Listening is a skill that helps us in so many areas of life, including the businesses we conduct from our own homes. Whether we have this luxury or not, all need to work on this. In communications education, it is taught that communication is the foundation of good business. When we work from home, it is just as important (maybe more ).
Good Monday morning! We’re starting a new work week. Let’s make our time count. It is valuable. Happy day! mlr
My confidence level rises when I know (really know) why I am doing something. If you are starting a new venture in your life, a new home business, a new health and wellness program, a new way of shopping green, figure out why. Your real reason. When things get difficult (and they will), keep going back to that. mlr
From my weekly business meeting.
Don’t be upset for the result you didn’t get because you didn’t do the work for it. Pretty simple.
“Fight with your strength, not with an other’s weakness because true success lies in your effort, not in an other’s defeat.” – unknown
We will never always be motivated. We have to learn to be disciplined. I heard in a spiritual talk many years ago that action breeds motivation and motivation moves us to action. They work with each other. That has proven true over the years in almost every aspect of my life, including my home business.
We have two ears and one mouth. When we use them in that proportion, our interactions with people are much better quality. Did you know that CEO’s now are hiring specialists to teach what is becoming a lost art — the art of listening.
Action Changes Things. ACT!
Warm up to open up.
Our grandson, Gabriel, has been volunteering in his brother’s class at the suggestion of the teacher. When he first posted on Facebook that he was thinking about doing it, I was so excited for him because I know how rewarding doing something like that can be. I hoped he would decide to do it. He did.
I thought about what ‘rewards’ mean to different people. I wondered what he would find rewarding about it as I thought about what I felt I would find rewarding about it. Besides that I love to be in the company of children, I know how rewarding it is to have a share in helping a child build a memory, conquer a fear of doing something, or learn a new task. Gabriel is getting to experience the rewards of what he is doing because he took the leap and did it.
One of Gabriel’s rewards, as he has shared, is seeing the kids’ reactions to receiving and giving. What a wonderful thing to watch how a child reacts to something. He also gets to spend time with his brother in a whole different way. In the various aspects of our lives, we can be rewarded in so many ways – in our family lives, our friendships, our businesses; but we have to be willing to see the rewards. We have to look for the them. Seeing the rewards for our good work can be a great source of joy for us, which can help us to have a happy, thankful disposition. Then we begin to look forward to the reward, and it can become like the dangling carrot – something we pursue.
So, reach out! Think about the ‘rewards’ that can come from certain things, and do it! Set the goals and rewards in front of you.
I’m happy for Gabriel.
“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?” — Anne of Anne of Green Gables
Don’t stop discovering and don’t stop asking.
Every day is a new day to discover something we don’t know about. Its a new beginning; a new chance. Its the same with our health, our finances, our habits, our spiritual outlook, our mental disposition. There is always a little bit of a new direction we can take in some aspect of our life; a new direction that can open up new opportunities and avenues.
Simply put, a budget is an estimated list of your income and expenses. Making a budget can help you reduce your debt. How? It lets you see where your money is coming from and where it is going every month. Many people have no idea what they spend their money on. They just know they have it, or they don’t. It can be a great tool for avoiding unnecessary stress because it helps you cut down on unnecessary spending. Here are three steps to help you start getting in the habit of making a budget:
- Make a simple list of monthly expenses. Include essentials and extras.
- Make a simple list of monthly income. Include all of your activities that generate income.
- Put in on the refrigerator. The point is to share it with the rest of the family, whether that is your significant other, spouse, parents, children or grand-children. This makes it a family affair.
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