How to Thrive in Changing Times

To thrive is to develop vigorously, to flourish. I don’t know about you, but during changing times, my natural inclination is not to develop vigorously or to flourish. In fact, while I’ve learned to tolerate and even welcome change, change for me initially brings feelings of hesitation, uncertainty, and even anxiety.

That’s why I was so intrigued by Sandra Ingerman’s book How to Thrive in Changing Times. Within this book I not only found concrete tools to help me change my thinking, but I was introduced to many new concepts. As a teacher of shamanism, Sandra Ingerman focuses on ancient, spiritual methods to bring healing to modern times. As Sandra says, “The ancient and indigenous people were not filled with chaotic mind chatter. Rather, they could find the silent space within them that created a feeling of peace. The old teachings of the indigenous people offer us solutions to the challenges we face. We came here to live in harmony with all that exists…This is our birthright.”

Live Inspired,Michelle Sedas
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In doing our spiritual work to transform ourselves and the world around us, we must work from the inside out. Too many of us only focus on the outer world. When we only focus on what is happening in the outer world, we start to feel like we are on a roller coaster ride.

For example:

Someone tells you that you look great, and then you feel happy.

Then you get a bill in the mail you were not expecting, and your emotions take a dive.

Then you go to work the next day, you get a promotion, and you feel great.

Then while you are working, someone tells you that you are being arrogant, and you feel terrible.

Then you go home and watch a human-interest story on the news, and you feel warm and loving inside.

Then you watch a story about war or an environmental disaster in some part of the world, and you lose all hope.

This yo-yoing can go on and on unless we come to the realization that our happiness, peace, joy, and wealth lie within. And once we have this realization, we must change our thought process.

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What happens when you believe something with all your heart?

Walk The Talk Daily Motivation

What happens when you believe something with all your heart? Belief fuels enthusiasm, and determined enthusiasm explodes into passion. It fires our souls and uplifts our spirits.
~ Mac Anderson

The Nature of Success Today’s quote comes to you from The Nature of Success.

Wisdom of the Wolves

It’s a society where teamwork, loyalty and communication are the norm rather than the exception. Sound like utopia? Actually, it’s already present in nature—in a wolf pack. The wolf pack knows who it is. Those in the pack exist for one another.

Twyman Towery, Ph.D., a professional speaker and consultant who studied the lessons of leadership in nature, has captured them in a new book called Wisdom of Wolves. Twyman shares the parallels between the wolf pack and human behavior…in business life, family life, and personal life. Today, I’d like to share a chapter from Wisdom of Wolves, where we’re reminded of the benefits of respecting and encouraging the uniqueness of others.

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be inspired by the Wisdom of Wolves.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
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PS: This would be a perfect book for you and all of the members of your “pack.”

Simple Truths of Life Wisdom of Wolves

by Twyman Towery

Nature’s lessons in leadership, applied to your business, family and personal life. Wisdom of Wolves is one of the most fascinating books you will ever read and the images of wolves captured in this book will take your breath away.

Excerpted from Wisdom of Wolves: Leadership Lessons from Nature by Twyman Towery
Unity Through Uniqueness

Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf.

There is not a more eerie, mournful, frightening or beautiful sound at night than the musical extravaganza of a howling wolf pack. Campers and hunters who have heard this chorus are filled with wonder but are also usually immobilized by fear. Because of the melody of voices, it often sounds like they are surrounded by scores of wolves.

In truth, there are usually no more than five to eight wolves howling in a pack. The secret is that the wolves are always careful not to duplicate each other. Each wolf assumes a unique pitch, respecting the distinctiveness of the other members of the pack. While the notes may change, as in any beautiful song, one wolf will not copy the pitch of another.

Interestingly, this respect for the individual only emphasizes the true unity of the group. They are one, but they are individuals, each contributing to the organization in their own unique way. Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf.

While no one knows for sure why wolves sing, nature has blessed them with a talent they have perfected through the generations. However, we can make some educated guesses about the phenomenon; they are happy, excited, playful, territorial, and sorrowful. They may be simply reaffirming the spirit and unity of their pack. After all, why do birds sing? Why do we?

An additional reason that wolves may howl is that it provides a time, a place and an event for all social barriers to be broken. Wolves have a strong social order, with each member understanding its role and place. When we observe wolves eating together, we see what seems to be curtsies, bows, whines and hugs—all according to each member’s “place” in the organization. But when wolves howl together, all barriers are dropped, as if to say, “We are one, but we are all unique, so don’t tread on us.” As anyone who has ever listened to this magical howling choir will testify, its message is heard.

The wolf symphony makes the pack appear a much more formidable foe than would be the case if they all sounded the same. No wonder intruders become confused and frightened at what they assume to be an army of wolves.

So, too, are human organizations and families more formidable when the awareness of each individual is celebrated rather than stifled. Each person assumes his share of responsibility for the group by employing his special talents and strengths. By members expressing their own uniqueness and respecting and encouraging the uniqueness of others, the unit becomes a strong, formidable one.

“Over the years I’ve learned a lot about coaching staffs and one piece of advice I would pass along to a young head coach—or a corporate executive, or even a bank president—is this: Don’t make them in your image. Don’t even try. My assistants don’t look alike, think alike, or have the same personalities. And I sure don’t want them thinking like I do. You don’t strive for sameness, you strive for balance.”
~Bear Bryant

Questions to Ponder:

Interdepartmental teams (TQM, CQI, focus groups, etc.) are now utilized worldwide to constantly improve products, services and customer awareness. Unfortunately, these teams are often formed without regard to the psychological makeup of the team members. Outstanding teams consist of individuals with differing gifts. There are several ways to enhance team selection, such as the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which I frequently administer to groups. How do you make sure your team members will bring out the best in each other?

Do you believe in birth order difference among children? Is it true that most people are tougher on their first born, more indecisive with middle children, and easiest on the baby? Do you respect and enjoy your family members’ differences, or do you try to force them to fit your preconceived mold?

We all possess unique gifts. We can either contribute these gifts toward the success of our work team and family, or we can use our uniqueness as an excuse to remain aloof and weaken the unit. What are your special contributions? How are you using them?

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It's not having what you want; it's wanting what you've got

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It’s not having what you want; it’s wanting what you’ve got.
~ Sheryl Crow

Orchestrating Attitude Today’s quote comes to you from Orchestrating Attitude: Getting the Best from Yourself and Others.

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There are only two options regarding commitment

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There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.
~ Pat Riley

Just In Time Today’s quote comes to you from Just In Time: Building Commitment at Work.

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I live in a world full of wonders: what will I notice today?

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I live in a world full of wonders: today I will notice and appreciate its amazing
beauty and order.
~ Karen Casey

Be Who You Want to Be Today’s quote comes to you from Be Who You Want to Be: Dealing With Life’s Ups and Downs.

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Excuse Me…..

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Excuse Me, College Is Now Today’s quote comes to you from Excuse Me, College Is Now: How to Be a Success in School and in Life.

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Sandbox Wisdom

Walk The Talk Daily Motivation

You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
~ Dr. Seuss

Sandbox Wisdom Today’s quote comes to you from Sandbox Wisdom: Growing Your Business With the Genius of Childhood.

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180 Ways to Build Commitment & Positive Attitudes

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Hi Friends …Whether you’re a project leader, a team leader, a manager, or an executive, you undoubtedly know that leadership can be a challenging task. It’s difficult to get all the work done … and to do it with and through other people. In trying to accomplish that, few things are more frustrating than having to deal with team members who have “bad attitudes” and don’t seem to care about making or keeping workplace commitments. No wonder a leader might be tempted to lash out at people who are the source of such irritation.

But don’t do it! To be truly effective leaders, we all must avoid knee-jerk reactions and punishing attacks that do little to build positive attitudes… and do lots of damage to trust and commitment. Instead, we need to encourage our employees to be more dedicated to – and enthusiastic about – the jobs they perform.

So, how do you do that? That’s the question Paul Sims answers in his practical guidebook 180 Ways to Build Commitment and Positive Attitudes. Excerpted below are just a few of his many strategies for getting your people to “see the glass as half-full” – and commit to filling it the rest of the way. Give them a try. Share them with your colleagues. You’ll be glad you did … and so will your people!

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Excerpts from 180 Ways to Build Commitment & Positive Attitudes
  • Make a list of the things that your boss can do or say that would encourage you be engaged and involved at work. Use this list as a reminder of what you can do to help build others’ commitment.
  • Never forget – people support what they help create! Even though it’s just common sense, it’s still an underutilized lesson. When people understand what’s expected and feel like they have contributed to the process, they are many times more likely to be committed to getting the desired results. So when making plans and identifying tasks to perform, ask people What do YOU suggest?
  • Each day, ask a team member for something that’s going right. This habit encourages people to look for the positive things that are happening and reinforces what is working.
  • Don’t “shoot the messenger.” Instead, make it safe for people to convey bad news that needs to be heard. Say, Thank you for telling me what I needed to know. By eliminating fear, you build trust and commitment for open and honest communication.
  • Don’t punish good, committed performers by repeatedly giving them hard-to-do tasks that other people don’t want and therefore don’t put good effort into. Yes, good workers will get it done and do it well. But if you fail to hold others responsible for doing these things, soon even the best performers will likely develop a “bad attitude” about doing them.
  • Reinforce good attitudes and fulfilled commitments by getting a LEG up on recognition:
    • Look them in the eye
    • Explain specifically what they did well
    • Give them a great big “Thank You!”

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Every Moment Matters: Savoring the Stuff of Life

“Life is filled with moments that change us, teach us, make us catch our breath, and sometimes make us happy just to be alive.”
~John St. Augustine

By choosing just the right cadence, selecting unique descriptions and insights, and sprinkling in hints of humor, John St. Augustine captured my imagination and led my heart and mind to far off places in Every Moment Matters. In his book, we are called to reflect upon those moments that make up our lives. Throughout the pages, we find impressionable moments from John’s life written as masterfully crafted vignettes and teachable experiences. Engaging from page one, Every Moment Matters reminds us to savor the stuff of life. As John says, “Each and every moment is like a still pond, waiting for you to become a part of it and create a ripple effect that sends concentric rings into the furthermost reaches of your sacred experience of life. It starts with living as if every moment matters.”

Live Inspired,Michelle Sedas
Host of the Inspired Living Café
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Excerpted from Every Moment Matters: Savoring the Stuff of Life
Foreword by Mehmet Oz, MD

As a surgeon and scientist, it has been my life’s calling to become a student of the human heart and all the nuances, emotions, and physical structures that make this organ the most important of all human hardware, the very sustainer of life. From the moment your heart starts beating (just twenty-one days after you were conceived) to the moment you take your last breath (about seventy-seven years later, give or take), your heart has given you the greatest gift imaginable: life. And all without you ever giving it a single conscious command to pump oxygen-rich blood through your circulatory system. It keeps you alive because it feeds itself first.

This book is also about feeding yourself first. John St. Augustine is a friend, mentor, and formidable voice in the world who has a gift. He sees things most of us miss, the sacred spaces that are hidden in the ordinary events of life and the lessons contained in those events that make life more vibrant and worth living. John invites us to share spaces from his journey—one forged from his relentless quest to squeeze as much out of being alive as possible, be it climbing to a mountaintop in Colorado or walking a thousand miles in search of his higher self or donating a kidney to save his daughter’s life. He sees our existence as not just a life of work, but rather a work of art and invites us to create a canvas that reflects the short time we have on Earth as one of awareness, service, joy, and giving—all tempered with a measured dose of urgency, for tomorrow is promised to no one.

From this moment on, you can alter your life for the better in so many different ways—by changing your diet, doing regular exercise, and having a positive outlook on the world you inhabit. All those things and more can help keep you from having to see someone like me with a mask on my face and scalpel in hand. Prevention is always the best prescription. It’s often not until we are faced with nature’s wake-up call disguised as a “life threatening” illness that we begin to become fully alive and smell the roses that have been there all along—just out of reach as we fill our lives with things that seem to have great meaning at the time but little meaning in the long run. I know better than most that someday even the miraculous heart ceases its offerings, and in that moment, life ends. You can begin now to give your heart perhaps the most important thing it needs—a reason to keep beating—and it starts by knowing that Every Moment Matters.

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, host of The Dr. Oz Show,
Author of the YOU! health book series

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