Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Fab Five

Happy Friday!!! Have you heard the saying "The best things in life come free?" The following fab five are our favorite "freebies" of the moment. So let's say it (or do it) out loud. Take a gander and let us know what your favorite freebies are!

1. Manners, Please?: Please and Thank You's go a really long way in today's world...just like they did 20 years ago! :) Have you noticed how rare it is to hear a Puh-lease or Thank You...sadly, us too! In fact, it seems like a foreign language in public. Recognizing acts of kindness requires you to speak up and show your appreciation! Check Please...Thank you!

2. Say "I LOVE YOU": Always be sure that those that mean the most to you know exactly how you feel. Saying and showing exactly how you feel is a must. No one is guaranteed tomorrow right? Not to get mushy but.."Have we told you lately....that we love you?" -xoxo

3. Patience: In the world of crazy minivan moms, jet setters, and speedy mall walkers, rushing to the next destination is crucial. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but taking a moment to stop and smell the roses also means letting other do the same. Remember this next time you're driving behind Grandpa Joe who's admiring the landscape.

4. Give Credit Where Credit is Due: Has someone ever snatched YOUR idea and pawned it off as their own? Yeah, it's happened to the best of us... at the worst possible time! Show that sneaky rip who's boss by displaying your leadership and always give credit to those who deserve it.

5. Open Doors: Literally and figuratively. Remember when your significant other woo'd you on the first 5 dates with chivalrous acts such as opening car and restaurant doors? Cute huh!? Well what happened during the last 100?! Try to open the door for your sweetheart, the elderly, or anyone close behind! In a more figurative sense, this can mean going out of your way to help someone else get their foot in the door. Someone just may show their appreciation with a Thank You!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Message in a Bowl...Super Bowl!

Aaron Rodgers made two touchdown passes to give the Packers an 11-point lead over the Steelers going into the second half.
On Super Bowl Sunday as we watched the action on the field, judged commercials and inhaled snacks a resounding voice came on the television that caught our attention... “It’s not whether you win or lose that matters, it’s whether you are prepared to win.”  Pretty simple in its' essence but it definitely had a deeper meaning to us! Below are the key components we believe are imbedded in the message, whether it's the sports world or REAL world you're livin' in:   
1.       PREP WORK:  Being prepared is crucial for winning anything in life.  Good things ABSOLUTELY do happen to good people. Good fortune is more likely to occur to those who did the preparation required to make it happen!
2.       SELF BELIEF:  If you’re prepared to “win” it typically means you have a positive mindset.  You must not only believe that it’s possible to reach your goal but totally convinced it will happen as well! Don’t forget to visualize your achievement.   Visualizing the outcome helps to increase your confidence and your belief in yourself.  Review every possible option in your head and how you will tackle the challenge. Heck yeah it’s possible to win a championship game or earn that promotion at work!  See it and believe it!
3.       CHARACTER AND ETHICS:  Unfortunately, cheating, scandals and lies happen on a daily basis (in fact, they seem to be the norm). The great thing is… there is no substitute for hard work and determination.   If you truly put the time in you will be rewarded…maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but TRUST that great things are coming your way.  The satisfaction received from working hard to win is unlike any other and when you do WIN it only makes the victory that much sweeter.

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