Category: #motivation

Pieces will fit

Do you have a childhood memory of something you did with your family? One of my memories is opening a box full of different shapes, colors, and a picture to follow as you put the pieces together. Putting jigsaw puzzles together was one of those memories from my childhood. We enjoyed many hours working together to fit the pieces together to finally see the pieces fit together to create the picture on the box.

My daughter was able to enjoy this with her grandparents and with us. Now it is passed down to my grandchildren. When working on fitting the pieces together, you can accomplish so much more!

Building together

In our “connected” world today, we forget how to make the connection with the people in our lives through face-to-face time. Building time together can be valuable, and we must prioritize this as a non-negotiable time. Sitting around a table together thinking, problem-solving, talking, laughing, and engaging in real-time conversations is essential in building trusting relationships.

The puzzle pieces are not just on the table in front of you, but in the makeup of the relationships, you are forming with those sharing the table with you. Inviting those to share a seat at your table is the first step in fitting the pieces into positive relationships.

Two Rule Philosophy

Two Rule Philosophy helps everyone to be safe and good. Two basic needs we all have, want and strive to achieve. It is my passion and purpose to provide everyone with the tools they need to incorporate this into their lives and most importantly into every school setting to ensure every child is safe. There are many tools, resources, steps, and approaches to take to make this happen, but it is as easy as one, two.

My first tool for you to utilize in your school, workplace, home, organization is one I carried with me from my childhood. I hope to work with Shutterfly to incorporate some additional ideas in my book to present to you to utilize, but currently I would like you to try this tool.

We all fit together!

Currently, you can utilize Shutterfly to upload a picture to create a puzzle. This is a fantastic opportunity to work on building relationships with your team, co-workers, and volunteers. In addition, this is a great way to help your family work to have a scheduled family time with purpose as you work together to put your family picture together. You can use this to discuss a family memory you had on a trip, celebration, or special event. I have done this for each of my grandchildren as a way to work on building up each one by talking about the strengths they have and what we enjoy about who they are as individuals.

Two Rules aim is to have everyone working together to help All feel safe and good. When we can build together, we can tear down the walls we have been building up over the many years and look through the many lenses to see solutions instead of problems.

Complete the puzzles in connecting with All in order to build a collaborative environment where everyone is welcomed, and feels safe and good.

Your voice is important

Please share a comment, like a post, and share. Everyone creating a message needs a little encouragement to continue to develop, and it is always great to take a step forward by getting your voice heard. Your like, comment or share could be the one that helps another person!

Be the Solution Daily Quote: 6-19-22

Monday always brings me hope and faith. Begin the day with a mindset focused on knowing it is not all on your shoulders. One of my favorite songs is Lean on me.

Continue to have faith and hope as you begin each day! Keep this song in your heart as you remember you are never alone. Lean on me and always ask because we all need someone each day.

Work or Play?

Do you think there is a difference between work and play? Should there be a difference? What makes it different?

Work is where you are employed to complete a specific task or duty. Fun is referred to as recreation or activity for relaxation when work is completed. However, why can’t they be combined? Many years , I heard and learned about the Fish Philosophy. I wanted to know more about this new approach.

Fish Philosophy, modeled after the Pike Place Fish Market, is a business technique aimed at creating happy individuals in the workplace. John Christensen began this philosophy in 1998. The central four ideas are: “choose your attitude,” “play,” “make their day,” and the “present moment.”

I know many schools utilized the Fish theme and applied the philosophy to begin their school years, as well as many organizations. It was the new “shiny” object to help build up teams and help others feel happy at work.

I have all of the FISH books and loved the thought behind the philosophy. The fish market was a crazy place to find happiness, but they discovered the secret to working, playing, and having fun.

We gathered up the ideas and practices to put into place. We began to implement the practices, but we put something into practice, and things slip away a little at a time as our attention is taken to the new noise in the world. It is usually a loud, negative noise we need to address, and it drowns out all of the positive steps we have taken forward.

I can name several different motivational themes and ideas utilized over the past several decades to help us work better together, enjoy what we do, and have fun while we are doing it. The truth is, more and more demands are placed on those in education, criticism is loud, and the level of disrespect is at an all-time high, in my opinion.

I believe the hard-working teachers and those in education I know are drowned out by the noise of those who look at what they do as work only. Those who are working in the field of education and who love what they do are those who work and play. They know the responsibilities they have for those they serve, but they also see the fun they need to bring to what they do for all to enjoy the journey of learning.

What is your new philosophy?

Maybe you are not into FISH, so what do you have as a philosophy? I utilize many different tools to help maintain motivation, inspiration, encouragement, fun, and joy in our daily activities. It does not matter what job we have; our life is vital to those around us. We make a difference in the lives of others with the simple things we do each day without even knowing.

My philosophy, you know, is to Be the Solution Daily in a world that needs you. We can always choose to be part of the solution or the problem; it is our choice. I only have two rules to live by daily, and I have taught this for decades. Everyone who walks through our doors will feel good about being here, and everyone will feel safe. We will work together to make it happen. I will help guide you in seeing how.

Together we can!

Making Monday Count

Each day is an integral part of our journey through life. Some days we may feel like we did not accomplish anything. Have you ever had the opportunity to reflect on the day’s interactions? Maybe you did not receive anything in the day, but what were you able to do for others you did not even know impacted their lives?

It happens! You can do a little thing without realizing it that makes a big difference in the life of another. It took me many years to discover this, and I still have to remind myself, but it is accurate. I had several people speak to me many years later to tell me of a time when I did something that changed their direction, and it meant a great deal to them. I take no credit for these events as I believe it is a “God thing” or a “God wink.”

Pause throughout the day to count your blessings, say hello to everyone, and compliment others for actions, words, and appearances. Don’t allow negative thoughts or emotions to go unchecked. When they begin, it is time to look for all of the positives around you and the people who can help lift you during times of need. Make the day worthwhile, cheerful, and helpful. Let others see you know your worth and theirs by investing in an intentional state of positive culture without any issues of negativity. Monday is counting on us to start right so that the other days will fall into place.

Monday Moves

Monday always starts the week for me. I have always thought about the week as Monday – Friday. Saturday and Sunday are the weekends. I may be cheating Sunday out of the title of the first day of the week and moving it in my mind to the last day, but I do not think I am alone. Monday deserves the spot first because we all moan when we hear it is Monday because we have to go back to school or work. Summer is the exception!

I have always tried to Make Monday Motivating! I will continue to work to keep the motivation going for you and me! Wake up with a mind that is grateful to begin a day that leads us to great opportunities!

Be the Solution Daily Quotes- 5-24-22

The world can be too much for us. Our minds race from one issue to the next. As we focus on problems with our mindset of “fix-it,” we forget in those moments to take a breath and remember we are not designed to take on the world alone. We are not to face every issue with a “fix-it” focus, but with opened eyes and hearts to know the solution will come on the designers timeline.

Blessings to each one for a day full of opportunities to see the work’s wonders to create better days ahead.

Know yourself- Do you?

I have written about growth several times. It does not matter what age you are, where you are in the process toward “retirement, or if you are retired. As an individual who is getting up each day to be part of the glory of the day, you are growing!

No, I am not talking about the scales for your weight or the tape measure for your height! Although, my granddaughter has set the goal to be 5 feet tall. I hope she makes it! The growth I am referring to is in your mind and spirit.

We are constantly doing things in our lives to enrich ourselves daily. We use the intention to focus on the things that enhance areas we desire to improve. Longevity of life is sought after, but it is the quality of the life we live that matters the most. What are we doing in the time we are blessed to enjoy?

What are the strengths you have? What are the areas you would like to grow in? Is there something new you would like to learn?

Know Yourself

“In Ancient Greece, the philosopher Socrates famously declared that the unexamined life was not worth living. Asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: Know Yourself.”

Understanding ourselves is a first step in avoiding mistakes in several areas of our lives and is also essential in our abilities to establish goals. If we cannot identify our strengths and weaknesses, it isn’t easy to move forward. When we are true to ourselves, our relationships and work improve—getting to know ourselves better increases our growth over time.

The answer is hidden in the question!

Do we take the time to get to know ourselves? Are we so busy in our lives pleasing others, taking care of things, and doing tasks we forget to take note of ourselves?

Begin or end each day with a question for yourself. Keep a journal with the answer to the questions. This is how you begin to understand who you are and to get to the why of what you do. Being self-aware is critical to the success of life.

  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite color
  • Do you like cold, hot or warm days?
  • What is the biggest mistake you have made?
  • Who or what comforts you?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • If you had only one wish, what would it be?
  • What are you worried about?
  • Name something you like about your job?
  • What is your happiest memory?
  • What values do you have?
  • What do you believe in?
  • Where do you feel the safest?
  • If you were not afraid, what would you do?
  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What matters most to me?
  • What short-term goals do I have? Long term?
  • What is my favorite food?
  • If I am feeling stressed, I_________?
  • When am I angry I_________?
  • Who are my support people?
  • I am ashamed of_______?
  • Am I a night owl or a morning person?
  • Am I passionate about___________?
  • I like being around people, or I’m not too fond of it.
  • My thoughts tell me I am not good enough or can do it.

Keep adding to your questions to dig deeper into who you are as you get wiser in understanding how to continue to grow.