Friday, January 4, 2013

Inspirations for Change that leads to Greatness!

The older I get, the more I recognize the need for change in my life.  I will admit that there was a time when I use to think that if this person would just change how they behave or if that person would just change their attitude, I would be happier.  Hmmm, yeah well, as you would imagine that didn't work out all that great for me!  I finally woke up and realized, the only person that is going to make me happy is me.  The person that needed a change in behavior and attitude was me!  Wow!  Sound so simple doesn't it?  Changing oneself is never simple.  You would know this if you've ever tried!
Have you ever been around people that are so flashy; whether it's their dress, their behavior, or their conversation, where you're like, whoa?  They feel the need to show you, you need to know who they are as they proceed to tell you why; not realizing that the more they speak, the more they're telling you how little they actually know! 
I remember one of my first trips to ADAC was with a colleague of mine that was introducing me to a few of the showroom managers and sales reps.  He commented to me that he had observed my behavior, during these meetings, as very quiet and oh my gosh, I forget what else he said; but anyhoo, his point was he knew me to be this very outgoing, confident person and my behavior just took him by surprise.  I told him I didn't feel like that was the time to let those people know all that much about me (other than the basic stuff).  He couldn't really understand why.  I was there to learn as much as I could about them and how they could help me in my pursuit of my new career.  There was still time yet for them to get to know me and all that I knew.
This quote really resonates with me because in 2012, I began to get out more and attend more events and functions in the design community where little to no one knew me or had probably even heard of me.  Looking back on a few particular moments, it's really quite humorous!  Why?  Because certain people didn't know, that I knew all that I know, until the need had arisen for them to know, all that they have come to know, I know!  Read it again, it's a bit of a brain teaser.  It makes me laugh at the thought of them shaking their heads and thinking WOW, who knew!  Obviously, I did!

Whether you're a man or a woman, elegance is that certain "something" that sets you apart from everyone else.  I don't think this quote is suggesting that elegance doesn't get noticed, because it absolutely does!  It's just not always what's on the outside.  I've met plenty of elegant women and a few men, but the ones that were memorable were the ones that were gracious in their demeanor and humble in their approach.  Do you know anyone like this? 

I'm still working on this one!  I am a work in progress and I hope to get there soon!  What a wonderful quote to remember.  Just because you're right, doesn't mean you should say it.  Just because it's true, doesn't mean you should say it.  Just because you think it's the right thing to say, doesn't mean you should say it!  That's why one of my prayers is that God set a watch about my mouth, and let me know who to talk to, when to talk to them, and what to say! 

It is the most incredible feeling to have someone tell you how much of an inspiration you are!  The best part about this is you do it without ever knowing it!  It is a total "Wow" moment when you realize you are doing something right, and it's really not all about you!

I've learned to listen to my spirit (intuition); to let it be my guide.  Sometimes it doesn't speak when I need it to, but that's when I know that I am not to take another step until it gets back with me!  Guess what, it never fails me and it's never a moment too soon!
Make it AMAZING!
*Quotes via Pinterest

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