Be Your Best in the Moment!

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How many time have you heard someone say the following:

  • “Do your best!”
  • “Give 100%!”
  • “You must give it your all!”

I’m sure you have heard those cliches numerous times.  While they are meant to be encouraging, they can also be discouraging.  You might be thinking to yourself, “How is that?”  Well, here is the reality.  Your “100%” can vary from day to day, based on a number of factors.  If you think that you have to be at what is your “best day 100%”  every day, you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment.  Your best day does not occur everyday, so for you to perform at the “100%” of your best day, everyday, is unrealistic and self defeating.  However, you can realistically perform at 100% everyday based on how you are feeling or what you are going through for THAT PARTICULAR DAY!  You can be the best you can be for that particular situation.  It may not be your all time best, but it is your best for that moment!

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Every Kid Deserves A Book Campaign

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Rodgers Speaks, The Educator Motivator, is conducting a fundraising campaign to provide money for underprivileged kids to purchase books at their respective campus’s book fairs.  Many kids want books but are unable to afford them.  Please go to the campaign’s link to learn more.  Please share the campaign.  Thanks in advance!

Follow the Leader- 7 Qualities of Effective Leaders (original post)

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What qualities make great leaders?  This is an important question, especially in this election year, since we will be electing a new president for our country.  Leaders are faced with significant challenges, temptations, and responsibilities at any level.  Here are a few qualities I have observed and appreciate of effective leaders:

  1. Ability to listen and value input, regardless of person or position. Great insights can come from all directions.
  2. Provides reachable goals and a vision that incorporates the concerns of all.
  3. Prioritizing– understanding what needs attention and what actions will yield the greatest positive impact. Everything doesn’t need the same time and energy.
  4. Being pragmatic. A leader must do what is practical, sometimes deviating from the ideal, in doing what is needed.  They do this while treating people fairly.
  5. Does not overreact or make impulsive decisions. Great leaders have an intuitive ability to “wait it out.”
  6. Positioning people to take advantage of their strengths, like a good coach.
  7. Builds leadership capacity. Great leaders aren’t insecure about empowering those they lead.

Leaders at any and all levels should embody these qualities. If the person you support doesn’t embody these qualities, then you should reconsider.  Choosing a leader, whether it is in your local community or the president of the U.S., should not be taken lightly.