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The Moment of Decision

Ep 9

Teddy Roosevelt said, In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Decisions have to be made. Life is full of them. If however, your decision is to make no decision and let the cards fall where they may, that is a decision. Roosevelt said, “the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Actually, the worst thing we can do is let anger control our choices. A snap judgement made on a temporary emotion can be very damaging.

When angry, practice remaining silent, and when possible think about a resolution overnight before declaring your opinion. This can be very helpful in assisting you to a higher level of calm before engaging. Does that make sense?

Remaining silent allows you to hear your inner voice, your conscience. Waiting overnight keeps you from compromising and saying something without thinking it through. Or making a call that could be wrong. And, one that you might regret.

Learn to associate with like minded people. Stay positive, and positive will be reflected back to you. Live with integrity and those around you will show you integrity. By doing these things, making the right decisions becomes easier.

Consider the following 3 questions before making a difficult decision:

  1. Is you judgement clouded? Are you letting greed, jealousy or blind devotion make your decision for you?
  2. Have you consider all the options available at this time? Sometimes we want to move forward so quickly that we take the first decision as the best decision.
  3. What does you heart say? Trust your instincts. You are the one who knows what you truly want. You have the vision. Don’t let someone else make your decision for you.

Until next time, Live Bold and Be Di’namic!

It’s your turn. What do you think? Are you making sound decisions in your life? Is your life filled with integrity?

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Develop Clarity of Vision for Your Goals

Ep8

Do you have a clear vision for what you want to accomplish in the next 3 years? You must define success for yourself. It looks and feels different to everyone. Is it money? Is it travel? A new title at work? Or maybe you’d like to open your own business?

Don’t let anyone define it for you. It’s your life and your passion. The taste of success is much sweeter when you define it for yourself.

Next step, create a plan of action. The only problems that happen and resolve themselves in 30 minutes happen in sitcoms. While laughter is great medicine and I suggest it, you need a plan of action that breaks your goals into baby steps.

Doable actions so you don’t overwhelm yourself to the point of throwing up your hands and quitting. Trust me, reaching your goals will take more than 30 minutes.

Create a plan of reachable and doable strategies for each goal. Remember … Baby steps. Don’t overwhelm yourself. And when you reach and complete a goal …CELEBRATE. Celebrating your successes along the way helps you mark your progress.

Need more reasons to celebrate? Ok, 3 more reasons to celebrate your successes:

  • Celebrate so you know your hard work is paying off.
  • Celebrate because it builds momentum and excitement.
  • Celebrate because more excitement creates more progress creating more success.

Now, when you have good news to share, share it. Tell someone you know that will celebrate with you and lift you up with positive energy.

Not negative people that will suck the positive energy out of you. Negative people don’t believe in themselves, they’ll pop your bubble. Share and celebrate with only the optimistic people in your life. And if you’re saying to yourself right now you don’t have any optimistic people in your life, you need new friends immediately!

The takeaway for today:

  • Create a plan of action
  • Take reachable and doable baby steps consistently
  • Celebrate success along the way building momentum, excitement and progress
  • Then REPEAT and keep repeating!

Until next time, Be Bold. Be Di’namic!

It’s your turn. What do you think? Do you have an action plan broken down in baby steps to reach your goal[s]? Are you celebrating your successes? If not, why not?

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Be a Self Starter

Ep7

Start every new day with positive thoughts that will carry you through the entire day keeping you optimistic and reaching for success.

You define success. You create your path. There are no short cuts. Only baby steps. You were born to succeed. You are not defined by past failures, they are only lessons to prepare you for success.

Make sure you are hanging out with optimistic people. Negative people suck the positive energy right out of you. They don’t believe in themselves so they can’t believe in you.

They’ll tell you dirty little lies like:

  • “You’re too stupid too succeed,” or
  • “I see what’s wrong with you,” and
  • “You’re not ready.”

None of these statements are true. First, “You’re too stupid too succeed.” Never believe anything anyone says about your intelligence. Ignore these doubters. Albert Einstein himself said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

“I see what’s wrong with you,” this statement is based on a persons judgement. Believe in yourself. Don’t let someone else hold you back by their narrow minded judgement. Their vision isn’t as clear as your vision, they don’t see what you see.

And, “You’re not ready,” this is their excuse not yours. We often hear this negative comment from individuals who love us. They say they are trying to save us from the pain of failure. In reality, they are trying to save themselves from facing the change that your success will bring to their life. No one is ready to make change. It takes courage to face it and plenty of energy to master it. Don’t allow anyone to mirror their fears on you and hold you back from your purpose.

Take time every night to reflect and be grateful for what you have. You will be amazed to find that gratitude will bring you happiness, peace and abundance.

Until next time, Be Bold. Be Di’namic!

It’s your turn. What do you think? Are you surrounded by people lifting you up with positive words? Or negative people tearing you down? Are you showing your gratitude daily? How do you define success?

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Drawing. Reading. Entertainment.

Ep6

Well, we’re several Podcasts into the series and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I felt like this was the best way, instead of posting some boring bio. I’m Diane Carter, the creator and designer behind Di’namicDesigns.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with pen and paper. Growing up my dad had a collection of Mad Magazines. He would give me one or two almost every night. I would sit quietly in the corner delighted by the cartoons of Don Martin and Frank Jacobs. Trying to re-draw many of there creations line by line and frame by frame. That collection of Mad Magazines belong to me now, and I love flipping through them from time to time reminiscing.

When I wasn’t drawing, I was reading. At the age of 12, my first mentor introduced me to many great minds through great books. He was a motivational speaker and trainer. He was my first biggest cheerleader. He had me reading Dale Carnegie, Napoleon HillZig Ziglar and others. I attended many motivational seminars because of this man.

Through my mentor, I met Zig Ziglar. I was to young to appreciate it at the time, but it is a fond memory.

And a memory that left a lifetime benchmark with me. I continue my daily pursuit of personal development in many ways, one of which includes reading every morning to get a positive start to my day. Some of my favorite writer’s today include, John Maxwell, Jeffrey Gitomer and Pete Wilson. My reading depends on what’s happening around me, and the projects that I’m working on.

I grew up laughing! Humor played a BIG part in my childhood. My parents were very playful. My dad was always full of himself. His blue eyes were mostly brown!

My sister had friends for dinner once. Dad came through the living room pulling a long strand of toilet paper behind him. Breaking off one square at a time as he walked to the dining room. My sister was horrified and asked, “What are you doing?” He calmly replied, “You forgot to get the napkins today.” We were always laughing.

The television was always tuned to someone funny, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton was my dad’s favorite, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. The Carol Burnett Show was my favorite. Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence – what wasn’t to love about the show? As a child I dreamed of being on The Carol Burnett Show. That didn’t happen … But, I did do a little standup. Most of the audience enjoyed my jokes. Those who didn’t – enjoyed the nap they took during my jokes …

Drawing. Reading. Entertainment. I said, I’m a creative junky, I LOVE all things that inspire and entertain. I’ve been blessed to spend my career working in communication and visual arts. Marketing and sales, from to design to sales training, along with my short brush with entertainment. I don’t feel like I have worked a day in my life. Which is the way it should be when you are passionate about what you are doing. I’ve been blessed, and I’m grateful! 

I’m currently working on several projects for multiple clients. It’s my hope that I’ll soon be working on a project for you.

Until next time … Be Bold. Be Di’namic!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, and the 25th anniversary of his last book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!,”  Ep5 looks at how amazing the journey of life is despite the bumps, the scratches and the bruises.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” 

We all know that quote from, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. If you haven’t read the book, you should. It is fantastic for all ages …

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So … get on your way!

Life is an amazing mind-blowing journey … but there are choices to make. We can choose to “survive” or “thrive.

We can choose to grasp that imaginary lap bar, pull it securely into our laps, throw our hands up in the air and enjoy the BIGGEST thrill ride of all. You never know where you’re going — shoot straight up or plummet without warning. But one thing is for sure, the beat of your heart will confirm that you are thriving! 

Or we can stand by and watch the thrill-seekers, the risk-takers live full out while reaping their rewards. Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson — all are great examples of what can be accomplished by thriving!

Throughout this unbelievable odyssey that we are all on, we are bound to encounter hopes, dreams, challenges, set backs, new beginnings and goodbyes. Despite all of this, we must always choose to see the best in others and give the best of ourselves. Always spirited, always enthusiastic, and always thriving.

How do we do that?

First, we can’t just be a spectator. We have to put ourselves out there and live full out. It may be safer sitting on the sidelines and watching, but nothing compares to living life and thriving. It takes guts and daring and a willingness to take risks – but the rewards are worth it – despite the bumps, the scratches and the bruises that are all guaranteed.

Secondly, we must learn to cherish all the remarkable relationships in our lives and stop worrying about people who may or may not like us. Learn to listen … I mean to really listen to others; have empathy and compassion – strive to encourage and build people up, rather than tear them down. I challenge you today to lift someone up with your words!

And like the book says, “Don’t sweating the small stuff” – bad hair days, less than perfect make-up, wrinkles starting to reflect our experiences … embrace them all with passion!

This spectacular journey is short. The older I get the days seem long, but the years are short … I encourage you to start today – smile more, laugh passionately, be spontaneous, cry when your heart is breaking and reach out to others when your heart is overflowing, and never regret anything. These are just a few qualities that will allow you to give the world the best you have to give and “thrive!

Until next time … Be Bold, Be Di’namic!

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