What is your personal credo?

Positive Quote: “This became a credo of mine; attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” – Bette Davis

 

The impossible; that can be different for so many people. What is impossible for one is not for another and so on and so forth. I believe you need to know and understand yourself in order to know if you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and attempting the impossible.

 

It is one thing to dream and yet something totally different to set goals with milestones. If you don’t have milestones, how can one measure success?

 

In looking back, I have examples where I did attempt the impossible and examples where I let an opportunity pass. I am more thankful and appreciative of the times where I pushed myself than those where I didn’t, which could lead to ‘What Ifs’.

 

This quote also has me thinking about a personal credo, something that solidifies my personal drive.

 

Do you have a personal credo?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla

 

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Doing and Thinking go hand in hand

Positive Quote: “Doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking. Learning naturally results.” – John Dewey

 

I agree with the concept of this quote, in that doing certain items forces the thought process and by default we learn.

 

Have you ever had one of those days, where you left work with a throbbing head because you had to think so much? For me, I try to build time into my schedule to take a few minutes to clear the thoughts and not drag them around with me as I work and meet on other topics. Shifting your mind from thinking about x then to think about y then to strategize on z can be demanding. While energizing, it can be mentally draining.

 

What this quote remind me is to know that thinking and learning go hand in hand.

 

Some of the techniques I use to help myself are…

– Immediately type up any notes to purge them onto ‘paper’

– Schedule time with myself and/or others for any action items that may have arose from a topic

– Seek to understand if there are industry resources or best practices that can help me with the topic

– Seek out experts to provide insight and who I can ask questions of to get a better understanding of scope/impact/etc…

– Set aside blocked time when I am at my most productive to think and plan around complex topics/items

– Prioritize what has to get done versus what I want to work on or what is easier

– Keep a visual track of progress and timelines for projects/items

 

What techniques do you use?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

What is courage?

Positive Quote: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

 

It has been awhile since my last quote. Time sometimes feels like you are on a fast moving train, you gotta hold on. It takes reminders and determination to set aside time to do the things that need doing and that you want to do. For me, this is blogging. I truly enjoy the moments when I can clear my head and do a mental reset.

 

I picked this quote today because courage can mean so many different things to different people. Also, the definition of courage can change depending on the situation.

 

For example: to me it is courage when, during a meeting, you speak up and provide your thoughts in a constructive manner. This means leaving emotion at the door and focusing on the facts and what is. One can share their thoughts without tearing down or belittling others.

 

Also, courage can be knowing when to sit down and listen. In times of chaos and disagreement, I tend to ask myself, if I speak at this time, does it add value, will it help the conversation, and is it important. Depending on the situation, I then decide whether to listen or speak. One can learn so much by listening.

 

To me….the greater definition of courage is pushing oneself outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and being brave enough to fail.

 

During this holiday season I have a lot going on both at work and at home. Life can become a juggling act and the goal is to not let a ball drop. It is also about choosing which balls you need and want to juggle, prioritization is key. I will work to make time to post, as I get the most benefit from it.

 

I hope at this time of colorful lights, Christmas songs, and other festivities that the courage to know when to do something and when not to remains at the forefront.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

Positive Quote: “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

This quote has me thinking about various people I have come across during the course of my career.

 

From the manager who called the team in to tell us about a new process, yet was not open to ideas that could have improved it to make it more beneficial to others, increasing the value of the service…. to the person who thinks they are communicating, yet don’t stop to let the other person get out the words they are trying to say, all while jumping in assuming they know where the conversation is going…. to the people that are on a set path because they were told to do it this way and don’t really know the whys behind it……. in these three examples, it reinforces that true progress is not possible without communication, flexibility, understanding, and a willingness to accept that we don’t know what we don’t know.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

Positive Quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

 

Freedom of choice can be both liberating and overwhelming. Choose to focus on the liberation aspect. To choose my attitude and how I react to others is a freedom. It is one that if handled well, can lead to increased confidence, self-control, and self-awareness.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

Do you do nothing and expect your goals to be achieved?

Positive Quote: “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness.” – Miguel De Cervantes

 

There are many reasons I like this quote. One of which is that it reinforces that a person has to be actively engaged in their own life and pursuit of whatever they aspire to. To expect things to happen and be achieved with no engagement or action on your part is unrealistic.

 

I also think that one should reevaluate their actions and efforts to ensure they are seeing the results they want and expect to see. It is as harmful to keep doing what doesn’t work as it is to do nothing.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler

Positive Quote: “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler

 

I like this quote as it reinforces for me that who I think I am may not be who others see me as. In order for others to see me as I see myself, my actions and those things I deliver, participate in, drive, or am engaged in are reflective of who I am.

 

It does make me wonder how my self-portrait compares to what others see.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla