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Daring Greatly Quotes by Brené Brown

The following quotes by Brené Brown are taken from her book: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. You can find out about this great book here.

“After doing this work over the past twelve years and watching scarcity ride roughshod over our families, organizations, and communities, I'd say the one thing we have in common is that we're sick of feeling afraid. we want to dare greatly. We're tired of the national conversation centering on "What should we fear" and "Who should we blame?" We all want to be brave.”
Brené Brown
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
Brené Brown,
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
Brené Brown,
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of ho…

Grow Your Business by Growing Your People

What kind of magic does the Walt Disney Company use to keep it's large and sprawling staff of smiling, friendly and competent workers all on the same page? Disney learned quickly that internal leadership development was crucial to the company's success. Leadership expert Robin Sharma states, “The competitive advantage of your business will be your ability to grow leaders without titles faster than your industry peers.” He goes on to say, “The quickest way to grow the sales of your business is to grow your people.”
One of the easiest ways to lose promising employees is to think that because you have no positions available, you have no need for staff development. When employees feel like they're not growing anymore in their job, they get irritated and the quality of their work suffer.
Related Article: Leaders, Are You Multipliers or Diminishers?

Your employees want to be developed whether you have a promotional opportunity for them or not. They want to feel that they are value…

3 Tips to Living Emotionally Healthy and Strong!

Don't try to put in what God left out. Try to draw out what God left in. That's hard enough.
~Marcus Buckingham~

You know when what you're doing is increasing your sense of strength, satisfaction and success and when the repetition of routines is causing you to lose your sense of passion, purpose and identity. You can put on a “social mask” and tell everyone, “I'm fine” but your soul knows better. You want to feel a sense of purpose, passion and personal power. You want to wake up looking forward to your day instead of dreading how it will unfold. You want to embrace life with an audacity of hope. You want to feel a passionate determination to manifest the positive change you desire in life. You want to stop circling the same mountains. You have the power to make this happen. Living your strongest life requires that you become intentional towards what you entertain, engage and empower in your life.
1. Be Mindful of What You Entertain

We live in a period of time where th…

An Unusual Poem For Your Massive Success by Robin Sharma

I found this poem by Robin Sharma on the other side
of a link in an email he sent to his subscribers. I had to share it with the
Grow Forward & Flourish community.
 It is my hope that it will be printed and kept in a place that you can see
 everyday to remind you that your
job is to manifest the glory of God  within you. And as you do, you will
encourage those around you to do the same!

By Robin Sharma Within each of us lies The Project. An idea longing to be nourished, cherished, launched and completed. Writing a novel. Starting an enterprise. Raising a family. Freeing a nation. Our deepest desire is to do The Project. To express our vision.
To carefully and patiently watch it unfold.
To present it to those who will benefit by it.
And to experience the pride of the job beautifully done. Yet, a million distractions battle for our attention.
And one hundred doubts fill our hearts.
And so slowly and subtly, we recite the excuses that construct our reality.
And we shelve…

Lead to Succeed: FREE Leadership Development Series

Great leaders are formed over a long period of time through a series of opportunities and experiences. Without opportunities, even the greatest natural leader among us may never become known for great leadership. Scott H. Dearduff, A Cup of My Coffee: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom     Your dreams and goals represent a gap between the reality of where you are and the reality you want. Manifesting your desired reality takes getting clear about what you want to achieve as a leader, making decisions to support what you want to achieve and creating and executing a plan of action to build and sustain the momentum necessary for the achievement of your leadership aspirations. Highly successful organizations have strong leadership at all levels. This leadership development series is not just for individuals with a title or own a business. It is for any individual, regardless of their present state in life, who desires to learn more about developing and culti…

4 Keys to Unleashing Your Leadership Greatness

Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out is largely a matter of conscious choice.
~Jim Collins~

In her poem, A Return to Love Marianne Williamson wrote, “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 doesn't serve the world. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” These sentences are not in the exact order as they are in her poem, however, they helped me to set the stage for a recent presentation I conducted for the professional women group WOW: Woman to Woman Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Columbia, SC. This post highlights the four keys that I shared with those in attendance as to how they can unleash a greater measure of the seeds of greatness within them and make 2014 their best year yet in life and business.
Key #1: Focus

Imagine you are in sitting in a theater waiting for one of your favorite shows to begin when all…

Go for Greatness: Be Who You Are!

An acorn dreamed of being a beautiful pine tree when he grew up. The acorn was given a book on positive thinking and he diligently read it, following all the advice on using positive thinking to achieve your dream. But as the acorn grew he felt himself changing  into something very different from a pine tree.

The acorn accumulated every book on visualization and change that he could find. He followed the exercises faithfully. The acorn spent hours visualizing himself as a pine tree. But despite all of his efforts, the acorn grew into a massive elegant oak tree.

The metaphor is simple. You are who you are. You have certain God-given traits that are unique to you. There  is no one else walking the face of the Earth with your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical traits.

To reach your fullest potential you must not waste precious time trying to be what you are  not. If you're a oak, you don't want to waste a lifetime trying to be a pine tree. You want to become the greatest and …

90 Best Practices for Unleashing Your Personal Greatness

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.~Aristotle~
Living the strongest version of yourself requires that you hold yourself to a standard of personal excellence. As you enlarge your capacity to demonstrate excellence in all that you do, you will unleash greater measures of the seeds of greatness dwelling in you. Your life will expand or shrink according to the measure of courage you display personal greatness.

The following 90 best practices will enable you to embody personal greatness. This list is not intended for you to think that you must do ALL of them to unleash your greatness. It only serve as  a list of suggestions for achieving personal greatness.

Start with those suggestions that resonate with you now and begin to apply them on a consistent basis in your life to produce greater results. I suggest that you print this page and place it in a visible location to view it on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Express gratitude for your life, dai…