Tag: Kindness

How To Pay It Forward And Make It Stick!

Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, there’s a common theme … joy, kindness, giving, being thankful…. To that end, I thought I’d start off December with a post befitting the season.

I’ll never forget years ago when I was living in Ohio and working in a law firm. I had no family anywhere near me, and no one I could really count on. It was a time in my life when I was seriously alone … me, myself and I. Day by day, I watched as everyone’s excitement about the holidays grew knowing I would be spending mine completely alone if I didn’t get creative (without being imposing). My holiday is Christmas and many in the firm celebrated Hanukkah instead. Therefore, there were those attorneys that would be working on Christmas day, but wouldn’t have any support. I decided they would be my family for Christmas and I would offer them a gift … I offered to work! I’ll never forget those couple of years. I truly created some great memories … and made some wonderful friends. Yes, we worked … but we goofed off a lot too. Not only that, but I learned an awful lot about another culture and that’s priceless!

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Enough about me. Let’s talk about you and the people around you this holiday season. I’m going to offer up a challenge and see how far we can spread this. Everyone has sticky notes, right? If you don’t, go buy a pack … any size you want. The size you have or buy will determine your action plan. The larger the sticky note, the larger your message can be (in words, anyway)!

Here we go. Obviously, we should be kind and considerate all the time, but this time of year is especially important. Many people suffer from depression around the holidays for a variety of reasons. It could be that they’re missing loved ones that have passed on, or they can’t get home to see loved ones, or maybe they’re simply all alone and no one is noticing. It’s hard for some people to watch everyone else fully embracing the season as invites abound and they are left to simply observe.

So, here’s the challenge. For every single day of December, that’s 31 days, write something kind and encouraging about someone (anyone) on your sticky note and anonymously place it somewhere obvious in their work space. It can be anything (but don’t be sexist or break any harassment / discrimination laws). Anyone can be your target, but try to hit up as many people as you can and make sure there’s someone new on your list every single day. You can leave messages about how much you appreciate their great attitude, or how much they inspire you. You can thank them for little things that maybe they thought no one noticed. Anything!

CONCLUSIONMuch of my life up to about my 30’s, I was alone. I know what it feels like to be “invisible.” Outwardly, I was always smiling so people didn’t notice how lonely I was inside. I found ways to deal with it. But, not everyone is like me. So many people suffer in silence and just don’t know how to step into this time of year without crying themselves to sleep at night. YOU can change that! Notice them, appreciate them … let them know they aren’t invisible. Watch as the month goes on and see how much happier people are. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, if any. This isn’t about you, although it will come back to you in surprising ways! Let’s do this! Let’s go viral with our sticky note campaign starting on Tuesday, December 1st! It will cost you nothing, other than the price of some sticky notes. Share this blog post far and wide and then come back here with your stories (comment below). I can’t wait to read them.

 

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Thanks for sharing your time with me and reading my BLOG!

Warm regards…. Debra


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How To Get What You Expect By Raising Your Standards

Life sure can throw us curve balls. I know I’ve had my fair share, especially lately. It seems that when it rains, it pours. But, I do my best to focus on the fact that challenging streaks in our lives lead to streaks of good times. You just have to hang on and push through it! It’s not just your personal life that suffers when you succumb to tough times, but your work life as well. People can sense negativity and despair from a mile away.

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I wanted to get a jump start on the new work week with another video from Brendon Burchard. If you’ve followed my blogs, you will already know about Brendon. When you watch his videos, you see a positive, uplifting and smiling man speaking to you. But don’t be fooled. Brendon certainly has had his fair share of challenges in life … and he overcame them. He is one of those people that made a choice to overcome adversity and to not allow himself to be dragged down.
Today’s video is about raising your standards. Brendon discusses five ways in which we can tackle our own demons and help ourselves, and in turn have a positive impact on those around us. Here’s what you’ll find in this 12 minute video.
1) Health – When you’re healthy, you’re vibrant and able to be more motivated.
2) Focus – Limit your distractions. Be in the now and you will accomplish more!
3) Boldness – Be courageous. Raise the bar. Don’t be afraid to fail.
4) Joy – Expect to have fun in everything you do.
5) Be more kind – Kindness is compassion activated. Honoring, respecting and pointing out the good.

 

I found the following from another blog (Positively Present) and thought it was very poignant. 

“Then there are expectations. The mind makes models of what it thinks will happen, which colors its perceptions of what is actually happening. If you give people a hand cream and tell them it will reduce pain, you are building a set of expectations. People really feel their pain diminish, even if the cream is just a lotion. People who are given a prescription they are told costs $2.50 a pill experience much more pain relief than those given what they are told is a 10-cent pill (even though all pills are placebos. As Jonah Lehrer writes, ‘Their predictions became self-fulfilling prophecies.'”
~David Brooks~

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CONCLUSION: By nature, I’ve always been a pretty positive person. Of course, like anyone else, I have my moments. But in the end, we all have a choice. We can either throw in the towel, or we can stand up and fight. I don’t mean fight in a negative way either. Just change how you view what’s going on in your life. Look adversity in the face and say a big, NOT ON MY WATCH! I’m not perfect and it’s not always easy … I work at it! Life is hard for all of us at times. But as Brendon suggests, look for the good in every situation. It’s definitely there, even if you have to part the clouds to find it. So, go out and start your week with a bang … EXPECT it to be a great one!

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Thanks for sharing your time with me and reading my BLOG!

Warm regards…. Debra


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