Thinking for a CHANGE 2001

December 19

Don't let the countdown to the holidays get you frazzled! Bernice Fitz-Gibbon said, "Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there." So, stop - take a deep breath - and look around. I'd guess that you'll find something you thought you needed to do and you really don't, something you almost forgot to do and have now remembered, and something you hadn't thought of at all. Have a very creative holiday season!

December 11
It's almost impossible to live through the second half of the month of December without being affected by end-of-the-year stress. Dolly Parton reminds us, "If you want the rainbow-you gotta put up with the rain. " So if you're feeling a bit drenched these days, open your umbrella and keep your eyes out for the rainbow.

December 4
One of the most difficult challenges anyone ever faces is finding the courage to ask for help. Donna and Lynn Brooks said, "Successful people realize the importance of a mentor or an advocate." Who in your life can help you? And who can you help?

November 27
Shirley MacLaine once said, "I realized that if what we called 'human nature' could change, then absolutely anything is possible." We know that human nature can change, we have done it ourselves as we've grown older. So why, then, do we insist that we can't accomplish our dreams?

November 20
Does your life feel like a long series of meetings? How about the meetings you hold with yourself? Kathy Kendall suggests, "Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up." None of us want to be known as a negative thinker in our workplace, so don't be one in your own life!

November 13
Who are you spending your time with? Elizabeth Willitt said, "the key is to keep company with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best." Spending time with others who share your excitement, enthusiasm, and joy for life increases your excitement, enthusiasm, and joy for life. (You can complete the opposite cause and effect yourself!) I guess our moms were right...choosing the right people to hang around with really matters.

November 6
Do you see yourself as a creative person? Research tells us that the creative people of the world see themselves as creative. Gail Sheehy said "Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties." Since all of us have had to let go of some of our certainties recently, it's a perfect time to think creatively!

October 30
Have you encountered the concept of re-framing? Simply put it is the idea that you can take an issue, think about it in a different way, and actually change the issue. Sort of the glass half empty or half full idea. Here's a famous Helen Keller re-frame, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Is there a nothing in your life you could re-frame into a daring adventure this week?

October 22
How much is fear influencing your life these days? Will the terrorists strike again, will someone you care about die unexpectedly, will accidents and disease strike people who don't seem to deserve it? Yes. We cannot, no matter what we'd like to believe, control these things. Do you wake up energized in the morning and go to bed fulfilled at night? You can control this, not easily and only by creating a new business as usual!
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October 16
When was the last time you had a crazy idea? When's the last time you acted on a crazy idea? Dan Zadra urges us to "Trust your crazy ideas." A good piece of advice. Why not take it this week and work on a crazy idea?

October 9
Wonder why things happen? Jean Shimoda Bolen observed that "synchronicity holds the promise that if we change within, the patterns in our outer life will change also." Whether you're working on an inner or outer change you will see and feel the effect on the other. Stop and notice the truth of this balancing effect.

October 2
Finding it hard to focus? Difficult events, changes in a plan, external influences can all become barriers to changes in progress. A barrier can quickly become something to fear. Jackie Green said, "You don't have to be afraid of change. You don't have to worry about what's been taken away. Just look to see what's added." We all know what's been taken away. This would be a perfect time to find a quiet place and explore things that might have been added in your life. Then celebrate and act on those possibilities!

September 25
This is difficult time for all of us. Listen to Ella Fitzgerald, "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do." This is a perfect time to re-connect to a change in your life. We may never get back to our old version of business as usual; now is the time to define your new business as usual.

September 18
Last Tuesday, everything changed. Did you find yourself needing to connect with family and friends? During times of traumatic change, connections give us courage, strength, and hope. Keep connected. Stay strong.

September 5
When you try something new, or change an established thing in your life, what is it that you really risk? Ilka Chase said, "The only people who never fail are those who never try." So, by never failing, you actually do fail!

August 28
How often has fear stopped your change progress? Fear is an exceptionally powerful emotion. Eleanor Roosevelt challenged, "Do one thing every day that scares you." One day it may be admitting fear, the next, taking a step forward. But in the end, the change will happen.

August 21
Are you just plain tired of change? In a book I read a long time ago, a student was quoted as saying, "change is inevitable, growth is optional. "When I get discouraged about the amount of change in my life, I remember I don't have any choice about change but I can benefit from the potential of growth.

August 14
Has road construction foiled your travel plans this summer? I guess Mary Kay Ash understood summer driving because she said, "When you come to a road block, take a detour." If you're working on a change and hit a barrier - don't give up. Create a detour and you may be surprised what you discover on the way.

August 7
Who do you hang around with? Oprah Winfrey advises that you "surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher." This would be a great time to do an inventory of the people you chose to spend time with. If you're serious about positive change in your life you need nutritious people to support you.

July 31
Have you noticed that some change is just plain scary? I've often been comforted by Erica Jong's words. "I have accepted fear as a part of my life -- specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart." You might want to post this quote -- I did!

July 24
Did you know that learning makes change easier? Thomas Barlow claims, "In the space age the most important space is between your ears." Minds excited by learning new things are eager to do new things. If you have trouble changing, focus on learning - you'll be amazed how your view of change will, well, change.

July 17
Have you started a change only to experience it fizzled out? You're not alone. "It's the start that stops most people," observed Phil Rognier. If you have a pattern of starting changes with little success in sustaining change - you're not alone. Why not find a buddy to partner with for support of your next change. Together you could do it.

July 10
How do you see yourself? Listen to David McNally, "our willingness to create a new dream or vision for ourselves is a statement of belief in our own potential." The vision you have of yourself either supports or limits your ability to change. Dreaming gives you possibilities.

July 6
Do song lyrics ever haunt you? Kris Kristopherson's latest CD contained a song with this line. "I guess I'll die explaining how the things that they complain about are the things they could be changing." How often we complain about things that with work and effort we could change. As a change master you can sing along with Kristopherson.

June 26
Has change hit you full in the face lately? I heard a speaker say, "If you are comfortable with what you're doing - where you do it - and how you do it...then you're going to be uncomfortable!" Lots of people are experiencing change forced on them. Why not take initiative - what change do you need to make - right now?

June 19
Have you run into any problems with your change plan? Shirley Abbot said, "No plan emerges unscathed from its collision with reality." Expecting to change without planning for the tough or the unexpected is allowing yourself to be defeated before you begin. Think flexibility as you plan and as you continue to work on your change.

June 12
Have you gotten far enough into your change to feel confused? Will Rogers observed, "Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects." Embarking on a path of change means you'll need to learn some new things. Learning is the best cure for ignorance not to mention confusion.

June 5
Have you noticed that some of the people around you don't support your positive change? Wanda Carter said, "Ignore those who try to discourage you...Don't give up and don't give in." Others may not understand your need for change, but you know why it's important. And that's what counts!

May 29
Have you started a positive change lately? "All of us can take steps, no matter how small and insignificant at the start - in the direction we want to go," said Marsha Sinetar. Remember watching a toddler taking their first steps? The excitement generated in those steps will be yours as you start down a new path.

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