Great Quote about Courage by Margie Warrell

“People play small for lots of reasons, but at the core of them all is fear. Playing small means playing safe—avoiding risk, failure, criticism, and the list goes on. But just imagine how incredibly different the world would be if everyone committed to playing big—taking on audacious goals, trying to make a meaningful difference, being all they could possibly be.”

Margie Warrell, Find Your Courage!

Great Quote by Simon Sinek

Love this quote from Simon Sinek’s bestselling book “Start With Why” in his chapter on Clarity, Discipline and Consistency (pg 67):

For values or guiding principles to be truly effective they have to be verbs. It’s not “integrity,” it’s “always do the right thing.” It’s not “innovation”, it’s “look at the problem from a different angle.” Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea…we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation. We can hold each other accountable to measure them or even build incentives around them. Telling them to have integrity doesn’t guarantee that their decisions will always keep customers’ or clients’ best interests in mind; telling them to always do the right thing does.start with why

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Happiness Project for August: Contemplate the Heavens

Sarah McVanel:

Love the idea of a Happiness Project! Thanks for sharing!

Originally posted on Advice From Nashville:

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New Years Resolutions for August dictate the reader gain greater appreciation of life through death. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, offers 3 paths to enlightenment with an ironic emphasis on sad stories . With additional focuses on religion, gratitude, and imitating mentors, contemplating the heavens doesn’t necessarily have to include participating in a particular faith, so I felt relieved to know Rubin shared my agnostic views. Read ahead to learn how to increase your sense of happiness through conscious awareness, deliberate efforts and research regarding somewhat morbid events.

Read memoirs of catastrophe

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The first suggestion struck me as odd, initially. Is it right to feel grateful for your life circumstances by comparing your situation to someone so much worse off? Sure. Indulging in depressing reads concerning death, whether a terminal illness or war stretching across countries, may alleviate the pressures of every day life and offer temporary relief, plus the more…

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What You Focus on Grows…Why Not Make it Strengths?

My colleagues and I are sometimes surprised when we work with groups in how little people are able to or wish to acknowledge about themselves. When we ask people to list all their strengths, they feel uncomfortable sharing these with others. Case in point when we ask people to practice a new skill, resource gossiping, which in a nutshell, is speaking positively about another person as if they were not present or when they are not present. If you were being gossiped about, we would force you to turn your back to your colleagues and listen to them describe your greatness. That’s right, we force people to listen to people talk about their talents, passions and virtues! We don’t even let people interject if they disagree with a person’s description of a strength or to downplay the extent of it! Imagine the cruelty!

So when this exercise is over, do people boo us out of the room? Quite the contrary. In the space of a few minutes, people begin to say things like:

  • I feel so good!
  • I had no idea how much my colleagues knew about me!
  • Wow, I wish I could do this every day!
  • We need to do this more often in the workplace!
  • I am going to try this at my next department meeting!

That’s a great call to action. What if we did take a few minutes out on a regular basis to tell our colleagues what was great about them? What if we were able to end each week answering affirmatively to the question: did I sufficiently let my colleagues know how much I appreciated and needed them this week?

What you focus on grows. Why not focus on possibility and potential rather than roadblocks and deficits? By focusing on what you are good at, enjoy and feel truly “you” allow you to cultivate your talents more authentically, expediting the trajectory of greatness. Yes, you can make gains by focusing on how you can improve, and we’re not suggesting you should ignore your gut or all feedback from others about what could be improved. After all, improvement is key to living into our potential. However, our experience has told us most often what’s not working is more often not living into who we truly are and our gifts rather than being lacking in something we should have or should be.

“What you value in your life increases in value.” Robin Sharma