35 Percent of Workers Don’t Plan On Taking All Their Vacation Days This Year…

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Hawaii, Paris, Caribbean, Central America, Vegas, or a Simple Staycation. It’s amazing what a little break can do to our mental capacity. From the planning, organizing and more, all exude times of exhilaration, relaxation and joy!

Yet…The Society of Human Resources Associates (SHRM) shared that over 35 percent of Americans don’t plan on taking all their vacation days this year. A potential year of the Cranks in the making? Here are the reasons cited:

  • 43% Saving time for something later
  • 21% Too much work
  • 15% Don’t have enough money
  • 9% Feel guilty
  • 9% Other reasons
  • 3% Discouraged by their boss

In light of the more transient workforce, employers are trying various options to attract quality applicants. Such measures include a combined databank of employee time off which includes up to 4 weeks off on date of hire. Naturally, employees are ecstatic of this change and proves it’s a great methodology for recruitment. However, this databank represents a combination of paid time off including sick and vacation.

Paid Time Off

Do you plan on taking your vacation this year? If so, great! If not, why not? Does your reason fall into any of the above? Something to think about.

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Cheers!

Don’t Be A Copy: Be You…

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Sometimes your thoughts are different and that’s the way it should be.  As you make your plans for the coming week, month or year, IGNORE the naysayers, Crank it, step forward in faith and just do you. Follow your dreams. It will be worth it!

Be inspired by the story of Dr. Suess and how he overcame his challenges to achieve success.

Your Best Place To Read is…

The beach. A nook. On the plane or train.

What’s your favorite place to read? That’s the question asked by Barnes and Noble. Many tuned as in Song replying in Harmony. My own favorite place to read is at the beach while listening to the quiet waves rippling ashore. Here I share excerpts of the hundreds who chimed in:

  • Bed
  • Barnes and Noble cafe
  • Bar or Brewery …
  • Anywhere, though I love the idea of sitting in a nook outside my room door
  • In my backyard on a sunny breezy day next to my cat and garden
  • Next to her
  • In a quiet cafe with a latte
  • Anywhere comfy and cozy
  • In the back of the car leaning against the front of the seat in front of you
  • By any body of water or fireplace
  • Library, with a mini table in front of me and hit chocolate
  • On a blanket in the sunshine
  • Bed
  • Anywhere and everywhere
  • My bathtub
  • The park
  • Outside in the evening
  • Bed with the rain outside
  • In a quiet place
  • In a bay window
  • Camping against the lake

Did any resonate? Where’s your favorite place to read? Do share.

Cheers!

The Meanderings of Success…

People waste years trying not to waste hours. ~Michael Lewis.

Is that for real? Is being lazy a good thing? That’s what Michael Lewis said in this INC article why being lazy makes you successful. He argued that being lazy is the key to Success. But is it for real? Lewis achieved much in life so I’d hardly say he was lazy.

However, what I’d say is that he focused on things that were in fact important, and did not spend time being busy… for busy sake.

Deplete. Admit it…many of us are like that… especially the type A’s. If ever we find ourselves not doing anything we feel as guilty as ever. I have a colleague who broke her leg during a vacation trip and she found it like hell to be sitting in recovery…not being able to do the things she wanted to do.

So I encourage you the next time you find yourself being busy, look around you and ask the question, “is this adding value to my life…to my long term goals and dreams?”

If not, let it go. Refocus.

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Cheers!

No Experience Is Wasted…

No Experience is Wasted. Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, to help you become more of who you were created to be. ~Oprah Winfrey

its all Froth to think that any experience is wasted. it never is. It would be wise for us to reflect and learn. That’s how we grow.

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Cheers!

Excited! Yet Terrified!

Sometimes you will have to do it Afraid

Excited, yet terrified! But does it stop us? No! The excitement! The Adrenalin Rush pushes us forward in spite of our fears.

I did a sky dive (tandem jump) which was maybe one of the most terrifying thing in my life. But though I was scared that certain death faced me 14,000 ft. below if anything went wrong, I did it anyway. I jumped and was able to share with my 2 girls (as worried as they were) that they can do anything they put their minds to.

Jump in-spite of your Fear

Sometimes we gotta just jump in-spite of our fears! Those difficult goals, those Luminescent entrepreneurial feat that tend to freeze us as we face life’s challenges! Our fears heighten because of what we foresee in the future if things go awry…. But, don’t let them retard your progress. Move forward and in faith do what you must. You may even surprise yourself in the relish of the amazing things you can accomplish once you step outside your comfort zone.

So go ahead, do it even when you’re afraid.

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Cheers!

When Big Dreams Come Through…

All our Dreams Can Come Through if we have the Courage to Pursue them.   ~Walt Disney

Bridget king, owner Captiva Design Interior Decorating & Home Staging, got a step in the direction of her dreams when she got the opportunity to stage a property on HGTV. She attended and supported our Goal-Setting Retreat last year and had this as a goal. Not only did she get a chance to make a step in the direction of her dream, she did it Big with Miami Heat’s King Dwayne Wade and his well-known wife – Actress, Gabriel Union! Congrats Bridget!

Dream Big!

So to my readers, I dare you to continue to Dream Big! Let nothing Thwart you. Your Dreams will come through with the right steps and actions. Dream it! Work it! Achieve it!

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Cheers!

What’s One Word That Comes To Mind When You Think About Success?

What’s One Word That Comes To Your Mind When You Think About Success?  Patience, Sacrifice, Happiness were some words shared. One person said failure. Causes you to think. If that person meant, failure in terms of resilience and not giving up, then that’s positive. But if we think negative when reflecting on Success, what good can come out of that?

To me Success is making a Difference in the lives of others. Here I share exerpts as entrepreneurs chimed in to Success Diaries Question, with even more than an Inchoate word.

  • Financial freedom
  • Move Forward
  • Influence
  • Famous
  • Me
  • Focus
  • Happiness
  • Sacrifice
  • Reward
  • Living Life with Friends
  • Patience
  • Mindset
  • Consistent
  • Discipline
  • Empire
  • Hard work
  • Love
  • Hard work and Dedication
  • Self Study
  • Integrity
  • Possible
  • Money
  • Pain
  • Helping
  • Resilience
  • Mom
  • Power
  • Goals
  • Grind
  • God
  • Grace
  • Fame
  • Determination
  • Blessed
  • Soon
  • Perseverance
  • Hustle
  • Job

Does any of the above resonate with you? What’s your word? Do share!

Cheers!

Take The Risk…

If you’re Going to Walk on Water, you have to get out of the Boat. So Don’t Be Afraid. Though it may be Frigid, take the Risk. Who knows you may Succeed. But if you never try, you won’t know.

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Cheers!

Give Me That GreenLight…

Follow Your Dreams, Believe in Yourself and Don’t Give Up

It is such a joy when dreams come through. I have written several books based on my research on Success Strategies and Motivation but this one titled “GreenLight: When God Says Go“, has been years in the making. It depicts the Smile, joy and feeling of accomplishment when hard work, prayer, and dedication to a project is realized.

As I bask in the completion of this project, I encourage you to go after your own goals, and never give up even when the going gets tough. Explore! Keep flying! The sky is the limit.

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Cheers!