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Communicating with Yourself–The Key to Reinvention

Successful reinvention–the art of creating yourself again–is directly related to how honestly you communicate with yourself. Or in-other-words, your degree of self-awareness. How you see yourself and consequently what you tell yourself is the key to reinventing yourself again and again.

Let’s say you want to move from a corporate job to entrepreneurship  but don’t know where to begin. Does your inner conversation sound more negative than positive?  Are you communicating a message to yourself  that you probably can’t make it happen but you’ll take a stab at it anyway? Are you telling yourself you can’t leave the comfort of your job because of your responsibilities? Are you convincing yourself that you’ll do it when “things” get better? Or are you telling yourself that others have done it so you can do it too!?

Or perhaps you want  to create a successful business around your love of decorating and your jewelry business but aren’t sure how to incorporate both of these passions into a single workable concept. Is your self-awareness clouded by what others have said to you in the past? Is your inner voice convincing you that there is no way to combine these two passions? Or do you tell yourself that there is a connection between the two and you’ll get some help figuring out how to make it work?

Or maybe you are a coach but find yourself losing some passion for your coaching practice. Do you tell yourself to shoulder on and your love will come back? Or are you self-aware enough to realize that you are not practicing what you preach? Are you telling others to have fun but you’ve forgotten to have fun yourself?

The new year is the perfect time for introspection and more importantly taking a risk to step out and live the life you dream about living. Take an acting class, join a mastermind or commit to having some fun.

After all, it is your life. And it’s passing every minute. If it is not what you want take action now.

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Don’t Make Resolutions! Reinvent Yourself Instead

Renewal, refresh, review, reflect, rehab, rebound, rejuvenate, regenerate, resolve, reinvent…REJOICE!

‘Tis the season to be thinking about the future and making changes. Resolve to make a decision to RESPECT yourself this new year. (Gotta love those ‘R’ words!) Ask yourself… Is it time to look at success and transformation in a different way? “Is it time for a Reinvention Intervention™?”

There’s nothing better than incorporating your body, mind and soul for true transformation (oh, a ‘T’ word!) When you push against your limitations you begin to remembering your possibilities and passions. Add a cheering squad and your success rate goes up.

Instead of vowing to lose weight vow to change the way you see yourself. Have you spent last year stuck in a job that doesn’t challenge you, use your talents or honor your soul? Have you been living a life that supports everyone but yourself? Are you facing a big change but aren’t sure how to maximize the possibility it holds?

Start your own reinvention by moving your body–nothing fancy required–just shake off your shoes and jump around so you feel the ground under your feet while listening to some fast beat music.

Feels good, right? Silly maybe but who cares–intervention isn’t always pretty. Now while you’re feeling connected to your physical body grab a writing utensil and start scribbling–anything. Really anything. Draw outside the lines, be a kid, be free. Use big arm movements and let loose with a stream-of-consciousness ranting. No one is judging or even looking–so let it rip. If you have crayons and poster size paper all the better. The picture isn’t the purpose…the feeling is. Happy, sad, mad, joyful, remorseful, whatever–take note of your emotions.

Okay, now that you feel perfectly __________ (fill in your own word) let’s add the last step.

What’s missing? What are you missing? What haven’t you done in a while that puts in touch with who you really know yourself to be? What are the emotions the exercise has brought up for you? Is there a passion, a hobby or a side of yourself you have neglected or buried? Do you just miss being a kid? Do you miss dancing or writing or feeling physically challenged? Did the exercise help you remember what FUN feels like? Are you feeling sad or mad about not honoring some part of you? Perhaps you feel joyful and free–do you need to feel that way more often?

If you really want to reinvent yourself enlist a friend to help. Resolve to be imperfect. Resolve to invest in yourself for once. Resolve to communicate with yourself.  Resolve to say “yes” to your gifts, talents and passions this year. Make this year the year to remember who you really are deep in your soul.

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Improve Communication at Work – Stop The Blame Game

Improving communication at work has to do with your willingness to change. And–your willingness to give up blaming others for your situation or lack of success.

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.  ~ WAYNE DYER

Blame moves nothing forward and the only way to improve communication is to move forward. This means you must take ownership of the fact that you must change. Ouch!

If someone is difficult to listen to, change the way you approach your communication with him or her rather than blaming them for being annoying, unclear, high-pitched, repetitive, or whatever you perceive to be the offending behavior.  Focus on your intention and listen for a single point you both agree and move the conversation from that point.

If you are turned down for a promotion, rather than placing blame on your boss take a hard look at your work, attitude, communication skills and habits and decide what changes you could make to create a different outcome.

If you are still in a job you hate, rather than blame the economy decide what it is you really want and take the steps necessary to get it. You’ll be surprised how this will improve your overall communication.

It’s easy to blame. It takes the pressure and the spotlight off of you but it serves no one.

Just for today serve yourself–stop blaming and start changing.

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Communication, Inspiration, Motivation, Admiration, Gratitude

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5 Ways to Erase Daily Procrastination in Your Business

Guest blog post by A. Michelle Blakeley:

According to Real Simple magazine’s survey of 10,000 readers, the average daily to-do list has 5 to 9 tasks on it. Only 5% of the readers are productive for 3 hours during a 9-to-5 workday as a result of web-related distractions. According to the Procrastination Research Group, based on some figures, it is estimated that as much as 95% of the people are prone to procrastination. Amongst them, 20% of them are chronic procrastinators.


Procrastination is generally defined as avoided tasks
or activities that need to be accomplished. Poor time management and procrastination can be a direct result of having unreachable goals, having to meet others’ standards, disorganization or the inability to handle the task. Below are ways to erase daily procrastination in your business. Read more

Attitude for Gratitude – How to Feel Happy and at Peace

Happy New Year – What Important Questions Do You Need to Ask?

I just posted an article on ezinearticles  http://ezinearticles.com/?id=3525063 about the top 10 questions to ask at work.  This got me thinking about what questions  I need to ask myself  as I look back at 2009 and look ahead at 2010. Here’s my top ten:

1.  What am I most grateful for in 2009?

2.  What can I celebrate from 2009?

3.  What did I do best in 2009 that I can carry into 2010?

4.  What could I do better in 2010?

5.  What stopped me from meeting some goals in 2009?

6.  Are those goals still important? If yes, what do I need to do differently, who do I need help from and what mindset do I need to have to achieve them in 2010?

7.  Who do I need to know in 2010?

8.  Who needs to know me?

9.  Who do I serve?

10.  Who do I need to thank?

Your turn-what questions do you need to ask? Please share in comments.

Here’s to Your Success in the New Year