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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Get Your Enthusiasm On!

My friends at The Leadership and Personal Development Center of
WalkTheTalk.com generously shared this information from:

180 Ways To Spread Contagious Enthusiasm:  The “How To” Book for Everyone.

This advice is oriented toward business
settings but the concepts translate just as well in to your personal and home
life.  Enthusiasm is a key element
of my most enjoyable moments and days. 
In fact: it’s my focus word for this week:  all I have to do is glance up from my work arc (that’s what
I call the area of my  desk  where I do all my writing) and there is
the reminder:  Enthusiastic!  And the picture is backed up by another
important quality (Gratitude featured on my Bold Inspirations interactive art
block from Demdaco).

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Want to build contagious enthusiasm
with your team and throughout your organization?  Here are a few of my
favorite tips and techniques for your consideration:

               
Start every meeting with 3 minutes of “Good News.”
Ask people in the room to share any good thing that has happened to them, to
their family, in their community, or in the world.

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Have a bulletin board where you post pictures of
employees’ families, weddings, graduations, vacations, new grandchildren, and
other successes.

               
Sponsor community service projects with employee
participation – clean up litter, help feed the homeless, build houses with
Habitat for Humanity, hold educational fairs for the community.

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         Hold
“grapevine” meetings (informal meetings with an open          agenda giving all
employees a chance to set rumors straight) at          least
once a month to enhance communication and get worries          and concerns out in
the open.


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How Do I Start My Day?

I am letting you glance up at the shelves to the immediate right of my working desk.  This is the desk where I spend the bulk of my professional day.  Each day begins with a similar practice.
 
I choose my focus via a set of cards that reflect my fundamental philosophies:
a pink set of “angel” cards that my dear friend, Kelly Rae B., made for me over a decade ago;
a set of quality cards that a circle of friends made, along with me, for a birthday celebration some years ago;
sweet angel cards that are widely available;
a set of affirmation cards beautifully designed by Christine Mason Miller (aka swirly girl) which I received as a gift earlier this year;
a quote drawn from a hand formed mug (yay Tracy) that has been very meaningful to me.
The cards are intentionally selected at a single point in time, but they are drawn arbitrarily.

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The bright pink and orange holder I call a altarium. That was the prototype for a series of five that I made with my creative friend, Julie Piggot and that series is available on our ETSY shop if you would like to have one of those for your own morning/focus practice (http://www.etsy.com/listing/63616037/intention-focus-altarium) or just search altarium!

It is a consistent grace in my day, when I feel tension rising or sense that I may be losing my perspective, that I am able to glance up and have the presence of so many faithful friends, my own self included, to draw me back to the basics of my own beliefs.

Could something like this work for you?

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The Proud Parent Announces, “It’s A Brand New Baby BOOK.”

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When ever an author encounters the phenomena of a brand new book being released – I understand nearly everyone has a broad spectrum of excitement.  It comes with pleasure and an awesome responsibility.  It’s important to usher a book into the world with care and thoughtfulness.  Just as much as was invested in to the writing and design of the book itself is required to introduce it to the world.

Today is my day to reach out to my friends, fans, family and those who care about my work in the world and ask this:   if you have been meaning to purchase my newest book – today would be the very best day of all the days in 2010, to purchase it on amazon.com or order it from google eBooks.  Now that I’ve asked… let me tell you that I am so very proud to have my name on this work and I believe, without qualification, that it is my best work yet.  I hope you’ll agree!

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MARDI GRAS In December with Ellen Outloud

Ellen Lambert is a trained Phraseologist in the Radmacher Focus Phrase™ process and she is a regular Blogger on BraveHeart Women.  For my “between friends” feature she’s given me permission to share her celebration of great news in the world of her friends.  Here goes -

It has been a pleasure answering my phone this week! It seems all my friends are on a roll – enjoying a fabulous week of joy, prosperity and good fortune. Everyone I’m talking to is doing great! Better than great!

I think if you’ve had the opportunity to occupy this planet very long you recognize this as a rare, awesome, and remarkable happenstance.

And they are happy in celebrating for all sorts of reasons. One is enjoying a passionate romance with a new flame; another is having a stellar week at work – all the effort and industry of the past year seems to be paying off all at once. Another received good news on the health front, another is achieving all kinds of personal breakthroughs.

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Frankly, I’m running low on superlatives!

“Great News! That’s wonderful! Terrific! High Time! Fabulous! Super! Outstanding!”

And hey, they haven’t cornered the market on good. Rex, the puppy with ADD, sailed through the Final Exam in his Beginner’s Obedience Class. Okay, virtually sailed. To be honest, he choked on “Leave it”. The lad’s not one to leave morsels for the taking. Aside from that, he passed with flying colors.

All is good with the ones I love. Yippee doesn’t seem to express it, so I’ll stick with mental cartwheels, profound gratitude, and keep my Thesaurus handy!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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