Wonderful Wednesday – Start the Day Planning to be Successful

Wonderful Wednesday – it is wonderful to start the day with a plan for success.

 

 
Each Wonderful Wednesday throughout the month of October has been dedicated to ways to start the day in order to get the results you want. The articles have talked about starting the day with prayera good attitudepositive affirmation  and by looking towards the evening. Today, the final article in the series will deal with starting the day with a plan to be happy.
 
 
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Almost everyone has heard the old expression, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It got to be an old expression because it is true. If there is a certain outcome that you desire, plan and take the steps to make it happen. If you fail to come up with that plan, if you leave things to chance and happenstance, you have not prepared for success. Recently, I attended the PowerUp Weekend conference. It was an amazing conference designed to help all women become more powerful. It was incredible because all women were respected, from the CEOs of major organizations to stay at home mothers. Each woman was told she was valuable and deserving of respect and powerful in her own right.  There were a number of amazing workshops all of which had as a main theme, plan your life then work your plan.
 
 
 
 
I will sum up the conference sessions I attended for those of you not fortunate enough to attend:
 
 
1.     The conference organizer Uneeka Jay talked about the need to plan for the moment before the click of your coffin lid and plan how you want your life to unfold, what you want to accomplish and what you want to be the memory you leave behind.
 
 
2.     J. J. DiGerinimo talked about how you are obligated not to leave your life to chance, but instead must plan with whom and where you will spend your time.
 
 
3.     Monica Barnett, an amazing woman of style talked about planning your wardrobe because how you look determines what people will think of you before you even open your mouth.
 
 
4.     Stacey Ferguson talked about blogging and how you need to plan your blog to meet the need you wish it to fill. Helen Jonsen talked about personal branding and how it is important to  have your elevator pitch, focused, touching and ready to deliver to your target with no hesitation.
 
 
5.     Cheryl Pullins talked about the balance myth and how it is important to plan your life, to decide to do the right things with your time so that you can be in balance.
 
 
6.     Dr. Nicole Cutts taught us about vison boards and how planning what your life if and speaking as if it is now is the first step toward accomplishing your goals.
 
 
7.     Jim Smith, the final speaker for the day talked about planning what you are going to do about things and taking action now because there is no need to wait.
 
 
 
 
 
As this summary shows, the common theme throughout the day was that you must plan your life in order to get the outcome you want. If you want to have a particular outcome, plan for it then take the steps necessary to make the plan happen. If you want a promotion at work, plan for it, then take the action called for in your plan. If you want to get all your household chores done, make plan, write a list, then get busy working that plan. No matter what you want to accomplish in life, it all starts with a plan. Jesse Jackson once said, “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” That saying holds true for you. Start your day with a plan. It does not have to be a plan to achieve world domination by dinner time. It could be as simple as getting through the work day, the kids activities, dinner and personal time with your spouse. All of those things don’t just happen, you have to plan, schedule and prepare. Start the day with a plan to get done what you want then spend the day working the plan.
 
 
 
There are a great number of tools to help you plan. Two popular tools right now are mind maps and vision boards. I personally use both these tools in to help me plan action at home an din my business. I shall be starting vision boarding for my business clients to help them get from where they are to where they want to be. You are powerful because you have the ability to think and to plan. So sit down now with some great tools and plan something, anything and then take the steps to make the thing you plan happen.
 
 
 
Remember, it is up to you to plan how you will spend your day, your time and your resources. So, the question for you this wonderful Wednesday is what is your plan for your day, your year, your life?

 

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World Food Programme – Hunger is a Solvable Program

I recently became part of the the Global Team of 200, an offshoot of  Mom Bloggers for Social Good.  The motto  of  the  Global Team of  200  is Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.  This month one of the products we are collectively working  to bring attention to is the World Food Programme’s  (WFP) action in Bolivia.  In Bolivia , the WFP is providing healthy nutritious meals to school children.

 

 

The  incredible thing and the reason why you should care and do whatever you can to support  the WFP’s program in Bolivia is that the school meal program does more than simply give children food, it gives them hope.  Hunger is real and serious problem found around the world.  In Bolivia hunger is a special problem that endangers children and families.  Children who come to school hungry  are not able to concentrate and it is difficult for them to learn.  By providing meal to school children, the WFPis helping create a better world for the children of  Bolivia.

 

Eulalia the little girl on the left hope to have a home of her own with  trees and a garden. Because she starts each day with a    good nutritious breakfast, she is able to think and dream of the future.

 

This teacher has stated that since the his students are given a nutritious breakfast too start each day, they are able to focus on their mathematics lessons.  This means the students are actually learning at school instead of merely sitting and dreaming of food that may not be coming.

The  World Food Programme has been working to stamp out hunger  around the world and this recent campaign in Bolivia is am extension of its good work. According to the WFP, hunger is “the world’s  greatest solvable problems.”  It is my hope and the hope of all the  members of The Global Team of 200 that you  read this post and those of  other team members  and become  encouraged to do something to help feed the children of Bolivia and to help solve the problem of hunger around the world.  It is not hard. Do you know how to provide a meal to four children for only one dollar? The World Food Programme does.

I encourage everyone who reads this article and looks at the faces of these school children from Bolivia to do something to get involved.  Contribute money to the World Food Programme,  share this article and those of all The Global Team of 200 members, talk about this, make the issue know. Hunger is a problem that can be solved.  Working together we can solve it, so please get involved  today.

Magnificent Monday – Never Sweat a Major Purchase

Magnificent Monday – it is magnificent to not to sweat a major purchase.

Each Monday throughout the month of October, will be dealing with the topic – “Never let them see you sweat.” We have already dealt with industry conferences,  job interviewsparent teacher conferences and a doctor’s visit. The no sweat topic for today is making a major purchase.

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The making of a major purchase is a nerve wracking event for most people. Those of you who have been following the Magnificent Monday No Sweat posts will know what I am going to say is a major way to make a no sweat major purchase. The secret is research. It doesn’t matter if the major purchase is a home mortgage, a car or a major appliance. Doing research in advance is gives you information, power and control.

If you are looking for a home mortgage research banks and mortgage brokers in your area. Check out the appraisers and title companies that may be involved with your transaction. Look at the newspapers for reports of the interest rates you may be paying. When buying a car, research the make and model you will be buying. Find out the prices for the model you want and comparable models at a variety of dealerships. When purchasing a major appliance check out Consumer Reports for the models best suited to meet your needs. Contact the various sellers in your area to find out the prices for your desired item.

By doing research on prices, options and availability for the major item you wish to purchase you  are more able to deal on equal footing with the seller.  Information is powerful because when you possess it you can judge the validity of statements made to you by the seller based on facts in your possession rather than on a gut feeling about the seller’s honesty. A major purchase can be a no sweat mission if you research in advance. So, the question for you this magnificent Monday is, do you have any major purchases coming up you need to research?

Serene Sunday – When to Encourage

Serene Sunday – you can find serenity by knowing when to encourage.

Throughout the month of October, Serene Sundays have been devoted to encouragement. The articles have dealt with why you should encouragewho to encourage and how to encourage. This, the last of the Serene Sunday encouragement series, will deal with when to encourage.
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As I have stated in the previous articles on encouragement, most forms of encouragement are free. So there is no reason not to spread it lavishly. I am a bread and butter girl. It is a huge indulgence and even though I am trying to lose weight and get into better shape, I have not kicked the bread and butter habit. I like a piece of warm bread covered with soft, creamy, sweet butter. That is how I think of encouragement, as something you spread so that it covers the subject with its warm, soft deliciousness.

Here is a list of when it is proper to encourage people:

1.     all day
2.     every day

I think that you will find my short list to be quite inclusive.

Encourage your children to have a good day of learning at school. Encourage your spouse to have a good day at work making the money. Encourage your friends to have a good shopping trip and not to forget to pick up the eggs. Encourage your office mates to meet deadlines and go for promotions. Encourage your social media contacts to go for the next opportunity, to start that new series. Encourage your friend to write that novel she has been threatening to write for the past two years.  Encourage an old classmate to go get the Ph.D., she knows she wants to earn. Encourage everyone, all day, every day.

I believe this with all my heart. I try to encourage people. When my teenie bopper was three, she said she wanted to build a time machine. I believed she could do it and encouraged her. When my husband shut down one business enterprise and started another, I told him that I believed in him and that he could do it with his hands behind his back and his calculator in his briefcase. When my son asks me if I think he will beat the levels on one of those crazy video games he plays, I tell him. Of course, he will figure it out and that I believe in him. When the big twin asked me, “Mommy do you think I will do good in kindergarten?” I told her of course she would. She responded that since I believed in her, she knew she could do it. One of the funniest and cutest things you will ever see is my youngest twin, the author of the blog The Famous Camille, when she says, “I am Camille Davis. I am small but I am mighty. I am a Davis woman, I can do anything.” I asked her why she thought that and she said, “Mommy, you gave me wings, now I can fly.” I have encouraged heart into her. It is one of my greatest joys as a mother. Encourage everyone, all day, every day.

Little kids learning to walk need encouragement. Senior citizens facing retirement and moving from their homes to retirement centers need encouragement. All the people between those groups can benefit from encouragement as well. No one is too young to receive encouragement. No one is to old to benefit from encouragement.  Encourage all day, everyday.

It is important to provide encouragement at the start of an adventure. The encouragement you provide someone at the start of something may provide them with the fuel they need to get to the next leg of the race. Encouragement is also needed in the middle of an adventure. Sometimes in the middle of an adventure people get tired and think about quitting. The encouragement you provide at this point, may help them make it to the end. At the end of the adventure, encouragement is needed to help the person enjoy reaching the finish line and have the stamina to prepare for what is ahead. Encourage all day, everyday.

Encouragement is not fattening, so do it early and often. So, the question for you this Serene Sunday is when do you think encouragement should be given?

Sensational Saturday – Blogspot to WordPress – This Girl Did it Herself

Sensational Saturday it is sensational to be able to do things for you … http://p.ost.im/p/dkUWUC

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