The Unique Blogger Award

I appreciate anyone and everyone who takes time to read my work and am especially honored when someone takes time to recognize it.  Thank you Aranab for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award.

Here’s just a bit about Aranab before I get into answering questions. He has created a positive space where he shares daily gratitude, plans to make self-improvements and quotes of the day. With the world so full of negative situations, I find his posts to be a refreshing reminder that there is always something to be grateful for and always something to improve. If you are looking for a quick shot of positivity, his page is a great one to visit.

Aranab had 3 questions for those he nominated:

What are you working on right now?

Writing more consistently, improving presentation and leadership skills. Balancing hobbies (painting, writing and public speaking practice) with work and family needs.  Additionally, I’m learning to water color in hopes of creating better visuals for my blog and creating meaningful gifts for friends and family.

What’s your end goal with blogging?

I started my blog with hopes that it would help me create more consistently. I’ve always loved stories and I’ve always dreamed of writing books of my own stories.  As I’ve started my blog, I also became more active in a public speaking/leadership club (Toastmasters).  It’s odd but the two activities work well together. I often find myself writing about something I’ve presented, or more often, presenting something I’ve written about. As I get better with both, I have dreams of being a published author, a paid motivational/inspirational speaker and one day a successful life coach.

What is the best advice you’ve have ever received?

 No matter how insignificant you think your experiences are, your story can inspire, teach, encourage, motivate, uplift someone who really needs it. . . you only need to share it.

If it helps just one person, isn’t it all worth it?


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Here are my nominations for the Unique Blogger Award:

A Glimpse of Darkness

Writer’s Writers Blog

Nicole at Boon Blog

Your Finances

Reginald Garland

My Stories with Music

A Simlish Life

New Moon Plan

Sun & Moon at Eclipse Stories

Unbolt Me

Soul on Rice

Implugged

The Palace

Maritz Nicole

Questions for my nominees are:

  1. What makes you proud?
  2. When was the last time you a good laugh–you know, one of those that come from deep in the belly and makes your sides hurt? Could you share the moment with us?
  3. What one thing have you not done that you REALLY want to do?

Rules 

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  • Ask them three questions.

 

 

6 Steps to Encourage Goals and Dreams

A father and his 8 yr old son were in the yard throwing a football around.

“I’m gonna be in the NFL one day!” said the boy.

“You can’t even catch the ball, son,” said the dad.

“I’m gonna learn, and then I’ll play NFL,” the boy shot back.

“Son, NFL players start learning when they are 4 or 5, and they practice hours a day,” said his dad. “It’s too late.”

After a few minutes, the little boy put the football down and found something else to do.


 More than a year has passed since I witnessed this conversation, but recently I read a page in a leadership book (I’ll share the book in just a bit) that made me think of this boy and his dad again. See, this man is a leader, whether he knows it or not. His son is looking to him for guidance and for help in achieving his dreams—but for how long?

After experiencing conversations like the one witnessed, if this happens often, how long will the boy continue to take his goals and dreams to his dad. How long before he starts keeping it to himself, finds someone different to confide in, or, worse, stops dreaming of what he can achieve?

Now, before we come down too hard on the dad, let’s think about how many times we’ve experienced something similar. I’m sure almost everyone can think of a time that we were passionate about reaching a lofty goal, shared it, only to have someone tell you all the reasons why the goal or dream is silly, unworthy, or not achievable.

If we honestly reflect, we can probably think of a few times we, ourselves, have been the discourager to someone else. Maybe not intentionally, but we’ve done it. Let’s call this Dream Busting. People rarely continue to share dreams and goals with Dream Busters because can really drain passion and motivation of a person.

The best leaders uplift and empower others, and, if you think about it, we are all leaders. Everyone has someone looking to up them, whether they know it or not, as an example, for guidance, advice, or for inspiration. It could be a son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother, sister, friend, neighbor, employee or coworker. Our words and actions affect them, and to them we are either Dream Boosters or Dream Busters.

In his book “The Maxwell Daily Reader” and in  “25 Ways to Win with People,”  John C Maxwell says one of the greatest gift we can give is helping people turn their dreams into reality. It doesn’t take a grand gesture, Maxwell provides simple 6 steps to encourage and help others with their dreams:

  1. Ask the person to share with you. Everyone has a dream but few people are asked about it.
  2. Affirm the dream as well as the person. Let the person know that you not only value his or her dream, but that you recognize the traits in that individual that can help him or her achieve it.
  3. Ask about the challenges they must overcome to reach their dream. Few people ask others about their dreams; even fewer try to find out what kinds of hurdles the person is up against to pursue them.
  4. Offer your assistance. No one achieves a worthwhile dream alone. You’ll be amazed by how people light up when you offer to help them achieve their dream.
  5. Revisit the dream with them on a consistent basis. If you really want to help others with their dreams, don’t make it a one- time activity you mark off your list. Check in with them to see how they’re doing and lend assistance.
  6. Determine be a Dream Booster, not a Dream Buster. Everyone has a dream, and everyone needs encouragement. Set your mental radar to pick up on other’s dreams and help them along.

Excerpt & Steps from: Maxwell, John C., The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 days of insight to develop the leader within you and influence those around you, June 26, p. 164.

If you are determined to work on becoming a better leader, or determined to build better relationships with the people that matter in your life the Daily Reader is an excellent book to pick up. It gives a skill or idea to focus on each day that will help in these areas of life.

If you aren’t interested in the book, at least determine to be a Dream Booster. Try these steps out,  and let me know what you think. I have determined to try them and so far it’s helping my relationships.

 

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Quick Check in for my Readers

Posts should resume by Friday, May 26.

My laptop is currently lying upside down trying to survive a cup of southern sugary sweet tea. While it dries out throughly I am traveling for a couple of days. 

We will know Thursday if the laptop survives or if I get to upgrade (do I sound to excited about that?).

In the meantime I’ll be reading and commenting on other’s blogs, and maybe a short post or two from my phone 😬.

Have a great week everyone 😬.

Blog Quest: Today Makes 1 Month


It’s my BLOGIVERSARY! One month ago to this exact date I finally overcame my fear of the unknown and started a wordpress account as a tool to help me become more consistent with writing and to share funny, inspirational, or guiding moments of life.

Thank you to the people who inspired and motivated me to start, thank you to those that email or check on me face to face to make sure I’m staying consistent, thank you to all my followers who read, like, comment and also motivate me to keep sharing and to keep getting better and better. Especially those of you who are enjoying the Mom Moments. I’m grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to get to know her as I never have before (I’ll write more about the whys and hows of all that eventually). She’s is a beautiful woman with a huge heart who says the most hilarious things ❤️.