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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Opportunity Knocks

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”
~Orison Swett Marden~





If an opportunity presented itself to you today, how would you determine if that opportunity is aligned with the rhythm of your life? Matthew Kelly writes in Rhythm of Life, “Discovering the wisdom of life is [having the] wisdom to harness the strength of our better nature by working with it. Kelly asserts, “Nature whispers great messages to us each and every day. Great things are achieved little by little. Discover the rhythm of your life and align your life with that rhythm. The more you do, the more you will enjoy peace and prosperity.”
According to Kelly, “There are three instruments which produce the harmony that produces the rhythm of life…they are regular sleep, regular prayer and meditation and honoring the seventh day as a day of rest, reflection and renewal.” He attests, “These instruments increase our effectivene…

Evidence Why You Should Challenge Limitations

“Your life is only limited by how far your thoughts and actions will take you”.
~Jackie Capers-Brown~



If you are questioning if you can do something that sparks passion within your heart and you believe or have a notion that you can make it happen, consider the following evidence of quotes and why it is important to challenge self-imposed limitations or limitations imposed upon you by others.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

~Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943~

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
~Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977~

I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”
~Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957~

“This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no val…

12 Power Thoughts to Elevate Your Thinking

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do”.
~Benjamin Spock~
1.What you think and believe about yourself determines how much you will accomplish in life.
2.Your actions are a reflection of your thoughts. IF you want to change a behavior, you must first begin with a mindset makeover.
3.To elevate your life, elevate your thinking and behavioral habits.
4.Who you are today, is what you believed about yourself yesterday.
5.You don’t have to ask permission from others to create the life you desire. Just Do It.
6.Hope is acceptance of the present while believing that better is not only possible, but that you are capable of being a catalyst for creating better in your life.
7.Faith is Hope in Action.
8.Passion creates enthusiasm towards a person, place or thing.
9.Passion fuels your perseverance to achieve purpose-driven experiences.
10.Enthusiasm unleashes creativity.

Attributes that Help You Work Well with Others

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
~Andrew Carnegie~
You can achieve most of what you want as long as you are willing to do what matters most towards its achievement. Regardless of your talents, you will always need to develop and nurture positive and supportive relationships with others if you expect to get your ideas implemented and achieve your aspirations.InManaging Your Greatest Workplace Frustration, I shared the four factors of Emotional Intelligence (EI) which author Daniel Goleman insists are critical to workplace success. I believe they are critical to enjoying supportive and loving relationships in all walks of life. The factors are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.
Many years before EI became a well-known concept, I began practicing these skills …

Managing Your Greatest Workplace Frustration

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
~William James~
If I conducted a survey on your job and it consisted of this question: Out of the following two issues, which would you say is the greatest source of your workplace frustration: “people issues” or “job tasks”, which of the two issues do you believe would receive the most votes? For most of us, once we master the primary tasks related to our job, we are usually able to complete our position responsibilities with little or no help or supervision. But, when it comes down to dealing with rude customers, over-demanding bosses, and hard to get along with co-workers, most of us, would probably vote “people issues” as the greatest source of our workplace frustration. In this article, you will learn about key factors that can be used to better manage your workplace relationships and reduce the frustration that you…

Adversity Parable: Are You a Carrot, Egg or Coffee?

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

~Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning~



Are you always getting frustrated when the change you desire doesn’t happen in your timeline? Instead of clinging to your assumptions that “something should have happen by now” maybe you can take the message from this parable and begin to apply it so that you reduce the amount of your energy spent on factors you have no control. It’s possible, that if you focus on what you can control that the amount of frustration that you experience over circumstances will decrease.
You’ve lived long enough to recognize that life doesn’t always go as we might hope, plan or pray. One of the greatest lessons that I have had to learn is that many times when I have been faced with unexpected challenges and delays, the situation didn’t change until I changed my approach to it. As I shifted my perspective and challenged limiting assumptions and “it should be” thinking, the level …

A Key to Developing Personal Leadership Success

The potential to accomplish the impossible is so real, that it is worth all of our efforts to continually strive to find all the keys to make consistently tapping into the potential possible.

~Richard W. James, Personal Leadership ~

What great things would you attempt if you believed that you could handle whatever comes up? What would it take for you to believe, “I can handle this!” and begin to expand the territory of your comfort zone by engaging experiences that grow you potential? This article shares a personal leadership success strategy that you can begin to put into practice today, and week after week you will begin to see the positive impact it has on unleashing your personal leadership potential and empowering you to accomplish more great things.


Lead from Within
Jim Collins writes in the article, Collins on Chaos, “We cannot predict the future. But we can create it.” Taking an active role in the creation of your future requires that you accept full responsibility for your life.…

Making Everyone Around You Better

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by attraction of his own.
~Henry Ward Beecher ~ What would happen to the quality of your relationships if everyone in the sphere of your influence became better as a result of deliberate action on your part to make it so? This article provides you with simple ideas that can help you make what you just imagined for your relationships a reality instead of a mere thought.





Dale Carnegie shares in his best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, six principles that will empower you to cultivate supportive and meaningful relationships in every aspect of your life. When practiced on a consistent basis, these six principles enable you to influence the positive regard others have of you and increase your capacity to inspire them to express their best-self. The principles are:
1.Become genuinely interested in other people.
2.Smile.
3.Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any lang…

Becoming Mentally Tough to Better Manage Stress

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.
~William James~
When you are faced with an unexpected challenge or change, how do you normally respond to it? Do you see it as a challenge or as an opportunity to stretch your capacity to be more and do more? Your answer to this question can be an indication of your mental toughness according to the authors of Developing Mental Toughness. Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk co-wrote the book and defined mental toughness as, “The quality which determines in large part how people deal effectively with challenges, stressors and pressure…irrespective of prevailing circumstances.”


Key Factors for Mental Toughness
Clough and Strycharczyk identify additional factors “involved in success and performance other than talent and raw ability.” These factors comprise their 4C Model for overall mental toughness. They are:
1.Challenge: seeing challenge as a…

8 Tips to Increase Your Workplace Happiness

Treat your negative thoughts as if they were on a mission to make your life miserable and then gather evidence against those thoughts.

~Martin Seligman, author of Flourish~
Research shows that our thoughts become our biochemistry as they flood our thoughts with upper and downer hormones. Two University of Pittsburgh psychologists, counted the ratio of good and bad thoughts in depressed and happy people. Depressed people have one bad thought for every good one; non-depressed people have two good thoughts for one bad thought.
In TheFeeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns, M.D. writes, “The more we learn to counteract the negativity in our minds the more happiness we’ll find room to bloom in our hearts.” A happy person it turns out is not a person with a set of ideal circumstances, but rather a person who possess a certain set of attitudes towards life. Here are eight tips that will improve your workplace attitude and happiness on the job:
1.Get Out of Yourself: Choose to be generous towards ot…