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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
~Denis Waitley
What would make you happy … really happy?
Is it more money, a new car, a promotion at work? Sometimes we get lost in the materialism that’s all around us and forget that happiness really lies within ourselves.
If we take a moment to reflect, our eyes can be opened to the joy behind what may seem on the surface, at least, to be the stumbling blocks in our lives.In The Road To Happiness: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, BJ Gallagher and Mac Anderson team up to provide 21 of those reflections. Today, I’d like to share one of them, “Thankful” by Nancie J. Carmody.

Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas

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The Road To HappinessSimple Secrets to a Happy Life

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by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

A thankful spirit is a healthy spirit. As the twists and turns of life lead to feelings of being out of control, sometimes our attitude is all that we have control over…the following reflection may help you develop a thankful attitude. Sometimes life is all about how we look at it!
I am thankful for…
  • the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
  • the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
  • a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  • my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  • all of the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
  • the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
  • the alarm that goes off early in the morning hours because it means that I am alive.
  • the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
  • weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

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Inspired to Lead

 

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Getting Good at Getting Along

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A senior executive is fired after a run-in with the Board of Directors. An ineffective team leader is given a new team to manage – the team mutinies. An employee is reprimanded after losing her temper with a customer. Three different individuals, three unique situations, one common problem: Getting along with others.

According to noted author and sociologist BJ Gallagher, 80% of people who fail on the job fail due to lack of interpersonal skills – not lack of technical skills. That’s the specific problem Gallagher addresses in Getting Good at Getting Along – a helpful new guidebook that’s jam-packed with proven techniques for maintaining productive working relationships. One of the many ideas from this work that got my attention is taking TOTAL responsibility for the relationships we have with others (see excerpt below). A novel idea that, when you really think about it, makes a lot of sense. Give it a try – encourage your people to do the same. And remember …

Whether you and your people work in a large corporation, a small business, or a non- profit organization, your work involves dealing with people. Organizational life is all about bosses and employees, teammates, peers in other departments, customers, vendors, clients, and other stakeholders. Your ability to get along with them is the single most important factor in how well you get along in your career! If you want to be successful, you must get good at getting along.

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Excerpt from Getting Good at Getting Along by BJ Gallagher

Many people say that the best relationships are those that are 50-50. It’s a nice idea, but it often falls short in real life. People hold onto resentments – waiting for the other person to “see the light.” People insist that others take their share of responsibility when an issue comes up: “I’ve done my part; now it’s their turn.” The problem is, you might be waiting a very long time if you always insist that relationships (and their problems) be 50-50 propositions.

If you’re really serious about getting good at getting along with others, here’s an idea that can transform your life: Instead of expecting people to meet you 50-50, try making it 100-0. You take on the entire responsibility for making the relationship work, and don’t worry about whether the other person is doing their part!

Yes, it’s a somewhat radical idea. But if you’re up to really having amazing relationships at work – and in your personal life – this will do it. You’ll never again feel that you’re at the mercy of someone else. You’ll never feel like a victim of another’s actions or inactions.

Here’s how it works …

  • Assume that the other person is a given. “He is who he is.” “This is her personality – she isn’t going to change.” Just accept the person exactly as they are – and exactly as they aren’t. This is who you’ve got to work with.
  • Ask yourself, How can I change my words or actions when I deal with this person? You don’t have to change your whole personality – you’re just going to use different language and behaviors when dealing with this person.
  • Try out new behaviors and new ways of conversing with your “problem person.” See what works and do more of it. If something doesn’t work, stop doing it.
  • Learn from others. Watch others who have excellent interpersonal relationships and learn from them. If you want good relationships like those, mimic them.
  • When there’s a problem, take ownership of it. As long as someone else is the problem, you’re powerless. But if YOU own the problem, then YOU can own and control the solution.

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Would I Be Without You?

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Every time you hear yourself making some blanket statement like, “I’m very insecure…I need a lot of attention and reassurance,” I’d suggest that you add these three words, “up until now.” Every time you do that, you’re making a break with the past. You’re giving yourself permission to change.
~Anita Goldstein

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Where Would I Be Without You? Today’s quote comes to you from: Where Would I Be Without You? Life Lessons from Wise and Wonderful Women

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Getting Good at Getting Along

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Getting Good at Getting Along

 Let’s face it: In today’s tough economy, we need everyone working together and getting along!  Here are three important things to remember about “getting along”:

1.  Getting along involves action, doing, moving.
How are you getting along with that project? Is it underway? Is it going as planned? Are you stuck or stymied? Do you need to make adjustments? Are you on schedule?

2.  Getting along means relating well to other people.
How is the new guy doing? Does he “play well with others”? How is your team coming together? Is it a high-functioning group? Do you know how to resolve conflict when it arises? Can you collaborate and compromise effectively?

3.  Getting along is making progress toward a goal.
When people are in action and relating well to others it leads naturally and easily to achievement and success.


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Today’s success tips come from: Just in Time Series: Getting Good at Getting Alongby: BJ Gallagher

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A Vision of Beauty

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In The Best Way Out Is Always Through: The Power of Perseverance, you’ll find uplifting stories, quotes, and poems that will inspire you to persevere, endure, and ultimately triumph. It is my hope that the poem I’m sharing with you today will inspire you and remind you that the best way out is always through.


A Vision of Beauty

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By BJ GallagherPicture it.
Hold the image in your mind, the vision in your heart.
You’ll see it when you believe it — not the other way around.
All great human achievements started off as an idea,
a picture in someone’s head.
Your achievement, your goal, your fulfillment, your future
are like postcards tacked to the bulletin board of your mind.
Keep them visible — look at them often.
See yourself in those pictures and know that dreams really do come true.

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Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Host of the Inspired Living Center

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