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Daddy! Is This Santa Claus?

Tired and with a negative attitude setting in, I walked up the dark sidewalk to yet another house in a part of town I wasn’t very familiar with.

My once positive thoughts about volunteering to deliver toys and food on Christmas Eve were shifting to negative.

So far, very few had offered a thank you, and I was feeling somewhat unappreciated.

As the front door opened and I stepped inside with the last delivery on my list, I was glad my task was nearly done and I would soon be on my way home.

“Daddy! Is this Santa Claus?” yelled two small blond high-energy boys with glee.  Immediately, my mood was transformed back into one much more in tune with the true Christmas spirit.

That night, I was Santa Claus to the families on my Talladega Jaycee Christmas for Kids list.  But I also received a special gift myself.

My gift was the reminder of what Christmas is really about:  Sharing, giving, and loving.  I realized that it isn’t about my feelings.  It’s about my helping someone else feel good.

I also learned that sometimes in the business of doing good, it can be easy to get cynical. You won’t always get an acknowledgement of your efforts.

During the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year, should you feel negativity creeping in as you take your time to help others, remember that it’s not about you. It’s about the people who are benefiting from the good deeds you are performing.

Know that while people may not express appreciation as openly as those two young boys, your actions are appreciated and your efforts are making a difference in people’s lives.

Thank You for what you do and Happy Holidays!

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Love Change?

Is it possible to love change and welcome it into our lives?  

Recently while attending a company’s annual conference where major technology change was being presented; I knew it was going to be interesting to see how the multi-generations represented would react. 

As the changes were announced you could feel the fear, doubt, and tension spread throughout the room!  In looking at their expressions for some it seemed like the end of business as usual and it was overwhelming to see where the company was headed. 

A large number of the attendees had been there from the beginning of the company and personally knew the founders; and I could imagine they were wondering: “is this what they would have wanted?”  

Then others were excited and easily willing to embrace the changes. They were the ones texting on the hashtag set up,  sharing this would be a great future for everyone!

As the presentation continued I looked around and many were in shock and really didn’t know what to feel or think. They knew change was needed; but were afraid they could not master the skills it would take to succeed in this new world! 

This is not new is it? Change is happening all over our workplaces! I know you are either going to be facing it soon, are in the midst of it now, or you have been through it and will probably have to experience it again. This is good, right? 

Change is just like anything else we face, isn’t it?  It all starts with our mindset and attitude! That is where change begins and where the progress on our journey is formed!  

One of our Remarkable Speakers, Dean Lindsay
shares:  “Change is inevitable, Progress is a choice!” 

In looking at the long term journey here are three steps to help you make change easier:

  • Choose to face your change! The longer you put this off the harder it will be to take the next steps to reach progress! 
  • Secure all the complete information of what the change entails so that you can overcome the doubt, fear, and the barriers that could stand in your way, if you let them.  This includes asking questions and seeking expert advice to have a complete understanding of how to move to the final step in this process.
  • Make plans and goals of how to successfully handle the changes that are going to move you to success!  These need to be written down and a commitment made to do what it will take to succeed and not just quit and say “I Can’t!”

Can you say with me “I love change?”  The longer you delay saying those words the longer the time it will take you to progress on your journey; as there is no other way to avoid the inevitable! 

Sue Falcone is the CEO of Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau
and was recently named an “Outstanding Women in Business”
by the Triad Business Journal of North Carolina. For more see
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Are You Stuck? 6 Keys to Moving Forward!

stuckHow many times have you found yourself in situations where you are “stuck” in the moment?  It could be right now! How does it feel? You have hit a snag in your professional or personal life and you are paralyzed and unable to move on!  All you can dwell on is the issue and you can’t “let it go!” It becomes all you think about and you begin to beat yourself up, because it must be your fault somehow! It can make you angry, frustrated, and becomes the controlling factor of your life! You just cannot shake it!

I remember one of my favorite words of wisdom that the late Dr. Wayne Dyer shared was this:stuckwaynedyer

 

When we hit these rough and challenging times if we let it go far and long enough, they can stop us from reaching our full potential, and eventually cause us to give up and quit and live in the memories of regret!

I don’t want your business or life to ever get to the place where you want to quit or give up, because I have discovered 6 KEYS that will open your mind and heart, show you a direction to get back on track,  and keep you moving forward.

  • Admit to yourself you are “stuck!”  Write down what the issue is!
  • Walk away from the situation for a short while and focus on something else
  • Pray and meditate on the blessings that you are thankful and grateful for-write them down
  • Get some planned exercise- you would be amazed at what an hour of walking or Zumba will do
  • Now you are ready to share with a positive person in your life the real issue and let them help you reach a solution
  • Be thankful you went through this time- now you can prevent it in your future and be able to help someone else through it

We all can get “stuck” at any given time. It can surprise us and challenge us! Now we do not have to give in and let it destroy our joy, peace, and happiness! You are valuable and worth so much more than spending your time being “stuck!”

Sue Falcone
Sue Falcone

 

Owner: “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency

“You Get What You Pay For!”

yougetwhatyoupayforHow many times have you heard: “you get what you pay for?”  I can remember my Grandma saying that time and again! We are not sure where the quote actually came from, but I am finding more and more people want value, a positive experience, and service. Isn’t that what everyone is in business to provide and deliver in a cost effective, excellent and timely manner?

 

I encounter this at times: “Sue, I love your company and the talent you represent, but we can’t afford you!”  Ever heard that, or said it to a someone else, maybe even me? When I hear it, I have to first think, “what are they really saying” before I respond. I have found in my many years of sales and marketing that usually it is not about the money at all!

People and companies can always find the money when their deepest desires are met! However, when hearing that statement how many of us will take the time to ask, “tell me more about why you feel that way” to see if we have even uncovered their deepest desire, or addressed it clearly enough? Or do we just smile, feel rejected or even say: “you get what you pay for” and walk away?

Building a business is all about relationships, knowing your target markets, and being willing and confident enough to do the best you can, overcome objections, and handle rejections well so you can move on no matter the choice of others!

Sue Falcone
Sue Falcone

 

 

Challenge for you: how do you handle objections and the feeling of rejection? It’s key to your success!