When I (Cindy) first studied the Law of Awareness in the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell, I realized the more quality questions we ask ourselves - about us- the deeper an awareness we can obtain on who we are, where we are, and where we want to go.
Not everyone likes questions and has a natural curiosity like I do. But since the Law of Awareness says, You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, we have to start with us. And know one knows us better than we know ourselves! If introspective questions are not your thing that's okay. We don’t have to like the steps and stretches it takes to grow but we do have to take intentional action in these right areas to grow. And I promise the growth you obtain along the way will be worth your effort!
A good first question to ask yourself is, Who are you? Since we must know ourselves in order to grow, asking who you really are will help you identify things about yourself you may otherwise overlook or take for granted.
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As I (Cindy) caught up with a group of friends we chat with at the gym, one of us asked “who is excited about a new year coming?!” Since we were wrapping up 2020, you can imagine the howls and cheers coming from that simple question! We had some good laughs and shared a few hopes for the New Year, then went about the serious work of strengthening ourselves.
I couldn’t help but think of the strength a simple decision backed with Intentional Action will add to anyone’s life who chooses it. It certainly has added physical strength and increased quality of...
Wes and I just passed the one year mark of being back in the gym taking intentional action to be a healthier and stronger version of ourselves. And frankly, I’m trying to ward off some of the aging process too! A consistent routine at the gym was one of our intentional action commitments for 2020 at least 2-3 days each week.
When the gyms closed down I was blessed to know some excellent coaches who provided virtual workouts, so I didn’t miss a beat. Having some equipment at home didn't hurt either! However, there were MANY things I wanted to be doing at 5:30 a.m. (like sleeping) and working out wasn't one of them! But, it was the right action for us to reach the goals and growth we wanted for 2020.
Unfortunately for me, it took a back injury and other ailments before I made the commitment and took intentional action to create change in my life. I had good intentions toward better health and becoming stronger but I wasn’t...
A New Year is coming and with it, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a renewed opportunity to refresh your goals and dreams, and what you aspire to be, do and have. Rather than inundating you with a list of power phrases to motivate you (because those are everywhere right now), I'll take this opportunity to share three things that will ABSOLUTELY keep you from obtaining your dreams and goals. These are sneaky…they’re easy to let slip into your daily life and can be hard to overcome. Conquer these and reap the benefits a reached dream and a goal obtained will give you and those who count on you.
1. Settling for Comfort Over Potential
Reaching our goals and dreams requires growth.
And, growth is outside of our comfort zone. Every time we chose to stay in our comfort zone, we not only lose the opportunity to grow we lose the self-confidence we would have gained by that growth. And more importantly; we can lose confidence and damage our...
Unlike the last two groups we looked at who like to see things moving along fast, this more Reserved group won’t appreciate being rushed through the process - especially when tension is building! While we can expect confrontation from the DRIVEN group and often a sarcastic comment (or fifty) from the INSPIRING group, the folks who tend to be more SHY are more likely to do all they possibly can to avoid ruffling anyone’s feathers. And in many cases, this very SUPPORTIVE group will accept the loss and be on their way.
With the exception of what I dealt with just this past week, I’ve rarely ever been in a customer service situation where the person tasked with handling the issue wasn’t trying to find a resolution as quickly as possible. Not only did the folks I was interacting with seem unconcerned about the amount of time it was taking, they clearly had no real interest in solving the problem either… The typical approach of fixing the issue as...
It was a bit shocking to learn 95% of all people never take action on their intentions. And many of the remaining 5% that do take action, never take action on the things that will get them the results they're after! I remember soberly thinking, that is nearly everyone. Wait a minute...that is me! There were plenty of things I was not taking action on that I knew would move me forward in life. I was the person holding me back.
When I (Cindy) learned there were simple step’s I could take to bridge the gap from good intentions to taking intentional action, my results started changing. When I learned to identify the right actions to take that would give me the results I was after…I started seeing faster growth in areas that not only helped me accomplish my goals but first increased my awareness which grew me personally and professionally in the process. When your awareness increases you grow in many ways!
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