? Why? Where?

3. How TRUE are the thoughts that you are now having? Are you REALLYa failure? Is the world REALLY going to end?

4. What is one little step you could take to move you forward?

5. What are you doing in your every day life that help promote your well being? It won’t solve your problems, but it will enable you to do so.

The impact of increased stress is not just limited to the specific situation fueling the stress, such as the dreaded weekly Monday morning meeting that you begin thinking about on Sunday afternoon. The human body is designed to moderate the affects of all things, such as stress and pleasure.

Help your body help you by joining your ally in the long-term goal of living a healthy and successful life!

What do you think is most important for you to do in changing your health?

30 Second Success Strategies

Are you too caught up in building that you can’t see the vision beyond the skyscraper’s you’ve built?

1. Take a breather. Assess where you are in life. Evaluate your physical environment, career, financial well-being, physical health, friends/family life, romantic relationships, personal development, spiritual life and recreation. Where are you? Where would you like to be? Then answer “HOW” to get there.

2. Be aware of your thoughts. They are powerful and affect your emotions and actions.

3. Have a date with something, someone or some place that inspires you. Read. Listen. Touch. Have contact with everything that inspires you most, especially if you’re neglecting a certain aspect of your life. Do this daily. Weekly. Monthly.

Be Thankful & Be Blessed

I want to wish my family, friends and everyone who has touched my life at some point along my journey a happy Thanksgiving. I hope you find peace, hope and love. Keep moving forward. Don’t fear the unknown of tomorrow, instead fear staying in the past and the limitations we often place on ourselves. Live life unafraid of your potential and be brave enough to explore it.Image