Thought Provoking Tuesday: The Power of Your Thoughts

The power of thought

Welcome to this week’s Thought Provoking Tuesday.

Have you ever found yourself running late for an appointment and thought, “Watch me hit every single red light now.”

Lo and behold, you do.  Some would say it’s simply coincidence; I have a different answer.  You welcomed those red lights into fruition with your negative thoughts.

I am a firm believer that we have total control of our own thoughts.  If you allow an outside circumstance determine your happiness you’ll always be in a state of uncertainty.  For example, if your happiness depends upon a specific job or promotion and you lose that position then you also lose your happiness.

In order to maintain your happiness it needs to come from within.  You and you alone have the ability to think positively and will your happiness.

Here’s what I want you to do today, and every day moving forward.  Take control of your own happiness.  When a negative thought enters your mind, push it aside and replace it with a positive affirmation, like, “I am thankful for this day.”

In the comments below tell us what your affirmation will be when an unwelcome thought arises.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

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Thought Provoking Tuesday: Are You Making Good Impressions?

 

Good Impression

Today’s edition of Thought Provoking Tuesday is a great exercise to gauge how others perceive you.

While you may think you make great impressions, is that really the case?  We’ve all heard just how important that initial meeting and experience can be in business.  The truth is, impressions continue to made each time you “show up”, be that in-person, on the phone, in emails and now days, through social media.

So here is your TPT activity:  Ask a couple people to HONESTLY describe you in three words.  This request could be via email, in person or on the phone.  Although I would highly recommend it being face-to-face since you can actually feel what the person is saying as well as experience their genuine reaction to your question.

Take those answers and ask yourself, am I making good impressions?  Are there qualities you need to work on?  You will be very surprised at the lessons you can learn from this simple, yet effective exercise.

Let me know in the comments below what you think!

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

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3 Reasons Why YOU Should Always Come First

You always come first before business

As a small business owner you probably live and breathe your business.  That passion is commendable and admirable… to a point.

You see, taking care of yourself should come first.  As selfish as that may sound, looking out for YOU should be priority number one!

“When you take care of yourself first, you show up as a healthy grounded person in life.” ~ Bob Rosen

Here’s three reasons why:

1. Healthier You = Healthier Business

A healthy diet, exercise routine and good sleeping habits make you a better business owner.  Scheduling out “me time” doesn’t make you a self-involved person, in fact it makes you a smart one.

Experts say business owners who take care of themselves are not only a healthier person, they also are more productive.

It makes logical sense.  If you’re feeling 100%, then you’ll give 100% of your efforts right?

Meditation, journaling and/or prayer should be included in your healthy habits as well since they are wonderful stress reducers, among other things.

In order to sustain the path of success in your business, your physical, personal and emotional health are paramount.

2.  You’ll Be a Better Leader

We’ve all crossed paths with a few highly motivated and extremely determined born-leaders.  And if you take a good long look at them, you’ll notice they tend to take very good care of themselves.

Leaders inherently have a drive to succeed, a higher purpose that includes taking care of others.  The best leaders understand that in order to do both of those things, they need to be a little selfish.

Studies have shown that acting in your own-self interest may give you an advantage in leadership roles because those who have a well developed sense of self tend to be more confident.

Melissa Deuter, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, says the key is to be “self-focused NOT self-involved.”

Besides, if you can’t even take care of yourself, how on Earth are you supposed to be able to care for others.

3.  Happiness is Contagious

A self-focused person tends to be a genuinely positive person and that positive outlook spreads easily. Carve out some time to do activities you enjoy, it will recharge your mental battery and make you happy.  Not only will your teammates, clients family and friends feel that energy and happiness, they will be inspired by it.

Better relationships create a happier, healthier environment all around, personally AND professionally.

It’s important to remind yourself that you are the LEADER of you, take this role seriously and your professional and personal life will thank you!

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

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