Do you need to write a book? What is your story? What are the lessons you have learned along the way? Have you ever been on a detour? My first book is an Inspirational Journal to share your stories, your lessons and create better conversations. Today I encourage you to dream, create and share with another. Writing a book gives your credibility and content. This book is only 15 on my website but as expensive as 60 on Amazon. Are you ready to write and share your story? #WriteYourBook #ShareYourStories #MotivationalSpeaker #InspirationalSpeaker #betheException #PathsDetoursandPossiblities
Being the Hero
I love going to conferences, especially when I’m the opening keynote speaker. I get great joy from presenting and inspiring, but there are many other things I love about conferences, too. One of my favorite parts is people watching, especially when I’m watching people pretend to know how to use the technology and projector hook-ups for laptops.
For instance, a couple of weeks ago I was at a conference and witnessed six men at the front of the room looking very serious while trying to hook everything up for a game show they were going to play. They were directing one another on what they thought the others should be doing and appeared to be working well together, even though nothing was happening. When I asked the meeting planner, “Which one is the tech guy?” She smiled politely and said, “None of them.” This made me smile, too. Don’t we all want the chance to be a hero?
After about forty minutes, a man from their IT department came and within five minutes, had it set-up and ready to go; but it still got me thinking about the lengths we’ll go to while trying to save the day. Even if you don’t know much about the problem or a workable solution, why not jump in and give it a try? However, we should also be brave enough to ask for help when we need it. That’s also part of being a hero, knowing when the obstacle is too large for us to take on by ourselves.
I admire the heart of those who want to be a hero because they risk their own ego to try to help others without worrying about it working out perfectly. Those who raise their hands and say, “Let me give it a try,” are inspiring. This week, I encourage you to keep an eye out for those trying to be heroes and offer a hand – you might just be the hero they need after all! What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
When was the last time you were someone’s hero? What did you do to save the day?
When was the last time someone was your hero? Did you tell them they saved the day?
What part of being the hero makes you feel the best?
Creates an Experiences of Success and Fulfillment
Motivation alone might not be enough but with a step by step plan, the willingness work hard, while you stay Motivated you will find Success!
An Interview a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Some say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but is that true? Instead, I love to believe that sharing a Dove Love a day keeps the doctor away. Those dark chocolates with a sweet message inside are good for the soul. However, lately I’ve been thinking, “Maybe it’s an interview a day that could keep the doctor away.”
This isn’t to say there’s anything wrong with doctors, but I feel there’s something so powerful about being kind to ourselves to enhance our good health. I love to practice interviewing with people I know, and I also know it’s not everyone’s thing, but I strongly believe if you don’t love to be interviewed, a little mind shift could do the trick.
You see, instead of thinking things like, “I hope they like me, pick me, want me,” when practicing, I encourage you to shift your thinking to statements such as, “I hope I like them, I want to work with them, I love their energy.” When we remain mindful of the power of our thoughts, and strive to keep them positive, we enjoy experiences more.
A practice interview is a place to share strengths, accomplishments, how far we’ve come, and our goals for the future. It’s also a great place to remind ourselves of all we are and all we have done. Some of you may be thinking, “But Annie, I’m not even looking for a job.” While you may not be, it’s still a great idea to practice, not only as an important reminder of the good stuff you’re made of, but in preparation for something just around the corner that you don’t know is coming yet.
I strive to always think about remembering to put a smile on, remind myself that my own positive thoughts have power, and that even if I’m not using the skills yet, I’ll be ready when I need to be. This week, I encourage you to find a friend and complete a practice interview. Then, discuss the strengths you saw in one another to continue adding to your positive thought power and the extraordinary person you know you are.
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
When was the last time you completed an interview? What did you love about it?
What part of interviewing are you afraid of? Why?
Have you ever done a mock interview before? How did it help you feel prepared?
The Z in the ABC’s of Creating and sustaining a Successful business means sometime you might feel like you live in a Zoo. Maybe you feel like you are a monkey or you work with a bunch of different animals. Do you embrace and love the changing parts to your business? #BetheException #MotivationalSpeaker #InspirationalSpeaker
Do you live in a neighborhood? If so, do you know your neighbors? One of our neighbors who has been a part of our community for almost 30 years moved away recently which reinforces for me that life changes. In our neighborhood, we love our neighbors and have each others’ backs. From raising our kids together, to gathering for book club, to playing bunco, we’ve been through a lot.
As a connected community, we gather in the middle of the cul-de-sac with snacks and beverages to spend time together. Over the years, one neighbor has built us benches, while a few others have brought out their tables and chairs to make it a comfy gathering place. This is where our kids learned to ride bikes and drive cars, where we as families have laughed together and shared life. When there’s a death in the family of a neighbor, we send flowers; when there’s a new baby arriving on the block, we send gifts. And sometimes, when illness hits, we even bake bread or make soup to share.
The more I expand my horizons and see the culture of other neighborhoods, I often ask myself, “What happened?” Where I live, we share life with our neighbors the same as when I was a kid; these days, with hectic schedules and life to juggle, it isn’t what it used to be. This week, if you don’t know your neighbors, I encourage you to get to know them by spreading some neighborly love. You never know how you might positively impact someone in your community by starting with something as simple as a friendly, “Hello, how are you?”
After 23 years in our home, I look back and can’t imagine life without our neighbors. Are you ready to open your home and heart to getting to know yours, too?
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
How long have you lived in your neighborhood? What’s your best memory with neighbors?
What can you do this week to get to know one neighbor better?
On this world Kindness day what are 3 things you will do today to spread Kindness all over the world or just in your Neighborhood?
plural noun: neighbors
a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to.
“our garden was the envy of the neighbors”
3rd person present: neighbors
(of a place or thing) be situated next to or very near (another).
“the square neighbors the old quarter of the town”