Monday, January 31, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Self Esteem Check by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome Back to the Be Motivated Series! Today’s emphasis is on Self Esteem. 

Self esteem is what we call the inner conversations to ourselves about ourselves. This is crucial to know because depending on the content of that internal dialogue, one can become extremely successful or extremely miserable often leading to depression.

So, what kinds of things do you tell yourself about yourself? Here are a few quotes on self esteem that are worthy of consideration:

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” Sidney J. Harris

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” Brian Tracy

Thank You and Welcome Today’s Readers from: Spain, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Germany, India, United Kingdom and United States.

Enjoy Day 17 of “The Course in Mastery.”

Here is Part 1...

Here is Part 2...

Thanks so much for Reading and Sharing!!!

Be Motivated Series: Being Effective with Exercise by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome back to the Be Motivated Series! Welcome Today’s Readers from: United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Germany, Philippines, Pakistan, Qatar, Denmark and Spain!

Today’s focus is also on exercise. This time, however, focus is on effective exercise. Thanks for Reading and Sharing! 

Enjoy Day 16 of The Course in Mastery...Part 1

Part 2...

There are some really great tips in these two videos. Hope they blessed you like they did me.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Health/Wellness Encouragement and Tips by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome back to the Be Motivated Series. Today’s emphasis is on health and wellness, for without these none of this self improvement material can be fully implemented. I read once that our bodies are like the cars we drive while we are on earth. Routine maintenance is recommended for your car, your body and your spirit. 

We have to exercise and eat the right things which is so much easier said than done-at first anyway. Getting started is hard but the pay off is priceless.

Enjoy this excerpt from 101 Ways to find God’s Purpose for Your Life, by Natalie Gillespie:

Exercise provides many benefits to your life, and keeping in shape is part of God’s Purpose for you. Exercise keeps you body healthy and strong, your mind alert, and your emotions positive, releasing natural chemicals that stimulate good feelings. 

Sedentary bodies lead to minds that are unfocused, emotions that are out of control, and a spirit that wrestles with resting in Him. Exercise helps develop a positive self-image.

God expects His followers to develop discipline – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically – in order to unveil His Best Work in them.

Remember this: “Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually and practice being a better Christian, because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too.” 
(1 Timothy 4:8, Children’s Living Bible)

Today’s videos are in two parts. Here’s “The Course in Mastery Day 15, part 1”

Welcome Today's Readers from: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, Oman, Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Nigeria, Thailand, Turkey, Albania and Saudi Arabia! Thank You So Much for Your Support!

Here is Part 2. Enjoy and Be Blessed!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Does Your Attitude Help or Hurt You? by LaShawn Sithole

Many a book has been written on attitude. Today’s topic is just that. My favorite author on this subject passed away last year. This post is dedicated to the memory of “Dr. Attitude” Keith Harrell who made it clear that Attitude is Everything.

One of my favorite quotes by him is this: “You are successful when you remember that somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a gift. That gift is what started you in the right direction. Remember that you are blessed when you pass that gift on to help someone else.” ~Keith Harrell

Proverbs 14:30 in The Living Bible says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.”

Here are two more excellent quotes:

“If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.” ~John Heywood

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, that what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. 

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes. ~Charles Swindoll

THANK YOU and WELCOME TODAY’S READERS from: France, Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, India, and United States. 

There is only one video today in “The Course in Mastery.” I love Zig Ziglar and could watch this thing over and over again!

Thank You for Reading and Sharing! 
I am humbled by your support.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Understand Nonverbal Clues by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome Back to the Be Motivated Series! Today's emphasis is on how well we can 'read' the nonverbal messages used in communication.  Since 93% of our communication is nonverbal (versus 7% being verbal), I found this to be extremely intriguing!

I would imagine the phrase "actions speak louder than words" got its beginning here. What we are 'doing' when we communicate often does just that. For instance, crossed arms can mean that you are not open to communicating or don't think very highly of the person speaking. There is much information available on this topic and I encourage you to read more about it.

Quote of the Day: "The Lord's light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive." Proverbs 20:27

Thank You and Welcome to NEW Readers from: Nigeria, Algeria, Finland, and Portugal!!! Thank You Today's Readers from: Indonesia, Finland, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, France, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, Canada, Australia, United States and United Kingdom.

God Bless You All and Thanks for Sharing!

Today's lesson is again in two parts. Here's Part 1...

Enjoy Part 2 and have a Super Blessed Day!

Thanks again for Sharing! Photo Credit: Google Images

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Negotiation Skills by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome back to the Be Motivated Series!

Today's focus is on negotiation and I think you'll find it interesting. As has been the case for the last few days, the video is in two parts so be sure you check out both.

Thank You and Welcome Today's Readers from: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Tunisia, Australia, Venezuela, India, Indonesia, Egypt, South Korea, Russia, Philippines, and France. 

Welcome New Readers from: Serbia, Belize, and Lebanon! So happy to have you all join us.

The quote for the day comes from Proverbs 11:3. "A good man is guided by his honesty; the evil man is destroyed by his dishonesty."

Enjoy today's videos! Here's Part 1:

Part, Two...

Thank You for Reading and Sharing!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Using Your Influence by LaShawn Sithole

Today’s lesson is about Influence. The Word of God tells us that bad associations corrupt good character in 1 Corinthians 15:33. 

In my training, I mention that every relationship we have has an influence on us to either encourage or discourage our movement towards our goals. Do your friend's thoughts often become your own? Who is influencing whom?

Aretha Franklin's "Who's Zoomin' Who" just popped into my head. Same concept - except she's singing to her love. Influence and how it's used is extremely important to keep in mind. 

Enjoy this passage from Leroy Brownlow’s... Give Us This Day: A Devotional Guide for Daily Living.
“When our son Paul was a little boy he had some special friends. One of them lived on a little acreage where happy children could play in the great outdoors. Another special attraction this friend had was some goats and a little wagon for the goats to pull.

There were times when the goats chose to be unruly and butted them down, but each time those boys got back up. What a lesson! Life has its blows, jolts and kicks that flatten us; but as long as we can get back up, we’re still in the struggle and still in reach of victory.

One day Paul came home smelling like a goat – and that’s not a savory odor. I jokingly said, “Son, if you run with the goats you’ll smell like a goat.” He was too young then to comprehend the full import of those words. Later he learned and heeded the message. Now, with two sons of his own, he understands even more fully the power of association and influence.

Jesus truly wants us to learn this lesson on influence. I know He does. For He told us what a little leaven could do to three measures of meal. (Matthew 13:33)

Since we are all creatures of influence, there is protection and elevation in associating with righteous, honorable people.

Furthermore, in most instances the very company in which you are apt to improve the most -will be the least expensive.”

Enjoy today's videos from The Course in Mastery, Day 11.

Here is Part One!

Welcome Today's Readers from: United States, United Kingdom, India, South Korea, Philippines, Netherlands, Pakistan, Switzerland, Algeria and Morocco! Thank You so Much for Reading and Sharing the Love! God Bless You Abundantly!

Here is the second video for today. I absolutely LOVE this illustration. I believe that you will, too!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Good Networking by LaShawn Sithole

Today's post and video deal with Networking and what it takes to really become memorable at whatever it is that you do. Networking is more than showing up at an event and handing out a ton of business cards. True networking is about relationship building. It is helping others reach their goals and sometimes this is done by matching people up with one another based on specifics needs and outcomes.

Welcome New Readers from Senegal and Guatemala!!! Thank You and Welcome Today's Readers from: South Korea, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa, Russia, Senegal, Austria, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Canada, France, Belgium, Iran, United Kingdom, and United States. To God Be The Glory!

Thank You for Reading and Sharing like you do. Have an Amazing Day! 

This is the first day this happened, but the video is in two parts. 
Part 1, The Course in Mastery Day 10 

Part 2, The Course in Mastery Day 10

Have the Best Day Yet!

Leadership Matters! by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

In our world today, many students are faced with barriers that clearly inhibit them from finishing school.  Barriers such as Socioeconomic Status, Education of Parents, and even Gender all work toward pushing our students out of school and into the world ill prepared to work and contribute successfully to our communities.  However, one cannot disregard the critical role that we all play as leaders in our communities.  
 Leadership does matter, and we need to make no mistake about that.  In order to make a true difference in the education of our youth (and the development of our community), we all need to refine our skills of self-awareness, foresight, and persuasion.  

Self-awareness – This refers to knowing our own emotions and the effect they have on us and others.  In addition, self-awareness describes being confident in our abilities while, at the same time, recognizing our limits.  Most importantly, as leaders in our homes, communities, and work, we cannot wait for dissent and conflict to come to us, we must actively go seek it out in order to create an environment where we can thrive. We must all offer personal invitations to others, requesting their opinions, ideas, and alternative viewpoints to solve the problems of educating our youth and developing our communities.  The mere existence of passive leadership constitutes a substantial barrier to candid dialogue and debate and will encourage our students to give up and leave school.
Foresight – Individuals do not usually conduct an extensive, detailed analysis of statistical information each and every time prior to making a decision.  Instead, we all rely on readily available information and past experiences to make decisions in a timely manner.   
This available information and experiences usually serve us well as we make decisions, however, in some cases, easily recalled information is not always relevant to the current situation and may cause us to make an error in prediction and judgment.  We must be conscious that we need a balance between gathering all pertinent information concerning a decision to be made and making the decision based on our intuition.  

Persuasion - How effective are you in influencing and persuading other people?  The best way to get control of educating our youth is by learning to be effective in influencing and persuading others.  Credibility is part of effective influencing and persuasion.  It is important to tell the truth, even if it hurts.  Honesty is a cornerstone of persuasion and is a necessary characteristic of an effective leader. 

Persuasion can be understood as a power of affecting a person, thing, or course of events, and is the power to produce a desired result.

Leadership does matter and we all have the ability to be great leaders!

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a wife, mother, and educator living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the President of the Leadership Empowerment Group, LLC. and is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the author of Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader.   

For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at , visit, or follow Leadership Empowerment Group, LLC. on Facebook.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Building Trust and Rapport by LaShawn Sithole

Thank You and Welcome to Today's Readers from Thailand, Germany, Philippines, Mexico, Indonesia, Egypt, Switzerland, Egypt, Canada, Brazil, India, United States and United Kingdom!

Today's lesson covers building trust and rapport. Enjoy!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Listen Up by LaShawn Sithole

I am very blessed to do work that I really love including writing, ministry work, mentoring and providing a workshop on diversity appreciation that I created called, “Everybody Matters.”

One of the sections of this interactive model includes an activity on listening. We explore one of the most critical components to listening well. 

Of course you’ll have to join me one day in person to find out exactly what that is- but I will share this personal quote with you for free…

”Everybody –no matter where you are born- is taught to talk but not many –in all the earth are taught to listen. Think about it." LLS

Thank You to Mike Waters, Artist featured above. See many more Scripture based 'toons at:

Thank You So Much Today’s Readers from: Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, Switzerland, Canada, Philippines, India, United Kingdom, and United States. I really appreciate your reading and sharing. God Bless You All Most Abundantly!

Today’s video on “The Course in Mastery” is excellent. Well, ok, they all are! Enjoy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Be Motivated Series: Using Your Personal Power by LaShawn Sithole

Welcome Back! I hope that you are enjoying this 30 Day Challenge as much as I am. 

Here are some memorable quotes for today’s topic on personal power and the courage needed.

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. 

There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." ~Alan Cohen

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences." ~Susan B. Anthony

"If we truly want to create a life that is grounded in basic well-being, we must decide to commit ourselves to learning what it takes to thrive instead of merely survive.” Susan Velasquez, Beyond Intellect Journey into the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind, Page 11.

"Limited goals create limited lives. So stretch yourself as far as you want in setting your goals. You need to decide what you want, because that’s the only way you can expect to get it." –Tony Robbins

Here are five suggestions from Tony Robbins in his book, Unlimited Power  for formulating your outcomes:

1. State your outcome in positive terms. Say what you want to happen. Too often, people state what they don’t want to happen as their goals.

2. Be as specific as possible. How does your outcome look, sound, feel, smell? Engage all of your senses in describing the results you want. The more sensory rich your description, the more you will empower your brain to create your desire. Also be certain to set a specific completion date and/or term.

3. Have an evidence procedure. Know how you will look, how you will feel, and what you will see and hear in your external world after you have achieved your outcome. If you don’t know you’ll know when you’ve achieved your goal, you may already have it. You can be winning and feel like you’re losing if you don’t keep score.

4. Be in control. Your outcome must be initiated and maintained by you. If must not be dependent upon other people having to change themselves for you to be happy. Make sure your outcome reflects things that you can affect directly.

5. Verify that your outcome is ecologically sound and desirable. Project into the future the consequences of your actual goal. Your outcome must be one that benefits you and other people.

Thank You Today's Readers from: Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Philippines, Bahamas, Canada, India, Australia, Greece, United Kingdom, and United States. 

Welcome New Readers from Bahamas and Libya!!! I am just thrilled that you've joined us. God Bless You!

Enjoy Day 7 of The Course in Mastery! Thank You So Much for Reading and Sharing!
Big Blessings to You!