Who Are You? Really… Do YOU even know?

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Having grown up in an environment that was not conducive to the development of a positive self-image or self-esteem; I understand first hand the importance of both.  Self Image and Self-Esteem are often considered one in the same when in fact they are two very different concepts. Self Image is how you view yourself.  Self esteem is how you feel about yourself.  It is possible to view yourself in a positive way; being aware of your talents and abilities but to feel negatively about your worthiness, integrity or capacity.

A negative self-image or esteem will stop us dead in our tracks when striving for any level of achievement.  When asked, employers state what they are most seeking are individuals who are capable, confident and good with people.  A positive self-image and self-esteem are the corner-stone of both.

I love this video starring a lead character “Marcel” who has both a positive self-image and self-esteem.  I have shared it with every teenager I know and many friends who sometimes struggle with a negative view or opinion of themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF9-sEbqDvU

What a great message she sends when she says “compared to what?”

All throughout my childhood I never felt very loveable or capable.  As I grew up I started to question where some of my beliefs about myself had come from.  What I discovered was: Not only could I not prove my beliefs about myself but I could disprove them!  I went from an insecure, disengaged young woman to a confident go-getter almost in the blink of an eye!

What that experience taught me is you are what you think you are!  You can achieve or not achieve whatever you think you can.

If you are in a place seeking to expand your level of awareness and create a new reality for yourself (as I did) ask yourself these questions:

1.  What do I believe about myself?  Write it down.

2.  Where did that believe come from?

3.  Is it true?  (PROVE IT)  You will be surprised how often you can’t!

4.  Once you cannot prove it; disprove it… then replace the old story with a new belief and anchor that belief with proof.  You’ll be surprised how easy it will be.

It is possible to change your story, but only you can.  I know!  I changed mine!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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Success List

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I am sure you’ve heard it said”  If you want something done give it to a busy person.”  As I continue to conduct my “Productivity Challenge,” I’m finding that to be SO TRUE!  I have defined the reason as:  Work has the tendency to fill the time allotted.

I am more convinced each day of the importance of having a clearly defined list of priorities and time blocking the necessary action items associated with the achievement of the tasks at hand.

Where more is required, more is achieved and that’s the truth!  Do you agree?

Onward & Upward My Friends,checklist  Lisa

Slippers on the Wrong Feet!

2013-01-25 20.14.52This time I really almost bombed!  It’s 11:36 PM and after a wonderful day with family I’m laying tucked in my bed almost asleep when my eyes flew open and I screamed: “OH MY GOSH! I didn’t do my blog today!”  I would have been devastated had I missed a day on only day 25 of my productivity challenge.

So naturally, because my committment is tied to purpose, I stumbled out of bed, slippers on the wrong feet, and into the office to blog!

There is probably not much substance for my readers in my blog tonight but I hope that at least my example will prove worth your effort.

Onward & Upward My friends, Lisa

Lessons From A Dog’s Diary

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Lessons From My Dog

John Ortberg quoted in his book “Me” excerpts from a Dog’s Diary. It went like this:

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary:

8:00 am – Dog Food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed & petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

John’s point in his book is attitude is our greatest asset.   I disagree.  I think the dog is trying to say “Do what you love and love what you do!”  What do you think?

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa