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Life Quotes: #6 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life motto. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

 

The Life Quote
I was born in a part of the world that sees far more than its fair share of rain, so the life quote “Life is not about how to weather the storm but how to dance in the rain” initially sounded like a crazy attitude – rain is to be avoided though the use of an umbrella. But I do understand the deeper meaning.

 

Discussion
I remember being at a grocery store once with a friend of mine. When we left the store we saw that it was raining heavily and a group of unprepared shoppers were gathered underneath the store’s canopy waiting for the storm to pass and the rain to cease. Initially my friend and I took the same approach but then I reevaluated my thought process and ventured out into the rain instead. It was exhilarating. Yeah I got soaked practically immediately but that’s all the rain was able to do to me – once saturated my clothes could not absorb any more water and it poured off me harmlessly. I couldn’t do anything about the storm but I could do something about how I incorporated the reality of the storm in my life. I don’t dance despite the weather but that day, in the rain, I thought about it.

 

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Life Quotes: #5 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life motto. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

 

The Life Quote
We all have dreams and desires for our lives, but sometimes those dreams don’t seem to pan out and we abandon them without question. So the quote “Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again. (KT Witten)” was a timely wake-up call for me.

 

Discussion
Have you ever noticed how many things in our modern lives have expiration dates? Food expiration dates are naturally assumed but electronic devices have inbuilt obsolescence, certain employment positions have a natural preferred age range, sports careers are considered finished beyond a certain age range etc. The standard retirement age remains 65 even though many individuals retiring at that age have much more to contribute to the workplace. Why is it acceptable to stamp an arbitrary expiration date on a dream and expect everyone to comply?

The wonderful thing about dreams is that you can indeed take a deep breath and try again. It takes a little courage to do so but you take between 12-20 breaths every minute anyway so you have the needed skills. Just remind yourself of your abandoned dream, let that old excitement flood your senses, then take a deep breath and go for it.

 


Life Quotes: #4 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life motto. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

 

The Life Quote
We are still dealing the aftermath of the most recent recession and the continuing ramifications of some of the banking and other practices that prevailed at that time. Congress and the President continue to battle each other with seemingly little regard for the untold damage that their inability to work together is causing the country (clearly the Sesame Street mantra of “cooperation” was lost on our elected officials as children) and predictions of a double-dip recession are a recurrent theme in the media. So this life quote is very relevant – don’t worry about being employed, worry about being employable.

 

Discussion
The concept of being employable, of owning your own employability, is not universal – many people still continue to subscribe to the outdated notion that one is somehow owed a job. The automotive industry is one example of how generations of family members have worked for the same company (and in many cases in the exact same facility) and internalized the practice as somehow normal; the coal mining industry is another. Yet we have seen how the illusion of generational stability within those industries has been shattered in recent decades as the world economy has increasingly embraced technological solutions to reduce costs and increase product volumes.

Losing one’s job is traumatic and not the time to realize that your employability is low to non-existent. It’s also not the time to start thinking about pursuing a degree or industry certification. One of the side benefits of focusing on your employability as a continuous activity is that you will identify that need for further education or certification well in advance of it becoming a career barrier, giving you sufficient lead-time to begin addressing it. A second side benefit is that it will keep you open to new possibilities as they arise – you will be more likely to take on new projects and/or responsibilities if you are more attuned to maintaining your employability.

Do you worry about being employed or do you worry about being employable? Comment below and let me know.

 

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I’m an Independent Brand Partner of Nerium™ International, I’m eliminating my wrinkles and fine lines effortlessly with NeriumAD, and you’ll always find great information about NeriumAD and Nerium™ International at my website: http://shywitness.arealbreakthrough.com


Life Quotes: #3 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life motto. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

The Life Quote
For a period of time I had a Post It™ note attached to the unused computer monitor on my home office desk that read Insanity… as a reminder of the oft-quoted definition of insanity. The … was an easy way of avoiding having to write the entire definition/saying on such a small piece of paper. And then, in my infinite wisdom, I donated the monitor to Goodwill during my Christmas vacation so the Post It™ note ended up in the trash. However, a similar life quote appeared in the list of employee-supplied quotes, namely To get a different result, change the behavior.

Discussion
One of the reasons I like this life quote is that it proposes the solution needed to address the problem. Namely, change the approaches that you are using when attempting to achieve a particular result and you will get a different result. It may not be the result that you are looking for but it will be a different result nonetheless. The definition of insanity quite is funny and insightful but it doesn’t show you the solution.

Progress doesn’t always have to mean a positive result; a negative result is still progress because it generates a measurable result that helps you determine how to understand the adjustments made to the behavior that generated the result. You may not like the new result but at least it’s not the previous result that hasn’t worked for you to date.

Indeed, I like this quote so much I’m going to display it in my office but this time I’m going to write it out in full. I’m not sure writing To… on a Post It™ note is going to motivate me much.

ABOUT ME
I’m an Independent Brand Partner of Nerium™ International, I’m eliminating my wrinkles and fine lines effortlessly with NeriumAD, and you’ll always find great information about NeriumAD and Nerium™ International at my website: http://shywitness.arealbreakthrough.com


Life Quotes: #2 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life mottos. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

 

The Life Quote
The notion of happiness was discussed at length, and in detail, by Shawn Achor (author of The Happiness Advantage) during his presentation at last weekend’s Nerium International Fall Bash at the Anaheim Convention Center. So the quote “You are in control of your own happiness” resonated with me when I reread through the list of quotes that I had amassed previously.

Shawn is an excellent presenter and, if you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, do everything you (legally) can to attend. He weaves detailed information about his research and field of study with dry self-deprecating humor that will leave you with stomach pains because you will laugh so much.

I ordered a copy of Shawn’s book earlier this week and can’t wait to get my hands on it. This weekend my tagline will be “Don’t bother me, I’m reading”.

 

FULL DISCLOSURE
I’m a Nerium Independent Brand Partner, I’m eliminating my wrinkles and fine lines with NeriumAD, and you’ll always find great information about NeriumAD at my website; http://shywitness.arealbreakthrough.com


Life Quotes: #1 in a series

A recent poll on my company’s intranet asked employees to post their life mottos. Reading through the list, I found several that resonated with me so I decided to start a blog series based on my thoughts on why those specific quotes struck a chord with me while the others did not. I value your comments on this series; have any of these quotes (or my blog commentary on same) inspired you in any way?

The Life Quote
We are all familiar with the “Carpe Diem” quote but the version that a coworker posted was “Carpe the heck out of this diem!” I got a kick out of it because it both dilutes the formality and rigidity of the original phrase while making it something that most of us can relate to and even adopt more readily. “Carpe Diem/Seize The Day” sounds quite the noble pronouncement of one’s intentions, but there are days when the only thing I have any interest in seizing is my alarm clock so that I can launch it against something solid in order to stop its incessant bleating. Especially at 6:50 in the morning as Fall’s grip on the Phoenix metro area becomes more evident, and the morning sun less so, it’s not hard to envy my two dogs as they roll over and settle back to sleep. Their morning routine doesn’t start until I’m showered and dressed, at which point they line up for some petting and then breakfast.

Difference of word positioning
I’m reminded of an elderly priest (those who attended 10am Sunday mass at Our Lady of the Rosary church will remember Father Boucher) who, during one particular Sunday morning sermon, commented that most people wake up and say “Good God, morning!” rather than “Good morning, God!”. The simple act of switching the positioning of those two words effortlessly changes what might be a groan-filled exclamation into a positive affirmation.

Which is why the inclusion of “…the heck out of this…” caught my attention; it recognizes the lofty effort of seizing every day, humanizes it a little, and turns it into the rallying cry of an achievable goal. Plus, it offers a little leeway on the amount of seizing that one has to do.

FULL DISCLOSURE
I’m a Nerium Independent Brand Partner, I’m eliminating my wrinkles and fine lines with NeriumAD, and you’ll always find great information about NeriumAD at my website: http://www.nerium.com/default.aspx?ID=shywitness


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