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What are the Three Most Universally Appreciated Words in the World?

giftThree Most Important Words Universally

When we speak of time, we often use the expression “take the time”. Here is one case in which taking the time offers huge returns consistently.

Where Should We Use These Words?

All over the world, no matter the nationality or the social standard, there are three words which are very much appreciated whether they be spoken when someone renders you a service or provides a necessary product.  No matter what job you have, when you hear those words, they lift your spirits and connect you faster with those around you than any other factor known to mankind.  Poor, homeless, rich, middle class – no matter where you are in the spectrum of lifestyles, it feels good to hear them from someone else.

No matter where you are – office building, subway, doctor’s office, on the street or at a picnic, use them sincerely.  They generate a good feeling amongst those around you.

When Should You Use Them?

Take the time to use these words sincerely often wherever you are connecting with whomever delegating or requesting a favor or getting service.  Always use them and you’ll be amazed at the reaction.

Whenever you use them, it shows a willingness to acknowledge the presence of another human being.  You dignify your interaction.

If you’re in the office and asking your secretary to create a document for you, it’ll be done much better rather than commanding “do this”.  In the store, say when asking for information, in a restaurant receiving service, at the post office buying a stamp, in the grocery store picking up milk  and at home, with your partner or children.

It’s one of the very best habits you can take with you all over the world.  They are the most universally appreciated words in the world.  We might even have more peace in the world if people took the time more often to say them.

What are they?

Please and Thank You

Think about it.  Actually, do something better – use it all the time for a month and see what happens in your world.  The results might astonish you!

Lorraine Arams

Who’s Following You on Twitter? Do You Know?

twitterTwitter, Twitter, Twitter – did you tweet today?

It’s a favorite refrain.  Twitter captured the imagination!  It’s fun, informative and it’s so easy to get hooked!

But . . . like anything else on the net, it needs some management time.

How do you know who is following you?  How long has it been since someone you’re following has tweeted?  You’d be amazed to find that many people haven’t tweeted in a year or more.  It seems some people set up accounts and that was the extent of their activity!

Are you reciprocating with your followers?  Are there people you thought you were following but they’re not on your list.

Today, I spent time with a tool, Twitter Karma. It’s a free tool, very easy to use.  This tool will go into your Twitter account and show you everyone who is following you, whom you are following, and which are reciprocating Twitterers.  It’s good to know and it’s a good review.

Try it out – I think you’ll be glad you did.  You might be surprised at what you find!

A good time management tip is to assure that you book some time in your schedule every week to update the tools you use whether the tools are in your computer, on the internet or physically in your office space.

Lorraine Arams

The Key to Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

proud and happyWhat is the key to building self-esteem and confidence in yourself?

Did you ever think about it?

Is it thinking highly of yourself?  Is it loving yourself?  Is it thinking that the world is a great place and life is fantastic?  Is having others tell you how wonderful you are?

Is it having a lot of money?  Is it having every single material thing you want?

Is it having great relationships?

What do you think it is?

If you don’t know, then let me give you my belief of what builds self-esteem and confidence:  accomplishment.

That’s right – accomplishment. Every single little victory you have, every single thing you have done from your laundry to landing your dream job – every single little accomplishment builds the message in your brain that you are capable, you have value, you have worth and spurs you on to do more and more and more.

Some would think I’m crazy – laundry??? come on . . . why laundry?  Laundry is one major accomplishment because it’s not the clothes you washed and ironed but it’s the importance you have given yourself by giving yourself self-care.  You care enough about yourself to have clean clothes which look good on your body.  Learning self-care and doing it is a constant reinforcement about how much we mean to ourselves, each an accomplishment in itself.

Getting the dream job may seem like a really big accomplishment, wouldn’t it?  Is it?  What if you lost that job 3 weeks later?  Would it still be an accomplishment?  Of course but you’d likely feel very different about it.  Still, it would remain in your realm of accomplishments – you did once, you can do it again!

Watch a baby – is it an accomplishment to take a first step?  Does it give the baby the confidence to try the second one.  Of course.  And the more a baby learns and accomplishes, the more that baby thrives.

So it is for all people of all ages – the most important building block of self-esteem and confidence is a series of accomplishments!

Lorraine Arams

What Have You Accomplished This Week?

put one cog in placeIt’s Friday and today is a good day to ask yourself:  What Have I Accomplished This Week?

Why?  Because it gives you the opportunity to see if your achievements have matched your goals.

The Goal

Achieving goals is not just writing them down and hoping for the best.  It’s about adding the steps to those goals in your every day calendar and consistently achieving milestones.  True, the path is not always clear nor is it a straight line.  Any goal of any significance contains many “to dos” which we are not aware of or have no idea we missed.  Why?  Goals are new accomplishments – something in the future – you’ve never traveled that road before.

For instance, let’s say you have just finished your degree at university and your aspiration is to become the top researcher in your field with tenure at your chosen university.  Have you done that before?  Of course not.  You make a plan.  Now what?  Do you know what the steps are to getting there?  Do you know the nuances of building this kind of career?  Do you the missteps to avoid?

Staying the Course

When you ask yourself, “What have I accomplished this week?” – the answer should always, always contain completing steps towards achieving your goal.  If not, then your goals are only wishful thinking.

So many people have fallen into the trap of “hype” – write down your goal, place a deadline for accomplishments, describe the goal, visualize or SMART the goals – it’s all written down – how exciting – you can see it in your mind’s eye – wow!  Then the following year comes along, not much has happened with those written goals and your self-esteem plummets.  Eventually, most people just give up on this exercise

What’s Missing?

What’s missing is the work behind the hype!  It takes research, talking to people, laying out a path, adjusting that path as new information is received, doing something every day towards achieving that goal – that’s called “working the plan” and it is work!

Why don’t goal setting programs tell you that?  Well, many do except it’s done low key.  In all the excitement of writing down your goals and visualizing them, somehow, the “work party” doesn’t come into focus.  Their goal is to have you leave the course elated.  If the work was emphasized, you’d likely feel differently.

What to do?

Start today. Pick one easy goal.  Write a list of steps you need to take.  In your calendar for next week, add some of those steps.  Keep doing that until you’ve achieved your goal.  Is it more complicated than this?  It can be.  However, what’s happening here is building a habit!  One goal – write steps – put steps into your calendar weekly

Once you’ve tasted “success”, it’ll be easier to stick with the longer term goals.  Of course, you already know my view of goals setting:  work on one goal at a time until it’s fully integrated into your calendar and only then add a second goal to work on.  In any event, I don’t believe that people should be working on more than three goals at a time because there just isn’t the time.

Here’s to your success!

You might be interested in these earlier articles:

Goal Setting – Are You Missing These Important Steps?  Likely!

Does Setting a Goal Get you the Result You Want?

Lorraine Arams

Save Time By Taking Time

doing one thing can save timeSometimes we can save time by taking the time.

This statement seems like an oxymoron but in actually fact when it comes to saving time, taking the time does really save you time in the end.

Here are some instances that prove this premise:

a)  Taking 5 minutes every day before leaving work to look over your calendar.  Look at what you had planned, what is no longer applicable and add in some tasks or appointments which you may have forgotten to write in.  You’ll set two things in motion in your mind:  peace of mind that you’ve covered everything in your calendar and set up your mind for the next morning – ready to go!

Time Saving: The next morning, you’re ready to go.  There’s no need to ponder what to do first – you’re ready!

b)  Planning a tripif you take the time to research the place where you are going, you won’t miss out on some incredible things to see, you’ll have an idea of what you want to accomplish on your trip and you’ll have contacted people you might want to see in the event they are free to meet up with you.

Time Saving: While your away, you’ll have more time to do the things you enjoy.  You won’t have to pour over telephone books or the internet to find people and locations – it’s all done ahead of time!

c)  Anticipating changes in your life For instance, when the baby arrives,  many people don’t think about what they will have to give up.  They think of the baby, the crib, the day they bring the baby home.   A baby will rule your life unless you’ve made preparations and adjustments to meet the impact of this wonderful little being now occupying space in your life.  For instance, that drink after work may need to put aside or instead of two hours at the gym every day, it may need to change to 4 times per week or date nights with your spouse may have to be amended to once a month rather than every Saturday night.  You may entertain more at home and that too takes time.  And there will be new chores to share – how will that be done?

Time Saving: Adjusting the time requirements in your life when you know a big event is on its way will help you save time in scrambling to make the adjustments when you should be enjoying the moment, adjust your mind to a new life and prevent interpersonal squabbles.

You can see that in all areas of your life, taking the time to anticipate and make adjustments for changes can actually save time in the long run.  Yes, it’s called planning but it’s more than that – it’s making an adjustment in your mind to changes whether it be a day, a week or a lifetime.

Take the time to save time – you’ll be glad you did!

Lorraine Arams

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