Sunday, 15 November 2015

Bridges All!





Bridges are impressive.


They’re not only nice to look at; they’re functional and symbolic.


They span gaps and barriers all over the world.


They were built to provide passage.


They are helpful access and connecting points.


They create more employment, commerce and leisure opportunities.


They also help us find a way toward each other.


So, no matter who we are, or where we live –


…we need bridges; ones that continue to improve society.


Let's be bridges
.

Impressive bridges.


Bridges all!




Simon & Garfunkel’s: “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”



Who do you need to build a bridge to this week?


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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Claiming Dunamis!




That’s it. You thought.


You're going on a quest for a continual flow of 24/7 energy.


Yep.


You're gonna get some ‘dunamis’!


You recently read that dunamis is the Greek word for power.


It can be translated in two ways: as ‘dynamite’ or ‘dynamo’.


Both appeal to you.


But you're drawn to ‘dynamo’.


Meaning: “One who possesses a constant flow of power/energy/ability.”


So you've decided to get some.


You're gonna name it, claim it and pray it into reality.


How?


By doing what's necessary to stay current, sharp, focused and determined.


So you can be especially productive with your new superhuman strength.


Good for you.


I'm coming too!








This will be the music you play for your get-psyched 'dunamis dance'!

[Just Dance 3] Dynamite - Taio Cruz
  


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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Trying






If we don’t try –  discouragement will hound us.


If we don’t try – there’s no chance of a new beginning.


If we don’t try -  there’s no hope of what could be.


If we don’t try – we can’t possibly realise our dreams.


Trying is a grand leap of faith.


So let's continue to try.


And keep trying.











What do you need to try?


I value you + your views, so let's communicate!


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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Yes, Mother!







When I was growing-up - my mother had a real bee in her bonnet about posture.


And if she caught me walking with even a hint of a slump - I'd get a thump.


She'd say: "Deborah - throw those shoulders back and stick your chest out."


I'd respond: "I would, if I had a chest to stick out."


She'd shoot back: "Then pretend you do!"


(Ha! Pretend I do? This should be interesting. But I did it, none-the-less.) 


"Yes, Mother!", was my dutiful reply.


So to this day I'm mindful of how important my posture is.


Not just my physical stance - but my particular approach and attitude with people.


As an example, the way I choose to conduct myself as a small business owner.


I position myself in a non-threatening, positive and helpful way.


(...the friendly, "I could be your solution" stance.)


This is the kind of proper posture I'm all about now.


Surely mom would be proud.







* And even though it's particular to 'Food Safety Auditing' the link below is a useful read! * 




Bonus: A photo guide for proper posture!




How do you posture yourself  successfully when doing business?



I value you + your views, so let's communicate!


And don't be shy, stop by.






Sunday, 18 October 2015

Pesky Blind Spots




Guess what?

We’ve got blind spots.

They’re not just limited to drivers.

Every one has ‘em.

We also have psychological blind spots.

And they can be quite troublesome.

The fact of the matter is -

...we all have parts of ourselves we just don’t see –

…or we refuse to see.

Our egos tend to blind us to these pesky spots.

(…and some are more blatant than others.)

It’s another reason we need each other.

When we help identify each other’s blind spots

…we help each other grow.

And when we acknowledge what we tend to be blind to –

…we accept a better way forward.






What are some of the blind spots you've been warned about?


I value you + your views, so let's communicate!


And don't be shy, stop by.




Sunday, 11 October 2015

Electronic Serendipity




Technology has changed every thing -


...especially the amount of time we have to interact face to face.


For example; 


...even the small town serendipity some of us once enjoyed, is now less frequent.


Most of us seem to prefer to reach-out and interact through our modern devices.


But, we can still build trust and some relational intimacy -


 ...through electronic communication.


And we can still create opportunities for serendipity


 …through being in community with each other, where ever we are.


It's what I call electronic serendipity.



(But I think it's actually known as 'SerenDipfy'!)





Fun Fact: Serendipity - Origin:
1754 - Coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.



What kind of 'serendipity' do you like to experience the most?



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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Connecting The Dots






When I was younger - I used to love to tackle my 'dot to dot' exercises.


They were easy and they were fun.


And although I outgrew these particular puzzles- they taught me something.


Connecting the dots revealed what I needed to see and better understand.


These exercises were a constructive way to find the bigger picture.


And it got me thinking.


As a person, friend, colleague and a small business owner -


...meeting needs is key.


And we can't meet needs if we don't connect the dots.


The fact of the matter is -


...with all the 24/7 data we're inundated with now, it's a great way to pull a picture into view.














What dots do you need to connect?



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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Consciously Creative




It wasn't that long ago when most people worked outside the home.


Now many of us are running small businesses from our home.


 We're the solopreneurs of today!



But we're homebodies as well.


We love our daily routines.


We're quite used to the way we do things.


And truth be told - we're comforted by this. 


But we know it's easy to become too accustomed to our habits.


So we realise how important it is to break our regime when needs be.


Why?


So we can stretch our creative selves!


Because according to Bob Gass' sobering reminder:


“If you insist on doing things the way they’ve always been done, you’ll end-up being out-thought, out-sold, out-produced, and finally out of business.” 


Yikes!


So let’s kick-off our slippers and get consciously creative when ever we can! 









What do you plan on creating today, this week or this year?


I value you + your views, so let's communicate!


And don't be shy, stop by.





Sunday, 20 September 2015

Ban The "Box"!




It’s so like us to "box" people.


It’s part of our human condition, I guess.


We make assumptions about every one we lay eyes on, read about or listen to.


Whether it’s people’s race, gender, age, background, nationality, politics or faith –


…we "box" them.


We decide they’re a certain way and we close the "box".


I confess I’m guilty of this.


And I’m always working to fix it.


So...


...relatives, friends, colleagues or strangers - 


I’ve decided to ban the "box".


Maybe we all need to ban the "box".









Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Elvis Presley (1970)





So, what have you decided to ban?



I value you + your views, so let's communicate!


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