All Out & Happy

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Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite quote was said by Erma Bombeck… “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me!”

Yep… that about sums it up.  That’s all I have to say.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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Rate Yourself: 6 Traits of A Good Leader

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I have determined, there are no insignificant decisions in our lives.  Leadership is our opportunity; positive self leadership is our challenge.  Upon asking the number one leadership guru in the world, Dr. John C. Maxwell, “who is the hardest person to lead?”  He responded “I am!”  I think that’s true.  Don’t you?6_traits_leader

Developing positive character traits in the following areas will insure that you become (and remain) a successful leader:

1.  Become a person of faith.  Do you believe in your ability to achieve everything you set your mind on?  Do you believe in the potential of others?  Do you recognize and acknowledge the greatest force in the world (the power of God) working in and through all living things?  Can you and do you work cooperatively with the universal law of creation?

2.  Live a life of authenticity.  Are you really coming out from behind your guarded position and freely presenting an authentic expression of yourself?  Have you considered what your personal values are?  What do you really believe to be right and what do you really believe to be wrong?  Have you committed to those values and placed your actions in complete alignment with your personal value system?  The greatest gift you can give this world is an authentic expression of all your personal beauty, talents and potential.

3.  Do you work willing?  I once heard someone refer to Formula W.  “Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won’t!”  I like that!  Are you willing to work hard, to give all you’ve got and then give even more in the accomplishment of your vision and your goals?  Are you willing to be a shining example of an amazing work ethic?

4.  Lead with love.  Of all the cliché’ sayings, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is among the most profound.  When I was in Florida during the certification process with the John Maxwell Team I was deeply moved.  This is what happened:   After we were certified, this man; the greatest leadership trainer in the world, stood to express the feelings of his heart with his new “Founding Partners.”  He had just given us a large portion of his life’s work and permission to take his name upon us in our companies.  As he spoke he expressed deep gratitude; saying he knew when he looked into our faces; he was looking into the face of his life’s legacy.  This man (worth millions) proceeded to list nearly 20 things that he promised us… Yes HE promised US!  As he ended speaking, tears streaming down his face, he gently said:  “I ask one thing of each of you… Love those whom you lead.  If you stop loving them, stop leading them.”  WOW!  It’s a moment I’ll never forget.

5.  Successful Leaders Prepare.  They are not like leafs on the wind, blowing which ever way the wind blows.  Successful leaders know the vision, they have taken time to study, to learn, to practice.  They have reflected with introspection on their lives, their values, their faith.  They are emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to meet the demands of their responsibilities.

6.  They get the job done and they lead others to do the same!  They are the master of every moment in their day.  They act upon circumstances and situations instead of reacting to them.  They see problems as opportunities.  They may not always feel confident and energetic but they choose to “show up” that way.  They keep their attitude in check.  They know they bring the momentum and that it is contagious.  They inspire confidence and motive the team never taking credit to themselves.

I hope you have scored yourself; and you have scored well.  If not; no worries.  Just print this page and set some goals around the areas you aspire to improve; then go to work!  It’s that easy!  Feel free to post your progress!

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

Do Leopards Change Their Spots?

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Namibie_Etosha_Leopard_01editYears ago I overheard one of my associates, who I deeply respected, say:  “Leopards don’t change their spots.”   Now I knew this man to be someone who stayed out of personal judgement and always sought to make fair assessments of people.  Hearing him say this deeply troubled me because at that time I was fighting a very personal battle in my life that would take me years to defeat.

During the weeks and months that followed as I was struggling to overcome the challenge I was facing his statement would return to my mind…

“Leopards don’t change their spots.” 

This would replay in my mind at least every other day.  I began to feel hopeless.  Afterall, I thought, “he must be right.  He is so fair-minded and so full of wisdom.  I guess this is just who I am.  I’m a lost cause.  I am unworthy.”

It would be years later, as I was comforting someone I cared for deeply, when I heard myself say:

“That’s the wonderful thing about life!  It changes on a dime!  If you don’t like who you are or what you are doing; step out just like you stepped in!  It’s that simple!”

And it was!   I realized that day, of all the animals in the world, I think the Leopard is among the most beautiful and so was I. I had been living far below my privileges as a beautiful, intelligent divine human being.  It was then I stepped out & stepped up and into my potential!

It is never too late for any of us to step into our potential.

 LEOPARDS DO CHANGE THEIR SPOTS! 

Sometimes WHAT WE DO is not who we are!  The challenge is to know the difference!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Was I Morphing Into A Super Hero?

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StardustelementsI knew something was going on when I could no longer feel fear. It’s strange, since I began this productivity challenge, I feel like nothing about me is the same. I even find myself wondering if I’m even making any sense to the people who know me. I sound so different to myself. I feel so full of abundance, like nothing is impossible.  I feel so full of gratitude and I look forward to each new day with great anticipation.

Just as I was wondering if I was morphing into a super hero, I realized that everything that was going on inside me was as it should be based on natural law.  God gave me a seed, (an idea of my purpose) back in 2009 (this is the gift of conscious awareness).  I took that seed (the gift) through the incubation and gestation period that all good seeds must go through.  I planted that seed in good soil:  Soil of faith, gratitude and laser focus (turning it back to God in my spirit).  I now have great expectation because I know I have created a supportive environment conducive to its growth.

In my expanded awareness that all human ideas, purposes and aspirations are spiritual gifts given to our intellectual minds from the Grand Overall Designer, I am able to move forward in the absence of fear with great expectations.  These gifts are like an electrical current.  They must always return to the source from which they originated.  So it is with our gifts, it is in the stepping forward in faith not knowing how we will achieve His vision for our lives that we return the gift to the source from which it originated.  In so doing, we realize that nothing will be achieved by us only through us and the physical manifestation of our vision is just around the corner.

The highest levels of achievement come from first expanding our awareness!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Yes I’m Afraid!

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barely glowingI’ve made some bold moves lately and several people have wondered if I am afraid.  The question seemed strange.  “Afraid, I thought…  of what?”  Then the answer came flooding in.

Yes I’m afraid.  I’m afraid of barely glowing… I’m afraid of mediocrity.  I’m afraid of never knowing… I’m afraid of living small.

On January 22, 2008 one of my associates sent me an email that expanded my mind forever.  There was no message in the email, only a poem and this is what it said:

Our Greatest Fear by Marianne Williamson:

“It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There’s nothing enlighted about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

His email changed my perspective forever.  All he said at the end was:

“Signed Joel Kois”

Thank you my friend for an unforgettable gift.

I hope we all shine on!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Productivity: Rule #2 – The Why In Everything

The Purpose Driven Life book cover

The Purpose Driven Life book cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my blog on January 29th I wrote about what society calls a “mid-life crisis.” My contention was: “there is no such thing.” I believe when we arrive at this place of, what I like to call, “righteous discontent” it is because our awareness has grown to the point that we begin to seek “purpose.”

Have you ever really thought about the word purpose? Purpose is defined as: “The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”

Have you ever just been so tired of the rat race that you look around and think: “What in hell is all of this for?”  If you have, that’s probably a clue that you are desiring a more purposeful existence.

So how do we find and connect with our purpose?  There are two books I would highly recommend if you choose to embark upon this process.  One is “Put Your Dream To The Test” by my mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell and the other is Chapter Two in “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield.

Uncovering and connecting with my purpose in life was an emotional journey for me.  Once I could see it clearly, I sorrowed that I had not recognized it sooner.  Knowing your purpose is a powerful motivator; one that will insure you have the tenacity to keep going in spite of all obstacles.  Striving to pursue the fulfillment of your purpose will insure that you have divine assistance in your life from The Grand Overall Designer!

I believe that purpose is a part of our individual creation, that God ultimately made each of us for His purposes and endowed us, during our creation, with His plan for how we will serve him, others and ourselves in this life.  It is in the uncovering, understanding and connecting with that purpose that all things become possible.  I know this is true.

Connecting with our purpose is a process.  It takes soul-searching and asking ourselves sometimes tough questions, but I hope you will.  It’s SO WORTH IT!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa