The Character Challenge: Week 3 is the final in a series of blog posts designed to help you identify the areas of your person that you need to work on improving. The Character Challenge: Week 2 received such a great response! I am so glad to see you take the first step in working to bring out the better you 🙂
If you haven’t already, please go back to the beginning of this challenge and get caught up. Remember that writing down your goals is key! So, answer the three questions in the comments section at the bottom of each blog post. If you want to keep your response just between us, don’t hesitate to email me. I’m here to help, not judge you 🙂
Click on the links below to get caught up on The Character Challenge:
Remember, the goal is to go deep into each character trait you want to work on, and create a plan of action to start turning that negative into a positive. As always, you can refer to the blog post series I wrote on goal setting, and/ or contact me for help with setting your goals:
It seems like just yesterday that we were texting and calling Happy New Year to friends and family, and saying “bye” to 2014. The days are just rolling in to one another, making a week seem like just a couple of days. Seems like we don’t have a full 24 hours in a day any more. What’s the deal with that?!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m determined to make and get the most out of each day… every day. There are routines I can’t get around, like working and resting, but with my other waking hours, I strive to be as productive as possible.
Thankfully, our bread-and-butter business affords me about 11 hours per day to think and “study”. I mean, what else can you do while you’re holding the steering wheel, right? Lol
I listen to a lot of podcasts… I mean A LOT! I’ve listened to 600+ hours on Stitcher alone. That’s not counting the many, many hours of YouTube videos I was watching before I found Stitcher. Now, I’ve also started listening to iHeart Radio. So much content and info, but so little time to take it all in, let alone implement what you’ve just learned.
2014 was my first year in the online marketing world. I actually didn’t even realize I was a marketer until around June, so I’ve had a solid what… six months to try and figure it out? I didn’t even know this blog was a marketing piece, or at least it’s supposed to be, I’m told. I’ve been blogging since late 2013. I was just talking and try to find some light-hearted people to “kick it” with. I’m still learning, but loving it!
Have you reached your happy place yet? I’m talking about a natural state of bliss. Are your mind, body and spirit in the most optimal place possible? If you say, “Yes!” let’s talk about it. I want you to share exactly what you did to get there and what you do to stay there. Many people strive to be like you… I want to grow up and be like you! Lol
If you answered, “No,” what’s stunting your growth? What exactly is holding you back from reaching your happy place? Mind, body or spirit… where are you coming up short? This blog is about personal development and how it relates to customer service. The goal is to help you get to your happy place… and stay there.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that every moment of every day is not going to be a happy-go-lucky type of day. We all have our down days. The objective is to not stay there too long. And to know how to get back up and keep moving in the right direction. But, if you don’t know how to get the wheels turning… well, that’s where we come in 🙂
As I’ve stated many times, I am a Christian. As I’ve also stated, this has been a life-long journey for me since long before I gave my life back to Christ. If I wasn’t in my right state of mind, for whatever reason, the other side was the ugly alternative… OH NO! I’m talking about a nasty don’t-wear-your-feelings -on-your-shoulders attitude. My actions and responses were truly unpredictable. Oh, how I hated to be in that place!
I didn’t know how to stay inside my head (or meditate). I didn’t realize how much dancing and roller skating helped me relieve so much stress and frustration. (Yes, I used to be in The Roxy from open to close! Lol) As I grew up, faster than necessary, I had to deal with way more than many of my friends. But, that was all due to the choices and decisions I made. That didn’t make it easier, or less of a burden, though.
Yes, I think today is, and will continue to be, a GREAT day! What makes today so great? Well, it actually is just an ok day, but I’m determined to make it GREAT! Today started taking form, and was quite predictable, two days ago. On Friday, I took over driving at about 8:30pm in Pearl, Ms. I drove the last 379 miles home. After parking the truck and grabbing some breakfast, we arrived home at about 6am. Well, I am a morning person, so by time I finished unraveling, showering, etc., it was now about 7:20am. Guess what happens around that time? Good Morning sunshine!Lol
Well, with the sun coming up and my brain waves moving at 100 mph, thinking of what had to get done this weekend, I figured I’d get some work done before the 17 year old’s basketball game that we had to drive 1-1/2 hours to get to. I’m not tired, nor sleepy so let’s ‘Get ‘Er Done!”.We have to leave by 11:30 for the 1:30 game, so what can I get done in those four hours. I think about it, quickly move in to action and next thing you know, it’s time to roll out.
How are you doing these days? I’m asking about your emotional, physical and spiritual self. Not just at this time of year, but especially during the holiday season, we are so concerned with everyone else, that we tend to neglect our own health. We don’t get the proper amount of sleep needed to ward off those nasty germs, and we skimp on eating the good foods that help keep our immune system strong enough to keep fighting for us.
So how are you? Let’s go over a quick checklist of the most common areas of our health we let fall by the wayside. Let’s make sure you are up to the job of maintaining a healthy life that makes and keeps you happy.
Physical – This is the part of us that suffers the most because all the other areas of our being play a part in it. How are you doing with:
Eating – This is the best time to start cutting out, or at least down, on those sugary snacks and gooey goodies. I know it’s hard, trust me, but it is oh so necessary. Staying healthy, looking and feeling good, counts on it. Increase your soup and juice intake to help with this. (Note – if you eat store bought soup, try to get ‘Reduced Sodium’. When buying juices, opt for the ‘No Sugar Added’ choices)
Exercise – Even if you don’t follow a regular workout schedule, just a few easy stretches, for a minimum of 5-10 minutes each day, will help get and keep your juices flowing. This will help fight off many of the common illnesses that prey on weak bodies during the winter months.
Dress warm – You don’t have to buy a $200 coat to make sure you stay warm during the winter months. That same $200 can buy you a couple of coats, hats, scarves and gloves. As a single mom for many years, stretching my pennies was second nature during the winter months. Who wants to be called from work to pick a sick kid up from school, right?
This could be a happy holiday season for each and every person, whether you’re ready for it or not. Last week, we talked about the depression that is the norm for many people, season after season. Read the article, “Not Looking Forward To The Holidays,” to get great info on how you can, or help a loved one, cope with the onset of depression that accompanies the colder weather and all the holiday traditions involved.
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This post is an extension of last week’s article. We will go into more ways to help replace those feelings of depression, or at least make them much less painful and hindering. There are many articles that discuss the different steps you can take to help release some of the stress that brings on the depression. I’ve compiled a list of suggestions from a few articles below. If you know someone who experiences S.A.D., please share this information with them. This is an especially hard time of year for approximately 10 million Americans. So let’s take one step at a time to get in a fantabulous mood… holidays or not! Here are a few activities you can incorporate into your daily routine, that can help you get over this hump:
This week we’ll discuss the spiritual side of personal development. This is the final post in a 3-part series and hopefully, will tie all the parts in for you. If you’re just seeing this blog post and have no idea what I’m talking about, I urge you to back track and read the first two blog posts in this series:
First, I need to make it perfectly clear that, although I am a Christian, when I say, “spiritual”, I am referring to whatever it is, that you subscribe to, that makes you move mountains. It may be religion. It may be a number of many other things. So, I’m referring to that thing. With that being said, if you are not at peace, or aligned with the spiritual side of your being, everything else in your life, mental and physical, will be off-center as well. Do you agree?
So, what does it take to develop your spiritual side? After doing a bit of research on the topic, I found an excerpt of a book that is based on exactly what I want to relay to you in this blog post. I recommend you read, “The Stages of Spiritual Growth,” by M. Scott Peck, M.D. and Abridged by Richard Schwartz. In this section of the book, it breaks down the stages of spiritual development. I will focus on the four main stages:
You know I always have some outrageous, yet true, stories to share with you. Well this week has been an over-the-top roller coaster of a week TO SAY THE LEAST! The issues actually started a week ago, Thursday, so it’s been a hell-acious eleven days. As most of you probably know by now, my bread-and-butter business is a small trucking company that my husband, Mike, and I own and operate. We run as a “team”, meraning we usually cover about 4-5000 miles per week. For the past 5 months we’d been on a sweet run under contract that paid quite nicely… same money, less miles. Pump the breaks! That all came to a halt and jolt very abruptly. Boy oh boy… abruptly is putting it mildly.
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So on that particular Thursday, our dispatcher says, “Hey, we haven’t been given the loads for next week yet. We’re meeting with their head ups in the morning so be patient with me while I find out what’s going on.” Well, Friday morning turned into Tuesday morning. Mike and I have been trucking long enough to know that contracts change with the wind, so trailer hunting we go. We finally find one Wednesday that’s finally ready to roll on Thursday. We pickup a load Thursday heading to Laredo, Tx and we’re off! Read entire post