People…And the impact they have on our lives

“Hi, Laura! This is ________ from _________. Not sure why but you have been on my heart all morning. Just want you to know that your sweet spirit is valued and appreciated! Praying that you have an abundantly blessed day!”

I received that text the other day and boy did it lift my spirits!

People are definitely important when it comes to pursing “impossible” dreams. No matter how determined we are in our pursuit, there will be key points in our journey when we need encouragement.

There will be people who temporarily appear in our lives, people who impact only a part of our lives, and those who have a huge impact on our lives.

"man's best friend"

My husband definitely has a huge impact on my life. I know it’s cliché to say my husband is my best friend, but it’s true! He is the first person to believe in me. He has helped me develop into who I am today. I know he loves me despite (or maybe because of!) my imperfections. I used to cry over spilt milk, literally. He would stop me, make me look into his eyes, tell me that he loved me; it was okay, an accident, and taught me the best four-letter word out there:  oops. I know if I have a hard day, I am coming home to someone who loves me.

The other person who has influenced my life as much (or maybe more) is my dad. He laid the foundation for who I am becoming. I remember growing up, my dad would come into my room before I went to sleep and we would kneel next to the bed. We would solve the world’s problems and pray together. There are three reasons why those moments had such an impact on me:  My dad listened to me, responding with care and respect—that showed me I had value. My dad would share his thoughts, explaining the “whys” behind them—that taught me to consider everything before making decisions. My dad made sure we prayed about specific things, instead of just going through the motions—that taught me the importance of prayer. I am constantly reminded of how much I owe my dad for who I have already become.

A friend of mine recently called, crying. She said she just needed to talk to someone who loved her, understood what it was like to be an emotional female, and would not take her conflict the wrong way. Her description is the type of friend I view her as. It was not long before she began to feel better, and I was glad she called me. That type of friend can be rare and should always be treasured.

Another person, whose friendship is a more recent development, is my writing partner. Getting away from the norm to talk about writing, goals, life, hardships….while drinking chai lattes and eating cookies just out of the oven….is the best! Those times bring relaxation, clarity of mind, and a sense of life coming together (even if it really isn’t!) In other words, her friendship provides a much-needed break from the daily grind!

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

Who has impacted your life?

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Get Motivated! Business Seminar

Last week, Tuesday, we went to the Get Motivated! Business Seminar. There are mixed reviews on such events, just look at this consumer report article:  Can ‘The Donald’ make you rich? ‘The Donald’ was not at this seminar, but a couple people mentioned in the article were. People attending Get Motivated! may have been disappointed if they were expecting a miracle to help their business. But for those of us looking for a pep talk and some self-help tips (and didn’t mind a few infomercials), it was great! Despite sitting in the dark, I was able to jot down a few notes per speaker:

Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison

  • Your reaction to an event is predetermined before the event takes place.
  • Achievers create the interruptions.

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes

  • People come after you when you’re successful.
  • It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

Rick Belluzzo

Rick Belluzzo

  • These times of disruption and change are full of opportunity.
  • Believe that disruption is good.
  • Strive to make a difference.
  • Be willing to take on tough assignments.
  • Be self-aware and open to feedback.
  • Perseverance can pay off.
  • Always maintain integrity.
  • Be hardheaded and softhearted.

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz

  • ATTITUDE
  • Be excited.
  • What is your attitude when people say negative things?
  • We get too complicated and lose sight of our purpose.
  • Make good choices.
  • One law:  Do Right
  • Trust, Commitment, Love

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

  • You will know you’re a good leader if they’ll follow you out of curiosity (trust).

Rudy Guliani

Rudy Guliani

  • Listening is the best way to learn.
  • Don’t stop making notes.
  • A person with goals is very effective.
  • Every day take time to relax and think. At least five minutes.

James Smith

James Smith

  • Work for yourself as hard as you work for others.
  • It’s the little things you do.
  • Be the show!

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

  • If you listen to the people who say how stupid you are, you won’t amount to much.
  • Keep things simple.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

  • Do it! Live it!
  • Surround yourself with people who are doing it.

Stephen Pierce

Stephen Pierce

  • Biggest threat to the future is not letting go of the past.
  • It’s about you getting better.
  • New perspective. Change.
  • It’s impossible to be great if we are seeking comfort.

Bill Self

Bill Self

  • You have to love what you do.
  • Pressure can bring out the best in people.
  • Best time to go out to compete is when your back’s against the wall.
  • Welcome—don’t be jealous of competition.
  • Believe in what you do. Have confidence.
  • Enjoy the process.

All of the above points can be applied to daily life—not just businesses! “Your reaction to an event is predetermined” says so much about why we hesitate to pursue our dreams. Choosing to pursue ours took a leap of faith. “It’s impossible to be great if we are seeking comfort” is something people do not want to hear. We are creatures of comfort. But becoming great is worth stepping outside our comfort zone. Most importantly, “You have to love what you do”. At the same time we must remember that does not always happen over night. Sacrifices need to be made along the way. But those sacrifices get us to where we ultimately want to be. All of the speakers’ points are great reminders and words of encouragement to us on our journey. I hope they inspire you as well!

Which statements stand out to you?