Do You Consider Yourself an Optimist?

Something to think about…

The Creed for Optimists

  • Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • Make all your friends feel there is something in them.
  • Look at the sunny side of everything.
  • Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
  • Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • Learn from the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • Give everyone a smile.
  • Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.
  • Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.

Prefer an online version?

Optimist International recently introduced desktop designs featuring tenets of the Optimist Creed. The complimentary designs are available for download from the Optimist.org.

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Are You Asking the Important Questions?

We get so caught up in day to day living that sometimes we forget that we need to stop for a minute and take our pulse. To put it in business terms, have you looked at your “business plan for your life?” It does not have to be a lengthy process, just a quick assessment to make sure you are on track, still heading in the right direction and aren’t dragging any debris along with you.

What is cluttering my life (things, people, commitments)?

Who do I have relationships with that are no longer fulfilling?

Where could I be making better use of my money?

What do I find rewarding in my job or career?

How can I give back or contribute?

Why am I doing (or not doing) what I do?

That last is the most important question in my view. Many of us know what we want to do, how we want to behave, the kind of person we’d like to be, but we just can’t seem to do what we know needs to be done on a consistent basis. Ask yourself why. It’s a good question. Isn’t it?

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Tackle One Thing at a Time

Weekly challenge: Tackle a nagging task.

Crossing things off a to-do list is energizing and rewarding. Those loose ends rolling around in the back of our heads, just add to the feelings overwhelm and anxiety. Pick something (just one thing – don’t go crazy,) that has been on your list or in your head for a while and just get it done – you will feel such relief. Clear your desk, get rid of one pile of papers, catalogs or magazines, clean out that closet or make that phone call you have been dreading.

Make it a habit each day to make an effort to do one small “niggler.” Eventually those small actions will add up to a huge jump in productivity and a whole lot less stress.

I am taking my own advice and I will be at the local car wash, washing and vacuuming out my vehicle this week. What are you going to tackle? Post so we can cheer you on and share in your success!

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Don’t Neglect Your Health

April, though not intentionally planned, seem to be the month for doctor appointments for me. Eye doctor, family doctor, dentist, even a visit with the dogs to the vet.

What does this have to do with productivity you ask? Well, everything actually. No matter how much we may deny it we are humans with needs and flaws. Just like any machine, when it is properly cared for it runs smoother, more efficiently and is actually cheaper to maintain in the long run. Do you take your care in for new tires and an oil change? do you take your pet for their annual exam and immunizations? If you don’t – shame on you – get it done. Why should you be any lees important and need any less care and upkeep?

This month schedule your necessary “maintenance” and I promise you will be more productive in every way.

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3 Pieces of Advice You Would Like Your Children to Remember

I recently ran across a note regarding an email conversation that I had with my husband last year while he was away on military deployment. We had started asking each other daily questions to stay connected and one of them was:

What are 3 pieces of advice you would like our children to remember?

I was struck by how profound our answers were even in retrospect. In the hopes of initiating a valuable discussion I will bravely share:

Mine:

  • Do the right thing even when nobody is looking.
  • Life is not about the big moments; it’s how you live every day that counts.
  • Live with respect, kindness, honesty and a sense a humor and surround yourself with others who do the same.

His:

  • Learn to pick your battles wisely.
  • Follow your dreams.
  • Surround yourself with positivity.

I invite you to join in our discussion. If you have children – or are planning to in the future – what would your 3 pieces of sage advice be?

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