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Public Health Eating Disaster

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Are You A Public Health Eating Disaster

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork

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Politics of Food -Vote with your Fork


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Change is positive

Winds of Change

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Winds of Change

 Time changes everything, and we need to be able to re-evaluate our own lives and the direction we are headed in. It doesn’t matter if the direction is one we have selected for ourselves, or one where life itself has lead us there unaware. Sometimes those things that we thought mattered most, are not important any longer. Rather, things that we overlooked or have forgotten from the past come closer to our new reality.

Change is an emotional experience that reminds us that nothing is permanent. It teaches us to prioritize those things that are really important.

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Change can mean loss, but it can also mean gaining as well. Changes can impact our lives right out of the blue without any time to accept what is happening to us; nor plan for what will come next. Sometimes you are just thrown into the mire and expected to sink or swim. There is a time of uncertainty where you do not know what is going to happen.

Dealing with change isn’t always easy. You could try to forget about the change and get used to new items or circumstances. You can choose to Ignore the changes happen in your life. But in the end some level of acceptance has to take place.

There are a number of factors that increase ones struggle to change. We have to learn that change happens for a reason. We have to learn to teach ourselves the truth. Not all change will have closure, but we have to learn to build those emotional bridges over that portion of our life so we can move past a particular moment in time.

A number of quotes that emphasize overcoming change are as follows:

  • -Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future ~unknown
  • -The key to change… is to let go of fear ~unknown
  • -Change is the essence of life ~Reinhold Niebuhr
  • -Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become~ Reinhold Niebuhr
  • -Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22 ~The Bible

Benefits of Change

Unknown opportunities and new experiences are a benefit that can come from change. While change is inevitable in everything we do, change keeps life interesting, and ensure that bad situations won’t last forever. Change gives us the opportunity to move on with our lives.

We have to look at the positives of change and draw from that energy. We have to give change a chance to move us, teach us, and mold us into something new – something better.

change-is-positive-2 Winds of ChangeHere are a few quotes that help to inspire the idea that change can be good if we allow it to happen naturally. Often we find that change allows us to regain ourselves, and start enjoying people places and things again. The winds of change can be very good.

Here are a few life lesson quotes about change.

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When the winds of change blow in your direction, I hope you will learn from them; and embrace them. Learn to change in a positive way that magnifies your life and allows you to appreciate the differences in circumstances. Change can be good if you let.

Here are a few quotes that help to inspire the idea that change can be good if we allow it to happen naturally. Often we find that change allows us to regain ourselves, and start enjoying people places and things again. The winds of change can be very good.

Here are a few life lesson quotes about change.

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
  • “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When the winds of change blow in your direction, I hope you will learn from them; and embrace them. Learn to change in a positive way that magnifies your life and allows you to appreciate the differences in circumstances. Change can be good if you let.

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How to Overcome that Career Hiccup – One Hiccup at a time

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How to Overcome that Career Hiccup - One Hiccup at a time

Everyone has one - that career hiccup.  The first thing I found out about myself after my career hiccup was that I had the ability to write whatever I wanted to, and not feel minimized by it.   I also no longer had to sit through those painful Monday morning meetings that felt like I was in a torture chamber.  It was a one-man show in those meetings, and no one was allowed an original idea.   All creativity was dismissed until it was needed by someone else: but by that time they had already put someone else's name on the idea. It was stifling to say the least.  Sound familiar?

All creativity was dismissed until it was needed by someone else: but by that time they had already put someone else's name on the idea.

In retrospect

I have to say that my career hiccup was probably the best thing to ever happen to me.  Being able to go out into the general population and meet and greet people on my own terms has been so rewarding. I’m alive again.  It’s given me my sanity back, my compassion for others, and my awareness of just how short life is.  I've found my voice - and I will tell you what I think.

Working under a dictator is not healthy for anyone.   At some point, you have to break free – and live for you. Work should never be overly controlling of your life nor continually depressing month end, year out.  Work is work, but there are limits to acceptability.  Sometimes you just have to walk away.

In retrospect, I have to say that my career hiccup was probably the best thing to ever happen to me.

Things to help you overcome your career hiccup:

  1. Write, and write a lot. Write that hiccup completely out of your system. Don’t post the negatives.  Leave them to wonder why
  2. Walk outside and smell the fresh air. Turn your face to the sunshine. Remove the rose-colored glasses
  3. Do something that you have longed to do, but were too afraid you would be judged inadequate for. Go out there, ride a Harley, sing karaoke
  4. Change your hairstyle, learn to ride a bike again, swim, go for walks – watch those late night movies, get a dog
  5. Ask for recommendations from the competitor, friend or foe
  6. Go to work for the competitor
  7. Don’t go seeking a vendetta, however. Life is too short to waste it on people who really don’t deserve any space in your life. Fate will get them in the end. Just leave it alone
  8. Volunteer for things outside your comfort zone – meet and greet new people
  9. Learn a new trade or expand on the skills you already have. Do on the job training to grow, or train others, teach
  10. Be happy that you get this opportunity to renew this part of your life

Maybe a few items above sound trivial.  But until you have lost them in your loi-300x238 How to Overcome that Career Hiccup - One Hiccup at a timelife, you will never know how valuable they really are.  Maybe you do know.  Maybe you are walking that fine line between normal and not quite right.  Something has been eating at your insides.  Something "good" is missing.

Working for a living is different than living for work.  Make the choice to be free of the squabbling and arrogant types.  Set up an environment that fits your new happy-go-lucky lifestyle, and breath.

Live life your way

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Goals - Removing Obstacles

Goals – Removing Obstacles

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Goals

Where are you in alignment with your goals? Are you at the bottom, midway, or almost to the top? Maybe you have reached that goal. Or you could be one of those people who move from one self-satisfying goal to another. Is what you’re doing today, moving you closer to where you want to be? No matter where you are in transition to accomplishing a goal, there are certain lessons that tend to be consistent along the way. You either learn the lessons that will help you be more successful or you don’t.

Here’s a hint if you are uncertain of your goals. The voice of enthusiasm has a lot to do with where you will end up.

Great equalizer

You can engage others, and motivate them, but with all the transferring of knowledge – don’t allow them to overcome you. There are those who believe that they have the power to overcome you. The more you show and guide them, the more they use that knowledge as a weapon.  It’s unfortunate – but some people are not hardwired to be grateful and appreciative. True!

It is okay to set boundaries, and set them early. It is also okay to put things aside and allow people to grow with the current knowledge you impart to them, until you come to a point where more knowledge is necessary. Like a scaffolding tool you go upward one step at a time.

It is important to take the time to learn so that there is an equality in thought and processes within your working environment. Knowledge is a great equalizer. Too much too soon can become problematic. Life is not a scorecard to one-up each other. Back up your guidance with a voice of enthusiasm. Sell enthusiasm to others. Do away with any hidden scorecards.

Life is not a scorecard. Life is based on what you give. ~dhar mann

Most seasoned employers have experienced dealing with an employee that has gained too much knowledge too soon.  The outcome is that they run around trying to do everyone else’s job for them. You the trainer then have to reign in the rouge employee and set new limits, plus deescalate any anger that still lingers in the ranks. It’s leaves a sore spot for a while.

When a Band-Aid isn’t enough

There are those times when anger can be toxic, and you get left to clean it up.  You have to be on your feet with this one. Immediately stick that toxicity in a barrel and properly label it (Lessons Learned), then ship it someplace safe where no one else can be harmed by it. Knowledge is power – I get it. But rein that knowledge in correctly, and disperse it with conciseness. Sometimes you find that it isn’t higher knowledge that employees are seeking. What they are needing instead is coaching. “A pat on the back”. Many already have the skills, they just need the coach or mentor to say “good job”.

Knowledge is power – I get it. But rein that knowledge in correctly, and disperse it with conciseness

We all dread annual reviews. Doesn’t matter if we are giving them or receiving them. Anxiety starts a month before and lasts for a month afterwards or longer. You say the word annual review and people revert to living life on eggshells. Reading on a thread regarding Productivity Pyramid and Employee Performance I noticed one comment from a gentleman named Lex Watterson, that stood out. It summed up the entire process.  “An annual review can be like an autopsy: you are examining the body of work to see why the patient died. Frequent coaching sessions are like diet and exercise. They contribute to improvement”.

An annual review can be like an autopsy: you are examining the body of work to see why the patient died. Frequent coaching sessions are like diet and exercise. They contribute to improvement. ~ Lex Watterson

Boredom.

Boredom can always be overcome by filing your emails. That includes your sent files (LOL).   It is interesting to see how much work can be generated and how quickly boredom can escalate to “I’m busy”.  Just clean up your inbox. You might also find some stuff you missed.

Here is another one. Create your digital filing system so that it is easily accessible and noticeable. If you have others who can help you do that – fine. But you better have some type of filing system for those items that you don’t want to lose or neglect. Voice why it is important to double check your email account. It is not open for discussion – its business. Sometimes you get paid to be bored.

Open for debate and discussion

Debate and discussion are two different things all together. Choosing which communications you are willing to openly allow discussion upon, or even debate, is tricky. Maintaining consistency and conciseness are important, or your discussions can go south quickly. When you find yourself in the teeth of debate – how much collusion is there against you? How do you reign it back in? How do you end the debate and bring it back to a normal level of discussion? Set your boundaries at the beginning. Be willing to take a stand and end the matter. Look at where you have come from:

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  • Great equalizer
  • When a Band-Aid isn’t enough
  • Boredom

I deliberately left out gossip in the list of things above. That is the first thing I want others to understand – not the last. It just doesn’t have a place. It’s like discussing your business matters with your competitor.

You have done what you can. You’ve set up systems to help keep track of important details, and everyone has a job. What’s missing now?  I’ll tell you.

Voice of enthusiasm

When you become the voice of enthusiasm, things start to change. Change the world by the size of your heart. We are all human beings. We all want to hear those words of encouragement. Set limits, be fair, and notice others. Talk to the janitor as you do the manager – same level, same respect. Ship toxicity away from your environment, and replace it with coaching and understanding. Don’t neglect training. Training is key.

Listen to your people. But be willing to take a stand and end a matter. Don’t allow knowledge to become a risk.

Don’t allow knowledge to become a risk. Be the Voice of enthusiasm instead