Category: Motivation

Inspiration Is Unleashing Your Internal Fireworks

Have you ever met someone that when they spoke, you felt fireworks?  The beautiful message they delivered felt like it was unleashed from their heart.  Their words of inspiration were felt down to your toes and visually, you could see the words on a billboard or across the sky.

I had a recent conversation with a Facebook friend I’ve never met face to face.  I saw her beautiful inspirational message and it resonated with me.  We have mutual friends and I reached out to speak with her.  I was captivated by the enthusiasm and simplicity in her messages and her joy.  When I asked her what she did; she’s a busy woman.  She has two businesses, one is a technical and creative business creating websites, graphic designs and images, and the other, she speaks to women’s networking groups and children’s groups about internal inspiration.  Since I had not met her face-to-face, she reminded me she’s handicapped and is in a wheelchair.  After her disclosure, I was more impressed with her message of inspiration.

Have you met someone who inspired you and their impact was beyond their physical presence?

This week, I am reminded each year of Martin Luther King’s birthday of his inspiration and hope to the country.  His message was full of encouragement and respect.  He was a pastor; his public persona was to share his dream and a legacy for the future of his children to make the world a better place for the next generation with justice, equality and freedom for all.  He left a legacy that impacted millions.  His desire was to live in a harmonious world.  His vision was his “why” and the force driving his actions.  His “I have a Dream,” speech was delivered when I was eight years old.  I remember being in grade school and attending an assembly program in the school auditorium where were watched the speech on a black and while television rolled on a cart to the stage for the several hundred children to watch.  The TV picture was small in comparison to today’s mega 40”+ TV sets. Today, I’m still in awe how this speech left an impression because we were little elementary school children.  We saw the broadcast as part of our civic studies class and learning about this powerful speech that was in the news.   This speech was a learning lesson for years to come as I understood how powerful this was as I grew older.  There has never been another individual in the civil rights movement as inspiring as Dr. King.  It’s ironic his message is a pillar of our 21 century history, almost five decades later.

We lost another inspirational icon at the end of last year, John Glenn. Glenn landed on the moon and was breaking the barrier of what’s possible in space as the US explored outside the boundaries of Earth.   Again, I remember hearing about this space walk in school, and remembering, many boys in my class saying they too wanted to be an astronaut!

We have many role models today that inspire and have messages of perseverance and encouragement in their lives.  A few weeks’ ago, the passing of Debbie Reynolds, an actress in when starting her career landed an acting role where she was dancing with one of the best dancers in the industry, Gene Kelly.  When interviewed about this iconic role that changed her career, she said as a young actress, she was intimidated about the role and “danced her legs and feet off” to master the dancing proficiency she had to achieve for the role.  She did what was “required.”  Her role in the movie, “Singing in the Rain,” became one of the scenes that launched her acting and dancing accomplishments.   Over the course of her life, she’s had both emotional trauma and financial challenges. She was inspired to create a life for her family, including daughter Carrie Fisher and son, Todd Fisher whom she raised as a single parent.

Yes, it’s easy to say that celebrities can inspire others because they are in the limelight.  Some celebrity followers say that celebrities desire this visibility, and the truth is the celebrity is more vulnerable always under the public’s eye.  For those of us, who are inspired by non-celebrities, what do you do to inspire others.  There are everyday people or “heroes” that inspire others.  It’s the child that wins the heart of a senior citizen in the grocery store, or the pet owner that takes their pet to the veteran’s hospital or children’s hospital to provide a respite from the patient’s pain or illness.   Those are the ones who live their lives with purpose and have insights of wisdom to share.  Who are your every day heroes that inspire you and make an impression?   Heroes that have their personal mission and want to improve the lives of their family, their community or their corner of the globe, to solve a problem with their time and energy or make life better for others.

Everyone has a mission of how they can make a difference.

What’s yours and how can you be more vocal and visible in accomplishing your personal mission?

The next time you “notice” someone who catches your eye, acknowledge it, and say hello or write a word or two on how to connect.  This week you can connect with others that inspire you in small ways to make your day better.  It can be using a smile to brightens someone’s day, making eye contact, or by stop texting while out in public, and savoring the moment.   If you feel you can’t, don’t have the time, or don’t have the same skills as others, dig deeper within, your spark of inspiration is just waiting for you to let it shine.  Someone may be trying to connect with you to make you smile and savor the moment!

If you’d like to discover or unleash your spark of inspiration deep within, I will help you release what may be dimming your spark with a belief breakthrough session.  The session takes about 20 minutes. It will not hurt and will enable you to move forward with a new belief to enjoy yourself and accomplish your goals this year.   Here’s the link to my calendar:

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Every CEO Knows this Executive Tip

Transitions, we all have them.

Transformation, we all want them, one at one time or multiple times in areas of our life.

Remember the excitement

Remember the excitement of bringing home a new puppy or kitten.  All the wonder of learning about this new little pet in your life and how much you changed as a result of taking care of your new family member.  You probably even changed your daily routine as a result of the new pet.  Remember how much you learned about being a pet owner.   And what did your new puppy or kitten give you in return, once in a while a little mess on the floor but more importantly their unconditional love.

You have the opportunity to embrace a new opportunity or aspect of your life the same way.  It can alter the routine and habits you currently have, but the rewards will be unconditional and you’ll even find you feel better about yourself in ways you didn’t know.  We are at the phase of life when we feel good about what we do for ourselves and others.  It has a longer lasting effect now.

You can decide about a new pet, or a new opportunity in your life the same way you view a personal transformation.  It’s about taking the step forward to identify how you feel squeezed and what isn’t working and how to move toward letting go of your own dissatisfaction and frustration. As much as you want a life changing transformation, there’s the painful part after you’ve made the decision where you have to do the work to have a transformation.  And that doesn’t even guarantee, it’s a successful transformation.  Transformation is about success and we do not move backward.  It is about the experience and learning to move forward.

The Question

The question that causes people the most challenge is: How long will this stage in the middle take?  Isn’t it ironic how we can put up with a part of our life where we are unhappy and then we wake up and make the decision (because we won’t tolerate it anymore), we want instant results.  I get it, I’ve been there too.

I’ve had many transitions in my life.  At one time, I was known as the “transition lady.” My job was to help others going through job change and moving.   I helped people in their “upheaval” as others called it until they transformed to their next role.  I’ve done it myself.  It does feel at times like everything is thrown up in the air and who knows how it will land when it comes back.  I’ve learned it’s all good.  There was more positive that resulted in all my transitions.

CEO’s have shared with me that transformation are always a matter of choice.  You see the target that keeps moving in front of you.  It was at a distance so it was easy to watch it until it became very close to you and then, you crossed the threshold.  Now you have two choices, step aside or move and understand the accelerator may go fast or slow with the change.  Accept where you are and start the change process.

My life is in continual change.  I made that decision and accept all the excitement it brings.  It’s a point many CEO’s have shared with me.  You accept the fast accelerator of change and your awesome life follows.  Don’t you want that for yourself?

Decision to Transform

I guarantee your moving forward will be exciting and rewarding.  The decision to transform may be the most difficult one for you.  The period of change can be unforgiving, since we don’t know how long it will last but you do have control over how slow or fast you want to go.  CEO’s admit going slow is painful, just like slowly tearing a band aid off a wound.  It is the space of leaving the old and entering the new threshold that is uncomfortable.  In the end, the new place of transformation shows up and when you can see what is available, you embrace it. 2017 has a lot of change in store for us, why not decide what you’d like to change and have an exciting year as well.  You will be glad you did.  Regardless of your job status, marital status, or monetary status, a bigger life is waiting for you.  It is the change you’ve been talking about and weren’t sure you were ready for.  Now, it is up to you to take the first step.  You can discover more about yourself and what makes you happy because letting go of where you are and the lack of what you have is not what you want to continue to experience.

The Impact of Imagine

Did John Lennon have any idea of the impact his song “Imagine” would have?

The lyrics are filled with hope and understanding for living in a peaceful world.  John Lennon wrote beautiful lyrics for so many of his songs, but this one in particular makes us feel the desire for peace. It has always struck me to identify his vision of the world and our destiny of what we hold true to preserve peace.  It is a precious commodity.  Or was it because his son was more than a toddler at the time it was written.  Was he thinking about the legacy for the younger generation?  John’s latter years of life were devoted to being in a peaceful place, “Give Peace a Chance.”

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too.

Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need…”

Can you imagine your greatest opportunity?

Imagine your greatest opportunity to give peace a chance in your life, with a loved one or someone you don’t really see eye to eye.  We need to be open to “new opportunities” and “experiences” with others, so we can see the world in a new peaceful place.

You can show up to any situation to have a different outcome rather than feeling stuck in what did or didn’t happen in a relationship or in the past.  You carry this burden with you, the feelings are stored in your muscles or shoulders as additional weight of frustration or dissatisfaction in yourself.

When you show up with less expectation and respond where you are today, you’re open to what can be in your future.

Imagine all the people living in peace, yes, you can be a dreamer,” having a vision of life in a different or calmer place, you can see everything differently.

Being on the cusp of change in our future and in the country, is the time to show how every individual can change to make an impression that is lasting on where we live and who we impact in our lives.  We love to see how we can make the world a better place and it starts with you and me.

Where are the places that are meaningful to you to show your impression of change and to make an impression with everyone?

You can do this.

Everyone has more impact than they realize.  We realize the impact when we individually embrace the change that is in our future.  You can do this when you feel you have the life that you desire and want to share it with others.

The life you choose is up to you.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant.  Life can be simple and humble.  It is the life you choose that satisfies who you are and what is important to you.  Life is about connections, and relationships and conversations.  Peace is all about connections and conversations with good outcomes.

Do you live like you are running a marathon?

Training for a marathon has parallels to life.  It’s how you choose to finish the marathon that prepares you for life experiences.  Training requires time and planning.  You train to build endurance.  It takes time for your body to run frequently and increase mileage.

Do you remember your Commencement?

Many Millennials are graduating college and high school over the next few weeks.  It’s humorous to reflect on the advice they will receive in commencement.  Has the message changed from what we received at 22, about opportunity, passion and follow your dreams in college commencement speeches?