Thursday, 27 September 2007

Kind Words Do Not Cost Much

"Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is."

Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, Scientist and Philosopher

I remember the positive experience gained early on a personal development course. We were asked to come out to the front of the group one by one and the rest of the group were invited to look at the person intently and read into their soul then write down positive, empowering traits of the person's character. Group members were very insightful in the characteristics they found which were quite deep, not just superficial glib suggestions. Each person was given the list to take away. I have lost the list unfortunately but I remember that whenever I read it, it empowered me so I considered it a gift.

A woman once said that "We spend 80% of our time complaining about the 20% of someone that we don't like, usually our spouse, instead of focussing on the 80% that we do lik." How true. I think it is unrealistic that we could ever like someone else a full 100%. Just given the basic differences between men and women, there will always be something we do not like or which niggles us. However, overall, most people have good points and that is what attracted us to them in the first place. I stuck a quote on the fridge: "Don't let a little disagreement ruin a great relationship."

I also like this quote:
"Edify a person in advance for the positive traits you want him or her to have, and you'll find them making a concerted effort to live up to your praise."
- Bob Burg

Switched-on companies realise that people do more for recognition than for money or power. A pat on the back and public recognition will often spur that employee with loyalty to even greater achievements. A child whose efforts are noticed and praised by a parent will want to achieve even more. Star charts work wonderfully in motivating children to do their homework, tidy their rooms and carry out little tasks.

So, say something uplifting to someone today without an ulterior motive.

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

The 4 D's for Change

I found this on a website and thought it was useful:

No one migrates toward change until these 4-"D's" are a condition of their lives:

1. Discontent: (to the point of total disgust).
2. Desire: (dissatisfied enough to be willing to do something about it).
3. Due Diligence: (willing to take the time to enter into a process of investigation to determine their options).
4. Discipline: (to go through a process from start to finish).

If YOU lack discipline, work with a mentor until you have developed discipline
as an unshakeable conscious habit!

"God’s gift to you is more
talent and ability than you
will ever use in one lifetime.

Your gift to God is to develop
and utilize as much of that
talent and ability as you can,
in this lifetime."

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

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Taking Action

A poor, hungry young man sat moping on a bridge, watching a group of fishermen. Looking into a basket and seeing a bunch of fish nearby, the young man said, "Boy, if I had a mess of fish like that, I'd be in good shape. I'd sell them and buy some clothes and something to eat."

"I'll give you that many fish if you do a small favour for me," a fisherman replied.


"Tend this line for me awhile. I've got some errands to do up the street," said the older man.

The young man gladly accepted the offer. As he tended the man's pole, the fish were really biting and he reeled in one fish after another. It was not long before he was smiling, enjoying the activity.

When the older man returned, he said, "I want to give you the fish I promised so, here, take all the fish you caught. But I also want to give you a piece of advice. The next time you're in need, don't waste time daydreaming and wishing for what could be. Get busy,cast the line yourself and make something happen."


I received this story in a business email. It contains good advice about taking action to achieve what we need and want to see in our lives.