Okay so most of you know I am a little unrealistic and very driven. But did you know that you can achieve more than you think often? I love goals, challenges & incentives. This weekend I have the privilege of my hard work paying off with a BIG reward. I am posting this over looking the beautiful sunset at the four seasons, We earned this trip by setting goals beyond our expectations, Anyone can earn rewards & success in life if you are willing to do the work. Are your expectations too high or too low ? i hope you will join me in earning my next incentive. I would love to walk the beaches with you!!
None of us like bullying. We don’t like the word and we like the action even less. I often hear conversations about bullying and how awful it is. This morning on my walk I was thinking: who teaches kids to be bullies? Is it their parents? Does it start with the adults complaining, being negative, making fun of others?
I love social media and have fun sharing my adventures and seeing other people’s, but lately the awful things adults say to each other just breaks my heart and makes my belly hurt. I still get bullied by people on some things. The politically negative attacks on one another from people on both sides of the fence are just sickening. I feel like people have forgotten that we’re Americans and we have the freedom to differ and still respect each other. The extreme passion for one party or one candidate and complete hatred for the other and anyone who would vote for them is disheartening. Can’t we all just get along and respect each other’s choices? I feel like we’re turning into a violent country where if you don’t like who I like and think the way I think, I can and will call you names and bully you until you do. Is that right? Should we live in fear of one another or in fear of a violent reaction if we don’t agree with you?
We live in a democracy and I am grateful for that freedom. I have seen anger and ugliness on both ends of the spectrum. Many people look for something to be mad about or fight about, but if we spent half that energy looking to be kind and positive we could find it out there with ease. I choose to look for the good and focus on that. I have no time for negativity or negative people in my life, and though I won’t unfriend others, I invite you to feel free to unfriend me if you don’t believe in freedom of opinion. I’m okay if you don’t vote the way I do, but I’m not okay if you bully me into voting like you. No, I won’t be sharing how I will vote come November, but I am praying that you know you have more influence to change the world around with your actions and attitude than any president you elect. Please find kindness in your heart and share that freely with those who look, think or are different from you. Let freedom ring!
What does living your best life look like to you?
Does it bother you when others don’t think or vote like you? Does it feel like you or the president has more influence in your circle of friends?
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Do you allow negative posts on your wall? Are you more likely to see the good or bad in the world around you?
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What do you wish you could change in the world? What is the one thing you would do if you were president?
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What does it mean to be a Bully?
Good to Great to Grand Living
So grateful to Grand Casino for expanding my thoughts, mind and teachings to invite people to go from Good, to Great to Beyond and think about becoming Grand! Speaking at that conference inspired me to create a Gratitude Journal that asks you each evening to reflect on how you are living a Good, Great and even Grand life? I hope my Sunday night video encourages you to spend your evening reflecting and your Monday morning Inspired to look for ways to give & grow! Enjoy, Hope you have a peaceful evening of sleep and wake up motivated for Monday morning knowing your week holds Grand opportunities for you to grow!
Other peoples thoughts on how you can live an Exceptional life:
- Travel. See what there is to see in the world around you. …
- Practice hobbies. In addition to your calling and life purpose, you also need to have plain fun! …
- Aim to eat healthy foods. …
- Exercise moderately. …
- Tap into your spirituality.
Top 10 ways to live your best life
1. Examine life, engage life with vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destines to reach with your mind. This rule isn’t new. It echoes the verses of ancient Greek philosophers and most notably those of Plato through the voice of his hero, Socrates. Living life is about examining life through reason, nature’s greatest gift to humanity. The importance of reason in sensing and examining life is evident in all phases of life– from the infant who strains to explore its new surroundings to the grandparent who actively reads and assesses the headlines of the daily paper. Reason lets human beings participate in life, to be human is to think, appraise, and explore the world, discovering new sources of material and spiritual pleasure.
2. Worry only about the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter. This rule summarizes several important features of ancient Stoic wisdom — features that remain powerfully suggestive for modern times.
3. Treasure Friendship, the reciprocal attachment that fills the need for affiliation. Friendship cannot be acquired in the market place, but must be nurtured and treasured in relations imbued with trust and amity.
4. Experience True Pleasure. Avoid shallow and transient pleasures. Keep your life simple. Seek calming pleasures that contribute to peace of mind. True pleasure is disciplined and restrained.
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Are You Stuck?
Do you ever become stagnant in your life? Do you do the same thing everyday? Do you watch the same shows, drive the same route to work everyday, or hang out with the same people? Are you stuck in a routine that doesn’t serve you anymore?
Once in a college course our professor gave us two challenges for the week. The first was to take a different route to wherever we went, whether it was to work, school, lunch or the store. Wherever we went, we had to drive down new streets. It may have slowed us down a little but we might have seen some things from a new perspective. It taught us to enjoy the ride; perspective is everything. The second challenge was to say “Hello, how are you?” to everyone we met and then when they asked, in response we were to say, “Just came from the doctor, I only have one week to live.”
It seemed like a strange and somewhat inappropriate request but we tried it. The saddest part was many people said, “Oh glad to hear it,” and kept walking. We had to track who stopped to ask “Really?” and who said “Oh good,” and kept walking. You see, it was a test of who really listens, who is present and who really cares. Sometimes we are so caught up in our own lives and routines we forget to pay attention to those around us and what they are saying.
Take a moment this week to challenge yourself to make one new change in your routine to get yourself unstuck.
What does living your best life look like to you?
Is it time for a change in your life? Is it time to open your eyes and ears to see and hear what you might be missing?
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Are you ready for a change in your relationships? Your career? Your evening activities or lack of them? Your health?
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Do your patterns, habits and routines still serve you the best for your life?
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