Stressed? New Morning Routine for You

All professionals have a routine they stick to for the a.m. wake up call.  However, what do you do if you are stressed out about work, a relationship, or life. There are many things you can do to get your day started instead of depending on your work environment to ease the stress. The list below is all therapeutic suggestions for a stressful morning.

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#1 Wake up early

Go for a run or go to the gym

Reflect

Sit in your favorite spot and sip coffee

Play with your pet

Write in your journal

Read and study goals for the day

#2 Get fresh air

Go for a walk around your neighborhood

Sit on your balcony

Do a project in your yard

Garden

Walk to work

#3 Play with your pet

Take your dog for a walk or ask a neighbor to take theirs if you don’t have one.

Cuddle with your pet

Groom your pet

Play fetch with your dog

#4 Read

Read a few pages from your favorite book

Catch up on a book

Read business articles

Read your favorite blog

If a writer, read part of your book

#5 Reflect

Pray

Talk to your spiritual being

Meditate

Reflect on life

Reflect on your daily or life goals

Reflect on what you are grateful for

 

 

 

Be Gritty

Having a high IQ or being top of your class doesn’t make you successful. Not even attending the best colleges. More so, being gritty. People become successful because of their passion and persistence. Being gritty is the ability to persevere. It’s about being unusually resilient and hardworking, so much so that you’re willing to continue on in the face of difficulties, obstacles and even failures. It’s about being constantly driven to improve.

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Book Club: Month 7th Book

Our next book for the 7th month of the year is “Jesus Life Coach.”
Jesus Life Coach
Author: Lauren Beth Jones
Genre: Christianity/Self-Help
No movie
Each one of us look at success a different way and we have different ideas to getting there. Laurie Beth Jones shows us how to reach success God’s way. When we walk in Jesus’s footsteps, we become humble, grateful, and at peace with ourselves. In this book you will learn more about focus, balance, productivity, and fulfillment. These four things are a few keys to reaching your best potential.
To purchase “Jesus Life Coach,” click on links below.
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Life-Coach-Learn-…/…/0785287833
Website: http://lauriebethjones.com/product/jesus-life-coach
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jesus-life-coac…/1100332388

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9 Things a Leader Must Do – Book Review

9 Things a Leader Must Do – Book Review
Author: Dr. Henry Cloud
Genre: Career/Business/ Leadership
This book will help you discover the secrets that will help you focus on the dynamics that make a difference in your organization – and your life. A good number of us are in business or other arenas of leadership, but we have different backgrounds, different personalities, different economic circumstances, and different abilities. However, this set of people are the same in that they share this way of handling life and work. This book looks at 9 qualities that all great leaders possess. Their qualities influences leader’s decisions and relationships.
Chapter 1: Clear your mind and focus on you.
Leadership success is the process of digging up the treasures of the invisible soul to bring dreams, desires, and talents into the visible world. Become aware, listen and develop.
Chapter 2: Deal with it or let it go.
There are major negative things that can afflict us, really bad stuff. Then new energy, resources, time, and space become available to you to focus on the things that have life in them. The negative energy drain is stopped, making room for the good stuff.
Chapter 3: Evaluate first
Paying attention to detail is important. Always has been. Most leaders notice their surroundings, such as people, their behavior, and problems they feel they can solve. Have a plan, plot it, and make it happen.
Chapter 4: I’m wrong, but I can be right.
Many leaders blame themselves first. There is a problem, but you are aware there is a solution. Do what you must do to solve those problems and fire whomever you need to later. Ha!
Chapter 5: Leaders know to be patient.
The biggest enemy of the small-steps-big-results principle is our craving for having it all. All success is built and sustained just like a building is built, one brick at a time. Great leaders value the little increments, the tiny steps. Taking the long road, one tiny step at a time, will get you there faster because you will not lose time by trying shortcuts.
Chapter 6: It’s okay to hate something.
Choosing what you hate is serious business. Make your values intentional. If you don’t do this, these very things that you hate will end up in your life.
Chapter 7: Don’t keep score.
People who succeed in leadership and life do not go around settling scores. They do not even keep score.
Chapter 8: Don’t have such a big head because you are successful.
Root out any attitude of entitlement. Take responsibility, apologize, and forgive.
Chapter 9: Popularity isn’t important.
Good leaders go against the odds if the odds are against what is right. They are willing to be the odd one, risking loss of approval to do the right thing. Forget the popularity polls. Don’t try to avoid upsetting people; just make sure you are upsetting the right ones. If controlling, hot and cold, irresponsible, or manipulative people are upset with you, then take courage – it might be a sign that you are doing the right thing and becoming a great leader.

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Different Ways to Wind Down

At some point in everyone’s life, we get stressed and feel overwhelmed. I find several ways to unwind when I have had a long day or I am stressed about something. Owning two companies, having a pet, and dealing with several different clients can be very challenging. The best part about creating my own schedule is I get to choose what I want to do when I want to do it, but these few tips can help those who work a nine to five also.

Read.

I am an avid reader. So, I find a good book in my library, one of my favorite websites, or a good magazine, and I read with a cup of coffee.

Run.

Running and exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress and stay healthy. I run twice a day, at least three to four times a week.

Clean.

Cleaning has always been a good stress reliever for me. From cleaning, redecorating, and even doing laundry helps me unwind and relax.

Go for a walk.

I live in a downtown area where there are many coffee shops, shopping centers, and much more for me to explore. I try to leave my apartment once a day to view a different environment.

Laugh.

Binge watching is the new relationship for singles. Go on Netflix or Hulu and watch your favorite TV show or movie. Include your favorite snack and wine. Enjoy!

Talk to someone who makes you feel good.

Talking to a friend and family member is always helpful whether you are stressed or just need someone to talk to.

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking

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  1. Know your material.  Once you have picked a topic you are interested in, be sure to know more than you include in your speech. Use personal stories to relate to the topic. Use conversational language.
  2. Practice. Rehearse out loud and repeat this action often.
  3. Know your audience. Greet audience members as they arrive. Converse with them prior to giving your speech.
  4. Know the room. Arrive early. Practice using microphone and walk around the stage.
  5. Relax. Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. Try breathing exercises.
  6. Visualize yourself giving the speech. Imagine the audience clapping and giving a standing ovation.
  7. Realize people want to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating. informative, entertaining. They want to succeed, not fail.
  8. Don’t apologize. This is unnecessary because the audience never notice when you screw up UNLESS you make it obvious.
  9. Concentrate on the message. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.
  10. Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

Professional Personality Traits Needed to Be Successful

Professional Personality Traits Needed to Be Successful

Whether you are a model, actor, or a careerist, there are professional personality traits that will not only help you become successful, but help keep you successful. As an instructor of personal and professional development, I often discuss with my students the do’s and don’ts when moving up in their career. There isn’t a single person who goes into something new having all the answers, but they key is wanting to do your best. There are specific things we can do to stand out in our career and help us move up. Below is a list of personality traits that professionals look for in a good employee.

Be kind

You must be able to give respect to get respect. Be kind to those you work with and respect them. Each day, we meet new people with different lifestyles. If you judge others on what they do, you will miss the opportunity to learn their strengths. As a boss or mentor, be sure to listen and understand those you are managing. This will make it easier to work with them and help them reach their full potential. It will also help a manager decide who it right for a position and when they are ready.

Be confident

Good self-esteem can help pick you up and get you through tough times. When you go to a job interview one question asked is, “Why should we hire you?” You should be able to answer that question with confidence. You should get to know yourself daily. Always focus on personal development. This includes handling failure. Even the most confident fail. Recognizing that you’ve failed and accepting it will help with your self-esteem and confidence in yourself. Avoiding failure and not accepting it will hinder your self-esteem. Learn to be confident no matter the situation.

Be a hard worker

No matter what you do as a careerist, you’ll wait, want, and not know. You wait for promotions, you want things to come easier and you never know what to expect each day. No matter what, be prepared and always do your best. When given a specific assignment or duty, the employer is looking for results. Employees don’t always know what to expect, but good employees try to understand what to do, regardless. Give it your all in everything you do.

Be a self-starter

Can you take charge? Being prepared is always key to showing initiative. To prepare yourself means taking care of you. That begins with proper rest, a healthy diet, and exercising. You always need to perfect your craft by practicing, learning, and setting goals. Doing these things will help you do so. The key is knowing much about your career and taking opportunities to grow. When an opportunity presents itself, if you prepare for it, you will be great at it.

 

 

 

This Week’s Workout

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This week I have been focused on cardio and toning my legs.

This week’s workout ( 3 out of 7 days):

3 mile run

50 squats every other day

Stretch before and after.

Healthy Tips:

Drink water daily. Always begin hydrating 24 hours in advance.

Stretching helps with preventing muscle cramps and helps the body with its mobility.