Archive for February, 2008
What is your appearance saying about you? How we dress and talk is directly proportionate to who we are and who we think we are. How others perceive you is exactly how you are in their minds, regardless of the accuracy of such an assessment.
So, does image really matter? The answer is, it depends. It matters if it matters to you. You can adopt the image of your choice. If you want to be a corporate exectutive, then dress like one. If you want to be a cowboy, get a big hat and boots. Learn the language and style of the person you wish to become.
Not only will others adopt that perception but it will take you a long way to believing you can be that person. Incidently, convincing yourself is your hardest challenge. After that, the rest of us are easy.
What does your best self look like?
Three Things to think about when creating your image:
1. Develop your own style. Take great ideas from others and put your own spin on them.
2. A great smile is an asset to any style.
3. Own it!! It’s yours and you don’t have to explain it to anyone. Rock on with confidence.
You’re on the stage of your life. You’re the star of the show. You have the power to write the YOU character any way you want. Don’t hold back. Give us something exciting.
I can’t wait to see it.
This weekend I began a project that will end with a book about my paternal grandmother, Stella Walker King. Just one fact-finding session into my journey I got rewarded with stories I had never planned on. I recorded her voice as she spoke and have listened intently to the conversation between 2 generations many times already.
Is there someone in your life you admire and respect? Or maybe you know someone who’s just really interesting to you. May I encourage you today to take the time to call them up or sit down to a little talk about who they are, where they’re from, and what they’ve lived through.
Perserving the heritage of the human spirit is a worthy cause. You just might get the same emotional rewards I got yesterday. I hope so.
Your new job: Journalist. If you uncover a great story, post a comment and share it with us. I can’t wait to see what kind of treasures you dig up.
Whoever’s thinking has the most authority. The concept that thoughts have power goes back thousands of years. By that, you’ve guessed I’m not going to tell you anything new, but this is worth revisiting. Have you ever let your mind wonder back on an emotional experience and find yourself weeping or laughing all over again? Good. You’ve had a personal experience with the power of your mind and its ability to give life to thoughts. Our lives are born daily out of our own thoughts. I remember the first time I caught a glimpse of this powerful truth. I was then and still am thrilled to know that my life is whatever I make it. I’m the Boss. The same goes for us all. The paper-thin barrier between us and what we really want for our lives is just the decision to have it, and then, manage our thoughts well enough to reach our goal.
Remember you’re the boss. Here are some thought management strategies every boss can use:
1. Negative thinking gets the pink slip, NO EXCEPTIONS!!
2. Positive thinking gets rewarded, and a PROMOTION!!
3. Thoughts go the right direction, or they get REPLACED!!
Bossy Self to Thought: “I know it sounds like a mighty tough place to work, but we’re not tinkering around here, Mr. Thought, lives depend on your determination and focus. Now, let’s get busy.”
Have fun bossing yourself around.
Pursuing anything worthwhile? Perhaps you know you risk suffering defeat before attaining that which you desire. Don’t let the fear of failure cripple you. Go after your dreams. Failure is not fatal. In fact, it’s a natural part of the journey to your best self. It is a common reaction for most people to give up at the first sign of defeat. Giving up, on the other hand, is fatal. If we give up, the game is over. We must ask ourselves, “How much does it mean to me?” If you really want it, it’s worth a few setbacks along the way. We can learn lessons in failure that can lead to success just beyond the spot in the road where the majority turns back. You and I can succeed if we don’t quit.
P.S. If you aren’t pursuing anything worthwhile, you should get to work on that right away. Somebody needs you, namely, YOU!