Wednesday, April 22, 2015

8 Effective Exercises For Developing Your Intuition

Intuition is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. One of the most popular posts I've written on Grow Forward & Flourish has been The Power of Intuitive Hunches.
I am a HUGE believer in the power of our intuition and our ability to develop and trust in it's ability to provide us with discernment that helps us to successfully navigate situations and experiences beyond our knowledge and experience.
Those of you who have been reading Grow Forward & Flourish for some time, already know how I believe that in addition to my faith in God and in myself, I am convinced that the intuitive thoughts I had during my corporate career played a huge part in my ability to display the street smarts necessary to achieve sustainable success for 20 years in the hospitality industry.
What I learned from these experiences is that I was practicing mindfulness without actually calling it that. Which is why once I became aware of the practice of mindfulness, I became a raving fan of the practice and the benefits it has in our lives;  I shared a simple guide to the practice in my article, A 4-Week Guide to Developing Mindfulness.
The practice of mindfulness helps us to get out our head and tune into the reservoir of wisdom that dwells within us, it increases our self-awareness and our ability to tune into sensory details which often gets lost in the shuffle of our modern lives. Mindfulness and intuition don't always seem to be logical and this is why many people experience resistance to the practices.
 In this article, I'm sharing what I believe to be eight effective exercises that can help you develop your intuition.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Increase Your Ability to Connect and Influence Others by Avoiding these 20 Interpersonal Habits

Since my early 20’s, I’ve come a long way in cultivating effective interpersonal skills considering the rough edges in my personality that had to be refined during my first few years of management. Fortunately, I had the support of great bosses, co-workers, and straight up friends to serve as a mirror. Their constructive feedback helped me to identify habits that weren't a reflection of my best self.
With that being said, I’ve recognized that several of the skills I learned and mastered during my corporate career need to be upgraded in order that I achieve the professional goals I've established for myself as an entrepreneur. From my mindset to my mojo, marketing and networking skills to going from promoting a personal brand to promoting a business brand, I’ve accepted this fact: what got me here won’t take me there.
This truth is the premise behind Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith book entitled, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”. Listen to this 2-minute video by Goldsmith as he shares the importance of his premise.
His book’s targeted audience is successful people. We know how difficult it can be to get any of us to consider the possibility that what is working for us now won’t continue to work. Listen to this short video of Goldsmith discussing the importance of ongoing professional development.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Baby Steps to a Better Life

When you awaken each day, do you have a question or a thought that inspires you to be better than you were yesterday?

When I came across the question in this image, it reminded me of the question I'm constantly asking myself, "How can I be better today than I was yesterday?"

By no means do I achieve this every day. However, focusing on this question challenges me to be open to new possibilities as I embrace the fullness of what each day offers. 

Baby steps can lead to living a better life.

My personal and professional theme for 2015 is Daring Greatly which has been inspired by the book written by BrenĂ© Brown.

In the book, BrenĂ© shares verses from Theodore Roosevelt's speech "Citizen in a Republic" which is sometimes referred to as "The Man in the Arena." 

The passage of the speech that made the speech famous:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strive valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at best knows in the end triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly..."

Too often, our fear of failure or the opinions of others create self-imposed limitations of what  is possible in our lives. 

Robin Sharma says, "Potential not realized today will become pain tomorrow."

I can attest to this being true in my life.