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July 2014, from Kim Ratz, Speaker-Trainer-Troubadour
A Thought to Help You Live&WorkWise:
If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: There's always something. Whether your basement is flooding because of record rains, or you have a co-worker or colleague who just annoys the heck out of you, or someone you care about is having a hard time with something or someone -- it seems there is always SOME-thing. However, the real trouble often is that we make things into a bigger deal than they really are. Or we focus on one bad aspect or don't consider some other possibilities that not only might be okay -- you might be really glad you did what you do in response! So -- Why do we do this to ourselves?
For one thing, we're living in a time when marketers want you to think they can sell you the "Easy Button." Just buy this product, or do this thing, and you'll be all smiles. Or, there is so much information and technology surely someone has the answer you need. Or, some have an attitude that things are supposed to be under our control, not beyond or out of control! The trouble is: Life was never guaranteed to always be fair, fun, or easy. And you're not the only one who is dealing with SOME-thing; everyone has a SOME-thing too. The good news here is most people don't complain about their SOME-thing, or can you imagine how awful THAT would be if everyone did complain when life wasn't fair, fun or easy?!
Life is what happens when you're making other plans.
Whether it's adversity, change, or a conflict with someone, or watching someone else you care about go through a hard time -- you can handle it. Yes, you're going to have to shift your routine or schedule to deal with it, and it may be hard, or cost money you weren't planning to spend. But you've done it many times before, and you'll do it many times to come. So be good at it, and here are a few reminders to help:
July is National Make a Difference to Children Month
I've been proud to sponsor this observance since 2006 as a way of encouraging all adults who care about children to think of what they can do to make a difference to children in some significant way. Visit my web page full of ideas and suggestions to help you and others see ways that we can make a difference to children in July, and every month of the year; click here: Make a Difference to Children
Dates still available for "Back-to-School" & Fall Workshops & Conferences
Are you still planning your fall in-service, or need to find a keynoter for your fall conference? ╩I still have some fall dates open and I'd love to help you:
"Playing Nice in the Sandbox" continues to be very well received by groups of people who work in early childhood and K-12 education, and non-educational programs too (extensive client list at www.kimratz.com/clients.html), because it's a re-affirming and fun review of skills and strategies that help people keep their busy workplace "Sandbox" a great place to work for you and your coworkers, and where great service is provided. ╩It helps people identify some of their communication "styles," and see ways to improve their communication, relationship, and teamwork skills with coworkers and customers who often have different styles, instead of being in a potential misunderstanding or conflict because of those style differences. The program needs a minimum of 90 minutes, and can be up to half-day or full-day too; each program is customized to who is in the room, their jobs, and how the skills need to be applied.
I also enjoy sharing a keynote presentation at conferences, and this program covers more ideas and information to help you improve your attitudes, which are the doorway to your actions, i.e. your words and deeds. ╩We also create an opportunity for people to remind themselves why they do what they do and what they get out of it, celebrate the difference they make when they do their jobs well, and re-commit to doing their best. ╩So please feel free to share this with your conference committee in case they are still looking for a keynote speaker ...
If you are still planning an event this fall to help launch another year and help your workers grow their skills to their next levels, and the above program sounds like it could help, then call me soon so we can see if your date is still available!
Quotes related to "Out-of-Comfort-Zone-Moments" for the days ahead ...
We are so accustomed to the comforts of "I cannot," "I don't want to" and "It's too difficult" that we forget to realize when we stop doing things for ourselves and expect others to dance around us, we are not achieving greatness. We have made ourselves weak. - Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
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