The real person you are is revealed in the moments when you’re certain no other person is watching. When no one is watching, you are driven by what you expect of yourself.
~Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Today's infographic provided by Success Stories.
We just ripped the last calendar page off of last year and are jumping headlong into a new year! If 2014 wasn't quite the year you had hoped it would be, in the spirit of looking forward I'm sharing this infographic to inspire you to make powerful habit changes in 2015!
December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered these words in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt's speech would usher in the United States' involvement in World War II and by the end of four years, the Axis powers were defeated at the cost of over 400,000 American lives.
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of that infamous day. It's a day we remember and honor the Greatest Generation -- young boys who went to war, many of whom paid the ultimate price. Let us never forget.
Once you have a clear picture of your priorities- that is values, goals, and high leverage activities- organize around them.
~Stephen Covey, Success Expert
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday partly because there's no stress around buying gifts. Let's hear it for a no-clutter holiday! Secondly, I love Thanksgiving because I am all-in about the concept of gratitude! Finally, if you know me at all, you know I'm very, ummmm... shall we say "food-focused?" LOL... I love food and I love gathering with friends and family. What holiday combines all my favorite things better than Thanksgiving?
If you're reading this from anywhere in the United States, you and I both owe a debt of gratitude to every American military man or woman who ever served this great nation. Sometimes it's hard to fathom, but freedom isn't something all human beings enjoy, and it can be easy to take it for granted.
This day and every day... this month month and every month, let's give thanks for those who serve in our armed forces at home and abroad, and let's be grateful for the abundance and opportunity we enjoy here at home as a result of their efforts.
Another reason to love Thanksgiving is because here in Atlanta, The Bert Show runs a super cool campaign called The Big Thank You, beginning in late September every year. The goal of the initiative is simple: Get a hand-written thank you letter from a grateful American citizen into the hands of every single United States military person stationed outside the United States.
Two adorable letters from children to a soldier.
In November 2013, I volunteered to help sort, read, bundle and pack the hundreds of thousands of letters we received. I loved the project so much that I got together with several other volunteers to create The Big Thank You Committee, which coordinates, instructs and assists the hundreds of community volunteers who show up to help process the letters.
This year, The Bert Show's Big Thank You 2014 initiative collected 175,000 hand-written letters from 49 states, plus Puerto Rico, Canada and Spain. Elementary schools, colleges, universities, corporations big and small and individual citizens all wrote letters. It was my honor to be part of the volunteer effort again and I plan to continue doing it.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, as I spend the day with people I love and sit down to a wonderful meal and give thanks for the abundance in my life, I'd also like to extend my own personal and heartfelt THANK YOU to any United States veteran and anyone who has ever served in The United States Armed Forces. Whether you served during peacetime or wartime, whether you're stationed in the United States or abroad, I appreciate you and am grateful for your service.
Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Guest blog post by my friend and colleague Hazel Thorton.
But those are three completely different things:
Clean = the absence of dirt, dust, grime, pet hair, bugs, etc.
Tidy = no visible clutter lying around on surfaces such as counters, tables, and floors
Organized = you can find what you need when you need it, and get stuff done on time
A lot of my clients bemoan the fact that their house isn’t as organized as their friend’s or neighbor’s. I ask them, “Have you seen inside their closets and drawers? How do you know they are organized? Can they find their scissors when they need them? Do they get their bills paid on time? How do you know? Maybe their house is just tidy.”
On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to have a clean house if it is dis-organized and un-tidy. A common statistic states that you can get your house 40% cleaner if you are organized. I interpret that to mean you can access 40% more of the surfaces that need cleaning if you have decluttered and assigned homes for everything, and have a system for staying organized.
When it comes to having company, a tidy house gives the appearance of a clean house, even if it’s been awhile since you vacuumed the corners. Your friends aren’t actually bringing white gloves with them, are they? (If they are, you need new friends.) No, they are coming to see YOU. They do need a place to sit that is free of magazines, fast food containers, and pet hair. And the bathroom is a nice room to clean before they visit. If you are serving food, then clean and tidy the kitchen and dining room too. But otherwise…
The diagram above says it all: Find the “sweet spot” for your comfort level. Your house doesn’t need to be 100% organized and tidy and clean at all times for it to be functional, comfortable and company-ready!
"The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills."
William Arthur Ward
Reba McEntire Singer,
Songwriter, and Actress
Guest post by my colleague Nancy Borg
How many times have you said “I’ll get to this or that in my spare time?” Too often, I fear. We cram our schedules with jam-packed to-do’s and we never seem to get there.
Unfortunately, the demise of "spare time" is the by-product of being popularly “busy” in today’s culture. On a good day, we take on too much and don’t carve out sufficient time to get it all done, so it spills into the next day. And on and on it goes. We all struggle with time on a daily basis, and it’s seems highly unlikely that we’ll end up with any extra.
Gone are the days of "spare" time, it seems. But is it a lost commodity? It doesn’t have to be. What if I told you that you can reclaim it? Here are some ideas to chew on:
If you don’t schedule spare time, it’s never going to happen. So just like booking the haircut, picking up the dry cleaning or getting the car washed, add spare time onto your to-do list too. Maybe a time to catch up on reading, enjoy a DVD, call an old friend or just plant yourself on the couch and chill. Don’t you deserve that?
Evaluate the Have To’s and the Want-To's
Think about those things that have to get done… but not necessarily by YOU. Delegate and make room for your want-to’s. Beyond the non-negotiables, create space for your sanity. It’s essential for life-balance.
Consider the Obstacles
Can you define what's in your way? Is it your time-management skills? I frequently write about managing being “busy” because poor time-management habits usually heighten anxiety and exacerbate disorganization. Sharpening those skills can free up valuable time. Is working long hours the obstacle? Does your workday come home with you? Working from home can easily impede on spare time. Or could technology be one of your time robbers? As if the days aren’t busy enough, our affinity to stay connected on or off the computer is a huge distraction. Identifying the cause is the first step to finding solutions.
Tweak the Busy
If you’re overwhelmed and feeling out of control, perhaps it's a red flag that you may really be too busy. Align your schedule with your prioritizes. Adjust. Change what’s no longer working for you. Life changes readily, so tweaking is an ongoing and necessary process.
Remember, spare time is “your” time. When or how you choose to use it, is your prerogative. What’s important is that you find some. I revel in my spare time and know when I require it. This is a time that I catch the wind in my sails, and I capitalize on these opportunities. For me, I’m a summer gal and so my stolen spare moments will probably be outside somewhere with blue skies above and the sun shining brightly overhead. In summertime I'm more apt to get up and be ready to work hard… but play hard too. Maybe your season is autumn or winter when you can stay indoors, hunker down and focus on what's most important. Whatever your favorite season, reclaiming spare time by scheduling it on your calendar is doable and it's important to your health and life balance! What will YOU choose to do with yours?
Nancy Borg is a Professional Organizer, and owner of Move The Mess. She specializes in Residential and Home-office organization. Nancy blogs about all things organized. She provides her readers with tips and strategies to help navigate through day to day. This article appeared originally on her blog and is being shared with permission.
Vince Lombardi 1913-1970
Legendary Football Coach
"Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."
Wayne Dyer, Author and Speaker
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the United States
"Your self-image controls the results in your life. You can become the sort of person and live the sort of life you want by deciding who and what you want to be, and then acting like that person and doing the things they do. Improving your self- image is the first step towards improving your results."
International Best Selling Author: Managing Mothering
1929-1993, Actress and Humanitarian
"Many of us are afraid to follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure is to have never really tried."
"I dare you to be a lot more confident and stay on the bridge when everybody else is jumping off of it."
Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist
"A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything."
Harry Browne 1933-2006
Author and Politician