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Back-To-School Optimism

In Uncategorized on 2011/08/25 at 12:17 pm

Keep Optimism In Your Toolbox

While I was working at a college in the Midwest, a colleague noted that on the first day of each semester, every student is an “A”  student. For those who are regular readers, you may recall that back in January, I wrote about January being my favorite month. Well, we are embarking on another of my favorite times of year: “Back-To-School”. At this time of year, I am strong ,I feel invincible, and I’m hopeful.

The reason I call attention to and celebrate my favorite times of year is that like everyone else, the hiccups and challenges that life presents can cause me to feel defeated. It’s tempting to focus on defeat and negativity, but I have learned to maintain an optimistic attitude. Some think I’m an optimist by nature. While optimism may be in my nature,  I’ve enhanced that natural set-point of  optimism through effort and practice. That practice is what has led me to create vision board workshops that focus on possibility.

I have determined that optimism is an art and a science. In addition, optimism affects us chemically and it’s a muscle that requires a constant workout. This week I offer you The Optimist Creed. It was authored in 1912 by Christian D. Larson. It was adopted
as Optimist International’s creed in 1922. (I worked with a gentleman who has been a member of the Optimists for many may years – he is generally happy and yes optimistic). Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed.

The Optimist Creed:

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Keep this creed and the practice in your toolbox, so that you can maintain optimism all year long.

As always, I welcome your comments.

~ Tess

Copyright 2011

Destiny Rising, LLC

How Bright A Future Can You Imagine?

In Uncategorized on 2011/08/17 at 5:14 pm


Do you remember how in old black and white movies, the passage of time was often a montage of calendar pages flying off of a stack and the hands of clock whirring round and round? Well, recently, I initiated a conversation with my business coach about “what am I waiting for?” In that conversation, I confirmed that I have all of the tools and the experience I need to move to the head of the pack. In spite of this, I often hesitate. Today, I was trolling out on YouTube and found an inspirational video that inspires me to create the future I imagine NOW.

I hope you’ll enjoy it to. I couldn’t say it better myself, so I invite you to enjoy the video: Beautiful video about creativity. I hope you’ll enjoy it, to0.

Soon, I will be sending out a special invitation to participate in a project about the future, as you see it. Please subscribe to the blog if you’d like to learn more. In the meantime, I welcome your comments and questions.

Be well.


Copyright 2011

Destiny Rising, LLC

Delay ≠ Sidetrack

In Uncategorized on 2011/08/10 at 4:49 pm

"Where Are You Going?"

side trip
a brief excursion off the main route of an itinerary, as to visit a particular person or place.

 verb (used with object), verb (used without object)

1. to move from the main track to a siding, as a train.

2. to move or distract from the main subject or course.

From time to time, life  (aka challenge or interruption) begins to get in the way of my time-bound Vision, my business plan and my  goal timeline. Just listen to me – My, my, my.  It’s all about my.

If you have been following this blog, you know that I’ve been reinventing myself since the first of the year. True to my nature, I’m diligently and insistently working to keep any and all negativity and delay out of the picture so that I can careen toward success (as defined by my relentless standards).

It’s an interesting scenario, however. If this were a math problem and not a career reinvention, I would tell you that in this equation, I am solving for multiple unknowns. A mathematical approach is a mis-match for a career reinvention. I can do the monetary math, but knowing what my career will look like takes time to unfold.

I was all entrenched in my written plan for career expansion back in April when I started to veer from my straight and narrow path. I could feel the pull by the end of May. I’d intended to complete two specific  business projects by June 1st. Here we are in August, and I’m nearly ready to complete these projects, but I’ve had some side trips in late spring and early summer. I’m realistically looking at October 1 for project completion now.

While I was moving through my side-trips, I was concerned that I’d been side-tracked. Looking back, how wrong I was. These side trips have added dimension, clarity and financial foundation to my larger business plan. I have advanced far more significantly as an entrepreneur than I would have imagined in January. I have experience under my belt in a number of categories that I didn’t possess at the beginning of the year. My question at the end of each month is now: What have I learned in the past 30 days, and what are my priorities? I am happy to report that my key priorities are still my key priorities. All is well.

I challenge you to look at your intentions for 2011 as they were written or committed to memory on New Year’s Day and look at how your year has unfolded. The marble on which we live is spinning at the same speed it always has. The energy feels rather accelerated, so there’s a strong chance that you are feeling incremental advances or delays more strongly than you have in the past.  You may be coming to conclusions and decisions more rapidly than you have in the past.

And finally, remember that the side-trips you may be making on your path to success and growth are just that and they’re not necessarily setbacks.

Have a great week. As always, I invite your comments and feedback.

~ Tess

Copyright 2011

Destiny Rising, LLC

Putting Things Into Perspective In One Minute

In Uncategorized on 2011/08/05 at 7:53 am

My new company may matter. A disciplined workout routine may matter. But what really matters is this:

Watch Now

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