Theme

Have you thought about what your theme is going to be for 2019? What word best describes what you need to be focused on this year?

Belief Systems

Thank you Lisa for this story.

Darci, I attended your public workshop in November and you talked about the belief systems we learned at our dinner table and what we learned about what work should represent in our life. That really struck a chord with me. I hosted a staff meeting where I asked my staff what their belief systems were and how that has impacted their work life, positively or negatively. It was a light bulb moment for many of my staff. It drew attention to how that belief system is holding some of them back in their careers.

I am happy to report since I hosted that meeting three of my staff have applied for, and received, promotions.

Thank you, Darci, for reminding us that not everything we learned about work at the dinner table was right. We have a choice in how we view our job, through a 90% lens or a 10% one.

City of Regina

Lucky me I am working in my own city today at the City of Regina with Service Regina; they are the “Wikipedia” of the city – what an important job!

I am always so surprised by how often people will send stories to the media about how unhappy they are with their “city of”. I know it is not always perfect but why don’t we write and tell more 90% stories about how thankful we are for what they do? Let’s take the time today to stop and think about the cities in this world that are truly suffering. Have you traveled and meet people in other countries who deal with war and crime? Cities with no clean running water and no garbage or recycling pickup? We are very blessed. Take the time today to write your “City of” and tell them how grateful you are.

Thank YOU City of Regina for all you do keep my favorite city safe and clean.

Proud to be Canadian

I am so proud to be from Canada, even in the cold! Look at this great tag on my Nature Clean laundry detergent? What could we do in our businesses to tell others how proud we are to be Canadians?

Hygge!

We are “embracing” the cold in Regina Saskatchewan! I do a lot of things in my office and in our home to make it cozy during these winter days. I just learned about hygge!
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or at work, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.
While there’s no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as coziness, charm, happiness and comfort.
Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness and the undefinable feeling of hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate or acknowledge and to break up the day, months or years. With so many cold days, home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference to one’s spirit!
What can we do this weekend to incorporate more hygge into our lives?

Aviso Wealth

I am embracing technology and did a wonderful webinar today with Aviso Wealth! Thank you.

Work On Just One Thing

In my book — Focus on the 90% — have talk about my theme.

Work On Just One Thing

I overheard two women talking in line at the grocery store and one woman asked the other if she had made any News Year’s Resolutions. She replied, “Oh. why bother, I have so many things I want to improve and I never stick to them anyway.”

I definitely could relate to that! I found in the past that I did not stick to my resolutions either. Just like the woman in line at the grocery store, I felt there were just too many things, too many 10%s that I wanted to improve. At the start of a year, I would buy a lovely flowered journal and lay out what I wanted to resolve to do better in the upcoming year. I wanted to be healthier, build a stronger marriage with Darren, spend more quality time with Jayda, John, and with my family and friends. I wanted to invest in internal healing work. I would look back at the journal throughout the year and there seemed to be too many things; it was overwhelming.

So here is what I did a few years ago. I decided I would only work on one thing a year. I would spend the entire
year working on just that one thing. People ask me, “Where do I start?” Sit by yourself for a few minutes and think about your biggest stress — your burning issue — your greatest 10%. What is it? Your self‐esteem? Health? Money? A relationship that needs mending? Something from your past? You might be saying: all of the above! I have often asked people when they stopped loving themselves and many can tell me exactly when. I would start there.

Pick just one 10% and lay that sucker out. With the full lives we lead, how can we possibly fit in ten improvements?

Spend this year working on that one thing. Don’t try and deal with the weight, the smoking, the ex and the aging parents all in one year. That is why we do not stick to improving our 10%s, there are too many to think about. I respect that other issues of life still exist, but your main focus should be working on that one thing. Spend that year doing what you need to do to make it happen. Go to the gym, read books, visit websites, invest in counselling, seek out naturopaths, and whatever else you need to help you work on that one thing.

I create pockets of time (i.e. turn the TV off!) and make the commitment. I post my resolution everywhere; it becomes my theme for that year. I tell everyone what I am working on so they can keep me accountable. Most importantly, I promise myself that at the end of the year, this one thing will have greatly improved. I will not talk about improving the same thing over and over. I will just do it.

Choosing to improve this way will transform your life. I know it is hard. But what are we waiting for? The hardest person to change is the one staring back at you in the mirror. So, the next time someone in a grocery store line asks
you if you have made any New Year’s Resolutions, you can say, “Yes, I made ONE and this year I am really going to stick to it.”

Themes

I am still unplugged this week. I do not do a New Year Resolution instead I like to create a theme for the year. Last year my theme was celebrate. In the past they have been: simplify, cope, mindful, letting go, kindness, etc. I will be back to you next week with my theme for 2019. What will your theme be for 2019?

Happy New Year!

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