Gratitude is the common thread that runs through Americans for the next couple of weeks. It should be all year long! As I observe the blessings of living in Southern California where today it’s 75 degrees and sunny, I began to think about how much gratitude I have for life. As other’s do this week and next, I started to make a mental list of things I appreciate and try not to take for granted. There are simple things such as good health, family, love, and friends. There is a roof over my head, and food in my kitchen. My little dog Laci, rubs up against my leg with affection, knowing that she is unconditionally loved, and loves back the same way.Read More
I am thrilled to have a wonderful friend and colleague like Michele Lando! I often refer to her as "the most articulate person I have ever met"! She is an expert in so many areas, and has helped me numerous times with my branding and communications. So, I am most excited to share with all of you her latest article on getting a head start on 2010! I know we're all caught up in the holidays, but remember 2010 is only a few weeks away. No matter if you're a student or adult, these handy hints are for all of us! Tish
After the decorations, celebrations and communion with family and friends, Monday morning will reappear.
My holiday gift to each of you: a few tips from the IndiBrand™ Individual Branding Workshop series.
Even in this economy. There is much to be grateful for:
The future is the present moving forward constantly. This means that whatever you envision for your future is being impacted by your choices right now—this very minute—and the next, and the next, and the next.
The future is connected to your present (which has just this instant become your past). As you consider what you want 2010 to be like for you, engage all of your senses. What do you want it to smell like? Taste like? Look like? Sound like? And feel like? The more visceral your imagination of your future, the more real it becomes and the easier it is to make choices in this instant and the next that truly support your goals for your future!
When I am considering my future I make sure I am specific and engage each of my senses across multiple areas of my life. Like good marketing, the more targeted I am in my focus on each area of my life, the more impactful my connection to it is! The more likely I will actually create it, and the more joy I experience in all areas of my life as a result. Following are some of the focus areas for my future. What are yours?
- Social: Relationships with family, friends, organizations
- Spiritual: Practicing faith, prayer, self-exploration and development, awareness of others.
- Romance: Husband, travel, celebrations
- Creative: Writing, music, ideation
- Health: Exercise, yoga, quiet time, food prep, breathing
- Professional: Contribution, self-growth, mentoring, learning
- Financial: Abundance, philanthropy, saving, planning, insurances, spending
- Play: Silliness, laughter, light-heartedness, outings, new experiences
There is always room for changing one’s vision. Don’t let your fear of commitment or your belief that you cannot control what the future holds, or anything else, get in your way. It’s the distinction between making choices that lead to something that fulfills you or not.
Author: Michele Lando, president of Skilset Communications, Inc., and author of the internationally acclaimed IndiBrand™ Individual Branding workshop series. To reproduce any portion of this article, you may write or phone 626-792-0032.
Find an image of something that you really love: flowers, a rainbow, a special song, a sport that you love.
Let that be the image that you use every time you start to scare yourself!
Looking back over my life, remembering various leaders, teachers and coaches I’ve worked with, I think about which one could be the “one” who has had the most influence on me. Many of us long to find a teacher, mentor or guru. We may feel unsure of how to proceed on our life’s journey without one, or we may long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for us. The good news is that the greatest teacher you could ever want is always with you—that is your life. Life is a classroom. When we are open to receiving wisdom from the people and situations we encounter every day, let’s recognize how much they teach us when we are open to receiving their wisdom. How about the lessons we learn about the things we don’t want to do. Situations that occur in our lives, from the smallest and most insignificant to the largest and most important, have the ability to teach us exactly what we need to learn at any given time. A friend and associate of mine came up with what we call the “6 C’s”. Commitment, Conviction, Consistency, Courage, Confidence, and Connected. Pay close attention to these things as they occur in the classroom that is your life. Stop and think about each of these words and how they might guide your day-to-day lifestyle. Are you committed to whatever you are doing right now, today, tomorrow or even next year? Do you have conviction in your beliefs? Are you consistent with your actions and words? Do you have the courage and confidence to take the necessary action to accomplish your goals? Are you connected to your life and your path?
I’ve found that affirmations can help me to remember this perfect teacher each day with a few simple words. Affirmations are a powerful tool and when consistently utilized can make a huge difference in your mindset and therefore your life:
I acknowledge and honor the teacher that is my life.
I am wise enough to recognize the teachers and lessons that I encounter today.
I am open to the wisdom I receive.
I appreciate what life is teaching me today.
I trust my intuition on the nature of the lesson at hand.
Guess what - Your life has all the answers. Your life is a movie and the cool thing is; it is written only up until today. Visualize the end. You get to finish the movie however you choose. So, recognize that your thoughts lead to your feelings, which lead to your actions which create your results.
Start today on the completion of your movie.