Being Diligent

Diligence is careful and persistent work or effort. It is such an elegant word. When striving for excellence or reaching for success. We should consider our diligence.

Synonyms for diligence include¬†conscientiousness, assiduousness, assiduity, hard work, concentration, care, industriousness, rigor, meticulousness, and thoroughness. Don’t those words represent how you would want your effort to be described?

I want to keep that list of words in my wallet. When I get stuck I can pull it out and find inspiration in those words.

Samuel Johnson once said, What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.” Success follows diligence!

It Is Easy to Give

When we think about generosity, usually our first thought is money. Our second thought is time. But there are many ways to be generous. Try one of these today.

1. Smile. A smile can brighten someone’s day. And it can lighten yours if it is returned. It is the simplest way to give.

2. Give assistance. If you are like me, you can be so busy you miss opportunities to extend a hand to someone else. Pause a moment to hold open a door, or if you are sweeping the sidewalk, sweep your neighbors also. When I was twelve and thirteen, I mowed yards to earn money. I remember instances when I mowed some for free, because I had the time and it was always appreciated. There are many ways to help that take very little time. We can raise our awareness of the needs that exist around us throughout our day.

3. Bring a positive attitude. Carrying a positive attitude with you throughout your day can positively impact everyone you meet.

4. Pay attention. When someone is talking with you, give them your attention. Too often we try to multitask. Stop looking at your phone and look at the person speaking. It makes a difference.

5. Provide a kind word. Encouragement feels good. Sometimes we just need to provide a kind word to change someone’s day.

We can be generous every day.

Carrying Your Attitude

Have you ever noticed how the energy in a room can change when a person  enters? A person carries their attitude wherever they go. It is inescapable, and it affects everyone it contacts. When you enter a room, you bring your attitude along. How often do you pause to assess your attitude? Being aware of your attitude, especially when you are under stress, can help you make adjusts when needed. What is the impact of an attitude?

1. Positive. You can lift the energy of the entire room. You can bring smiles to faces. You can create hope and happiness. You can display confidence.

2. Negative. You can destroy a team. You cause rumors to persist. You plant the seeds of despair and hopelessness. You cause others to leave or ignore you. You change the attitudes of others to negative.

3. Neutral. Neutral is better than negative, but you limit your impact. You wield no influence. What benefit are you to the team? Are you living your purpose to the best of your ability?

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” It is true that we impact ourselves, and those around us when we take the time to choose and adjust our attitude.

Is it possible to always be positive? No. But we can get better at adjusting our attitude. We can get better at recognizing how our attitude affects others. We can get better at carrying our attitude.

What We Believe

Gandhi said, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

What we believe is our foundation, and building on those beliefs can transform our life’s journey. This quote can help us explore and develop specific personal growth plans for our life.

For example, select something important to you. It should be an area in which you want to grow. It could be faith, friends, business, community, or a specific skill. Then spend time reflecting on these questions starting with your basic beliefs, and narrow your focus to the area you selected.

1. Beliefs: How can we explore the foundation of our beliefs? How can we strengthen our beliefs? What opposing beliefs exist in current culture? What defining facts are the basis for our beliefs?

2. Thoughts: When do I take time to transform beliefs into thoughts? How are my beliefs reflected in my thoughts? Are my thoughts productive? How could my thinking be more aligned with my beliefs?

3. Words: Can people see my beliefs in the words I speak? Do I speak in a constructive and supportive manner? How can I communicate my beliefs and thoughts so that I am more understood?

4. Actions: Am I living authentically? Where are my actions not a reflection of my words? What do I need to do to follow through more consistently?

5. Habits: Are my habits aligned with my beliefs? What habit should I develop to live according with my beliefs? What habit should I break that is not in alignment with my beliefs?

6. Values: Do I value what is important and in alignment with my beliefs every single day? What values in my life need developed or strengthened? What values am I living, but not fully understanding?

7. Destiny: Where are my beliefs taking me? What development will help me reach the destiny that I want? What short term desires are pulling me away from longer term success?

These are generic example questions. This exercise really grows in significance when you can ask yourself more relevant questions based on your specific situation and your experiences.

This process has helped me broaden my views, and then re-focus on how to grow. Ready to get started? What area of your life would you like to work on?