The Purpose of Our Lives

The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.

~Marianne Williamson

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What Exactly is Bias?

What Exactly is Bias?

Here’s a reminder from Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts by Leslie Aguilar on the important subject of bias:

I’m sometimes asked if paying close attention to one’s words and nonverbal communication is simply being “Politically Correct.” My answer: “No, it’s about a different ‘P.C.’ It’s about being Professionally Competent’…being ‘Personally Conscious.’” And, it’s about respect. Bias-free, inclusive communication is both professional and humane – both competent and caring – and helps the message reach a diverse range of listeners.

Bias means a predisposition to see things or people in a certain way. You can be biased toward some people and predisposed to see them in a positive light. Likewise, you can be predisposed to see others in a negative light, based on their appearance, group kinships, or differences from you.

Bias is an internal belief. It is mental prejudgment, positive or negative, made about an individual. But it’s when you act it out in speech and behavior that others receive the full impact.

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The Man Who Will Win

 
 
~Steve Young
Like Your Daily Inspiration: February 22, 2011 on Facebook
 Today’s Inspiration Comes From:You Gotta Get In The Game Playing to Win in Business, Sales and Life


 

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Small Decisions Big Dreams

Today we are proud to host a very special Guest Blogger, Lisa Hammond. Lisa’s, AKA “The Barefoot CEO,”  is a bestselling author, blogger and all around inspiring person!

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Small Decisions Big Dreams

They say don’t sweat the small stuff, but maybe it is the small stuff that actually matters.

I have been thinking about all of the weight we give to the big decisions in life. How much pressure we place on ourselves to make the right choices when it comes to deciding on a career path, buying a car, picking a place to live, whether or not to keep this job or that.

Think of all of the time and energy you put into the big decisions in your life…

Yet we virtually ignore the small decisions in our lives. We hardly give a second thought to all of the tiny matters throughout the day. Whether or not to stop on our way to work for that $5 cup of coffee, to eat or not to eat that second chocolate chip cookie, to use the treadmill for an actual workout vs. a just clothes hanger, whether or not to buy just one more tube of lipstick while we grab that loaf of bread.

Maybe the decisions we aren’t making are the ones that are truly deciding the direction our lives take…

Many people ask me how I got the money to start Femail Creations. It pretty much came down to French fries.  When I say that people look at me like I am crazy. But it was the simple choices, like giving up fast food and going to the movies twenty years ago that allowed us to save every penny we could toward the down payment on our first home.  And it was ultimately mortgaging our house many times over that allowed me to get Femail Creations off the ground almost two decade ago.

Sometimes it is as simple as skipping that side order–and believe me that was the true definition of delayed gratification for a girl addicted to French fries!   Small decisions lead to big dreams. 

More and more I have come to believe it is actually the small seemingly inconsequential decisions that are making up the fabric of our lives.

Recently I have been facing a lot of big decisions and today I remembered, it’s the small stuff that matters, always has been, always will be.

Here’s to the little things in life!

 Lisa Hammond

Author Of Dream Big & Oil For Your Lamp

 

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Like to see your ideas in print?

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We’re developing a new handbook entitled
180 Ways to Be a More Effective Teacher
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The Power of Positive Choices

 

Happy, contented people make conscious, careful choices about their life focuses that endorse their individual values.
~Gail McMeekin

Like Your Daily Inspiration: February 17, 2011 on Facebook

The Power of Positive Choices Today’s quote comes to you from: The Power of Positive Choices: Adding and Subtracting Your Way to a Great Life

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10 Commandments of Leadership Movie

 Have you ever wondered what the secret to being a truly effective leader is? If you’d like to be an effective and respected leader, you owe it to your people and to yourself to find out the answer by watching our three-minute movie. So sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy this powerful movie on leadership.watch that movie

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How One Idea Can Change Your Business and Your Life

 

Big Ideas rarely happen overnight. They usually evolve from curious minds willing to take risks.
~Mac Anderson

Like Your Daily Inspiration: February 16, 2011 on Facebook

What's the Big Idea Today’s quote comes to you from: What’s the Big Idea: How One Idea Can Change Your Business and Your Life

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Worry … Wait

As a person prone to worry, I’ve built up quite a bag-of-tricks over the years to help me deal with anxiety: schedule in time for what matters most (family, quiet time, and exercise); envision the worst-case scenario and bring it into the light; and focus on the things I do have control over. Recently, I found myself dealing with anxiety…again. This week, a chapter from Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive, titled Wait to Worry, spoke to my heart.
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Whether you, too, are dealing with worry or the regular ups and downs of life in general, you’ll find Attitude Is Everything to be a refreshing read. Take a moment to be inspired by today’s excerpt, which focuses on Rule #1: Wait to Worry.

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Michelle Sedas
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Excerpted from Attitude Is Everything by Vicki Hitzges
Rule #1 Wait to Worry

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”
~Charles Spurgeon

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could be depleted to pay the hospital bills. To get some perspective, I visited a well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.”

As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier! As a young man, Fred landed a high-paying executive job. Yet he’d only earned a high school degree. He was afraid someone with a college degree would come along and snag his job. Each night after work, he sat with a cup of coffee worrying about losing his position because he thought no other job could compare to the one he had. As he fretted, he started to realize that he wasn’t anxious based on fact, he was anxious based on his imagination. He was borrowing trouble.

He thought to himself, “Fred, are you a better, more valuable employee if you stay up late worrying? Do you do your best work if you’re tired and tense?” “I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry – something that was happening, not just something that might happen – before I worried. As it turns out, I never lost that job. My boss was very happy with my performance.”

“When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”

Are you worried? Take Fred’s advice: Wait!

Love Drop!!

 

We all make an impact on the lives around us –
which means we all have the ability to change the world.
~Nate St. Pierre, Founder of Love Drop

Like Your Daily Inspiration: February 14, 2011 on Facebook

 

365 Days of Love

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It’s Valentine’s Day and LOVE is in the air!

We hope you’ll join us as we partner with Love Drop to Spread the Love. Love Drop is a micro-giving network of individuals who change lives through unexpected financial gifts, personal encouragement, and local and online support.

When you purchase 365 Days of Love through this email campaign, WalkTheTalk.com will donate 50% of the profit to this worthy organization. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can change the world.
Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

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