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Alright, so my Easter was so relaxing and nice, everyone needs a 3 day weekend! Now here I am, an hour from the end of my workday, feeling HORRIBLE! I have a headache, my throat hurts, my back hurts…. Leaves you wondering am I coming down with something OR is it just the ‘Monday After a Holiday Blues’…. lol

I mean really, when I get home tonight, and curl up on the couch, am I still going to feel horrible or am I going to suddenly perk up, feeling SO much better because I’m home from work!

Now don’t get me wrong, I have A LOT to do at home. I spent the weekend working on wedding stuff, and so the housework has fallen behind. There are these beautiful laundry mountains that appear to be growing rapidly every day in our laundryroom. Really, there is only my fiance and I, but you would think based on the volume of laundry that there was atleast a family of 5 living in our house! I have to scale the mountains to get to the cleaning supplies so that OBVIOUSLY means I can’t handle mopping floors or dusting if I can’t get at the products to do so… Valid excuse in my book!

Then there’s the kitchen, oh the kitchen… I have a few factors against me in my quest to a clean kitchen at this time. The first is my fiance lol! I love the man, I do, and he’s a GREAT cook… but he’s like a tornado in the kitchen, one minute you can see the counter and the next it is covered with reminants and debris! Even worse is the dishes that LEAVE the kitchen… I ventured into his office one day to find plates just sitting around his computer, not to mention the cups! He has since moved his computer from his office down to the livingroom while working on business stuff more often so we actually see each other, which means that its more difficult for him to hide the mess!  Then there’s the pets… I swear the animals can destroy the kitchen in T minus 2 seconds! There are sometimes spots of things splattered on my wall that I’m not even sure of the origin…

So all that to say I  know I’ll be busy when I get home tonight and YET… here I am sitting at work, watching the clock and feeling crummy. Maybe I am getting something? Nope, not a possibility… I can’t afford to get sick right now! The house would fall apart, the wedding wouldn’t get planned… it would just be CHAOS at its finest! Lol! Yes, I exaggerate, but really things WOULD be a mess when I got back on my feet!

So here it is, a toast to feeling better! Hopefully starting in just 41 minutes…

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So I started reading a new book this morning, Bringing Out the Best in People by Alan Loy McGinnis. Copyright 1985, so its not a new book or new concepts, but how I wish today’s society could learn some of these theories SO much more than they currently do!

Imagine a world where when you go to work, your boss isn’t focused on threatening or punishing the employees, they aren’t focusing on just pointing out where you screwed up or what you didn’t do enough of… Instead they are focused on pointing out what you did do right, and then helping you to build up the areas that you could improve on. You enjoy talking to them because rather than a lecture, its more of a pep talk and a coaching session…. This is what so many professionals are pointing out is the key to leadership, and I fully believe that!

McGinnis lists 12 rules to bringing out the best in people. I challenge each of you to just pick 1 or 2 and try applying them for the next week and see what a difference it makes.

1) Expect the best from people you lead.

2) Make a thorough study of the other person’s needs.

3) Establish high standards for excellence.

4) Create an environment where failure is not fatal.

5) If they are going anywhere near where you want to go, climb on other people’s bandwagons.

6) Employ models to encourage success.

7) Recognize and applaud achievement.

8) Employ a mixture of postiive and negative reinforcement.

9) Appeal sparingly to the competitive urge.

10) Place a premium on collaboration.

11) Build into the group an allowance for storms.

12) Take steps to keep your own motivation high.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking ‘but I’m not a big business leader’, here’s the thing, we’re all called to lead SOMEWHERE in our lives… Maybe you have children, guess what, you’re leading them. What about newer coworkers that look up to you, although you may not be their supervisor they still are looking to you and so in an essence you’re leading them. Coach a sports team? Help run a church group? There are all sorts of opportunities….

So, 1 week, 2 of the 12 rules. I will be doing it too, and after the week share your stories about how it works for you. I am going to start by making failure not fatal. I am a perfectionist and often I find I have a hard time accepting when someone makes a mistake, and although I may not SAY something about it, I am sure my body and facial reactions give me away. I will also been applying achievement and recognizing it more in those around me. We all know how great it feels when someone points something out to you that you did well!

So who’s on board?

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So I’ve been here, done this before. I started a blog about a year ago… made it specific to reviewing books I was reading. It was great, and I sounded like I TOTALLY knew what I was thinking about… and then I got too busy to read enough to have new books to post and that tanked.

Shortly thereafter I started another blog, focusing on my lessons I was learning in the religious side of my life. I was having fun with that, and even learning how to make the posts kinda fun an quirky…. but then not only did I forget the password to the blog, I forgot the password to the email address that it sends my password reset to!!! Yep, I’m a little absent minded sometimes…

So here we go again! Although this time I’m taking a few steps to make sure this one sticks. I’m connecting it to an email I use ALL the time, instead of assuming I might get spam and using another. I am also not going to make this about any specific topic. You see, my life isn’t any specific topic… Its one big, colourful collage of a million different things that all spell me – and that’s what this blog is going to include too!

A quick intro – My name is Britt and I’m 25 years old. I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor, a recovered Anorexic, a fitness enthusiast, a ‘Bride-to-Be’ (check out the countdown on the side, 6 months to go!), an eager student in the area of leadership, a pet owner, a country girl… the list goes on.

So lets get this rocking and rolling! I hope you’ll get to know a little about me, and I about you through your replies. At the end of the day, lets just have fun, because you only get one trip through this thing called life!

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