Self Development

Being Grateful

Being Grateful

Gratitude was suggested as a topic for today because it helps us to embrace the minor moments where miracles show up.   Listen to a quick story from 29 years ago.  A friend recognized one of Linda’s most important needs at a stressful time while stuck in a waiting room of a hospital.

The friend went out of her way in the midst of a blizzard to provide a shopping bag of her fresh fruit.  As it turned out, Linda was stuck there for 5 weeks in an ICU waiting room and a vending machine would not have been the best option.  More than the fruit though,  it told her someone was recognizing her needs and showing a real concern for her. Wow, don’t we all want to do that for other people?  Wouldn’t you want to be that thoughtful person who took the action? The beauty in that gesture of seeing Linda’s needs and doing something special blessed her then and the memory continues to bring joy even today. It also prompted Linda to give the friend a call in the midst of recording this episode.

Being thoughtful of others is never lost.  Whether it is taking the time to send a card, attending an event, showing up at a hospital, or being silently nearby is so important.   Expressing gratitude and appreciation to those who reach out to us is good for the giver and the receiver.

Counting our blessings may help to make our blessings count even more.  Most of us are blessed with plenty of space to enjoy many physical possessions around us throughout the day.   Are you a collector?  We do need to be careful and not collect things we don’t need, but also recognize how lucky we are to have things around us that bring us joy.  The Cubs hat or memorabilia from an event or trip is a reminder of a fun time.  Those are indeed times for us to share our joys, our time, and our talents.

On November 3rd, there was a Busted Halo Daily Jolt.  It was that “Gratitude is riches. A Complaint is poverty.”  Those few words reminded me of how beautiful gratitude can be! We can be discontented and lament over so many things and find faults if we focus on that!

Stretching ourselves to help others!

We are so blessed to share opportunities. Looking for things with an open mind allows us to spread a little sunshine.   A loss of a job may actually be a new opportunity for growth and meeting new friends.  A car accident, although not good, makes us aware of the fact that no one was hurt.  The availability of doctors when we are sick or having the money to get help is a blessing and something we must be thankful for receiving.

Our office extends opportunities to build relationships and bring clarity to you.   Our women’s Entrepreneur group is opening enrollment for next year.  Do contact us and enjoy the offerings, you’ll be glad you did.

Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success.

Keeping it Simple

Keeping it Simple

Keep Things Simple

Keeping things simple and enjoying life can be sweet.  In today’s podcast Linda helps us think about what is important.  Whether we are fortunate enough to have the best or everything, or we are struggling to take ourselves to a different level, being thankful is best.   Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments that highlights education, motivation, and spirituality.

As Linda was waiting for her car to have the radio fixed she saw the positive things in the waiting room played out. While people were waiting for their vehicles, many were engaging with one another, and keeping things light and upbeat.  Connecting with one another, praying for each other, and listening well help us enjoy life.

Look to People of the Past for Insights

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Linda’s mom also had a few good thoughts that help us.   If we need to resolve and do things, it helps us to do them as they come along.  We can conquer the issues at hand and deal with them efficiently.  In the process of completing work,  we learn to enjoy daily work. It can end up bring the fun things into your life.

Let your creativity sore, find a job you love, be with the people that bring you joy.  Find things to be grateful for as often as possible.  It will elevate your spirit.  Carving pumpkins with the family is a good annual event.  Many families look forward to the harvesting of apples.   Whatever fits your lifestyle at this time, go for it!

When things are going your way, be thankful.   Little things make our days move along well.  Finding a parking spot can elevate our spirits.  Receiving a request to help another person, or getting a phone call is uplifting.  What makes you feel great? What helps you with your work that makes it easier?  Who has given you insight that helps you many times over?   How do you reach out to others?

So what simple things give you pleasure?  How can you serve the needs of another person?  When have you felt like Queen for a day? Or King for a day?   When respect and admiration is shown to you!  When has someone extended hospitality to you? Provide hospitality to someone else, it will make you and others feel great.

Today is Halloween and for some it is a Religious Celebration.

             Imaginations at Work!

Halloween moments makes for great fun. 

The costumes and the kids excitement spills out and makes us all happier.  It is a Holiday for some people, All Hallows Eve.

Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success!

Reaching Out to One Another

Reaching Out to One Another

Reaching Out to One Another

Have you ever acted impulsively? Acting on a hunch to sell a sock may be all wrong. Or hurried and made a purchase and then regretted it?  Young people often do this because they do not research.  Are you sleeping well? How are you making good decisions based on facts and reality?  When are you aware of the philosophy you carry about life and do you reach out to others?   Have you suddenly realized you are in the wrong job and need to update your skills?

Research tells us about how we contribute to being isolated and upset by looking at our smart phones or other devices by not reaching out.  We totally ignore one another when we could be cushioning ourselves and others from the negative emotions that sore through the universe.  3 different university studies tell us people are not engaged with one another.  No surprise.  Right? We contribute to the problems all around us by doing the same thing. Linda shares about her time at the car dealership that illustrates how we might help one another. Tension seems to brew everywhere; let humor help us reach out to the people we share space with on a daily basis.

Enjoying every day!

Engaging with one another helps us alleviate anxiety, tension, and emotions. So how does this happen. Levity and humor helps eliminate the stress that comes from problems.  Laughter relieves our emotions; not our actual problems, but it does put things into perspective.

Take time to listen and enjoy one another. Be patient, respect, and politeness in your day.

Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of Success!

Strengths, Feelings, & Overwhelm

Strengths, Feelings, & Overwhelm

Strengths, Feelings, and Overwhelm

There are times when we are tested to discover our strengths.  Challenges come flying at us and there are so many things to resolve.   Whether it is a large corporation that you work for that makes a big decision. I know of one that suddenly decided to let many of it faithful workers go without a warning. Or perhaps you are a person that just encountered a health issue and the repercussions affect your entire family.

Encouragement!

The feelings that come along in any challenge aren’t right or wrong.  There are feelings that overcome us that seemingly come out of no where.   The problem is that we often become emotional and let the emotions rule our behaviors.  Instead it is wise to reflect and act with prudence.  Laughing out loud as I write this, because it is not easy to hold back the tears, call a friend and complain, or throw a dish at the wall.  We all need a healthy mindset to go forward.  Linda shares how even going out with a friend for a quick lunch can give her space on how to deal with problems and the overwhelming feelings of having too much to do.  How about you?   How do you slow down and recoup when things seem out of hand?

Linda talks about feeling overwhelmed.  What and where do these feelings that overwhelm us come from?   Were does it come from for you?  Does it help you to turn to other people and get some insight and space to figure things out.   What puts things in perspective for you?   What slows you down?

Rest when you need it: ask for help and be grateful!

Getting help when you need it.    A shout out to  K & S Computers on 101 North Main in Crystal Lake, IL who helped me in here last week.

We are all learning even if we are not formally registered in classes.   We are building our vocabulary, our skills, our thinking, and our connections with one another.

Take the first step forward, it can put you on the escalator of success.

 

Traps to Keeping A Focus

Traps to Keeping A Focus

The Traps to Keeping A Focus

Welcome to this weeks Podcast on trying to stay focused and connected to those around you.

Trap #1: The Comparison trap
Appears in many disguises
When we compare the amount we earn..
When we compare the education we don’t have
When we compare our family with someone else’s family
That people have better behaved kids
That others have a prettier house
That the neighbors have a cleaner yard
Someone has a better spouse or even a better behaved dog.
The list goes on …

Trap #2: We are blind to our own gifts.
We don’t use our gifts
We can’t identify our gifts.
It is our responsibility to use the gifts God has given us!

Trap #3: Losing Direction
What happened to your purpose? Your “why” for doing what you want to do and for doing it well!
Your focus is so cloudy that you cannot see the end post.
Something derails you.
You lose momentum and get stuck in quicksand.
Without light, guidance, and a push to regain momentum, you may be sad, still, or sink lower.

Lost, Confused

Trap #4: Seeing only a partial truth
ei. Like driving through a street filled with water that appears shallow enough to drive through. Upon entering it, the car ends up in a sink hole.
Or when a person seems to do things easily, one might assume that it is an easy job. What we don’t see is the endless years of study, practice, and hands on experience.

Challenge is to figure out, “What is stopping you from focusing?”

Here is a challenge to jump in and get involved at our office, with our blogs, podcasts and gain valuable self insight along the way.  Contact us to be part of the ongoing development.  We appreciate your contributions.

Our purpose changes along the way.  We have different skills and opportunities to serve God and our neighbors along the way.  Keep you mind alive.  Linda suggests a few good magazines to read:  Entrepreneur’s Magazine, Experience Life, Success Magazine.

                    The Loner

Linda stresses the importance of staying connected with one another regardless of the businesses you run, the homes you keep going for your family, or the projects you take on.  It is valuable to give and take from the spirit and joy of life to one another.

                        Join In with Others

A shout out to Scott Harvey, John Budd, Edwin Soler, and Kiwanis friends for their ongoing support and insights.

“Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of Success!”

Your Journey

Your Journey

Podcast 152 – Your Journey!

Achieving the wins that we want as we step forward toward our goals is possible.

According to a Stanford study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, individuals are more likely to continue their positive habits after they have reached their goals if they have a mindset that there will be continued wins.

Keeping yourself joy filled and strong!

Reading a Chapter a day helps us learn to move ahead. This is the idea of developing good habits and moving forward. One chapter leads us to the next and the next until suddenly we have read the entire book. That allows us to not only learn from each chapter, but to retain an overall view of the book. We also take away for the feeling of accomplishment. Linda talks about setting one goal and building upon it, over and over again.

Weeds, Seeds, & Growth

We need to listen to the beliefs we have and maybe rearrange or replace those ideas.
We need to go forward and set the example for one another. Linda shares an example of something that happened in the 80’s when her belief system failed her and how it opened her up to learning something new. Thank goodness she realized how making a mistake helped her re-evaluate.

September is Food Safety month. What are your takeaways from this?

The All American Apple

An exercise for you to follow up with! Where have you traveled? Write down everyplace you have gone? What do you want to do or where are the places you want to see? What do you want next? What things do you need to expand in your life? Do you need to read more? What opportunities do you want for yourself?

Here is an invitation to Join our Thursday Mastermind, our Women’s Entrepreneur Group here in the office, or experience Coaching.   Call 815-459-5161 or email Linda@delightinliving.com

Take the first step forward, it may put you on the Escalator of Success!

 

Loving People

Loving People

  • Loving People is easy to do when we take the time to listen and understand their stories.  Loving one another and taking an interest in ones gifts are essential. 
  • Welcome to this weeks podcast on Loving People.    
  • Time in Tennessee at the FACTORY
  • 2 Conferences:   THE TRIBE and FREE the DREAM
  • Applause for you!
  • Working with one another
  • Worry Mode Exercise
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Control

Take the next step forward,

it may put you on the Escalator of Success!

 

Everyday is a New Day for a Dream to Soar!

Everyday is a New Day for a Dream to Soar!

It is amazing when one finds a dream and executes it to the fullest.  So blessed to have had the privilege to encounter two wonderful Conferences this past month in Franklin, Tennessee.   First was The Tribe.   Jeff Goins and many speakers did an outstanding job of inspiring us at the 5th and Last TRIBE Conference.  Jeff Goins is a

Creative Entrepreneurs Gathering together to make the World Better!

Then following this lively conference was a wonderful encounter with my brother and sister-in-law from Alabama who took us to see the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  We had a wonderful, long overdue, visit with each other.

A Beautiful Nashville Hotel offering the finest ambiance ever!

Weekend # 2 in Franklin, Tennessee was for Free the Dream, a Conference of enthusiastic, life giving talks with Cliff Ravenscraft.

If you have ever wanted a new boost in life and a positive direction, this is the place you need to attend in 2020!  Cliff and Stephanie Ravenscraft offered awesome speakers with 23 sessions filled with enthusiasm, overcoming procrastination, and clarifying your beliefs.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of taking courses, and workshops with Cliff.   Along the way, I have met individuals who continue to be part of my daily life.  I listen to their podcasts, grow in faith, and continue to learn.
Did you know that all beliefs have consequences and updating your beliefs on a regular basis allows for growth and more connections in your life?   Well, we all need to reevaluate what we believe and how we want to grow.   It isn’t a secret that limiting beliefs can hurt us, but how to get rid of them is of great value.  Of course, I can help you do that with a session. 

What may seem impossible and limiting can be temporary, but it doesn’t have to be.    More to come on the next few blogs, as I assimilate many of the great lessons I have been taught.  I will be sharing some of them with you!

Take the first step forward, it can put you on the Escalator of Success.   Have the Best Week Ever!

Life is Good

Life is Good

Mini Miracles from Minor Moments brings you educational tidbits, motivation, and spirituality that  intersect to make your life happier. Becoming the person we want to be starts with vision.  Linda talks about her life and  how we develop because of the families we come from; we take on so many of the practices and understandings from our past.   We all have have special stories.  Enjoy what you have.

We all have portable equity and things that we are proud of doing.   We learn from doing, seeing others, and taking things one step at a time.  Gather your precious moments too!  God does equip us with the tools we need to succeed.

What do you have a love for doing?  Linda shares how learning was and still drives her.  Do you practice and enjoy the hobbies and things that propel you forward?  When are you the happiest?  Is it connecting with an old friend or learning “the rest of the story” about someone in your past?

The Lord is my flashlight in times of darkness!

Leading the best life you can can be difficult. A man sharing a story in line at the store suddenly had a group discussing the things that consume us.  Do you need to slow down and develop interior peace?

Ideas for living past 100:  1.Concentrate on one thing at a time.  2. Enjoy one small thing that you need to do every day.  3. Nurture a friendship  4.  Stop hurrying.  5..Be Optimistic.  6. Eat  and sleep properly. Enjoy your food.  7. Keep yourself busy with making something.   8. Smell the  freshness in your garden.

Happy Labor Day

 

Focusing

Focusing

Learning to Focus

Welcome to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments!

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you into something great.  So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Focusing takes on many faces.  Listening the focus music can be a resource, but listening to the right music does help.  Making a specific list of the right things to do can help us focus.   What time of day are you the most efficient?  When and where can you go to focus and get things accomplished?

“Don’t downgrade your dreams just to fit your reality, upgrade your convictions to match your destiny.”

Having a purpose and a plan adds to productivity!

Take note that Henry Ford made a contribution to our work habits. He was known for his productivity and creating the 8 hr/5 day work week.  Learning to be efficient comes from practicing and repeating actions.  Focusing is easy when you love something.

What do you want to learn?  What is something you’d like to study or focus on regularly?

We encourage you to take the first step forward, it can put you on the escalator of success!

 

 

 

 

 

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