Imperfection is part of life.
It is part of humanity. It is all around us, and it is within us.
Trying to force perfection can be tough on the psyche. While striving to achieve more, we will fall short far too often. Instead of focusing on your imperfections look at the special qualities that make you uniquely you, how far you’ve come, simple moments worth celebrating.
Keep your eyes on the road ahead and off the cookie-cutter version of perfection the world expects you to be because, warts and all, you are perfectly imperfect as you.
#Happiness #RealTalk #JustMe
In a fast-paced and often chaotic society, many women tend to put their own needs on the back burner. As women we often spend much of our lives nurturing others and struggle with giving ourselves permission for self-care. It’s hard to remember that we, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve our own love and affection. In order to design a more complete and fulfilled life, I’m learning that I need to prioritize self-care, which ultimately nourishes and flourishes every other aspect of life. Taking care of my well-being and health first is the best way to ensure I will be able to care for all of my love ones.
Toxic work environments, chronic complaining friends, or doom-and-gloom days deplete energy. I’m finding that eliminating these type of triggers allow space for more positivity and abundance
Rest and reflection enable us to tap in the power within and tackle life with more ease. Self-care reduces the stress, worry, anxiety, tension, fear and overwhelm which bury our dreams and weigh us down.
A calms state of mind opens up a bridge to our unconscious world and is the conduit to realizing what’s possible. When we take time to acknowledge our dreams, we allow ourselves to become more consciously aware of our thoughts, feelings and experiences we may have either repressed, forgotten about, or never been really aware of.
What is weighing you down?
When well-being and health is absent, wisdom can’t reveal itself, art can’t manifest, strength can’t strive, wealth becomes useless, intelligence can’t be applied.
#StayHealthy #Startwithyou #WomanPower
Walking is the best exercise!
This year, walk away from arguments that lead you to nowhere but anger. Walk away from people who deliberately put you down. Walk away from any thought that reduces your worth. Walk away from failures and fears that stifle your dreams.
The more you walk away from things that poison your soul, the happier your life would be.
Walk towards joy and the peace of God. Walk towards loving relationships. Walk towards an attitude of gratitude, laughter, action, inspirational experiences, and self-love. Walk towards choices that move you forward.
Don’t try to explain yourself to everyone. If they don’t accept you shake it off and keep on walking – don’t try to make them understand. Walk!
Wish you a Happy New Year filled with joy, fulfillment, new dreams, new hopes, new experiences, new joys and a truly prosperous year!
“There are 3 kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.” ~Author unknown.
Vince Lombardi famously said leaders aren’t born, they are made.
Leaders are often associated with natural charisma, confidence, dazzling social intelligence, insight, intuition, courage, compelling communication, a zest for change, and vision that allows them to set their sights on “things” then make them merit attention.
While these traits may seem natural most can be learned.
1. Charisma: In her book, The Charisma Myth, Olivia Fox Cabane, shares anecdotes and research illustrating how elements of charisma are learned. She reveals how specific behaviors such as the ability to be fully present in a moment can help individuals develop their personal charisma.
2. Confidence: One critical key to confidence is preparation. It’s hard to be confident if you feel like you are walking in the dark. In Zenhabits, Leo Babauta states that you can beat that feeling by preparing yourself as much as possible. Then groom yourself, stand tall, think positive and focus on solutions.
3. Social intelligence: Daniel Goleman, author of Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business School, 2002) says the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has 5 key components—self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill – the ability to find common ground, build rapport and manage relationships proficiently. While some people are naturally better at this than others, many people don’t understand how to go about it so they make attempts that fall flat, seem fake, or make them annoying and arrogant.
4. Insight: Leaders need technical expertise to win the trust of followers, manage operations, and set strategy but today, being informed is often confused with being smart. Leaders must know how to gather, sort, and structure information, and then connect it in new ways to create insight.
5. Intuition: The right way to lead is not in the data. It is with informed intuitiveness. Empathy for the led is essential and so is listening to that feeling in your gut.
6. Courage: Credibility comes from being first through the door to the unknown. Standing in one place, or stepping back while others take risks to make the frontier safe for others, simply doesn’t cut it. Moving forward is not a leap or a sprint but a plodding process.
7. Communication: The watershed capacity in leadership is unquestionably communication. The powers to inform and persuade win the battles for hearts and minds. The process of compelling communication can be learned and honed to establish credibility, inform, inspire, unite, direct and rouse followers’ passion.
8. Zest: Leadership requires zest. It is a heavy load and long journey that drains resources so to keep your energy up, you require fitness in all areas — physical, mental, and moral.
9. Vision: Leadership requires vision. Vision requires listening. All can hear but few really listen. And too many people only listen to themselves. Listening to colleagues and collaborators, markets and constituencies, and yourself — all through the endless din of the present, the ominous voices of the past, and the deafening silence boding the future — is vital.
Becoming a good leader is not easy, but by seeking the right knowledge, learning relevant skills and seeking support as you put them into practice then adapting them to different situations, you will have an invaluable asset to offer the world.
That’s where ELEO comes in. ELEO is focused on inspiring and equipping entrepreneurs to lead. On Saturday, July 26th ELEO is hosting a one-day conference in San Jose, California.
It will be a gathering of great minds with the goal of providing practical advice on how to lead a company or organization with lessons from experienced leaders including top venture capitalists, Fortune 500 CEOs, serial entrepreneurs and everyone in-between.
Space is limited so register today. http://eleoconference.com
Today is a brand new day. A fresh start. An opportunity to replace any negativity with positivity, think happy thoughts, exercise, go for a run or do some sit ups, drink lots of water, fill the body with fuel, sip a latte, take a picture, enjoy the morning.
Today is a day to inspire, create, laugh, love, play… give someone a compliment, make a new friend, tell yourself you are beautiful, spread a smile, be kind, create good karma, take chances, savor, experience life, live.
“A person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric.”
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, in a commencement speech at Kenyon College on pursuing what matters:
“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered feeble. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
You can read his entire speech here.