Here we are, just a few days before Christmas, and there seems to never be enough time, money or parking spaces for us to get it all done, right?
Here is a quick CTC checklist for you to review today.
Set a cutoff day and time to stop shopping and go with what you have.
Pick up one male and female gift to have, just in case. If you do not use them, drop them off at a shelter or church.
Pay a neighbor’s teenager to wrap your families gifts while you and a neighbor have a cup of coffee together.
Prepare a list of what you are serving for Christmas dinner. As you prepare them, check them off and record a time on your list that it needs to go into the oven.
Send an email or text to others that are bringing food to remind them of the time you are having dinner and thank them for bringing ______. This is a quick easy reminder to them.
Write a Christmas card for each of your family members with the 3 reasons you are grateful to them this Christmas and use the card as a place card on the table. This will bless them and also help you tell them where you want them to sit.
It is my desire to inspire you to always give thanks, show love and don’t let the holidays crush your heart or your bank account.
Be inspired today,
Preparation is part of A Well Crafted Life and as we prepare for this new year, forgiveness is a part of that preparation.
We need to forgive ourselves before we can forgive others. Here are 3 things I am going to forgive myself for now in 2016, so I can be ready to craft my plan for 2017.
What do you need to forgive yourself of today? Don’t carry the old into the new.
Be inspired today,
I love NEW! New mornings, new seasons, new clothes :). So in preparation for 2017, I am choosing 5 NEW things as a part of my 2017 goals. How about you?
Here are my 5 New for 2017.
New #1 – I shall read a book out of my normal genre. I never read fiction. but this year I shall read a fiction novel.
New #2 – I shall travel to a location that I have never been, and it cannot be for business.
New #3 – I shall join a group that is outside my experience. I shall take a craft class, or photography class or something outside networking or business groups.
New #4 – I shall start a walking meeting program at work to keep us all from sitting so much.
New #5 – I shall join the movement to reduce possessions and increase simplicity for my life.
I am looking forward to my New choices as being part of my goals.
Be inspired today!
Ready or not, here it comes…2017
Take time today and list 5 things you are grateful for that happened in 2016.
Be inspired, you will make it!
In the last post, we talked about the need to understand that everything has a voice.
Today, we will look at understanding the power of choosing our words.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I just had to say what I thought”?
No matter what thoughts enter our brain, our words are always a choice unless we have “given that power away.”
3 ways we can give away the power to choose our words
1. Power given by the act of being thoughtless
When we allow ourselves to lack restraint, we give the power to choose over to our personal “thoughtless” attitude. It starts with small bursts of just “letting go” and allowing anything to come out of our mouths, without even considering the impact. It starts to grows as we permit it to happen and count on loved ones to forgive us. At some point, the “thoughtless” attitude moves front and center, and we find that we have given the power to choose our words over to our emotions.
2. Power given away by believing in justification
When we allow a hurt we experience to grow in us, the mind believes that hurting others is justified because we’ve been hurt. We justify hurtful words based on previous hurtful words and it creates a vicious cycle. At that point, we give away our power to choose our words to the actions of someone else.
3. Power given away by pressure to not be yourself
When who were are is made to feel like that is not enough, we begin to use words of untruth to paint a picture of ourselves that is not real. We give the power of our words over to the pressure to perform other that what and who we are.
We must understand if we give away the power to choose our words, then we will be opening ourselves up to the results of words that we did not choose. Instead, our words will be of our past hurts, untruths of our imagination or the expectations of others. If you find yourself in any of these situations, take steps to change these habits so the power to choose your words is yours again.
It is my desire to inspire you to guard the gift of your voice and your choice. Do not to give it over to anyone or anything, if you want a well-crafted life and legacy for yourself!
Two of the most powerful privileges we have been given are our ability to speak (our voices) and our ability to choose (our choices). We have been given by God a free will; the ability to make choices for our life.
Just pause for a minute and think about this freeing state that each of us has if we take advantage of it.
We may not realize it, but we are all sales representatives in our own way.
We all represent things, people, and situations in our life where we “sell” our perspective or desire to someone.
My career has always intersected with the sales profession; and I found some sales people hard to handle to say the least. I found them opinionated, self absorbed, pushy, and sometimes – down right rude!
As I was coming up on 10 years in procurement, the Sales Manager asked me if I would be willing to help prepare his sales team on how to sell to someone in my position.
I laughed and said, “They could never sell to me; I would not even accept an appointment from them!”
Why? Because they do not give me any reason to see them let alone buy from them! That dialogue began a three year season of me training our sales team on selling vs. service.
“Selling” addresses a company’s product; “serving” addresses what the customer will be missing without their product.
Here are 3 keys that were developed during this training course:
Selling is a privilege. Selling is the privilege we get to do after we prove our company’s product to be irreplaceable by any other company with similar products. If you look for opportunities to be of service, you will get opportunities to sell. What are you doing for the current and potential customer that they would not want to do without; that is what they pay you for!
Service is the leader. Certain services are priceless and serve as a “lead ins” to help get your foot in the door and develop customer relationships to better sell your product. When I worked for a supply distributor, a free service we offered was to organize their stock rooms and setup an inventory control system. They loved the system, and that is what gave us the open door to talk about products we sold to improve their organization.
Standards are your support system. The business standards that you build are the walls that hold up the relationship between your customer and you. Example: You have a standard that says you offer 100% guarantee 24 hour delivery. If not delivered in 24 hours it is free. When you honor these standards, the customer base will respect your integrity. That trust builds up walls of commitment to your company that is needed when the competition tries to take the business from you. If they want it, they have a lot of work to do in order to break down that wall.
It is my desire to inspire you to serve before you sell. Service is the key to unlocking the doors of buildings, businesses, and opportunities!
Always remember the three S’s: Selling, Service, and Standards!
“Soft places” are needed because life has so many hard places. I first heard these two words tucked together in “Savor” a devotional by Shauna Niequist and I have never forgotten them.
I invite you think about the “soft places” in your life.
Your “soft place” may be a dinner around the table, a cup of coffee in a quiet cafe, or a funny story while waiting for a meeting to begin.
I am blessed to have some “soft places” in my life. In difficult times, I sense my internal GPS searching for the address of these “soft places” near me.
Here are two examples of my nearest and dearest “soft places”:
My comfy chair in my devotional area. When I am troubled or not feeling well, my comfy chair calls to me and I ease my hurting body down into it and it surrounds me like a cloud. This chair carries years of reading the word, listing to music, tears of joy and sadness, and of course, laughter! It has always given me the softness I need to hear or heal.
Panera Bread is one of my “soft places” because sometimes I am not seeking quiet or peace; I am yearning for sounds of life, busyness and activity. It’s a place where I can feel like I am part of something without feeling burdened by any obligation. I get my food, sit in my booth, open my laptop, and blend totally in to the surroundings. And when I am done, I leave as unnoticed as I entered. Having those times of being where no one knows me; lets me release burdens of the demands of life and leave them, where no one will care.
Oh, but the greater joy is when we provide a “soft place” for another!
Here are 3 ways I have learned to be that “soft place” to others in their hard times:
Listen: In hard times, listening is difficult to find with those that are in the hard time with you. If we can offer the pillow of a listening ear with a heart of no condemnation; it can create a soft place for a heavy, weary heart. A secret to listening is to not to let it enter through your brain, but through your heart. Our brain will try and give resolution, and that is not always what they are looking for. When a heart listens, it releases love and love is the softest place to rest in.
Be Selfless: It is important to remember that when you truly want to help others… it is not about you! I have to tell myself that when I am with someone that is going through a hard place in life. My initial reaction is to compare it to something I went through; but it is not about me. A “soft place” offering is not about how I came through, it is giving them a place to obtain soul softness. Be selfless enough to let them talk or not talk, and just hover to cover while they take a pause in life.
Be Patient: As a soft place known by others, it means that people will sometimes come looking for that soft place time and time and time again. And maybe nothing has changed for them since the last pause in your presence; but let them know it is okay. A true “soft place” has no visitation limit. Stop for coffee as often as you want. Sit on my porch in the evening with my family as often as you need. Share a Sunday meal at my home as many times as food is provided. Soft places = open spaces; be it a natural space or a heart space.
It is my desire to inspire you to value and know the soft places within your life, and to be a soft place for one that you see pressing through a hard place.
Words, words, and more words! I love words and the power they have in our daily lives. Obviously, or I wouldn’t be writing this blog! Right? :)
One of my all time favorite words is: “delirious” – Now, there are technically two definitions of the word “delirious” – but I’m a glass-half-full kind of gal so I prefer to focus on the second definition which is: “A wild excitement!”
If that’s what “delirious” means… who would not want to be that?! So, let’s decide together that we are going to life our daily life being absolutely D E L I R I O U S ! :)
D:aring – Live everyday (D)aring yourself to be nothing more than YOU! Yikes, that makes me *wildly excited*!
E:ngaging – Live everyday (E)ngaged in who and what matters most and you will be wildly excited!
L:istening – Live your life (L)istening to your heart first, last, and always; for it will lead you to the wild excitement you strive for!
I:nvesting – Live your life (I)nvesting in yourself and the lives of others so that you can create AWCL (A well crafted life) that births wild excitement.
R:especting – When we (R)espect ourselves enough to give others (R)espect we open the door to the wild excitement of unexpected blessings!
I:nitiating – Start the day by (I)nitiating joy and kindness and being the blessing in someone else’s life and you will find wild excitement in doing so.
O:ptimizing – Make the most of one of your fixed assets; your time. Take the time daily to do you, be you, and (O)ptimize your time. There is no wild excitement like really being in touch with yourself!
U:tilizing – You have talents, gifts, and skills. (U)tilize them to craft your wildly exciting life that will fulfill you and offer some soft places in hard times.
S:tanding – Do not back down when resistance comes; because trust me, it will! When we (S)tand for what we know we want and are created to do, wild excitement flows up out of our heart and gives us the press to keep going.
You may be called delirious, but that is alright, because having *wild excitement* is like our daily dose of the vitamins we need to keep going!
It is my desire to inspire you to go for the delirious life, full of those things that make you wildly excited, overjoyed, and a gift to others.
Be you, do you and remember that only you can do your purpose, exactly like you do!