Self Development

Who do you turn to?

Who do you turn to?

Who do you turn to when you need to figure things out?

Over the years, we all have mentors we turn to and take advice from.  We learn from them valuable skills that allow us to move ahead and do well in life.  Today Linda discusses a number of things that may help you along these lines.  In one section she suggests a book that addresses dealing with fear and other emotions.  It is an easy read and rather fun as well.  It is Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo.  Enjoy this week’s podcast.  It may help you figure out who to turn to for direction and advice. This is 2022 and it may be the time to put your foot forward and attack something you have been avoiding.

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

Vitality Plus

Vitality Plus

Thinking Outside the Box to Create Vitality Plus

Do you know anyone who is excellent at thinking outside the box?  sometimes thinking from a different perspective creates vitality for us.  Linda talks about the founders of the Clubhouse app.  These men thought outside the box and kept working on the idea.   Good ideas roll over into great transformations.  

Do computers disconnect us?  We are all being challenged to communicate and be with one another.   What are your goals?   Are you in any of the Community groups like Moose, Kiwanis, Rotary, or a Veterans group?   Do you need to reach out more?  

It seems when we have children in the formative years, we are forced to be with others.  We join parent groups, drive kids to and from activities, and get involved.   As our kids grow it is easy to sigh away from getting into groups and volunteering.  Our energy slides elsewhere.  Why is that and how can we continue to connect?

What old-time thoughts do you need to shift from or into?    Release some stress by reaching out to others.  Ask others how they deal with circumstances.  Become interested in what others have to share.  It is valuable.

Our emotions change with different people.   Linda talks about the encounter she had at a dealership.  It started out as something she had to do, but flipped it over in her mind and turned out to be a lovely experience.

Planting vegetation and help for one another.

Plantings are so uplifting.   Do you have any to share?  Do you offer plants from your garden to others?  I have shared lots of Rose of Sharon Bushes and Hosta over the years.   It is so nice to share.   We need not only to share plantings, but the experiences we have had.  They can help others accommodate to difficult things.   It helps the budget and spreads love.  We leave footprints behind us.   What kind of footprints do you want to leave?  Where is energy coming from?   From dancing and playing or from working hard 24/7?

Please send us suggestions.

Jim Haisler invites you to give us ideas for topics.   Your thoughts and concerns are valuable to us and to others as well.  

Please listen today and enjoy the podcast. Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success.

Who Me?

Who Me?

Who Me?

Changes are happening to all of us.  You might say, “Who Me?”  This week’s podcast is loaded with questions and ideas to move you ahead.

Beauty in the changes of the seasons can elevate us. Throughout life, we go through times of difficulty. We suffer from health issues. We have friends or relatives that die. We struggle during times of financial moments. We need to have self-control, be involved with others, and focus on how we care for ourselves. Linda pulls it all together.

Another topic of seasonal changes involves the decisions that happen when we get married. Good marriages are created by a series of choices that call us to be team players. Loving one another calls for a decision to listen and give up what we want for one another.   Sometimes it calls us to sacrifice the time we’d rather be elsewhere to stay and help our spouses.

Choices are happening minute by minute to bring stability into our lives. What habits do you need to change? What things contribute to your happiness?

Procrastination

Create deadlines and note any reluctance to do things. How do you procrastinate?  Focus on the reason you are doing things and the reason you don’t do things. What are you avoiding?  Is there a fear that is holding you back?  Are you in pain?  Just tired feeling?  Are you being lazy?

Have your beliefs changed in the last year? Are you more isolated in the last year? Are you allowing yourself to be making decisions based on newscasts? Have you lost cultural imprints? Are you getting enough hugs? Watching more TV and taking on those thoughts rather than thinking through what you need or want?

What do I want?

Gratitude

Where do we get joy? Do you thank those who help you or take the time to tell others what nice things they have done for you? Are there things you need to pay forward? Do you give verbal “tips” or just monetary ones? Start with a ripple effect of kindness and thanks!  Gina Hamadey tells us the real magic that comes when we express it. She wrote 365 notes of thanks to people around her.  Her book is listed below.

Dealing with Excess

Determine if you have extras laying around your house? We all do! Do you have excess in your pantry? Do you use the same outfits, but have a closet packed with extra clothes? Extra stuff can create confusion and clutter messes with our thinking.  Choices help us get rid of excess stuff. It helps all of us. The more things that you have around may make a difference if you share them. It helps you and helps others too. Transform your life by sharing!

Books mentioned in today’s podcast include:

OFF Balance by Matthew Kelly
Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager
I want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy & Meaning in a Disconnected World by Gina Hamadey

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Yes, No, Maybe So!

Yes, No, Maybe So!

 Decision Making

Welcome to the Autumn Season and all the wonderful colors that magically appear.   Today’s podcast is on making decisions and staying happy.  Mini Miracles from Minor Moments happen all the time.   Recognizing the smallest joys can be so uplifting. Saying yes, no, or maybe so can change your beliefs about many things.

Making purchases has changed over the years for us and for many people. Shopping used to take place by us going into stores, comparing prices, or learning about what was available. We would talk to our friends and ask about the best deal. Nowadays, one goes on the computer to do research. We talk less to people in the know. We are making decisions without engaging with one another. Do you miss this?

How do these decisions affect us, our businesses, our children, or other occupations? Do you think you spend money differently?  YES?   Are you happier? NO? or MAYBE SO?

Finding ways to be happier

How do you set your goals? Have you refined your manners? How about learning new skills?  Are you connecting with other people more or less than in the past? Does your environment lift you up or keep you stymied? Linda suggests trying to move things around in your home or office. It can be very uplifting to your spirit and how you think. Finding or creating an uplifting life is beneficial and helps us stretch. It can be hard to accommodate when things are happening to you. Even if something seems insignificant.  Small things can make us depressed or they can be uplifting and a mini-miracle.

Finding comedy relief helps greatly!

Linda shares about a dog her family enjoyed and how to deal with disappointments that happen all the time. How do you deal with them? They don’t need to be big things. There isn’t a simple black-and-white way to remedy disappointments. Time, resources, and talents allow us to find comedy relief.

Be thankful for the people around you. Try to be good to them as well.  Check out our past Podcasts as well and send in ideas for us to consider.   Soon we will be having guests back again.  We enjoy taking that step.

Taking the first step may put you on the escalator of success.

Here are your choices: Yes     No    or   Maybe So
Thinking Well

Thinking Well

Mini Miracles from Minor Moments 203

How can some things seem so ideal on television or social media? We do not live in the era of the Golden Girls and an ideal Hallmark community. Today Linda addresses the reality of living a life with family, friends, jobs, and daily events.

Getting things done

Set up a schedule, a plan to help move you forward. Completing projects will move you ahead. Make lists and prioritize. What are the things that are holding you back to complete things? Are you waiting for someone to get back to you?

Belief Systems

Where did your beliefs come from? Do you follow the news? Are your thoughts from your family or are they cultural? Are they coming from the people you work with? Has a devastating loss affected the way you attack your day? What books are you reading that are contributing to your thinking203? where are your thoughts coming from?

What adjustments do you need to make?

Prioritize what you do. Are you patient? What things do you need to evaluate to keep your energy flowing well? Acknowledge the positive and negative ways you look at things and take responsibility for what actions you are taking on a daily basis.

Journaling

Why journal? The advantages of journaling help us to remember things. It helps us to identify our actions, our thoughts, our emotions and creates clarity. It allows us to find a focus on the things we want to accomplish. You can list the order of how to take action on different projects. Journalizing is empowering. We can detach from things that are negative and allows us to focus on fun things and positive accomplishments.

Finally, take that first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success. 

Top-Notch Habits

Top-Notch Habits

The Bright Side of a Serious Situation

Linda shares a story about Joel Boyers and his fiancee, Melody Among. She had just earned her pilot’s license on August 21st. Her brother who lived in Waverly, Tennessee was trapped on a roof with his daughter. Could Boyers help? The floods killed 20 people that day. In many situations, helicopters cannot come into areas for a number of reasons, but Joel was cleared under these circumstances and with the help of Melody saved 17 people. Listen now as Linda connects how this story focuses on this scene.  Being top-notch in your field means going beyond the normal routine; especially if it means saving lives or helping others.

A  Top-Notch Habit includes reading books.

We all wear many hats. Here is a book by Edward de Bono wrote a book called the Six Thinking Hats. Available to us are White Hats that allow us to have data, Red hats encourage us to use our Intuition, and Black Hats allow us to consider how things may not work. Yellow is an uplifting hat and Positive. A green hat is one of creativity. The blue hat is one of Control and Leadership. Put on a hat that will help you get ahead of the game.  Which of these habits can help you be top-notch?

Create those good habits to help you in the next 2-5 years.

Now scales help us know where we stand on pain and in different areas. Scale yourself between 1 and 5. 5 is the best possible. Being creative, planning, clutter habits at work or home, eating habits, sleeping, social media time, or staying connected with others can be evaluated. Enjoy Linda’s commentary.

“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” Benjamin Franklin

 

We all need to develop Self Knowledge to be Top Notch

Here are some of the questions.  What inhibits me? Or what may help me to grow? Where are the props I need? Which people offer me the best feedback? Who are the ones that help me be creative? Who are the people that help me stay creative? What time of day am I the most inspired? Do I prefer ambient noise or silence? Does a computer help or hinder me when it comes to using my time well? Do I still want to use a piece of paper and pen to make notes and encourage myself?

As a coach, I am always trying to help people build on their best attributes.  Just call 815-459-5161 and see how this may help you succeed in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.  Mini Miracles from Minor Moments is a podcast filled with education, motivation, and a touch of spirituality to help you grow and mature.   Enjoy!

“Taking the first step may put you on the escalator of success!”  Linda Gullo

Taking One Step Forward

Taking One Step Forward

Taking One Step Forward

Starting at the beginning of any project or goal requires preparation and clarity. Today on Mini Miracles from Minor Moments we are addressing how to move forward.  We will look at the Power of One, the value of Clocks, a book called the Dip, Empty Nest Syndrome, the emotion of Anger and Juggling. One goal, one change, one step at a time. Minor moments may seem unimportant, but they are essential in making your dreams a reality. Each small step or event can add to your success.

The Power of One

1- The Power of ONE! Starting at the beginning of any project or goal requires preparation and clarity. Today we are addressing the Power of One. One goal, one change, one step at a time. Minor moments may seem unimportant but they are essential in making your dreams a reality. Each small step or event can add to success. Focus on one thing at a time! Allow others to make you accountable; you’ll step ahead faster and feel better of dealing with one thing.

Time is on Your Side

2- Clocks are all around us and help us stay on time. They help keep us on track.

A Book Suggestion

3- Achievers access great things by being on the top of the news. Here is a book that may help. The Dip -the little book that teaches you when to quit and when to stay with something! Godin is the author of numerous books.  He will guide you on how to move forward.  So you may want to check it out.

Empty Nests

4- The empty nest syndrome can be overwhelming. It helps us to pay attention to the adjustments that are available for you.  Look at this time with excitement for you and your loved ones.  Linda gives several examples and permission to grow and move forward on your own as a parent or caregiver.

Emotions

5- Anger is an emotion that shows up when we least want it to manifest. As a secondary emotion to fear it is all around us.  It creates a fuel that promotes behaviors we don’t want. How do you deal with it.  Now this section helps us work through thoughts and actions that can be positive and helpful to avoid inappropriate behaviors.

Actions

6- Juggling is something we all do. And it is not the fun activities like in a circus. Chaffering kids, juggling schedules, and finances. We learn to constantly rearrange. It takes practice and a creative spirit. Learn to go with the flow of things!

Remember here at Delight in Living, Ltd. we offter Coaching to help you excel and create goals as well as Mental Health Counseling.   Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success.

 

Preparing for Greatness

Preparing for Greatness

Preparing for Greatness

Jim Haisler welcomes everyone today to Mini Miracles from Minor Moments with Linda Gullo. Enjoy this week’s information and the ideas for journaling.    Here is a quick review, but certainly not word-for-word.

BATTLEFIELDS WE ARE ENGAGED IN WHETHER WE THINK WE ARE OR NOT!

1-Physical battlefields include several.  Perhaps it is healthy eating, or physically moving more. What limitations do you have? So from physical battlefields, we move into how we may be thinking!

2-Intellectual processes are going on constantly.  Are you listening to others? Are your thoughts coming from you or from others?  Do you need to be better read or more involved with your community?  What thoughts do you have to pitch because they are no longer serving you to be the best version of yourself? Is it time to change belief systems that are no longer relevant?  Turn to meditation and spirituality as another battlefield.

3-Spirituality takes on many levels.  Are you prayerful?  Do you have fidelity to what you do or to the other people in your life?  Do you give from your abundance, from values you believe in, or are you living apart from others?  We often think we have nothing to share, but we have plenty!  Do you follow the basic ten commandments that so many of us follow?

4-Emotional battlefields are often leading us down the wrong path. What are they leading you to do that may not be good?  Are your emotions wiping out wholesome thinking?  Is anger, jealousy, or laziness keeping you from doing what you KNOW is the right thing to pursue?  As a resut you may self critical and not realize it. 

Preparation

Linda shares a story about a Squirrel who visited her yard. The story lends us inspiration to be on task. This squirrel sets an example for each of us on following customs. We need to follow systems that work. He showed being prepared. Also, this squirrel was good about being consistent. Do you have backup plans? Enjoy this story on being ready and having backup options in places.

Book Review

Book review – by Seth Godin, a marketing guru. Today we learn about a little book that teaches us when to quit or when to stick through something in the book The Dip.   Enjoy the short review on a book that may end you inside.  He has a variety of books available. He is known for great quotes like the following one.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Seth Godin

Reset

Do you need to reset attitudes? Are you changing boundaries with groups you are in? Are you aware that one’s behaviors of helping others may be limited? What attitudes do you need to alter? Are you in need of learning to switch from being at work to be focused on those at home? Do you need to find time alone?

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Measurements, Tags, & Self Love

Measurements, Tags, & Self Love

MEASURING- A MATH SKILL/IMPORTANCE

Linda starts by talking for a few minutes about the concept of measuring. We need to learn these things that are used every day. We take it for granted that everyone knows simple math skills, but it isn’t true. Listen as you are encouraged to recognize and acknowledge how lucky you are to know your numbers.

This little segment is about measuring and shared for many reasons! First of all, we all have the same basic needs when it comes to learning things. 2ndly, we take it for granted that everyone knows how to do these things, 3rdly, thinking things through and taking the time to be accurate with measurements is really important to have a quality lifestyle. When we dress in clothes that fit us well, drive a car big enough to adapt to one’s 6-foot frame, or sit comfortably in the chair we need to know sizes. This week be conscious of how important these skills are and be thankful for this knowledge.

Chill Out with this Wellness Warrior to help you.!

Measuring temps

SCHEDULING TO MAKE YOU FEEL IN CONTROL/HELP OTHERS

Mini Miracles from Minor Moments allows one to see the joy that comes from the smallest happenings in time.  Scheduling in the opportunities for growth and diversity in our days is good.  They don’t need to be hourly sessions, but just wholesome and authentic moments.  One needs to do that for making the most of time, talent, and quality.  Not only do we help ourselves, but we help everyone around us feel appreciated.  Enjoy the smallest events and successes.

Scheduling & Notations!

FRAMING FROM A WINDOW IN CHICAGO

Linda shares looking out of a window overlooking the City of Chicago and how framing can help us move forward. Seeing things in the daytime may look totally different to us in the evening because of the lighting.  Obstacles and challenges are framed differently when one is alert as opposed to being tired and worn out. Sometimes we see how others resolve problems and find excellent solutions when we know what they are sharing is the truth. We see obstacles that may be in front of us and then we can avoid them.

Framing is having a purpose and a plan to see clearly.

COMPLIMENTS AND HELPING ONE ANOTHER

Linda shares how sometimes we do not hear and absorb nice compliments. Make sure others hear your compliments.   Often people don’t take in the average comment as a positive thing.  You also need to receive kind thoughts others share with you and see that they are blessings.

LABELS, TAGS, AND STIGMAS

Comments we hear are not always accurate. Be careful that we don’t label others or make comments that are negative. Be careful not to let tags and comments hold you back or make you fearful. We can be hurt by a label —“you are too fat, too loud, ADD, unkind,” etc. We need to throw them away. Just like a broken bone or a physical injury, many tags are temporary. We need to be careful not to put labels, tags, or impressions from others into our minds as permanent. Things change as we grow. Don’t be put in a corner or get stymied because of some label. It isn’t a good thing. Believe in yourself. Get a team of good people around you to help you know the truth and see things as changeable.  Take into account self love as a gift.

Remember to take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!

The Value of Good Mental Health

The Value of Good Mental Health

The Value of Good Mental Health

Each side of our brain serves us and allows us to function well. This was discussed in the last podcast with great enthusiasm.  What profession are you in often is often reflected by the side of the brain you use the most to accommodate to life. What profession have you chosen? Why have you gone into that area of work?

Linda talks about creating a Sphinx she created in elementary school and how often our culture and family help develop our talents.  You will be able to hopefully think of a time in your life when you too enjoyed a time of learning.

Next Linda shares an experience of being on a bus in Italy that was stalled due to an emergency on the road ahead. It turned out to be a fun and unique event for her. It remains such a good remembrance of how people were able to connect. A normal moment was not tense, but rather a beautiful time. Our minds interpret things in different ways. For someone else, the experience may have been uncomfortable or nerve-racking, but that is because we are from different backgrounds.

Fragrances also connect us to different moments. It is like listening to music. Certain songs take us back to fun or even tragic moments.  Have you ever been to an auction? Have you ever experienced something that gets you into a new place? Just think for a moment about a trip to Disney or the local zoo. The characters and animals are entertaining. Our imaginations seem to blossom.

We are here to help you!

We are here to help you!

We all learn on different levels. It is good that we perceive things differently because we can share them with one another. So If you are having problems learning or dealing with things, travel and try new pathways.

Pathways to Dealing with Anxiety

1-Have regular exercise or movement as part of your day. Moving helps us get past the anxiety.
2-Stay in the moment and take time to breathe.
3-Og Mandino’s University of Success says the only event in the entire world you can control is what you are you are thinking and feeling at the present moment.
4-Enjoy the weather right now, especially if it is pleasant. Feel the sunshine and the fresh air. If it is raining, feel the moisture as a wonderful thing. Take each day one at a time. Stay in the moment.

Now what?

What is it that you need to do or accomplish this week?
Is it a language you want to learn?
Linda talks about her Father’s journals. How it went from factual information and costs when her dad was younger. With time the journal entries evolved into feelings and emotions and as time progressed so many other things seemed relevant. You’ll learn why.  Listen and enjoy this section..

Learn in whatever way is easiest for you. If it is in art, then express yourself that way. If it is with people, then immerse yourself with them. Perhaps music speaks and teaches you to appreciate yourself. It can be from fragrances, smells, or foods. At every age, we can learn from board games.

Linda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and also certified by Optavia in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University.  She is here to help you feel your best and succeed.

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