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Finding Your Center

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 30, 2015

by Chad Hymas

On April 3, 2001, Chad was involved in a serious accident leaving him a quadriplegic. Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day.

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Each day of my rehabilitation, I gained confidence and ability. Having lost all strength in my stomach muscles, I found it nearly impossible to maintain my balance
if I leaned to one side or the other. Sitting on a mat with my legs straight in front of me, I would attempt to raise my hands, first one inch, then two.

Raising one arm ever so slightly was enough to topple me sideways. I hadn’t the strength to sit back up again on my own. I soon realized that my center was my trunk,
my chest. If I maintained balance there, I could incrementally work at raising my arms. Soon, understanding this concept, I could raise both arms shoulder level.

Interestingly enough, the chest is where the heart is. For me, it became a balance point. In life, it is the pivot point for us all.

When we get off course in our lives, and we lean too far to one side, we lose our center. We lose our ability to be solid in our decision-making. It’s a tricky
predicament in which to find ourselves; once leaning slightly, now falling, fast and hard. I found it is more difficult to get up after a fall like that, than it is to avoid it
Altogether.

As the months and years have passed, my ability to stay centered and stay balanced has increased. Now I can lift my arms, turn myself to look at things, lean down on
my knees to gesture, or move items on my lap. The key is knowing my center. As long as I remember this, I can pivot my movements, and balance and leverage my
weight. I can accomplish the things I set out to do.

Similarly, we must find our own personal center. In our busy lives, when we feel pushed and pulled in so many different directions, we must have a sense of center. Every
question of action, every dilemma of circumstance, every request for our attention, must be assessed from that point.

As leaders we look for individuals who are consistent, and who have an intentioned sense of balance. Centeredness is a priceless quality. Recognizing what is at a
person’s core, especially what is at your own core, is invaluable.

There is value in being centered, in being solid, and in knowing your personal boundaries. If you don’t know what is at your core, find out. Wrap your life around
a moral compass that gives you direction for your true north.

Your heart is your center. The more centered you are, the wider you can spread your wings. Strengthen those muscles!

Until next time… Believe

 

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Say Thank You With Purpose

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 23, 2015

by Kristin Baird

From the time we learn to talk, we’re taught to say thank you. In the course of any day we might say it dozens of times for little things, like someone holding an elevator door or serving us in the cafeteria. It’s the polite thing to do. But how often in your life have you said thank you with purpose? What I mean by that is taking the time to reflect on the people who have made a difference in your life in a deep and meaningful way and telling them how they’ve made a difference.

Most people working in healthcare entered their fields because they want to make a difference and yet many go about their days carrying out dozens of acts of kindness without any expectations about receiving accolades. They are becoming part of the patients’ life stories and have no idea they’re making lifelong memories. They may never hear it but their work is carried in the hearts and memories of their patients. What if every person in your organization was suddenly presented with a roster of all the people they had touched and would know how valuable they are and what a difference they are making? There would be such a surge in their connection to purpose that you’d feel the energy shift.

The problem is, we don’t share these stories often enough. We think about how someone touched our lives, but don’t let them know. And that’s a shame.

This past January my mom passed away. She had been an English teacher and directed high school plays and musicals. In the course of her work, she had touch thousands of lives. As people streamed through her visitation and funeral we heard story after story from former students and musical cast members about how she had helped to shape their lives. How she sparked something in them that helped them to see the world differently or believe in themselves. These stories were a wonderful comfort to all of us and affirmed that her memory would be kept alive, not only through us, her children, but through all the people she had influenced.

Mom always had a strong connection to purpose so I’m confident that she knew that she had made a difference, but it meant the world to her when someone from her past would call, visit, or send a letter expressing their gratitude and sharing their stories. She’d tell me about these calls and visits out of the blue and we’d talk about what a gift it was to hear their stories. Their calls, letters, and visits were a validation of the legacy she’d be leaving behind. I often thought that the universe was nudging these former student’s to say thank you while she was still alive so that she could see the fruits of her labor. It was as if they were writing the final chapter for her. She had shared her gifts with her students, and they in turn gave her the gift of their gratitude. The circle was complete.

This is the time of year when we reflect more about our many blessings. There is someone you need to thank. If you can’t do it face-to-face, send a letter or make a call. Don’t just think about it. Do it. You’ll feel more complete and you’ll be making a difference in the life of someone else.

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Do You Have Toxic Worry?

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 18, 2015

by Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, CSP

The psychology of the mind changes when the human moment vanishes.  At its worse, paranoia fills the vacuum.  But for most of us, the human moment is replaced by worry.  Electronic communication does not convey the cues that typically alleviate worry such as body language, tone of voice and facial expression.  Human contact is like a safe place for the psych where we feel understood and grounded.

Little misunderstandings are common as the number of human moments decrease. Wrong impressions from a misunderstood e-mail, or voice mail are the result of vanishing human moments.  People may take offense and question the motive of others when they discover they are not on a certain circulation list or included on a memo.

The human moment appears to be a “regulator.”  When it is not present, people’s primitive instincts become more apparent.  Just like calm, stable people can become road raged in the anonymity of their automobiles, so too can courtesy be thrown out the window at the computer keyboard.

High tech work habits can dull our brains and our performance.  The human brain, like every other muscle, needs rest and variation for peak performance.  Long and monotonous hours on-screen or on-line, leave the user feeling tired and fatigued.  Searching to refuel, the brain needs rest and human contact.  By late afternoon, most workers are in a brain dead state from the tedium of technology.  That is why people get up and wander the corridors with a cup of coffee.

Reduce your worry by connecting with others.  Often what seems to be overwhelming can become an amusing story when shared with friends.  Connections protect us from being isolated and alone.  Spend the extra time to build and maintain relationships.

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, is the People Pro.  A workplace culture expert, she offers keynotes, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity.  For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau.

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The Benefits Of Having An Attitude Of Gratitude

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 12, 2015

by Kathy Brown

How grateful are we, REALLY, for all that goes “right” in our lives? The more I observe others behavior when they start a conversation, I do Not detect gratitude and thankfulness as the lead item of conversation. Gratitude is not just a catchy rhyme for attitude. It has been said that gratitude is the most powerful of all emotions.

Gratitude can take away fear, hopelessness and doubt. It can heal a broken heart, slow aging and restore relationships. Greed is the enemy that leads us into debt, anxiety and waste while we pursue More. Greed says “I must have more” while gratitude says ” I have more than enough”. Enjoying what we all ready have and being thankful for whatever we do get restores joy into our lives. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life giving us an amazing attitude adjustment for all to see and enjoy!

An interesting observation from people who travel to third world countries is that those who live in poor countries are more joyful than people in rich countries with material wealth.

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Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 5, 2015

by Donna Cardillo, RN

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It is reported that the Aztecs worried every night about whether or not the sun would rise again the next morning. I’m sure that if it didn’t they would have found a way to work around it. But imagine all the unnecessary fear and stress they caused themselves, not to mention loss of sleep, worrying about something that might happen in the future but never did.

Worrying is not productive, doesn’t change anything, and causes unnecessary suffering and stress. Plus, when we worry about things that might happen in the future, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate all that is in front of us right now– loved ones, a beautiful day, the opportunity to make a difference. So the next time you are inclined to worry about something, stop and consider what you have to be grateful for in the present. Your time will be better spent, your stress will be less, and you’ll better relish today’s ‘sunshine’.

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