Tuesday

Women's History Month Salute to Nancy Pelosi


Today we celebrate a powerful and effective leader who provides a great example for women everywhere--Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Born in Baltimore, MD, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking politician in U.S. history. Of the 200 nations in the world, 50 have had elected women leaders; yet only 22 nations have women leaders today.

Why are we so far behind?  While the US has a record number of women in the Senate (20!), there are still a long way to go in dealing with the male-dominated discourse and fighting the diatribe GOP War on Women, even when

Wednesday

The Divine Power Source


Happy New Year!  

Holiday celebrations are done for awhile, and many of us are already slowing down (i.e., "re-thinking"!) on those New Year resolutions we made....three weeks ago! As we rethink the resolutions, let's re-visit and re-connect with our divine guidance also. Although suggestions can come from many sources, personal experience has taught me that mere suggestions can't compare to good guidance! When we are open to guidance from the divine, we receive support of a powerful force greater than ourselves. That force is Love and it's undeniable that we are all in need; we can't afford

The Power of Choice

 Most of us don't even realize that we are gifted with the power of choice.  Think about it----every one of us makes countless choices every day, and every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Even insignificant choices can affect what we experience and how we feel. When hunger strikes, we can reach for a healthy, nutritious snack, or we can choose the sugar high of junk food. The more important the decision, the more profound its effect.  The tricky part of this power is knowing our own intentions (what we want as an end result) before making the choice.

For instance, how do I act towards that person who treated me badly? Do I generally choose to be passive, or do I actively set clear intentions and create what I want in my life? Every choice we make,

Friday

Be Yourself---Everyone Else is Already Taken

A couple of month ago, I had a conversation with my friend, a young lady who was struggling to decide which direction she wanted to take with her life. Not unusual, as we all have to face that same struggle at one point and time. This young lady had come to a fork in the road and had to choose either music or ministry. She proclaimed her love for both. Her love and admiration for music was to the point where she dreamed of being the next "Beyonce", however, her love to minister God's Word also made her dream of being the next (female version of) Bishop T.D. Jakes.  Although active in both arenas, she wasn’t getting the results that she expected. So......

Saturday


  Friends, let us all be grateful, gracious and never give up on our dreams!





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Tuesday

Give Yourself Credit...

Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right. - Henry Ford

I’m not a technical person by nature. Luckily for me.....I married someone who was. In fact, my husband Ron could do anything that involved assembling, taking apart, and repairing items. He thought of his skills as routine, but to me, he was an absolute genius in this area. And although he has been deceased for close to 5 years now, it brings great joy to my heart when I see that all of our sons inherited those "technical genius" genes from their father.

Weeks after the death of my husband, all the family, friends and visitors were gone back to their own families and work schedules. I found myself truly "home alone". Yep, even the grandchildren were gone, and the house was strangely quiet-----just me and the 3 huge, blue-tongued Chows-Chows.   I decided to open the new laser printer we had purchased for my home office the month before. I managed to assemble it and hooked it up to my computer by myself!  Of course, this was not particularly difficult. But the instructions weren’t quite as intuitive as the ones packed with computer devices today, so it was a real accomplishment for me to do this on my own.

The rest of the day I remember feeling really good about myself. I had stretched outside my comfort zone and worked something out on my own, without having Ron to come to my rescue. And my printer worked!

The important point is that I recognized and gave myself credit for this small achievement.

Too often, our self-talk is critical and judgmental, which leads to feelings of inferiority and a low sense of self-worth. We focus on what we haven’t done or on how what we have done falls short of our (often unrealistic) expectations.

The way to build your confidence is to be on the look-out for things you’ve done well in the course of your day, no matter how small, and recognize the accomplishments.  Learn to listen to your inner spirit.  Some call it intuition, and many other names, but we need to get right with ourselves for one simple reason----You can’t rely on, nor expect, someone else to notice everything you do. And besides, you’re probably going to discount their input if you don’t first recognize yourself the value of what you’ve completed.

So at least twice a day, take time to reflect on what you’ve done so far in that day that you are proud of. Maybe you’ve taken time to offer a kind word to a stranger, or you’ve made an important business call you’ve been putting off, or you exercised patience in a trying situation, or you took time to read to your child. All of these actions count. They have a positive impact on your self-image and strongly influence what you’ll do tomorrow and the next day.



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What Are You In Here For?

Every so often, I have to remind myself that true communication takes more than a notion.  While focused listening is a crucial skill, for the next few days, we'll be sharing funny anecdotes, life experiences and even a joke or two that hi-light HOW the art of listening allows us to find joy and laughter in each day.....if only we would take the time to do it.  For right now, let's listen in on two little boys and their answers to the question of the day:  "What are you in here for?" ...................

Two little boys are in a hospital, lying on stretchers next to each other outside the operating room---the first surgeries of the day. 

The 8-year old leans over and asks, "What are you in here for?" 

The 7-year old says, "I'm in here to get my tonsils out and I'm a little nervous." 

The 8 year old boy says, "You've got nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep, and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and Ice Cream. It's a breeze." 

The 7 year old boy then asks, "What are you here for?" 

And Mr. Tough-Guy-8 year old says, "A circumcision." 

 "Whoa!" the 7 year old replies: "Good luck buddy.   I had that done when I was born. Couldn't walk for a year."


 Repost This Welcome to the Life and Business Journal. Check out our Recommended Tools section on the right side of this site. Feel free to comment on any articles and follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Technorati. Join our Community and share your links and ideas. In spite of all the hype, there's no such thing as an "overnight success" in any business. Our articles are designed to show the possibilities of enjoying life as you build a better business. The original post is on The LB Journal © copyright, 2012. Share it freely, but you must link back to this source. Regards, Dolle