Even the Famous Ones Need Help

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Did you know that…

  • Oprah Winfrey was told she was unfit for TV because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her stories.
  • Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star Newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
  • J.K. Rowling depended on welfare to survive while trying to raise a child on her own.

So, the next time you start to beat yourself up because you feel stuck, or you haven’t come as far as you would like, know that you are not alone. There are some very powerful, successful and dynamic people who also felt like giving up. Yet, someone, something, kept them moving forward. They found a way to put one step in front of the other.

Use them as an example. Research others who have struggled and survived, then read their stories on the days when you need a little boost. Ask yourself: Who will be my anchor; what will be my safety net???

And here’s a secret: sometimes we begin to move forward when we stop, turn around, and lend a helping hand to someone who is just behind us.


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Emotional Intelligence? Please Explain!

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I’ve been hearing a lot about Emotional Intelligence and it caught my attention. It didn’t seem like these two words fit together. Emotional comes from the heart; Intelligence comes from the head. So how did they end up in one phrase?

I started to research it and I found it quite fascinating. Everything I read defined EQ (Emotional Intelligence) as being able to understand your own emotions and how they affect the people around you. This in turn helps us all to manage our relationships more effectively. How cool is that? I sure have a few relationships that could use some managing, so I continued my research.

It turns out that EQ is becoming more and more popular in the workplace. It is helping managers better understand their team and what motivates them. It is also showing us all how to develop better work/life balance. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

Then I came across this flowchart that actually helps you perceive, manage and understand your own emotions. I actually found it fun to follow the various lines and arrows, reading the different answers and seeing where I fit in. That’s why I’d like to share it with you: Flowchart.

Take a moment to check it out and see how you can enhance your relationships with others, and more importantly, with yourself.


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Navigating the Detours in Life

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I am constantly lost. Directions have always been a challenge for me. I can’t tell north from south, east from west, and if I tell you to turn left, that’s your cue to turn right. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my new best friend, Alice – my navigation system. No matter how long I have lived in one place, or how many times I have taken the same route, I still get confused.

People always make fun of me because I never know where I am or how I got there. I used to beat myself up over my lack of direction, but over the years I have learned to enjoy the detours along the way, both on the road and in life.

When I was 21, I had my whole life mapped out. Did it turn out the way I planned? NO! But by enjoying the twists and turns along the way, I have found treasures I never imagined possible.

As some wise person once said (no, it wasn’t me but I wish it was):

“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”

So, you see, detours can be good – and lacking a sense of direction can be a real adventure. It’s like watching a movie for the first time, not knowing how it will end.


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How Do You Prepare for Unexpected Loses?

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Take one step at a time. Clear one hurdle at a time. If you get ahead of yourself, you run the risk of getting cocky. I saw it happen in the Super Bowl game last Sunday. At one point the San Francisco 49ers thought they had won the game. Between plays, they even sat together on the field as though they were posing for their photo as the Super Bowl champions. Well, we all know how that turned out.

We’ve all been there. We’ve all been in that moment when we thought we won the trophy, landed the sale, or got the promotion. Then suddenly someone else’s name was called. Totally shocked, we end up thinking: “what just happened here?”

So, how do we prepare for that? How do we stay in the moment and focus on the goal that is right in front of us? One of my tricks is to picture a bullseye. There, right in the center, I can actually visualize what I want – what I am striving for. Everything else goes away and I can only see the center of that bullseye. That way, it doesn’t matter if someone else is winning or getting ahead of me. My laser focus causes me to remain steady.

Does this work every single time? I think you already know the answer to that. But on those occasions when it doesn’t work, it keeps me from getting cocky, from being blindsided, and to keep moving forward, no matter how much my surroundings may change. Think of it as the game of life, and on those days when things don’t go as planned, you can always drop back 10 yards and punt.


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