Have Courage and Be Kind

2016 has officially kicked off, and as always a new year is a good time for renewed self-evaluation! Some of you have reflected, and have decided what is important, and what you need to say NO to. We are all aware of how difficult it can be to make a change and create room for the things that matter most. It’s always an on-going struggle, but one we can certainly conquer with the right attitude and right mindset!

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February’s theme is the month of loving others well! I want to encourage you to take a look at how you are living your life, teaching your children and influencing those around you. We can choose to show love or we can choose the opposite unproductive path. I do think we can all agree that the notion of influencing and touching lives in a positive manner is the right direction. If you want your children or employees to be proactive and confident you must encourage it! If you want them to be kind, you must lead by example!

Let’s take a look at two of my favorite words and what they actually mean. Applying these two qualities in your everyday life can certainly have a big impact on others.

Courage - mental or moral strength to venture persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Difficulty, fear and danger are inevitable facts of life, especially in uncomfortable situations. Instead of being reactive, how can we better handle the stress and anxiousness these feelings produce? Take for example a new hire that you’re managing, or someone that you notice is lacking confidence. Communicating your belief through positive reinforcement not only will build up their courage and belief in themselves, but also win their respect and admiration. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle conflict. Do they handle it with respect, even if they’ve been disrespected? Do they automatically “decrease in size”? Again positive reinforcement and allowing them to shine will build up their courage and initiative. Emphasize the fact that experiencing fear and uncertainty is normal in certain situations, and it certainly doesn’t mean giving in. We must push through and conquer the “fight or flight” emotion with fight!

Kind – considerate, or helpful

Kindness is thinking about the other person and putting their immediate needs first. Kindness is an action, and is also mentioned as one of the prominent “Fruits of the Holy Spirit”. (Galatians 5:22,23) We want to be known as someone that practices kindness and incorporates it into our everyday life. When you can group courage and kindness together, you have two essential elements in positive, on-going character building. This sets the stage for consistent and upward personal growth.

Make it a point to continue surrounding yourself with like minded people, developing qualities that have a positive effect, and cultivating relationships that enhance the quality of life. Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with!

Who are your people?

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