Listening Skills

This morning, I was listening to a leader speak about the art of listening, and this question came to mind. Does the way someone talks, impact the way you listen? 🤔

If someone has an accent, do you listen differently? Because southerners speak slowly, are they dumb? No. Because someone has a northern accent, are they mean? No. Because someone is speaking English as a second language, are they clueless? No. Do Californians speak so fast that there is no way they are listening to us since they are already forming their next thought? No.

Yet, as we listen, are we internalizing those thoughts, and therefore it is affecting the way we listen? Daily, even as adults, we must continue to work on our listening skills. Listening is the second part of communication that often is overlooked… yet it’s a critical part! 🗣👂

I want to be a good listener.😍

Fight for Happiness

Are you stuck with the feeling that this is just the way life is and nothing will change? 🤔

What if you change? What if you start to fight back? 💪

I used to feel that way. I was a spectator in my own life, watching life happen around me instead of participating. Four years ago, I decided that was enough! I tried something new because I trusted a friend, and I figured what did I have to lose? I fought for my quality of life, I fought for my happiness, and I fought for my family. I now get to participate in life, and I now choose joy for my life. 😍

It’s a joy to help others now. I’m growing and I hope you are too.🤗

Who is going to stop me?

Do you give over to others control of your life? Do you let them influence what you do, what dreams you go over? 🤔

What is stopping you today? Don’t allow the opinions others have of you stop you from achieving your goals. You are capable of doing anything you put your effort towards! Don’t stop!❤

Choose Wisely

I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said to me…
“I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.
I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me…
I stopped fighting with my family…
I stopped fighting for attention…
I stopped fighting to meet peoples expectation of me…
I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people..
I stopped fighting to please everyone…
I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me….
I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight…
And I started fighting for my vision, my dreams, my ideas and my destiny.
The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful & so much more content.”
Some fights are not worth your time….. Choose what you fight for wisely.
-Unknown

Thinking about Quitting?

Why is it that when something gets hard, our first instinct is to quit? 🤔
New exercise routine gets hard, quit.
New diet gets hard, quit.
New project gets hard, quit.
Relationship gets hard, quit.
Job gets hard, quit.

However, we can look our kid in the eye, and tell him to keep going! That’s what practice is for! You only need to build up your endurance! You can do it!

I guess it’s time to start listening to our own words! Yes, I can do it…keep going!😍 I am determined to continue after my dreams!

Overthinking

Hang on. Let me overthink this…💭

Why do we get caught in this trap of indecision?! We think about the possibilities, we think about the positives, then we think about the negatives. We dwell on each item like it’s a checklist in our mind. 🙄

What if we just stop and pray? Ask God to provide the answer we are seeking….and then make the decision! We must have faith that God is big enough to provide for the good decisions and a way out of the bad decisions. After all, He walks with us each step of the way! 🙏

Most importantly, we must work on developing ourselves! Study the Bible and learn what God has to say. Read books to grow your capabilities! And then you can learn to lean on your intuition! ❤

Serve Others

Do you have a place to serve others? It’s important!

I feel if everyone does something, one person (or a few) won’t have to do everything! 🙋‍♀️

I know with our busy schedules, we start having the mentality that someone else will step up to help. God has called us all to serve, and in most cases it’s not hard!

A little time, a little effort, can make a huge difference in a person’s life. Just start somewhere! ❤

Leaders are Readers

We’ve heard this phrase before. In fact, we’ve even told it to our kids in an effort to encourage them to read. 📖

Not only must leaders read books in an effort to continue to grow, but they also must read others too. A leader must be able to read others and help them determine their potential or position in the team. 👀

Leaders must help read into the future. I’m not talking about necessarily being a prophet, lol, but being able to persue the goal and anticipate challenges along the way. 👁

A leader must also be able to read themselves! They must be able to conduct an evaluation of their efforts and change accordingly. They must be able to continue to grow in order to help contribute to the team. 😉

Remember to continue to invest in yourself. Grow daily in your leadership skills, it compounds!❤

Leadership

Leadership is like compound interest! Each day of development compounds on the day before as you learn and apply!

So, what did you do yesterday to strengthen your leadership ability? What are you doing today to continue to grow? 🤔

It’s time to invest in yourself, and then in return, invest in your team! Develop your own leadership style, and it will pay off in the future! ❤