#Truth

Honesty Is The Best Policy.

honestyWe hear this time after time growing up, from our parents and teachers and adults in our lives. I believe that the more we grow, the more we realize that they were all right. Living truthfully is an important step to being a successful human being, as the truth is so important to our lives. It impacts the way we are viewed by others as well as the way in which we present ourselves.

Ambitious people desire truth and are willing to embrace it at all opportunities. When someone always tells the truth, others recognize this and respect him or her for it. People are able to place their complete trust more easily in someone who is always truthful, allowing him or her access to great resources and confidences that they otherwise would not have found available to them.

Being truthful also makes life much easier. So often when we tell one small lie we find that lie quickly growing out of hand. We have to continuously lie in order to keep up the illusion that we have attempted to create, and it can be easy to forget and become confused with everything that has been made up. It takes so much effort to sustain a lie.

Instead of attempting this, people could simply tell the truth and find themselves saved a great deal of hassle in so many ways. There is an African proverb that says, “A lie has many variations, the truth none.” The truth is always easier and helps everyone who commits to embracing it, as well as those who hear it. Your life becomes filled with a great sense of clarity once you commit to being truthful in all things.

Those who embrace the truth find that they can more easily become successful. They are respected by those around them and are able to be completely be themselves in all that they do. It is so freeing to be truthful to yourself, and I encourage everyone to fully commit to the truth.

What Are You Reading?

Ambitious And Successful People Read All The Time.

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What books are you reading to improve your knowledge? Of course, I hope that one of them is Ambitious Woman, my newest book!

David Bailey says, “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” Reading is the doorway to so many new thoughts and experiences that its importance cannot be underestimated.

It is hard for us to imagine that, only a few years ago, reading was not a common talent, particularly for women. No one really thought that taking the time to teach most children to read was worthwhile. Instead, they thought that teaching children a skill or a trade was paramount, as these children would have to earn a living very soon and would need those reliable skills to do so. It is easy to understand why people took this attitude but it is difficult to imagine how much those children’s lives would have changed if they had been taught to read. Who knows how many doctors, statesmen and leaders were lost simply because no one ever bothered to teach them to read?

When I think about this, I am so grateful that I was born and grew up in a time in history when teaching both boys and girls to read was taken for granted. There is no doubt in my mind that the ability to read is the difference between success and failure and the foundation for our lifestyles. We are all given the chance to expand our minds, but some of us refuse to do so for the silliest reasons possible: lack of time, lack of motivation and lack of interest.

It is important to clear this up immediately: reading is not optional if you want to be successful. I am not talking about reading quarterly reports, either! I am talking about the type of reading that takes your mind in a different directly, stretches your goals and introduces you to ideas which you may never have thought of before. That type of reading is the type that you want to do on a regular basis.

You can start with my book, Ambitious Woman, but do not stop there. Keep on reading and expanding your horizons!

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The Wonder of It All

Is Your Life Filled With Wonder?

wonder-word3If not, you may not be looking in the right places! Wonder is something we must cultivate if we want to be successful, because it reminds us of our true place in the bigger scheme of things. Even in something as small as a mustard seed, the wonder of it causes you to realize that life is bigger than who you are.

Albert Einstein said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead, his eyes are closed.” Einstein knew that there was more to life that just formulas and equations. As focused as he was on mathematics and science, he knew that the human experience is grounded in fancy as well as fact.

This is an important fact to keep in mind if you are trying to be successful. Ambitious women understand the power of wonder. It is the power that drives us to imagine things, dream our dreams and set incredible goals for ourselves. Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” I think so, too! That wonder and magic in our lives makes them richer, but it also makes us unstoppable. Human beings are created to be incredible, and when we allow wonder to work in our lives, we will find that we can achieve things that others never thought possible.

Of course, there will always be naysayers and doomsday prophets. These are people who have allowed wonder to die from their lives and may never be more than what they are right now. That is not us as ambitious women, however! Instead of saying “no” or “it cannot be done,” we wonder at the miracle of life and look for ways that it can be done! If we continue with that attitude, we will ultimately be successful.

Remember that when you open yourself up to true wonder, you find that life is bigger than you. You stop being the center of your own attention and start seeing how all the pieces may fit together in a grand design and pattern that blankets the ages and the universe. Allowing wonder into your life makes you must more open to new experiences, including success!

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Everyone Needs a Break!

If you are feeling down or are
not getting much accomplished,
you may have simply pushed yourself
too hard for too long.

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The solution? Take a break! Then you can return to the things at hand, and you will see things in a different light. When you clear your mind then revisit the tasks you need to accomplish, you will find that you are getting much more done more effectively.

There is something about our brains that resists long-term repetition. Think of this as if the brain were one of your body’s muscles. You know that if you overuse a muscle, it becomes less effective. In fact, workout experts say that the most effective types of workouts involve “body confusion.” This means that you are not making the same motions over and over again. The reasoning behind this is that your body will find the easiest way to handle repetitive motions, and in doing so will burn fewer calories and build less muscles.

Now, apply that analogy to the brain. Our brains are created to do things efficiently. When we are looking for inspiration and creativity, efficiency is not necessarily what we want. In fact, efficiency, although we usually think of that as a “good” word, can be a “bad” word when we are trying to take on a multi-faceted task! Instead of efficient, think of repetitious work as “tedious.” This helps us understand why we must “confuse” our minds and shake things up occasionally when we are working on higher-order tasks.

Now that you understand that repetition and tedium is not good for your brain, what can you do about it? Fortunately, there seems to be a natural remedy for this problem: stop what you are doing and do something else. Just a few minutes of stretching, a walk around the block, taking time to cook something or even a short nap can completely change your outlook on a difficult task. If you want to change things, take a break, clear your mind and revisit the task after you have taken time to refresh yourself. You will do a much better job in the long run!

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