Be Relevant, Helpful, Authentic, and “Do You”

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Be Relevant, Helpful, Authentic, and “Do You”

This is my 8th post.  And, I have learned that everything is easier when you are relevant, helpful, authentic, and most importantly “do you”.    To “do you” is another way of saying, be yourself.  So, in this week’s post and from this day forward, I am making a commitment to always be relevant, helpful, authentic, and “myself” – no matter what I do or where I go.   When I started this blog, my mission was to empower women and girls to be advocates for themselves. I have now become even more focused in my mission. It is now to add value to women who want to age gracefully. This comprises all women – regardless of age – because one is never too young to start the process of graceful aging.  As a matter of fact, the process starts before you enter your teens.  My vision is women – regardless of age – who are fit, fabulous, and fearless. So, in the coming weeks, every post will provide at least one tip for graceful aging. My discussion will start with what it means.

Aging gracefully.  What does it mean to you? I would love to hear from you.

Guard Your Inner Circle

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Guard Your Inner Circle

This is my first full week back from Ghana. It has taken me a few days to get my rhythm back But, I am getting there.  This week, I am returning to my theme of “Developing a Possibility Mindset”.  To recap, the first 2 strategies were:  1) read book, articles, and blogs on possibility thinking and 2) develop a possibility mindset.  This week I will introduce a 3rd strategy: Guard your inner circle (the people you hang out with).  As I so eloquently stated in my book, Big Eyes…Big Eyedeas, surround yourself with the right kind of people. And, keep your inner circle small and tight.  Only allow people in who are going to love, nourish, support, and sometimes challenge you. Now, this doesn’t mean you are to only surround yourself with “yes” people. Nor does it mean that you are to surround yourself with people who are going to challenge you to the point of exhaustion.  It means, however, that you are to include people in your inner circle who will challenge you to be the best you can be, and help you to “see possibilities” – no matter the circumstances. 

Reflect on your inner circle.  How do you evaluate the quality of your inner circle?  Do they love, nourish, support, and sometimes challenge you? Are they possibility thinkers?  As you think about your inner circle, think on this:  “Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.”  - Anonymous

 

Another Opportunity to Discover Hidden Possibilities

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Another Opportunity to Discover Hidden Possibilities

Monday presented some unexpected challenges.  But, as I so often say: a challenge is either “another opportunity to excel” or “another opportunity to discover hidden possibilities”. Here is a brief synopsis of what happened on Monday.  I was scheduled to change hotels. Inadvertently, there was a mix up and my reservation was made at a location other than the one intended.  So, imagine my discomfort when I went to check in and there was no record of anyone having made a reservation for me at that particular hotel; but, at one much further away in a less desirable section of the city.  Now, imagine trying to get a taxi in a city where your native language may not the dominant language of the taxi driver – even though English is the official language in Ghana. 

Since it appeared that I had no other choice because all of the reasonably priced hotels were booked to capacity, a taxi driver noticed my distress and offered to take me to the other location; and wait to make sure I was registered.  Turns out, he was the best Ghanaian taxi driver since arriving in Ghana. He spoke 3 languages (English and 2 Ghanaian dialects).  I had finally met a taxi driver who wanted to talk and was not afraid to talk.  He spoke of his dream:  to get an education.   He also told me about his love of farming and his desire to take care of his family, including his extended family.  Learning of his quest to achieve higher levels of success for himself and his family, I gifted him with a copy of my book, Big Eyes…BigEyedeas for Achieving Optimum Success as well as the accompanying CD album, workbook, and success journal.  The gratitude he showed was overwhelming.

In this young man, I saw a diamond in the rough; and unlimited possibilities.  Had it not for the mishap with my hotel reservations, I would not have been able to be a blessing to Emmanuel.

On today, my last day in Ghana, Emmanuel called to wish me a safe journey home and to, again, express his sincere appreciation.

P. S.:  Oh! I ended up in a much nicer, 5 star hotel.