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Success Tips for Growth – 7 Factors to Focus ON

698517_dancingAre you seeking ways to nurture your personal growth? Continuing education, conferences, DVD/CD programs and coaching are all great ways to improve yourself—but don’t neglect looking inside yourself first.

The difficult questions and the best answers lie within you. If you’re committed to self-development review the following key factors and note where you might be falling short.

Be Responsible – Ask yourself if you own up to every action, every word and every thought you make. Do you give away responsibility with language peppered with “There was a lot of traffic. . .” or “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Tell the Truth – This isn’t so easy, is it? Tell the truth walks hand-in-hand with being responsible to form a base of integrity. For one full day, pay attention to every slight falsehood you utter.

Show Up – Are you “present” in each moment and with each person you encounter?  Show up for yourself, your kids, your clients and everyone else. This doesn’t mean that you give yourself away or spread yourself too thin.

Work Hard – Working smart usually doesn’t come until after you’ve worked hard to get smart enough to work smarter!

Be Coachable – Keep your ears wide open and your mouth closed. Ask for and listen to feedback. Act accordingly.

Play Well with Others – Self explanatory. You don’t have to be friends with everyone but you do need to know how to get along with others.  Everyone does not think the same way that you do. Learn to communicate in the way others want to be communicated with, not just the way you like to communicate.

Don’t Get Sick – “Well, that’s not in my control” . . . I can hear it now. Practice good health and take care of your appearance everyday. Do the things you know are good for and let go of the habits that are killing you. Start by adding one good habit and release one harmful habit, rather than trying to change everything at once. If you do get sick, take immediate steps to get well quickly. Avoid making others ill—wash your hands frequently and stay home if you need to.

Get Real – Practice getting truthful with yourself and you’ll develop awareness. Awareness is the ability to see yourself and your intentions before you act. This alone will change your life.

Personal growth is a life-long process. Embrace the challenges and go with the flow rather than fight change.

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Less Stress–More Play! 5 Ways to Help Yourself

supertrooper070900024grass1So when was the last time you scolded yourself, stomped your foot and commanded with a pointed finger—GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY? Yes, I’m yelling. Play is essential to personal growth and quality of life, yet we play down its importance.
I’m talking to adults here (kids not getting enough unstructured play time is a whole other rant.) Play time is the perfect antidote to what ails many of us. Worry, apprehension, fuzzy thinking, sluggish body and lack of concentration can all be helped with a bit of creative fun. Not convinced? Consider these benefits:

Relieves Stress

There’s nothing like having your hands immersed in a hunk of clay (or earth if you’re a gardener) to foster a connection to your higher self. No time to meditate? Grab your gardening gloves or take a turn at the potter’s wheel.

These are the perfect play activities that allow for reflection and contemplation—two excellent stress relievers.

Alleviates Anxiety

Ever find yourself annoyed or angry with someone because you can’t get them to see your point-of-view? Anxiety builds when we feel as though we aren’t being heard. Sometimes we just can’t change things and our only option is to change our perception of the situation.

Play a little Twister® to get some perspective on your adversary’s position. Realizing your opponent can’t get their right foot on a green dot no matter which way they twist might just foster a little empathy. If nothing else it gets you laughing, another critical component of playtime that helps to alleviate anxiety.

Develops Focus and Concentration

Try something a bit adventurous. The thrill of not knowing what’s coming around the bend (no, I don’t mean your boss) develops a sense of discovery and inventiveness. Try hiking or camping or simply exploring a new neighborhood on your bike. Physical play forces you to pay attention and be present to what is happening in the now. When your attention is on what rock you’re going to put your foot on you’re not thinking about what to make for dinner.

Encourages Self-Expression

Whether you take a painting class or simply play a game of Pictionary®, expressing yourself enhances your creativity and maybe a talent you have neglected. Take piano lessons or attend a drum circle. Do it just for fun.

Enhances Problem Solving Skills

Checkers, chess, Scrabble® or Scattergories® will get your brain going in a different direction. Choose a game that is different than the kind of work you do all day. Enjoy the game and the challenge but if it pushes your anxious button pick up some crayons and paper and scribble instead.

If nothing else play is fun and we get too little of it. Yes, I know, studies show that more than half of the adult population plays video games. Somehow…it’s not quite the same.

Now—Go Play!

Wealth, Success, Love – The Choice is Yours

Wealth, Success, and Love
By: Author Unknown

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them.

She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”

Is the man of the house home?” they asked.

“No”, she said. “He’s out.”

“Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

 “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”

The woman went out and invited the men in.

“We do not go into a house together,” they replied.

“Why is that?” she wanted to know.

One of the old men explained:

“His name is Wealth,” he said, pointing to one of his friends. Turning to the other he said, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed.

“How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”

His wife disagreed.”My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”

Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion, “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success, “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together:

“If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”

This was posted in the Healthy, Wealthy n Wise Chronicles, an ezine I receive.