Being A Friend Means Absolute Allegiance And Support

Friends are precious resources. These gifts bring you grander courage, confidence, and purpose. Knowing that you have touched the lives of others is one of the greatest satisfactions on Earth. Loyalty and support are what defines and sustains a friendship. Make a point to be a better friend today.

Show Support To Best Friends, Even When You Disagree.

Disagreements are bound to arise among friends, whether as simple as how or when to spend time together or totally life-altering like which career or partner to choose. Even when you don’t agree with your friend’s decisions, you can still offer support without losing your mind in the process. First, consider if you can reserve judgment by accepting that you don’t know all the facts. If you feel burdened with your difference of opinion, it’s okay to voice your concerns – in the right way. Bring it up when you are both relaxed while taking a walk, gardening together, painting, or doing another activity.

Express your concern and ask that your friend hear you out, but also make it clear that you respect differences of opinion and are there for your friend, no matter what. Once you have calmly, articulately explained your feelings, ask for clarification on your friend’s motivations if necessary so you can better understand the situation. From there, the ball is in your friend’s court. Do not bring it up continually. Sometimes you may need to stand up for a loved one when others are unfairly critical. You may not agree with the decision, but no one deserves to be called names, attacked, gossiped about, or ostracized.

Lend a compassionate ear when your friend needs you. Sometimes you don’t have to offer any advice at all. Your friends will unravel the issue as they talk through it with you. A University of Michigan study found that women produce more progesterone, a mood-boosting, and stress-busting hormone when they feel emotionally close to other women. Simply being there with open arms goes a long way. It should give you a sense of pride to know you are relied upon for unconditional love and encouragement.

Display Your loyalty by treasuring shared secrets. When my friends share their innermost secrets with me, I treasure them.

Never betray a friend’s confidence by discussing with others what was shared with you in private. The first rule of loyalty is that you keep all information in confidence. When pressed by gossipers, resist the urge to get involved by saying you are “not at liberty to discuss” the details of your time spent with someone, advise the gossiper to ask your friend, or simply proclaim your ignorance. It is no one’s business what you talk about in private with others.

Loyal friends are mum when necessary, but they are also honest as the situation warrants. A good friend might ask for or need your opinion from time to time. Take care to understand your friend’s needs and boundaries to know when it’s appropriate to interject your thoughts, feelings, and guidance. People vary greatly in the level of support they’re willing to accept.

“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” – Balthasar Gracian

Each friendship is unique, requiring its own special rhythm and finesse to maintain. Though your approach to various friends may vary, you can never go wrong if you base your relationships around loyalty. Aim to be trustworthy and supportive each day. Let others know how meaningful their friendships are to your life. Joyfully do whatever it takes to keep your friends encouraged and uplifted.

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Empowering Questions:

  1. In what ways can I prove to my friends that I am trustworthy?
  2. What are some of the other key elements of friendship besides loyalty and support?
  3. How does sharing tough advice impact the strength of my relationship with friends?

 

 

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are grappling with your established business and laboring with lackluster sales, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 20% or more.

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.

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First, Nourish Your Mind

Physical nourishment is just one type of fuel. Most basically, “nourishing your mind” means avoiding processed junk food and overindulgence in alcohol, caffeine, or other drugs. Strive to lead a pure existence. Hydrate your body with water and keep tabs on the vitamins and nutrients you’re getting. Choosing optimal nutrition gives you the power to heal and balance yourself. What you eat influences your emotions, feelings, moods, motivations, and ability to enjoy life with energy and enthusiasm. You may find it helpful to meet with a dietician to get a pulse on how well you’re fueling yourself with food.

Surround Yourself With Positive Vibes.

Cut people out of your life who you know will hurt you and attack your mind. Invite positive people into your life and focus on activities that nurture the “inner you.” Dine with companions who are great conversationalists to enhance your wellbeing and spiritual growth. Appreciate your company and the pleasant atmosphere that surrounds you.

Stir Your Soul with Meaningful Activities.

There are many soul-stirring activities to incorporate into your life:

  • Travel at least once a year even if it’s just a two-hour road trip or train ride to the next town over.
  • Visit an ethnic market, culinary institute, or gastropub to taste food you’ve never tried before.
  • Shop for a color you don’t normally wear, dye your hair, or get a new cut to reinvent yourself.
  • Make a pastry that requires some creative decorating work.
  • Learn the art of meditation to release yourself from negativity, worry, and mental clutter.
  • Create a home sanctuary – a place filled with everything you love and need to relax.
  • Get out into nature, taking a walk and soaking in the sights, sounds, and feelings.
  • Start a new ritual an hour before bed that doesn’t include television, computers, or phones.

Feed Your Mind With Creative Pursuits.

You are more than just a physical body; you are a unique spirit. To make sure your mind and soul are content, feed yourself with creative mediums like craft, literature, and melody. Regularly read spiritual books to reframe your perspective. You can find lists on Good Reads or the Amazon “Spiritual, Self-Help” list. Use online apps like Spotify or Amazon Music to discover new music. Look at Pinterest or visit your local craft store to find a project that excites you. Pick up an instrument you learned how to play that has been collecting dust and refresh your creative memory. Keep a personal journal of your daily thoughts and feelings to lead a spiritually rich life packed full of purpose and meaning.

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Empowering Questions:

  1. What is the ideal blend of nourishment needed to cultivate my mind?
  2. What spiritual “food” do I need to grow my spirit?
  3. How can I deal with gloomy thoughts that threaten to shrink my world?

 

 

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are grappling with your established business and laboring with lackluster sales, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 20% or more.

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com

Be Responsible For The “Energy” You Bring At Work

Coughs and flu viruses aren’t the only things that spread rampantly around the workplace. One person’s positive attitude can make a profound difference in the lives of others. Keeping a positive attitude helps you make a beneficial contribution to the office, where everyone seems happier because of your smiles, gratitude, and uplifting spirit. In your own life, cheerfulness helps you get through the days and sail past any obstacles that arise.

Contribute to a positive work environment.

There are some common themes at the most positive workplaces. You can:

  • Adhere to the highest quality standards.
  • Talk to others with respect and honesty.
  • Give 200 percent, going over and beyond your job description.
  • Take responsibility for your words and actions.
  • Go the extra mile for your team or a coworker who needs you.
  • Have compassion for others who are having a hard time.
  • Be flexible to new trends, technology, and demands.
  • Strive to learn as much as you can every day.
  • Be open to perspectives that are different than yours.
  • Avoid taboo topics like religion, sex, or politics.
  • Offer compliments to coworkers.
  • If you are in a position of power, offer rewards and incentives for ideas and productivity.
  • Emphasize the importance of health, family, and environment.

Take care of yourself outside of work to maintain.

How you spend your time outside of work is just as important as the example you set in the workplace. Commit to eating healthy, exercising, and getting a good nights sleep every day, without fail. Create rituals for the morning that give you a chance to reflect on the day ahead, and rituals in the evening that allow you time for gratitude and decompression. Avoid bringing your work home with you, setting aside time for family. Have dinner with your loved ones. Write out any internal frustrations in a journal to vent. Cultivate a few out-of-work friendships with your coworkers or try to organize an off-site lunch or happy hour that gives people the chance to discuss their personal lives and enjoy each other’s company.

A positive attitude helps the group achieve success.

Staying cheerful and happy at all times sets the tone for a day of success. Focus on the brighter side, rather than allowing negative comments, complaints, or troubles distract you. When you maintain a rosy outlook, you’ll find you finish tasks faster, overcome large obstacles with ease, and develop better interpersonal relationships. Sometimes the group needs a leader to take the initiative with a positive spirit that uplifts everyone to achieve success.

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Empowering Questions:

  1. How can I make sure my co-workers stay cheerful at all times?
  2. What can I say to uplift others when they are feeling down about their work?
  3. What steps must I take at home to ensure I return to the office with a positive attitude every day?

 

 

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are grappling with your established business and laboring with lackluster sales, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 20% or more.

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com

The Fortune Is In The Follow-up

Whether you believe you’re a consummate introvert or a career extrovert, there is room for vast improvement to selling your product, service, and more importantly selling yourself!

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As a Business Coach, I hear varied reasons from established business owners and sales professionals why they struggle to deliver their sales objectives or desired revenue goals.

Do any of these explanations sound familiar?

  • Don’t want to sound pushy
  • Uncomfortable asking for the sale
  • The fear of rejection
  • Not confident with product/service
  • The customer never returned my email
  • Competing priorities/procrastination

Disempowering thoughts that can derail “YOU” along with your desired goals. Albeit there may be several reasons for misplaced revenue targets that may sound plausible, just know you own your results…yep, all of it!

Now, let’s take a minute and analyze what’s real for you. Is your current revenue outcome based on low skill or no will? Ask yourself; do I possess strategic selling skills? Do I have the will to sell? Or, do I flat-out just doubt myself? The answer may be one or a combination of all three. Good News, having disempowering thoughts is managed with conversation and conversion. This dialog sparks your self-awareness and shifts your thoughts thus shifting your desired outcome.

Consider the opportunities you may be leaving on the table. Robert Clay shares the following statics that may strengthen your determination. Here is a massive secret

to closing business! Here is a fact I will bet you didn’t know. On average it takes 8 to 10 productive customer contacts to close one deal?

  • 92% of salespeople give up after four rejections
  • 44% of salespeople give up after the first rejection (almost half)
  • 22% of salespeople give up after the second rejection
  • 14% of salespeople give up after the third refusal
  • 12% of salespeople give up after the fourth rejection
  • And Finally, 8% of sellers get 80% of the sales (because they continue to follow-up)

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

The lesson is clear; The Fortune is in the Follow-up! So, after an honest self-assessment of where your challenges exist, (skill, will, or doubt) consider how your life could change by positively impacting your revenue attainment by 20% or more. Note: if you are an established business owner, success may mean retooling your sales team. Retooling may include:

  • Hire people that are motivated and hungry to shine and earn
  • Understand what motivates each team member
  • Train and develop with assurance
  • Recognition is the best form of encouragement
  • Give them goals along with stretch goals for a bonus
  • And, hold yourself and your team accountable
  • Celebrate the wins and review missed opportunities
  • Get out of the way

“Teamwork makes the dream work, but the vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” – John C Maxwell

A bit about encouraging teams:

Team members like to know that they are depended upon to achieve daily goals. Include them in the goal-setting process and why it’s essential to the organization. Make sure your team members are updated on their competitors to become highly skilled as the “specialist” or “expert” in their field. Rotate or assign a key team member to review the daily sales statics and have them announce the top achievers. This effort establishes trust, improves growth and development, and reduces churn!

 

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are grappling with your established business and laboring with lackluster sales, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 20% or more.

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com

Be Impeccable With Your Word

As a Business Coach, I can’t express enough of how important it is to be a person of your word. If you are in business, a business owner, or a sales professional there is nothing more disappointing to a customer other than to have a promise broken and wasted their time.

What is the outlier or cause for frustrating potential clients and disempowering yourself? Consider that you may not be following through with your commitments and promises to clients.

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Here’s a short list of the main issues that turn off “potential” clients:

  • Never returned my call
  • Extremely unorganized
  • Very late to our initial meeting
  • Did not provide the proposal when promised
  • Did not listen to my core concerns
  • Over promised and under delivered

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” – T. Harv Eker

In other words, if you rarely arrive on time for work, it’s likely that you will show-up late to your customer meetings.

Another example, if you always miss deadlines, or wait until the last minute to complete projects and action items, it’s very likely that you will not provide answers to client questions, or meet your proposal commitments when promised.

I think you get the point! What is holding you back from being your best and proficient with your connections?

“With organization comes empowerment.” – Lynda Peterson

The first suggestion is to become impeccably organized. With all the appointment apps and software literally at your fingertips, get acquainted with one product and master using it. I happen to use the calendar app on my iPhone and Acuityscheduling.com for client appointments.

‘Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A.A. Milne

A bit about strategic meetings:

Nothing replaces on-site meetings with customers as you get to know and understand them better. This visit may also allow you to see what priorities the client is whiteboarding and focused on. This scenario is also ideal for spontaneous fact-finding while potentially making new contacts to decision makers and stakeholders. Basic phone calls and emails will not be as organic.

Although when on-site meetings are prohibitive or inconvenient, there are other solutions for a timely information gathering conferencing session.

Additionally, with all the technology advancements and tools (zoom.com, skype.com, webex.com, etc.) in the video conferencing arena, connecting to your clients couldn’t have been easier. Just, make sure you have an agenda that you share with your client before your scheduled meeting. Thus, giving your customer time to prep and provide answers to your questions. It’s also critical to stick to the scheduled “end of session” time as this action demonstrates that you respect your customer’s time.

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Finally, never underestimate the value of a Coach. If you are struggling in business sales connections and turning off potential clients due to disorganization, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, those of your team, while positively impacting your revenues by 20% or more.

 

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com
 

It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

Have you ever heard, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” This statement is untrue. In fact, it’s both! Delivering a powerful message is a unique blend of what you are communicating along with the tone and finesse of your delivery. If not done with precision you will lose your audience… period.

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As a Business Coach, Leader, and Speaker I’ve had the pleasure of delivering many powerful and engaging presentations that improved with practice. However, I have also been a disheartened audience member. Many times, I have left a meeting or presentation researching how to unpack the unclear message provided by an unprepared speaker. Yes, it happens!

Before we venture down the yellow brick road of presentation prep, it’s important to assess exactly where you are NOW with “how” you speak. Furthermore, most people write exactly how they speak, so perhaps you should start there. Speaking well is a skill that is vital to Business owners, Leaders, and Salespeople. Poor speaking habits can impact your credibility in your community, and it’s paramount in the delivery of compelling presentations.

“If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” – Warren Buffet

Good news, speaking proficiencies can be improved. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Are you an optimist? (Ask for honest feedback without becoming defensive)
  • Speak in tendencies of the cup being half-full vs. half-empty
  • Speak clearly and annunciate your words
  • Speak with inflection
  • Expand your vocabulary daily
  • Slow down to improve the clarity of your thoughts
  • Use relevant examples or tell a story to make your point
  • Review all written documents for tone and grammatical errors before sending

As a professional becoming self-aware of your strengths and areas of opportunity is fundamental to your growth and development. After you begin to notice your improvement in several of the suggested speaking proficiency tips, it’s time to schedule and prepare for an internal or external presentation.

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Now we are venturing down the yellow brick road to delivering presentations. Here are several points to get you well on your way to creating a powerful message.

  1. Preparation:
  • Schedule the presentation to give you enough time to formulate your talking points, strategy, tactics, or analytics to include.
  • What’s your time limit?
  • Who is your audience? Know your audience.
  • Interview and question several attendees to gauge interest and any pain points.
  • Prep your personal story, tone, humor, and speed of your delivery.
  • Are you scheduling a Q & A session before you close your session?

   2.  Critical Questions to Answer:

  • What is the point I want to make?
  • Is my point clear?
  • Will I be engaging?
  • Is my personal story nailing the point?
  • What will influence the audience?
  • Is my delivery the best it can be?
  • What is the “Call to Action” for the audience when I’m finished?

Answers to these questions will strengthen your performance and make it great. Your objective is to deliver the message in such a powerful way the audience is inspired to take action.

 

Finally, never undervalue the significance of a Coach. If you are struggling to deliver powerful messages in your business, perhaps you should consider working with a Professional Business Growth Coach. This partnership will empower your professional growth, and those of your team.

Author: Lisa Morgan Mosley is a Certified Business Growth Coach practicing in the United States and Canada.
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com

LISA MORGAN MOSLEY HAS ANNOUNCED THE FIRST VOLUME OF ‘EXPRESSIONS OF EMPOWERMENT’

THE ULTIMATE GUIDEBOOK TO PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 30TH ~ Preorder Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2017

THE ULTIMATE GUIDEBOOK TO PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 30TH

ATLANTA, GA, July 30, 2017– Seasoned business leader Lisa Morgan Mosley has announced the release date for her new self-help and personal growth book titled ‘Expressions of Empowerment: An Introspective Guide for Personal and Professional Success (Volume I).’ The book will be released on August 30th and will be available for sale on Amazon. With decades of experience in the corporate world, Lisa is known in the industry as an innate sales strategist that capitalizes on company’s objectives, and this book is a reflection of her lifetime of engaging personal and professional experiences.

“Empowerment is a key to success, and this book is my effort to share insights of professional and personal success,” said Lisa Morgan Mosley, the Author of this inspiring book. “This is the first volume and I look forward to future stories of enlightenment with additional volumes to follow,” she added.

This book by Lisa is all about positivity and self-development to meet professional and personal goals in life. According to the reviews, the author has candidly shared her experience to fight negativity and hurdles through a positive sense of growth with motivation. Lisa’s background clearly demonstrates that she is an experienced leader in multiple disciplines and a talented motivator and mentor who receives high praise from clients and peers alike for her teaching skills.

About Lisa Morgan Mosley

Lisa is a renowned American Business and Career Growth Coach with over 25 years of experience and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She is the Founder of 212 Degrees Coaching Services and an effective leader in such companies as Apple, AT&T, and FedEx. Lisa also developed curriculum and taught Sales and Marketing Research at Gwinnett Technical College. She is a graduate of The Coach Training Academy and credentialed through the Certified Coaches Alliance (CCA), a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

To preorder your copy on Amazon, please visit:

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If you would like to schedule an author reading, book signing or learn more information about 212 Degrees Coaching Services, please contact Lisa Morgan Mosley at 404-625-0700 or email at lisa@212degreescoaching.com. #booklaunch, #newbook, #amazonbestseller

In the NOW

Yeah, we brag about achieving frequent flyer status. However, we are all frequent flyers when it comes to bouncing around the past, present, and future. We do it continuously. Call it lessons learned (past). Call it a to-do list (present). Call it goal-setting (future). The challenge is spending our time in the place it will do the most good, which is living and taking action in THE NOW!

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”  Henry David Thoreau

Baggage Restrictions

Time traveling is something we do frequently and with great ease. How often have we asked our love ones to visualize their future? Even when someone is fully living in the present–living in the now–they still may not be achieving their desired results. Could this be because of excess baggage they drag with them from their past?

We might do well to adapt the guidelines and restrictions placed upon our luggage when we fly (in real time) out of town. The best advice seems to be, the less we bring with us the faster we will pass through the check points and reach our desired destination.

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“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” Groucho Marx

One Bag Only, Please

The future we dream about is like the narrow security checkpoints in the airport terminal. We can pass through them quickly and easily provided we are not carrying anything that will hurt ourselves or others. The bags we carry-on must be limited to one and must be small enough to pass through the “time machine.”

If we are lugging an enormous trunk full of yesterday’s baggage, we are simply not going to fit through the gap. Even if we check this extra luggage, it will only cost additional time and effort at Baggage Claim and be waiting for us at our destination. Do we really need to bring all this stuff with us? In reality, we can either jettison our baggage from the past or go nowhere fast.

Consider this:

  • Is what your carrying positive or negative?
  • Is it a good or bad memory?
  • Is it anything that you can change now?
  • Is it a conversation that should take place?
  • Is it a negative unknown assumption?
  • Is it an automatic negative thought?
  • Do you use language that includes, “I always” or “I never?”
  • Are you using language such as, “but if” or “I can’t?”

Believe it or not any of these dark or angry thoughts are disempowering. News flash, GET OVER IT and Get rid of that stink ‘in think ‘in.  You have too much life to live, too many places to go, and too many people to see.

If you are not living in the NOW, and have disempowering thoughts, think about assigning yourself an empowerment accountability partner that communicates with you frequently. Ask them to call-out when you have negative conversation, and ask them to highlight and acknowledge when your conversation and tone is positive and empowering.

If you are carrying baggage from yesteryear… you must release it! Not for them, but for you.  It’s not healthy to carry anger. Lisa Firestone Ph.D. says, “The benefits of forgiveness include reducing anger, hurt, depression and stress, while increasing feelings of optimism, hope, compassion, physical vitality, self–efficacy, conflict resolution skills and confidence.

Release the excess baggage, live in the NOW and happy travels!

 

Lisa Morgan Mosley
Biz Growth Coach
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com
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Welcome Feedback vs. Taking a Defensive Position When Offered

So you were told that feedback is vital for your growth and development, although many times when you hear feedback it derails you and leaves you feeling defensive. It needs to be noted that how you receive feedback along with who is providing it has a great deal to do with how you unpack what is actually being said. Right?

The good news is, defensive mechanisms are a learned behavior that you can train yourself to overcome. The next time you feel like you’re under attack, keep these points in mind.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Maya Angelou

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Accepting Feedback – Understanding Your Derailers

  1. Examine your past. Feeling like your being judged unfairly can reveal unresolved issues from earlier years. Ask yourself if you’re responding to the immediate situation or still caught up in trying to justify yourself to a parent or ex-spouse.

  2. Consider the source. Maybe you’re okay with feedback in general, unless it comes from a stranger or someone you don’t get along with. Keep in mind that strangers and adversaries may bring up valuable information your loved ones tiptoe around.

  3. Keep it private. It’s more uncomfortable being lectured in front of an audience. Let others know that you’d appreciate talking one-on-one.
  4. Reframe conflicts. Airing grievances has its upside. You bring disagreements out into the open where they can be resolved instead of festering into something worse. Plus, the process of collaborating on solutions tends to deepen the connection between colleagues, friends, and family.

  5. Shift your mindset. Look at feedback as an opportunity to grow instead of a sign you flunked some big test. You’ll feel empowered rather than threatened.

  6. Affirm your value. Shore up your self-esteem so you’re ready for your next performance review or family meeting. Remembering your accomplishments, as a top salesperson or gourmet cook will give you the confidence you need to brush up in a few more areas.

Accepting Feedback – Working on Communication Skills 

  1. Slow down. Pausing for a deep breath will give you time to calm down and hear what’s being said. That way you can decide how to respond instead of automatically shutting down or lashing out.
  2. Listen to your body. If being defensive has become a habit, you may need to watch closely to notice the symptoms. Check whether your pulse is racing or your jaw is clenched.
  3. Face your feelings. It can be hard to look at ourselves honestly and navigate a sensitive conversation. Acknowledging that you’re stressed or uncomfortable makes it easier to deal with your emotions.

  4. Avoid retaliation. Your first impulse may be to strike back by pointing out the flaws in others. If you resist that temptation, you’re more likely to have a productive discussion.

  5. Offer validation. Let others know that you respect their opinions and want to understand their point of view. Repeat back what you heard in your own words. It will give you time to think and show that you’re sincere about collaborating on solutions.

  6. Search for truth. Sometimes feedback is off base and delivered without much skill or good intentions. Before you dismiss it entirely, remember that there may still be some valid insights buried in there. Think it over or ask someone you trust to help you sort it out.

  7. Suggest alternatives. Receiving feedback skillfully doesn’t always mean acting upon it. That decision is up to you. You may want to explain your position and express your willingness to work things out some other way.

Constructive feedback helps you to enjoy more happiness and success. Being open to comments and criticism will strengthen your relationships and put you on the path to achieving your potential.

 

 

Lisa Morgan Mosley
Business Growth Coach
https://www.212degreescoaching.com
lisa@212degreescoaching.com
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Project Positive Energy Onto Others

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What you achieve in life is a direct payback of what you give. Projecting positivity to others is like a boomerang that will always return to its master sooner or later. Make it known that you are an encourager who provides a shot of confidence to anyone who needs it. Consider it a blessing to be gifted with the ability to share a positive outlook that helps others grow stronger.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

Do not bury your head in the sand. Extend help to all loved ones you see in conflict. Offer assistance to change their disagreements for the better. Act as a mediator to alter the mind-set of parties bogged down by disagreement. Remind others how they used to love each other. Show them how to reduce anger and open their hearts to constructive resolutions. Look for little ways to lend a helping hand. Instead of telling others how it should be, ask what role you could play in supporting others who are in crisis. Perhaps you could run a few errands, cook a meal, do a little research, or simply lend an ear.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

We have a moral obligation to do our best in equipping our children with the positive outlook necessary to succeed in life. Children, in particular, can fall prey to negative attitudes. They are just learning to cultivate their talents and do not yet fully appreciate the concept of delayed gratification. We can encourage our children to develop a positive attitude, often, just by spending quality time with them. Let the feeling of a truly wonderful day surrounded by loving family members envelope your children. At the end of the day, talk about some of the moments you most enjoyed together. Help your child become more self-aware by inviting them to discuss their feelings, sensations, and body processes. Nurture a culture of gratitude. Gently prod your child to try again, break down complex tasks, or look at a problem from a different perspective. Model calm responses yourself. Good eye contact and a warm tone can go a long way. Choose your words carefully. Instead of saying “no” all the time, try to reframe your response in a positive manner or ask a thought-provoking query.

“I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.” -Unknown

Set an example of positivity and productivity in your workplace that motivates others to give their all and hit their targets. Smile, laugh, and joke more often. Take a deep breath and take a walk when the task gets stressful. Show gratitude by thanking others for their contributions. Find freedom from “The Overwhelm” by saying “no” to what you don’t want and “yes” to what you need. Make room in each day for yourself and for fun to have greater freedom over your time.

Empowering Questions:

  1. What can I do to encourage people who doubt themselves?
  2. How can I reassure myself when I feel disappointed?
  3. How can I share my positive energy with others?

 

 

Lisa Morgan Mosley
Business/Corporate Coach
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