Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gratitude reflects in our Attitude...

Gratitude reflects in our Attitude...

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Gratitude reflects in our Attitude...

I was reading an article about gratitude and I started wondering "How much does being grateful really affect our happiness and can this affect our job and our business?"Tammy Taylor - CEO, Tammy Taylor Nails Inc.  - Entrepreneur and Business Owner since 1981

So, I started thinking about all the times I feel really happy, and the times I don’t feel as happy, and I put them into 2 categories:
Category #1 "When I feel the HAPPIEST”

Category #2 "When I don’t feel as happy”

And... as I wrote my list, I was really surprised, because it became very clear to see:
Our level of Gratitude really can affect our job and our business.
When I feel the HAPPIEST is when I am feeling the most grateful; I am more productive in my work, I have more patience, I have more energy and I am more grateful to the people around me.

Quote:
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.
-Author: Albert Clarke

Something else I observed, which I thought was interesting: The most grateful people I know are also the happiest people I know, and there was no connection to how much money they had, what type of job they had, or how educated they were.

Quote:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
Chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Author: Melody Beattie

I was also thinking about: We not only need to be grateful for our own blessings, but we need to express our gratitude to those around us.

Quote:
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
- Author: William Arthur Ward

Some interesting statistics from a 2002 Public Agenda survey;
48% of adults expressed only "sometimes" did they encounter people who made an effort to say "please" and "thank you"
And...
16% of these adults said they "practically never" encounter people who made an effort to say "please" and "thank you”.

Here are 4 things we can do to help our "GRATITUDE reflect in our ATTITUDE":

#1 Take the time to express gratitude and appreciation, to the people around us each day

#2 Literally, Count all of the good things that happen each day

#3 Write down 5 of these good things that happened the day before, in a journal each day

#4 Go back to #1 and start again each day

Quote:
It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.
- Author: Naomi Williams

Why is it important to write down all the good things that happen every day in a journal?
Because we have a tendency to dwell on the bad stuff and we easily forget the good things that happen; we need to have a daily reminder of all the good things that have happened in the past so we stay positive and focus on all of the good things that are going to happen today, and... in the future.

with love,
Tammy Taylor

Psalms 9:1-2
I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Direction of Your Dreams...

The Direction of Your Dreams...

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The Direction of Your Dreams...

What are your Dreams for your Job; For your Career; For your Business...
Do the decisions you make, take you in the direction of your Dreams?Tammy Taylor - CEO, Tammy Taylor Nails Inc.  - Entrepreneur and Business Owner since 1981

Quote:
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Author - Peter Drucker

Be pro-active in your job, in your business, and in your career; get involved, make decisions, help improve the things around you; you will become a better co-worker, employer, manager.

Quote:
I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
Author - Brian Tracy

However...
Sometimes when we get involved and make decisions, things do "not" turn out as good as we planned, and when this happens it could make us afraid of making future decisions. We might think that it would be better to stop getting involved, stop trying to help, just mind our own business, and whatever happens, happens.
But...
Remember: "Not" making a decision is a decision in itself.

Quote:
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Author - Elbert Hubbard

Successful business people have learned: make decisions; do not be afraid of making mistakes; do not be afraid of what people might think; do not be afraid of showing your weaknesses.

Even if you make the wrong decision, do not worry about it; you want to shake things up and change things around; change is how you grow and change is how you help the people around you grow.

Quote:
If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun.
Author - Katharine Hepburn

More good stuff happens by taking action, than bad stuff. The reason why we remember more of the bad stuff is: we dwelled on it for so long, it is ingrained into our brain; but... the good stuff that happens, we just think about for a few minutes and forget about it.

Quote:
If I could go back in time and fix all the mistakes I made, I wouldn't because it has made me who I am today.

Especially in those times when you start doubting yourself, when it seems like things have not worked out the way you planned or the things you are doing don’t seem like enough:
Keep taking chances - Keep making mistakes - Keep trying to make things better...
Keep Making Decisions, which take you in the Direction of Your Dreams...
And, you will Succeed!

with love,
Tammy Taylor

Psalms 32:8 The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Are Your Goals too High...

Are Your Goals too High...

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Are Your Goals too High...

Quitting before a Dream has been achieved is probably done 80% more often than Dreams that are actually achieved.
So...
Why do so many Dreams Fail?
Because we set our goals too high. (When a goal is set too high, it is frustrating and becomes too hard to achieve.)Tammy Taylor - CEO, Tammy Taylor Nails Inc.  - Entrepreneur and Business Owner since 1981

We need Small Goals...
And, a BIG DREAM!
Quote:
If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.
Author: Walt Disney

Dreams are built on accomplishing one small goal at a time; then strung together like a pearl necklace, one small pearl (one small goal) strung together with one more small pearl (one more small goal), and before you know it you have a beautiful pearl necklace (your Dream has come true).

Quote:
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We need to have Big Dreams; Dreams are Motivating, Fun and Exciting, but only if we see ourselves getting a little closer to our dream each day, does it stay Exciting.

By "Setting Small Goals" each day, that we know we can accomplish; and which directly pertain to our Dream, we will be able to see ourselves getting a little closer to our Dream each day; this is how we will stay motivated "not" to quit.

Quote:
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."
Author: Jim Rohn

Not Finishing the small goals is the Number #1 Dream killer; so Never leave your goal for the day unfinished, no matter what it takes, FINISH it; this is how we teach ourselves to start and FINISH "one" goal at a time.
And... when we learn how to start and FINISH "one" small goal each day... We Will Achieve Our Dreams!

Quote:
Remember, what you get by reaching your destination isn't nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals - what you will become is the winner you were born to be!
Author: Zig Ziglar

What is your dream?
What small goal can you FINISH today, that takes you one step closer to your
Dream?
Dream Big!

with love,
Tammy Taylor

Galatians 6:9 So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged
and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Your First Instinct...

Your First Instinct...

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Your First Instinct...

Have you ever made a decision where you didn't go with your first instinct...Tammy Taylor - CEO, Tammy Taylor Nails Inc.  - Entrepreneur and Business Owner since 1981
Quote:
Trust your gut.
Author - Barbara Walters

Have you ever changed your decision just to make someone else happy...
Quote:
Please all, and you will please none.
Author - Aesop

Most of the time our first instinct is correct so why do we doubt ourselves...
And, when we doubt ourselves how often do we end up making the wrong decision...
However, when we go with our first instinct, think of all the good things that come from it.
Quote:
Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.
Author - Anne Wilson Schaef

I was thinking about my Blog "Step Back" where I was talking about writing a letter to our younger selves, and I was thinking there were so many times when I was young, I would want to go back and tell my younger self "trust your instincts, go with your first decision".
Quote:
I go by instinct. ... I don't worry about experience.
Author - Barbra Streisand

Now, making important decisions is "not" something "to just do quickly"; we always need to look at the Pro's and the Con's and the effects this decision will make. But our "first" instinct is correct the "majority" of the time.

#1 When making an important decision, write down what your first instinct was

#2 Write down all the good positive things, which will come from your decision
#3 Write down any negatives, which will come from your decision (not things you think might happen, only what you know for sure)

Then you can make your decision, but make "your own" decision!
Quote:
"Most decisions are seat-of-the-pants judgments. You can create a rationale for anything. In the end, most decisions are based on intuition and faith."
Author - Nathan Myhrvold in "The Microsoft Provocateur"

You know yourself... You know your business... You know your clients..., better than anyone else..., so "trust yourself" and don't second guess your decisions... "You are the one" who will make the best choices "for you".

With love,
Tammy Taylor

James 1:5-6 If you need wisdom--if you want to know what God wants you to do--ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.
But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.


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