Month: March 2014

Motivate Yourself and Change Your Story

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First realize that no matter what is happening in your world, whether you have a relationship, work or financial issues, how you deal with these crises is completely under your control. Even dire health problems fall into this category – your choice of how you view the challenge, whether with acceptance, peace or fighting spirit can help in even the most difficult circumstance. It all comes down to the right attitude. We all know those who were told by their physician that they had a serious condition and basically were written off but due to their persistence and motivation they overcame the odds and still live full lives. Or, they made peace with what was to be their journey and they spent their remaining days in the embrace of their friends and family – living life on their terms.

Positive thinking is very crucial. Period. But how can you do it when you feel your whole world is tumbling down around you?

Start by realizing that there is a situation, an issue that you do not want to become a permanent condition in your life. You have to get out of it. Then start to explore your options or how you will choose to perceive and address the issue. Can you get more autonomy at work, for example? Do you have another option on the table? Other offers? If you cannot stand your present place of employment, understand and pinpoint the reason that you and your supervisor do not get along. Is it your performance? Is it his/her performance? Is it bad chemistry or something else? There’s always something else that can be done to alleviate or change the situation. Or, you can change your thinking in how you view the situation. The theory of deduction is alive and well at this point. Results are a flowchart of actions taken.

All of us make mistakes but we need to learn from them. It is OK to make mistakes as long as we learn from them. This is how we evolve and how we grow. All we have to do is pay attention.

Visualize where you want to be and where you want to go. Try to prioritize. Realize that you deal first with the most important burning issue and everything else can wait. Next, start planning. At one point I did not believe strongly in planning until I realized that there has to be some sort of a road-map to follow and every day can not be a “fly by the seat of your pants” experience. To me, planning is crucial for direction – just like a plane or ship navigating to its destination. You have to have something to shoot for in the distance.

Do everything to make it happen or even exceed it. Always want to try to overshoot your goal, if you can, so even if you don’t reach it you are still within range.

Don’t let the little things rattle you. The older you grow in life, the more you realize how inconsequential those little things are to the overall picture. Prioritize and…prioritize.

Everything can be resolved if, at first we acknowledge there is a problem, we identify it and we are open to finding a solution. Each day is precious and we are not guaranteed the next hour, let alone tomorrow. So, start feeling good about yourself. Stay motivated by surrounding yourself with positive and inspirational people, material and circumstances. Start celebrating everything positive in your life. Don’t wait until you win the war. Wars were never won overnight but one battle at a time. Wars are hard-fought. Feeling good about yourself means you have to take care of your body, your mind and your spirit. According to Socrates, “Sound body makes for a sound mind.” Join a gym, play a sport or even set time for some vigorous walking provided it is not contraindicated. Get out of your own way.

Love your family, love your friends, love what you do. Give back. All this is going to make you feeling better about yourself. Be enthusiastic about life. Yes the game has changed and it is not what it used to be, but it never is. We can definitely flourish if we are willing to adjust and reinvent ourselves and are also willing to learn.

It is very easy to discount everything and always look for excuses or blame other people.
But all of us experience lulls and if we are willing to embrace change, the time to climb back up again will be substantially shorter. Just do not get complacent – ever – and blame every circumstance around you for where you find yourself today.

There you are, you have got the basics of the commonsensical formula. All you have to do is apply it to your circumstances – consistently – not just for one hour, or one day or one month.  This has to be for a lifetime.

As a friend used to say, “wherever you go, there you are.” To happy years ahead.

Posted: March 29, 2014

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Be Nice: Not A Fancy Title, But Being Real

No, really be nice. We hear so many sentences with the word “nice” included, but we seem at times to forget the basics because of everyone’s busy schedule and due to life’s complexities. Yes, I understand things need to get done, but what about showing gratitude and being thankful for as much or as little we have?

The fact that we woke up this morning breathing and being able to feel the warmth of the sun on our face … we need to be grateful for that simple gift. And, in return pass it on. When you are on the elevator and someone walks in, greet them. Mean what you say, don’t hesitate no matter your stage or circumstance in life. A kind word or smile does make a difference. Whether an artist or a doctor, don’t try to be lost in your life’s whirlwind. Be there for others and show them you genuinely care. The world can be a lonely and cold place if most of us get bogged down with the humdrum daily regiment. At times people can use a helping hand, a smile, an encouraging word, a sympathetic ear. Allow a few minutes of your busy day to be set aside and offer it unconditionally to the people around you. Practice this every day and I promise your perspective about life will change.

The other day while walking in the city I saw in front of me an old friend. Both of us had lost touch a number of years ago. We connected and it was such a surprise and treat. We practically picked up where we left off all those years ago and it felt great. Of course, I could have changed direction before he saw me due to my busy schedule, and the fact that I was running a little late, but I didn’t and that’s my point. We should all try to be open with ourselves and open to others. You never know who is going to be there to talk to you and what opportunities you might have opened if you only say “hello”. Some great friendships have started or simple connections have been formed by just talking to someone while waiting for the train, the plane, or the elevator. People know if you’re sincere and nobody minds if you come across real and also be available to help if need be. Here’s to kindness!

How about staying in touch with a friend calling them out of the blue to see how they are doing? Kudos to those of you who already doing any of the above.

Posted: March 27, 2014

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Follow Your Calling and Make It Happen

Today I want to talk about the people who might at times rain on your parade. Let’s say say you plan to start something new, a new endeavor, business, side online business, etc., the moment your close friends and relatives realize this, you start hearing their not so encouraging comments.

Are you sure you want to do this? You might be wasting your time and money. Why don’t you stick with the “job syndrome”, at least you play it safe? That’s what they will always say.

What would you do at this point? Do you just subside, take a deep breath and stay with the status quo? Or are do you nicely agree to disagree and do it your way?

In life all of us know people that persevered against all odds and followed their hearts and made their mark in the world while leading fulfilling lives. Some of us have tried to do certain things to please relatives and friends only to find out that we were not pleasing ourselves.

Take my word for it, through years of life observations and not just nearly living, it is better to love what you do than do something for all the wrong reasons. You’ve heard the expression that when you love something it’s not work, time spent this way doesn’t matter. You cannot wait to start your day and immerse yourself in your craft. I’m sure you know of people in your circles who no matter how advanced in years, they lead fulfilling lives filled with curiosity and vitality,enjoying what they do. You see that with doctors, actors, artists and entrepreneurs.

They live their work, they breathe their work and it does not feel like a job. The goal for all of us is to love what we do.

Only a couple of months ago Rita Moreno received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG awards at the young age of 82. She’s full of spirit, light, energy and life and is only one of eleven people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy,an Oscar and a Tony.

That should tell us something. To great fun and productive lives ahead.

Posted: March 24, 2014

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