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Sister Mary Margaret

Sister Mary Margaret entered the Monastery of Silence. The priest said, “Sister, this is a silent monastery.  You are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so.”

Sister Mary Margaret lived in the monastery for 5 years before the priest said to her, “Sister Mary Margaret, you have been here for 5 years.  You can speak two words.”

Sister Mary Margaret said, “Hard bed.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” the priest said.  “We will get you a better bed.”

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Just for Fun.

Getting Free: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Optimists.  You know, those endlessly, unbearably sunny Pollyanna’s going through life in a perky mood. Optimism is much more than a reckless chirping through life.   It can actually change your life… help you cope, and shift the way you think about setbacks and victories.  It’s a psychological righting reflex.  Every soul years to be free.  You CAN retrain your brain to see life differently.  This lift-your-spirits Keynote reminds us all to lift our life to its highest calling and living our lives fully from a sense of possibility and the expectation of positive results.    Optimism is the high-voltage power tool in the life-skills toolbox that can help you get promoted, fight off the cold that’s been going around, and attract people to you.  Pessimistic people are two to eight times more at risk of depression and are difficult to appreciate.   Using humor, inspirational stories, and time-tested tips for dealing with life’s trials and tribulations.  We are reminded that the right to choose our own path is a sacred privilege. 

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources.

Practical Strategies for Letting Go, Lightening Up, & Creating Resiliency

Sitting on the edge of chair, sit bones anchored: “ Being anchored and on the edge”

Change your Cortisol, Change Your Life:  See if you are in one of these 2 groups:

  • Wake Up.  Terrorize yourself.  Go to work.  Awfulize.  Isn’t it awful here?
  • Twitch and Bitch or “Appropriate Clubs

Change Your Heart, Change Your Life:

Optimism is only one of two dozen strengths that bring about greater well-being.  George Valliant, Harvard professor:  Mature Defenses:  altruism, the ability to postpone gratification, future-mindedness (optimism), and humor. Optimists have 19% more longevity than pessimists.

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources.

Great Ideas for Lightening up the Work Place

SECRET PAL…Have everyone in the office/organization/division/etc. write his/her name, address, phone number, birth date (actual date of birth for those with nothing to hide!), and a short list of things they like (such as flowers, sports, chocolate, funny hats, exotic postcards, music, etc.) Fold and put slips in a hat. Then each person picks a slip—making sure that no one has picked their own name (if so, all slips go back in and try again). Once all slips are distributed and everyone has someone else’s name, the fun begins!

You are the Secret Pal to the person whose name you’ve picked. Over the course of the Secret Pal experience (we recommend at least three months), your “mission” is to do creative, spontaneous, fun and enlivening things for your partner…all anonymously, of course.

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources.

How to Shower Like a Woman/Man

How to Shower Like a Woman

  • Take off clothing and place it in sectioned laundry hamper according to lights and darks.
  • Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown.
  • If you see your husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
  • Look at your womanly physique in the mirror – make mental note -must do more sit-ups.
  • Get in the shower. Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone.
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Getting Well and Staying Well Care Plan

Physical health is only one aspect of wellness.  Wellness goes far beyond blood cholesterol levels and bone density.  Wellness includes mental acuity, a zest for learning, and a tolerance for different ideas.  Wellness brings with it empathy, compassion, and a sense of cohesiveness with the rest of humanity.  Wellness encompasses a fighting spirit, an optimistic outlook, and an attitude of hope.

1.  Identify the present state by gaining clarity regarding the source of your stress and/or weakened areas of resiliency.  Identify only 1 or 2 areas that you wish to focus on for the next 21 days that will have the highest yield for you.

Select the particular area of your life where you want to be better by clearly determining, in explicit, specific terms, what you desire the outcome to be.

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources.

Excuse Notes Written by Parents to Teachers

These are excuse notes from parents (with their original spelling) collected by schools from all over the country:

  1. My son is under a doctor’s care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.
  2. Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
  3.  Dear School: Please exscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29,30, 31, 32, and also 33.
  4.  Please excuse Gloria from Jim today. She is administrating.
  5.  Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources.

Listening to Your “Wise Self”

“Opportunities for leadership are available to you every day. But putting you on the line is difficult work, for the dangers are real. Yet the work has nobility and the benefits, for you and for those around you, are beyond measure” Ronald Heifetz, Leadership on the Line

This workshop is for those who want to live more boldly. You are the first organization who must change. My hope is that you learn some practical applications, inspiration, and have some new ideas for leading, protecting yourself, and keeping your spirit alive. May you enjoy with a full heart the fruits of your labor. NASA needs you. The world needs you.

Extreme self-care means putting the quality of your life ahead of everything else: saying no to things that no longer support your true priorities; basing choices on what you want, rather than on what other’s want; and spending your time and energy on what matters.

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Dynamic Keynotes, Free Resources, Leadership and Team Development.

Create Terrific Teams

Do you need a pick-me-up, a take–care-of-our-team, nurturing, spirited, content rich, and healing experience to strengthen your relationships with one another, yourself and with your patients?   If you need to refresh, relax, reflect, and remember who you are what you are all about…then this is the program for you!!  Take a “time out” to deal with your own sore spirit, so you can SOAR!! 

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Free Resources, Leadership and Team Development.

Four Things Every Team Needs to Know

Understanding Our Big Picture, Part & Plan as it relates to Goals and Responsibilities.

  • What is the Big Picture of our Company?
  • How does our Team fit into the Big Picture? What is the Part we Play? And what is our Plan? Every member needs to know their own goals and responsibilities as it relates to the larger mission at hand, the “Big Picture” of the organization.

Work Processes.

  • Knowing the above answers are just the start. Then each team needs to understand how we are going to accomplish our work.

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Posted by Donna Strickland in Free Resources, Leadership and Team Development.