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.

Need help with your workforce plans? Lets connect!

Cheers!

Take The Risk: Jump

Sometimes in life you have to just make the move. I jumped 14,000 ft from a skydive high above the sea. The open air, sea, and clouds were all I could perceive. No easy feat. Like a Rube garbed in Costume, I was as scared as ever. But, with a trained guide affixed to my back and the wonders of a reliable parachute, I did it! (yikes)!

Today, I encourage you to step out and do whatever you want to do. Simply plan it, and with wisdom…do it even when you’re afraid.

Here’s a synopsis of my journey through the eyes of my youngest.

Go, make yours happen!

Cheers!

The Past. Wish But Don’t Dwell…

The Past. Wish but don’t dwell.

The Future is Agile. It’s What’s Important.

2018: Do It Without Reservation…

Hello 2018!  It’s Time to Kick that Fear and get that Picture Perfect Growth…

If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any Reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort. -Mahavira

Hello 2018!  It’s Time to Kick that Fear  make it a Treat and get that Picture Perfect Growth! This year I’ll delve deeper into convo’s on:

  • Getting out of your Comfort Zone to do what you’ve always wanted to do
  • Goal Management
  • How to climb the Success Ladder for those new Grads
  • Managing People for those new to Management or Supervision
  • How to Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur
  • Personal Growth Strategies
  • Self-Care Strategies

So follow my blog and stay tuned as we Bust the Fear in 2018!

Muah 💋

Struggling With Your Goal? Here’s How To Create An Action Plan…

Action Plan (Brian Tracy)

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Sometimes Let Go. Sometimes Hold On…

With the rapid growth of technology and the ease with which we can obtain goods and services online, one writer asked a Customer Service Rep, “where will the cashiers go?” She replied, “I️ don’t know. I️ hope I’m dead by then”.

I️ began thinking…do we watch trends? And if we do, are we prepared for them? When things change, what do we do? Do we cry, get depressed, or give up?

Definitely not. We need to learn when to let go, and when to hold on.

Know When To Let Go

My followers know that I often refer to the fictional Ms. Havisham from the book Great Expectations. Left at the altar, she determined to remain stuck for the rest of her life. Like an Egg, she was afraid to move on. Decades later, she was still wearing her wedding dress.

Indeed sad. But how many of us are like that? We lose a contract or a job and we remain stuck, whining about the circumstances of the loss. We fall prey to a failed relationship, and we sit back for years…waiting, waiting, waiting. Someone did us wrong and we complain for the rest of our lives. We fail to realize that we are hurting only ourselves as the person has moved on and in some cases, do not even remember the circumstances.

If any of these situations pertains to you, shake it off as Tayor Swift sang. Just Shake it off. Move on. There’s more in life for you, if only you change your perspective.

Know When to Hold On

So how do you discern when to hold on? There’s a fictional cartoon of two men digging to find gold. Suddenly one hits the jackpot! The other hearing his screams of joy in the distance, turned away from his own digging despondent. Onlookers were privy to seeing what was happening, realized that if only he had continued, he would have discovered that his own jackpot was right there. But sadly he turned away, and missed a tremendous opportunity.

How many of us are like that? When the going gets rough, you give up. Acquiring degrees or certifications ain’t no easy feat. When the assignments build; when the work/life balance goes out of whack; when the child rebels, when the bills pile up, when the Panacea of sickness steps in, when an ailing parent moves  in… so many give up. Only to regret it later when things change.

To those who are digging for their “goal“, I encourage you to hold on. Don’t give up. Keep plodding. You will achieve and value it more when you look back and reflect on the path you took.

Discouraged? Need help? Let’s connect. Cheers!

I Like! I Like! I Like ….

Assumptions close doors. Intrigue opens them – Sam Owen

As I look over the circus of things that I like, I find that they Enlighten and intrigue. I realize that though I enjoy them and they bring me satisfaction, I find myself not doing them as much as I Expect, and in some cases at all. For over two decades I have been caught up in work, work, work. So this prompt helped me pull away and ponder the things I once enjoyed, or get to enjoy on rare occasions.

But even as I finalize and Release the list, I realize that life’s not promised. So I intend to start doing the things I like now, and stop leaving them for …one day soon.

That said, the things I like are:

  1. People watch
  2. Explore the world
  3. Simple things
  4. Enjoy a good laugh
  5. Acting | Participating in drama presentations
  6. Wearing a smile
  7. See people mentored achieve their best potential
  8. Watch movies
  9. Write, ponder, reflect
  10. Decorate the house
  11. Go shopping
  12. Watch HGTV | Travel channel
  13. Learn new things
  14. Read
  15. Cook
  16. Enjoy the company of my two young adult kids
  17. Dream of Venice | Alaska
  18. People watch in downtown Disney, Washington DC Parks
  19. Watch the waves by the beach
  20. Nature – stare at birds, squirrels, and circus of trees
  21. Christmas Lights
  22. Look out at the horizon from a hill or mountain
  23. Capturing candid photos (new experience)
  24. Finding a new route after getting lost in a new place (yikes!)
  25. Quiet time
  26. Solving an Aged mystery or a problem
  27. New baby hugs
  28. Listening to that Still Small Voice Of Faith

Share any of the things listed? Can you add any?

Cheers!

Inspiration’s Fraud

I love movies! They inspire! Dependent on what we do and the types we like, we are inspired to do great things; to get in touch with our innermost feelings; to achieve, to believe, and so much more!

But we have to be careful.

I love the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”. It shared the struggle of trying to achieve a goal. After going through many heartaches, hiccups, pain, loss, disappointment, and more, the main character – Will Smith’s dream came through.

I also like the movie Joy. This movie also shared story of struggles, challenges, and triumph in the end.

Most if not all of us have gone through our very own trials. Like music, movies that inspire, helps. But we have to be careful to walk away with the right message. Some make us cry, feel depressed, sad, and down. To those I ask why whallow in self-pity?  That’s such a Fraud.

Watch the movies that give you ideas how to overcome challenges. How to better your best. Fill your mind with good things that will encourage you to achieve your dreams, goals, and aspirations.

Cheers!