Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

Invest in People

October 30, 2013

Teachers invest in people.  They help you learn to study, give you knowledge, impress on you the reasons and importance of why you need to study, they help you achieve goals, they make effort to help you learn.

Doctors invest in people.  They help you stay healthy, help you understand your body, they give you medicine to make you better, they monitor your progress, they want you to grow and enjoy life.

But teachers and doctors are not the only ones who can invest in people.  Each of us can.  Each of us have the same opportunity and ability to invest in others.  But do we?

I received communication from a client a few weeks ago via email after I had shared a blog that I thought the client would be interested in following:

Thank you so much for continuing to invest in me…. I rarely if ever see that!!! and I love it 🙂 Please continue passing along things that you think can help me grow…

What does it take to invest in someone?

I believe it starts with a foundation of common interest about them and their lives.  It takes paying attention to what they are interested in or want to grow in.  It takes sharing and giving.  It takes courage.  It takes time.  It takes an honest attempt to help.  It takes being willing to give and not get anything in return.  It takes wanting them to succeed above all else.  Even before you succeed.

Does it take much?  No, it really doesn’t, but most people focus so much on what they get they don’t give.  They don’t focus on helping others succeed.  They don’t spend time knowing how to learn to grow others, time learning to learn them, time to give.  They don’t invest.  Even in the small things.

May I encourage you today, spend a little bit of time and invest in those around you!


change the world

October 23, 2013

Nomination for Savvy Chicks Rule 2013

September 20, 2013

I received word yesterday, that I was nominated for the Savvy Chicks Rule 2013!

I was chosen as a Savvy Chick who is “Ruling” in a Spiritual Influence or Teaching category and recognized for Surpassing every obstacle that stands in my way, for letting my life Shine in everything I do and for realizing that I can Succeed in everything I put my mind to!

I want to publicly give a BIG Thank You to Pam Long Weatherford for nominating me for the Savvy Chicks Rule 2013!  My goal is to be generous, encourage, support, and inspire you both personally and in business.  I consider it a great honor to have received such a reward and want to give a special thanks to my friend Pam for her friendship and believing in me to the point she wished to share with Savvy Chicks why I was qualified to earn this reward.

I am blessed!!!

How to Live Like You Mean It

September 13, 2013

We posted an image this week to inspire you to Live Like You Mean It!

Are you just living your life day in and day out?  If you want to change and live life like you mean it, how do you do that? We gave it some thought and have a list of descriptions on how you Love Like You Mean It!

  • Be real.  Don’t be fake.  Don’t pretend.  Be authentic.
  • Be you, not somebody else.
  • Live with purpose.  That means that you have a reason for living live.  You have intention about living life.
  • Be determined about your life.  Make plans.  Don’t let life “just happen”.
  • Choose results that bring the life you want.  Our life is the sum of our choices.  To get different results you have to make different choices.
  • Have all the signs indicate that you are living, alive and well!
  • Your life needs significance to be able to meaning to it and in it.

What will you do to Live Like You Mean It?

Live Like You Mean It!

September 10, 2013

Consistency is Key to Success

July 31, 2013

You will not gain success over night. In order to achieve results, you have to maintain consistency. You must be intentional with little steps to achieve results. This means that you set out daily steps to achieve the goal. Nothing worth while is done in leaps and bounds. There are days you are going to think no progress has been made, but when you look back over the last month or year of effort, you will see that you have made progress. Consistency is key. You have to have a goal in mind. Once that goal is set, you need to set out what needs to happen to achieve the goal. Then you can be consistent at it. You must consistently take action. Do the things that will bring results. Don’t just sit there, keep moving.

What is one key thing you do to make sure you stay consistent?

Dispel Negative Thinking

July 24, 2013

Negative thinking greatly impacts the cells in your body. Just for today become the ‘watcher’. Notice how many times you ‘judge’, comment or make an opinion that keeps you from moving forward. Once you notice this pattern of ‘stinkin’ thinkin’ you can start to replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations that will help you to heal and improve your quality of life. Each time you catch yourself with a negative thought immediately replace it with this mantra: “I am Happy, I am Calm, I am Whole, I am Abundant.” Believe it when you say it, feel the vibrations of the words in your heart and mind.

Try it today!!!

How do you help a Team Member that is Hurting?

June 8, 2013

Have you ever been in the position where you arrived at work to find a Team Member hurting?  You can see it in their eyes, their body language, their expression, the mood displayed.

How do you approach someone that is hurting to find out how you can help?

How do you show you care without prying into their personal life and asking them to share what they may not feel comfortable sharing?

How do you reach out and encourage?

How do you show support and communicate “I love you” no matter what it is that has happened?  No matter what you are feeling?  No matter if it will get better.

Every person  has a different temperament, however the following list are ways you can make an impact and open the door to let them know you saw the pain in their life and know they are experiencing a difficult time.


Here are 5 simple things you can do to reach out and show you care:

  • Give a hug.  There is nothing in the world like a hug.  There is nothing that can communicate what words can’t with a hug.  It doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t have to be forceful, just a quick pull towards you and squeeze them tight and let them go.
  • Invite them to share if they wish to.  A simple: “You seem to be having a rough day, do you need to talk?”  Sometimes all that someone needs to do is share what is hurting them, bothering or perplexing them, creating frustration in them, etc.  Sometimes if they just have someone who is willing to listen they can open up and tell you more then you ever dreamed they would.
  • Inquire if you can do something.  A simple: “Is there anything I can do for you today?”  If you have a report with the individual, they will know you are genuinely interested in their life and are not manipulating the conversation to obtain gossip.
  • Let them know you are praying for them.  If you feel they are open to this, pull them in your office and grab their hands and pray together.  If you don’t feel this would be received well, do it alone.
  • Send them an email, text message or card in the mail to let them know you care and are thinking of them.  Nothing cheers up a hurting, lonely, distraught heart like a message from a friend to let them know you care.

What is something you have done and found to work at helping a Team Member who is hurting?  Share below!

Are you trying to be a Winner?

September 4, 2012

I have been giving thoughts lately to what it means to be a winner.  What you have to do to win?  Why do some people seem to be winners and others aren’t?  What are the important qualities to be a winner?  Are some more important than others?  Why some people don’t lack the qualities to be a winner and others do?  How do you develop winners?  How do you achieve a winners attitude?  How do you influence people to become winners?

Watch this video here called What it takes to be Number One.  These are the qualities it lists:

  • Commitment
  • Truth
  • Excellence
  • Results
  • Passion
  • Habit
  • Mental Toughness
  • Discipline

What is a character you feel is needed to be a Winner?

I want to be a winner…even if I am not Number One.

The Extra Degree

August 28, 2012

The 212°: The Extra Degree concept is one definitely that is very powerful when you stop and think about it.

If you’re not familiar, here’s the idea:
At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree that…Makes all the difference.

So many times, in business, friendships, family, basically all areas in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great.  The 212° idea is one that you can use it to fit your own life, in so many ways. It may be 212° service that you’d like to reinforce, or 212° attitude, leadership, or quality you would like to expound on. Or maybe, you’ll choose to build your entire culture around the 212° concept…to differentiate you from your competition, your neighbor, your coworker.  Maybe its just a reminder of that little bit of extra effort will be just the motivation you need to do more to serve your Savior who gave more than 212° for you.  To reach out and encourage someone to have faith and believe, disregard the mediocre and replace it with excellence.

The real beauty of 212° is the simplicity of the idea. One Extra degree makes a difference.  It separates the good from the great.  In attitude…in kindness…in belief…in focus…in perseverance.  It reminds us that seemingly small things can make a tremendous difference.  Once explained…everybody gets it. And once you get it…it’s hard to forget.  The only aspect of forgetting would be to not implement it.

What is that one extra degree for you?  Please comment below…

Dealing with Change

July 25, 2012

Dealing with change? Ask the following questions:

  1. What can I learn from this?
  2. How can I improve?
  3. What do I want now?
  4. What actions do I need to take?

work willingly at whatever you do…

June 20, 2012

Differences between Bosses & Leaders

June 11, 2012

A Boss vs A Leader:

  • Drives Employees…Coaches them
  • Depends on Authority…Depends on Goodwill
  • Inspires fear…Generates enthusiasm
  • Says, “I”…Says, “We”
  • Places blame for the breakdown…Fixes the breakdown
  • Knows how it is done…Shows how it is done
  • Uses people…Develops people
  • Takes credit…Gives credit
  • Commands…Asks
  • Says, “Go”…Says, “Let’s Go”

Which one are you?  Which one are your growing yourself to be?

Love Your People!

June 4, 2012

You can do 8 things to improve your business by loving people more:

1. Contribute – be part of the solution
2. Be Kind – have concern & respect for others
3. Be Patient – give others the time you’d like to be given
4. Be Honest – have truthful conversations
5. Encourage other People – give confidence & support freely
6. Apologize – say you’re sorry, because we all make mistakes
7. Forgive People – accept “I’m sorry”
8. Thank People – enjoy the work of others and show your gratitude

Love your people!

Why it pays to say Thank You!

March 2, 2012

What does Thank You mean to you?

Thank You = expressing one’s gratitude or thanks; a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words (or otherwise)

Do you make it a habit to Thank people for what they do for you?  Do you know that when you make small habits they become a consistent pattern?  Do you Thank people, even in business?  Are you aware of the impact it will make?

I have always sent Thank You notes to my clients for little things, and they typically are shocked that I would take the time to do so.  They send me a response like, “Wow Misty, you amaze me!” or “You truly didn’t have to do that, but it was very kind of you.” or “The time you took to send me that note made my day!”  of “I should be the one thanking you.”  Glenn Shepard in the weekly issue this week with Work Is Not For Sissies wrote a great post about Thank You Notes which I would love for you to read here.

When you actually stop and take the time to spend a few moments reflecting on gratitude and letting someone else know how it impacted you or what your appreciative of, you will come away:

  1. With a heart soaring in appreciation
  2. Not focused on the problems and issues in your life
  3. Renewed in your spirit to be kind
  4. Thankful for the part that person has in your life
  5. With a keen acknowledgement that the small things truly do matter
  6. More grateful than you were when you started this moment of reflection
  7. Purposed in your heart to be on the lookout to Thank someone else as you go about your day

What does an Attitude of Gratitude do for you?  May I encourage you to be grateful…in everything!