Category Archives: Motivational Skills

Inspiration is Like a “Magic” Ingredient

Inspiration is a “magic” ingredient when you need to get something done or to lead a successful project. It is very difficult to know what will inspire someone at any given time but one thing I do know is you will have to figure out a way to tap into the emotional and empathetic nature to inspire someone to take action for the sake of others. Avery Lynn’s life was short but her bucket list touched hearts around the world and inspired many people to donate money and volunteer hours and other services.

Watch this video from CNN and find your own inspiration

Inspiration is Like a Magic Ingredient

The 6-month-old girl whose parents created a “bucket list” blog for their daughter after doctors said she would not live past age 2 died Monday, her father said.

Avery Lynn Canahuati, who was born in November with spinal muscular atrophy type 1, died of pulmonary complications related to the genetic disorder, Mike Canahuati said on the blog Tuesday.

“In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest,” said Canahuati, 31, of Bellaire, Texas. “I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Writing in the first person as if his daughter were the author, Canahuati created new bucket list entries during the week on the family’s averycan.blogspot.com website or their “Avery’s Bucket List” Facebook page. They included:

1. Wake up smiling.

2. Have a bad hair day.

3. Ride in an ambulance.

4. Get picked up by a fireman.

5. Meet a fan.

6. Talk to mommy & daddy.

7. Eat a cupcake & a Blow Pop.

8. Play with Play-Dough.

9. Play a practical joke on someone.

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If you don’t have one, start a bucket list today. A bucket list prompts the mind to consider “what if” and  inspires true exploration and discovery and that is always a good thing. Make sure inspiration is a magic ingredient in your life and in the lives of those around you.

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Leading By Example Shows Strong Character

Leading by example shows strong character.

Leading by example shows strong character, the best leaders I’ve ever known were great because they knew how to inspire others to adopt an enthusiastic attitude. Strong leaders don’t need to scream and yell or threaten or criticize because a good leader steps in and helps out.

Leading By Example Shows Strong Character

There’s the boss who tells everyone to stay late, and then leaves promptly at 5:00pm to go golfing. There’s the supervisor who criticizes everyone for spending time on the Internet, but is discovered buying groceries online in the middle of the afternoon. And the CFO who recommends layoffs to stop “unnecessary spending,” but then buys herself brand-new luxury office furniture. Do you know any of these people?

There’s hardly anything worse for company morale than leaders who practice the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy. When this happens, you can almost see the loss of enthusiasm and goodwill among the staff. It’s like watching the air go out of a balloon – and cynicism and disappointment usually take its place.

If you’re in a leadership position, then you know that you have a responsibility to your team. They look to you for guidance and strength; that’s part of what being a leader is. And a big part of your responsibility is to lead them with your own actions.

So why is it so important to lead by example; and what happens when you don’t?

Why It Matters

There’s an old saying about the difference between a manager and a leader: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.” (It’s best to be both a manager and a leader – they’re just different processes.)

As a leader, part of your job is to inspire the people around you to push themselves – and, in turn, the company – to greatness. To do this, you must show them the way by doing it yourself.

When You Don’t Lead by Example

We’ve seen just how powerful it can be to lead by example. But what happens when you don’t follow this rule? How does your team feel when you tell them to do one thing, and then you do the exact opposite?

As we said earlier, if this ever happened to you, then it shouldn’t be hard to remember how angry and disappointed you were.

When leaders don’t “practice what they preach,” it can be almost impossible for a team to work together successfully. How can anyone trust a leader who talks about one thing, but does another?

Good leaders push their people forward with excitement, inspiration, trust, and vision. If you lead a team that doesn’t trust you, productivity will drop.

 

Apply This to Your Life

  • If you ask a co-worker to do something, make sure you’d be willing to do it yourself.
  • If you implement new rules for the office, then follow those rules just as closely as you expect everyone else to follow them. For example, if the new rule is “no personal calls at work,” then don’t talk to your spouse at work. You’ll be seen as dishonest, and your staff may become angry and start disobeying you.
  • Look closely at your own behavior. If you criticize people for interrupting, but you constantly do it yourself, you need to fix this. Yes, you want people to pay attention to one another and listen to all viewpoints, so demonstrate this yourself.
  • If, in the spirit of goodwill, you make a rule for everyone to leave the office at 5:00 p.m., then you need to do it too. If you stay late to get more work done, your team may feel guilty and start staying late too, which can destroy the whole purpose of the rule. The same is true for something like a lunch break – if you want your team to take a full hour to rest and relax, then you need to do it too. Click here to read more…

As I always say leading by example shows strong character and good sense. Much more is accomplished when people feel they are respected and appreciated and when a leader rolls up their sleeves and gets their hands “dirty”, it never goes unnoticed and the results can be quite remarkable.

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Lack Motivational Skills? No Problem, There is an Apple APP for That!

Lack motivational Skills?

They say there is nothing new under the sun-well whoever said that never imagined the powers of Steve Jobs and the Apple iPod/iPad.  They truly have come up with something extraordinary, remarkable, and new: a free application called “Task Current”.  Task Current goes beyond organizing your to-do list, it also teaches a variety of skills, including motivational skills.  So, if you lack motivational skills, no problem, there is an Apple APP for that!  It might be hard to believe at first,  but reading this article, published on lifehacker.com by Alan Henry, just might make a believer out of you.  

Lack Motivational Skills?  No Problem, There is an Apple APP for That!

Most to-do apps are full of things that we have to force ourselves to do, or things that we have to get done for one reason or another, but TaskCurrent is an iPhone and iPad app that turns your to-do list into a list of skills to learn, motivational tricks, productivity tips to work into your day-to-day life, and more. All in all, the app models itself after a to-do list, but it’s the kind you’ll actually want to use every day.

The app is completely free, and once installed you can browse the categories of “currents,” or essentially tutorial series and regular tips you can subscribe to and add to your personal list of currents. For example, if you’re interested in learning about new coffee drinks, the “Coffee Drinks Galore!” current is a weekly “to-do” that’s added to your list of new and unusual drinks to try at your favorite coffee shop or prepare at home. The productivity section even has a daily series of motivational tricks by Leo Babauta, author of the blog Zen Habits.

If you like, you can connect TaskCurrent to your Facebook account to share your new skills and what you’ve learned with your friends, but it’s not required.

Original Story Here.

On second thought it was a bit premature to simply blurt, “lack motivational skills? No problem, there is an Apple App for that”.  Especially without trying the application first.  Then, once I can personally confirm that I have improved my motivational skills from it’s direct use, I will share the news with everyone!

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Money is Not Always the Number One Motivator

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Money is not always the number one motivator, sometimes recognition and a thoughtful gift or extra time off is appreciated.

Money is not always the number one motivator, for your employees. Sure it’s nice to get cash bonuses, but a quick survey will reveal that money rarely gets used as a reward. Most bonus money gets used to pay expenses and bills, to try and get ahead.As I mentioned before, money is not always the number one motivator, find out how to reward your employees without paying them more or giving bonuses in this article from HRmadeEasy e-Newsletter

Money is Not Always the Number One Motivator

Recognition/Attention. When your employees accomplish something they have achieved something. Your recognition is appreciation for that achievement. I believe that most managers Continue reading

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