Things I’ve Learned Along the Way: Stick with it despite the challenges

This brightened my day and made me smile. Why? Because it reminds me to keep on trying despite the challenges that surface in life.

Through experience, I’ve learned when trying something new it almost always feels a bit odd in the beginning, because it is. It’s when we persevere against all odds and keep working on what is most important to us, whether it may be learning to ride a motorcycle, working on a new project or whatever it is that’s burning in our hearts, that success comes into focus.

Take the plunge, make the mistakes, try again, and smile knowing that you are on your way to mastery!

Is fear stopping you in your tracks? This might help.

Over the years this video has turned up in my social media feed. For me, it’s a perfect reminder not to let fear get in the way of living my life fully.

When self doubt creeps in, as it tends to do from time to time, it’s easy to step back and not take the critical first step. Opportunities are missed, dreams remain dreams, and life closes in.

My experience is that fear is elusive. When I face it head on, it dissolves and some of life’s richest moments are on the other side.

I hope this short clip inspires you to take that first step. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Facing fear

Are you looking for the secret to life? Change your thoughts and it changes your life

Recently a young lady I know had an incredible realization. Despite having received some difficult news, she was able to change her thinking. Instead of her usual reaction of getting bummed out about it, she went for a walk and thought about all of the things that were going right in her life. In that moment, she realized that she was on to something.

The secret that is often overlooked: Our thoughts generate our feelings; what we feel drives our actions; and our actions define who we are and who we ultimately become.

The simple practice of changing our thoughts and adopting an “attitude of gratitude” is a powerful way to take back our lives.

Things I’ve learned along the way: Recognizing the value others bring to the Wold Game

As I navigate my way through life, I’ve come to recognize the importance of valuing the perspective of others.

Each of us brings a unique perspective to the World Game through our work and in our personal lives.  Taking time to listen, learn and appreciate the views and ideas held by others, it expands my sometimes limited view.  It creates space and opens my mind to alternative approaches.    It allows me to recognize that each person’s unique viewpoint has the possibility of setting the works on fire.

By valuing others, it opens my mind and creates space for an alternative approach. Over time, it opens up new possibilities that may have otherwise been missed or overlooked. Most of all, it allows me to embrace and appreciate others for who they are, I come to value and appreciate their contribution to the World Game!

Embrace the day

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the silver lining in some of what life sends our way, but when we look closely it’s always there.  Seek the simple pleasures and celebrate them for that’s where joyfulness is found.

Embrace the day, and all that it offers.

What makes a good life?

If you find yourself searching for happiness and a deeper sense of meaning in your life, you are not alone. Despite having more in our lives today than previous generations, a higher percentage of us feel less fulfilled and unhappy. Many of us are on a quest to find the right job, the right relationship, the right something to transform our lives.

The following Ted Talk by Emily Esfahani Smith provides insight into what she describes as the four pillars that are key to a more meaningful life.

If you have ever been on that quest to bring more happiness into your life, the following 12 minute video may hold the answer for you.

What makes a good life

Celebrating International Women’s Day

As I reflect on the importance of this day I am reminded of all the wonderful women who have influenced, encouraged and inspired me over the years, and there have been many.  They have been family, friends, colleagues, acqaintences and yes even strangers. 

Thank you for helping me find my way when I’ve felt discouraged, for helping me up when I stumbled, for being the beacon of light that showed me the way when I was lost and struggling to find my way.  Most of all thank you and for believing in me and reflecting back to me all I am capable of being!

Who are the women making a difference in your life?

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” — Eleanor Roosevelt