Fall Change and You

Fall is a great time to do self-reflection and prepare for the upcoming seasons of our lives.  Since it’s fall, let’s look at 4 leaves, yellow, orange, red and brown, and 4 aspects of our lives that consistently change and grow.

Yellow: Your body:  It will always grow and change as you age.  You have the ability to exercise, and eat foods that support your body and your brain, as well as your emotions.  You don’t have to completely eliminate some of the foods that aren’t very good for you, but do take the opportunity to introduce healthier, energy rich, supportive foods into your diet.  Don’t forget to drink lots of water, and exercise at least twice a week.

Orange: Your attitude and mind: Take time to develop and grow mentally every day.  Whether you read, meditate, listen to seminars or spend time around wise people, make sure that what you’re putting into your mind is helping you develop an attitude that will help you overcome challenges in life and a mind that is strong enough to help you create options when change arises.

Red: Your Spirit: Whether you’re a religious individual or not, it’s important to spend time on spiritual practices.  Whether you meditate daily, read spiritual books or spend time daily in nature, incorporating a spiritual practice into your life helps you be more balanced, understand yourself more and be more centered.

Brown: Seasonally it is important to let go of the things, and people, who no longer fit in our lives.  If you’re not fitting in or feeling right about your job, it may be time for a change.  If someone you’ve known for years isn’t someone you enjoy spending time with, it may be time for a change.  Be reassured though, by letting go that which isn’t supporting you and your life right now, you open up for new, and more amazing things to come in.

Which area of your life will you work on this week? (share below)

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Are You a Leader?

There are many responsibilities upon those who run a company.  One of those key responsibilities is leadership.  Being a good leader is essential to not only the business/employee aspect of your company, but also to your clients.  Let’s take a look at leadership in the workplace today.

What does it mean to be a leader in the workplace? First, we must know what good leadership looks like.  There are tons of aspects to leadership, but a few include communication, vision, preparation, participation, teamwork, responsibility, empowerment, growth, change, respect and celebration.  Good leadership displays the desired actions, communications, attitudes, and flexibility.

Second, leaders must set the example for their team that they want to be seen. If you want your employees to be on time, you should be on time or early.  If you want better communications, make sure your communications are clear, timely, effective and appropriate.

Third, leaders are growers.  Leader’s don’t stay as one individual, with faults and flaws.  Rather, they invest in opportunities to grow themselves personally and professionally.  No one can be perfect, but everyone has room for improvement.  If you were to study some great leaders like John Maxwell, Bob Proctor, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, they will all tell you that they spend time each day learning whether it’s through listening to employee and customer feedback, their mentors, books or seminars.  True leaders are not stagnant.

Finally, if you’re a good leader in the workplace, you know how to work with change.  Change is inevitable.  Whether you’re talking about employees and clients coming and going, old/new software, laws and protocols, or your industry, there will be changes.  Your opportunity as a leader is to learn from mistakes, see change as an opportunity, and be continually looking for ways to improve and grow.  Communication from employees, customer feedback and industry meetings/workshops/seminars will all help you (and the other leaders on your team) see what change is necessary, what change is coming and what changes must be made.

Leadership is a great responsibility.  I encourage you to strive to be the best leader you can be.  These thoughts on leadership are part of one of my Path Plan Track courses.   Click here and scroll down about 2/3 of the page to learn more about my “Basics of being a Role Model/Leadership” course and other courses and programs I offer.  Share thoughts on leadership below.

Clean Up, Clean Up!

One thing I believe is essential to do daily is cleaning up.  You don’t have to go crazy, but if you clean a little each day, you’ll feel better, your house will look better and when you do spend some time really cleaning, it will be easier and go quicker. I’ve selected 4 locations of your home that you should give a little attention to each day:  bathroom, kitchen counters, papers and clothes.  If you spend a grand total of 10 minutes a day or less on these four areas, you’re well on your way to having better control over the cleanliness of your house.

Bathroom: take a moment to clean up the towels, put things away in their proper cabinet or location, check the toilet paper level, rinse the sink and check the garbage to make sure it’s not overflowing and nothing has missed the can.

Kitchen Counter: put away things that don’t belong on the counter such as mail, food, pots and pans, cookbooks, cups, lunch boxes etc.  Also take an additional minute if necessary to clean up the dishes in the sink, either washing them or putting them in the dishwasher.

Papers: You can either file them all away each day after you pay them or do whatever else is applicable, or you can have a central pile, a weekly paper collection, that you contribute to each day and you go through a certain day each and every week, not leaving any until the next week.

Clothes: Make sure your clothes have ended up in the proper place by the end of the day.  Either they belong in the hamper/washer, or back in your closet/dresser.  Taking a minute or two to do this each day will mean that you won’t have a pile of clothes hanging around in your bedroom or bathroom and you will know what is dirty or clean, and not have to guess.

Since it is Family Friday, get the family to help!  You don’t have to do all the bedrooms, bathrooms and papers alone each day, have the kids do their own rooms and help with kitchen and bath cleanup.

These thoughts are part of one of my Path Plan Track courses.   Click here and scroll down about 2/3 of the page to learn more about my “10 Daily Habits” course and other courses and programs I offer.   To learn more about cleaning up daily or other family topics, check previous Friday posts and Monday organization posts.