Back in Regina today spending the day with Golden West Radio’s sales staff. Wow what an energetic group! Sales people and motivational speakers are the same: everywhere we go, we are meeting potential clients. Impression is everything. We have to be positive and energetic for our customers! No one wants to deal with someone who is worn out and tired!
I always arrive super early in the banquet room to set up my room and meet the staff. The early shift is a tough one it sure sets the tone for the day – and the hotel! I was met by this beautiful, young, smiling Kailyn in Timmins, Ontario today.
Kailyn told me instantly how grateful she was for her job (even with a 5:30am start). She then offered to make me a “fresh coffee” even though we were two hours from coffee service being rolled in the room. She had a permanent smile and was gracious and kind.
As I tell every 18-year-old friend of my daughter: You can be smart, talented and beautiful but you HAVE to be kind.
In the simply beautiful Timmins, Ontario, today with a group of Community Futures development staff and volunteers. What an amazing job developing their own communities’ “futures”. That takes a very motivated 90% person!
Happy Friday! It seemed that everyone I talked to this week felt like coming back to work felt like starting a new year!
I had to agree. I love the routine of back to work. How can learn to embrace the busy and not feel down about summer coming to an end? By focusing the 90% of what is good in that, no focusing on what we are losing and what we do not like. Fall will happen whether we like it or not. Let’s treat September like a new year, dig in and just get it done!
I am in snowy and very beautiful Sylvan Lake, Alberta today speaking at the Alberta Association of Radiology Managers. In the midst of hearing about hurricanes and floods, snow doesn’t seem that bad today.
It seems like almost everyone I have talked with this month is stressed. People are using words like “crazy, busy and insane”. What can we do to make September a happier month?
#1. Stop using words like crazy, busy and insane. Replace them with positive words. I know I am too damn happy but I say “blessed” a lot. When people say, “Oh you must be so busy!”, they are right, but my response is “I am and that is a blessing!” Feel grateful for the abundance of work and the luxury of going to school.
#2. Sleep and eat well. Every year, I enter September realizing the need for the basics to be done really well. You can’t possibly expect to have great outcomes at work, within our schools or in our homes if we don’t feel well. Look after your whole self.
#3. Make “today”, “this week” and “this month” lists. I still write everything down…old school. There is something euphoric about being able to cross things off. Just dig in and get it done!
#4. Avoid all toxic people. I know, easier said than done. Do all that you can do to protect yourself from anyone who has the power to rent space in your head. Negative people are in every workplace, classroom and community. They rarely change. Let’s get really good at making sure they don’t win and affect our performance.
#5. Look at what you are complaining about and ask yourself,” Is this something I knew would be a stressful part of my leadership role, job or schooling?” Chances are yes, you knew. Complaining is a habit, change the habit.
#6. Unsubscribe, direct deposit and don’t touch a piece of mail more than once. Look at every area of your life and ask, “Can I get rid of this?”
#7. Set serious personal boundaries. I could work 15 hours a day but I don’t. Set clear defined boundaries around when you are done work and when you take time to stop studying.
September in our office is flat out, back to work, speaking two or three times a week in different cities now until the end of year. Aren’t we blessed?
This is a kindergarten picture of my girl, Jayda. Jayda started her first day of University today. I have to tell you that was an emotional morning for me as my fiercely independent girl waved a quick goodbye and headed out the door.
I embrace this new chapter in her life and mine. The 90% — I wanted her to be independent and ok on her own and that she is. The 10% is I will miss the girl that used to run in the door to give me a hug.
Saskatchewan Roughrider fans are very excited today to be hosting the Labor Day classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. My cousins are in town from Winnipeg with their adorable children and they are huge Rider fans!!