"When I asked for all things, so that I might enjoy life
· I was given life, so that I might enjoy all things."
is the most exquisite form of courtesy." ö Jacques Maritain
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Greeting from Regina
Thank you for your continued business and support during the
past year. I have had a wonderful year and I attribute that
to you! I hope you will continue reading my monthly newsletter
and, I look forward to hearing from you personally during the
coming year. In the meantime, I wish you a blessed holiday season
and a prosperous new year!
A Season of Abundance
is a great month to pause and reflect on all that which we are
grateful for. During this month of holidays, I find that there
is an abundance of good will and cheer. Why isn't this the case
during other months of the year? It is for some, and it all starts
with attitude. Yours.
you ever been asked if the glass is half-empty or half-full? An
eternal optimist, I typically find my glass half-full in almost
any situation. Why? It's all about my attitude. I find the good
or the opportunity in almost any situation I find myself in. That's
why companies like to hire me as a consultant on projects that
involve strategic, long-term organizational change. I have the
right attitude. And, as you probably know, attitude is contagious.
month my focus is on abundance. Webster's dictionary defines abundance
Ample quantity, profusion
Relative degree of plentifulness
you find yourself scurrying around getting flustered as you try
to finish your holiday shopping, your baking, or party preparations,
stop and take five minutes for reflection. Take a deep breath,
and write down everything that you feel you have enjoyed in abundance
during the past year. Then, ask yourself, how can I share this
abundance with others? Write down at least three things you are
willing to do this month. Then make a commitment and do them.
me, the spirit of abundance begins with giving. You've got to
give in order to receive. I have come to learn that this is how
the universe works, like it or not. So what does this mean? It
means that what you put out into the world will eventually come
back to you. How does it work? For example, if you are unwilling
to share information with others, information that you need may
not find its way to you. Or if you hoard money, then you may find
that you have less money flowing into your checkbook than you
the other hand, if you give generously of your time, energy and
money, then you will probably find you have an abundant supply
of any or all of these in your life. That's how the universe works.
It's that simple.
is a Native American saying: "Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way." The best way I know how to honor the
abundance of unknown blessings that are out there waiting for
me, is to give first. Start by giving thanks to all of the people
who have been implemental in creating the abundance you have enjoyed
in your life.
of my clients told me that in December she writes down a list
of 10-12 people that she feels have helped her achieve success
during the past year. At a minimum, she writes them a special
thank you. If time permits, she makes a personal phone call to
thank them in person. I was lucky enough to be one of those people
who received a personal phone call.
wish for you is that you will be able to manifest your own season
of abundance. Start now and you will be amazed at what unfolds
for you in the New Year. And remember, the abundance you experience
in the coming year is already on its way. What unknown blessings
are you giving thanks for?
Copyright 2004 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
attitude of gratitude give you fuel
This website features columnist, Gladys Edmunds' article
about giving thanks during the holiday season and always.
- A Life Difference
This website features an article, "Gratitude
a Life Difference," which discusses gratitude as an
action people may deliberately give to other's everyday.
little gratitude can keep staff, save money
website has an interesting article about what a little gratitude
in the work place can do for employees and employers.
site displays an article about gratitude in the work place, and
the positive benefits it cultivates.
of Gratitude, by M. J. Ryan. This book offers
fun, lighthearted approaches to life's situations, all focused
Survey Results - Appreciation
What is one thing you do at the office
to show appreciation for the work of your fellow co-workers?
- When they
do something for me - gather info, contact someone, send helpful
info, etc., I send an e-mail reply saying, "You're terrific!"
- My staff
loves to eat. I try to bring treats at least once a week.
- I send
them little thank you notes. I also thank them verbally.
- Tell them
what a great job they are doing on a regular basis.
give them fresh flowers, thanking them for their hard work.
- Take associates
out to lunch or breakfast
- I will
send a note or email to say thank you.
85% of respondents
AGREED that they've shown gratitude to at least one person in
the work office this week
100 % of respondents
AGREED that the last time they were the recipient of gratitude
at the work place, they felt more inclined to go the extra mile
for the co-worker or business
85% of respondents
DISAGREED that they avoid showing too much gratitude toward their
co-workers because they worry that they will become complacent
100% of respondents
AGREED that they believe that showing appreciation and gratitude
toward another person encourages intrinsic motivation
57% of respondents
AGREED that the company they work for consistently displays appreciation
for its employees by holding special lunches, sending out appreciation
awards, or something of the like
month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This
month our survey is on Goals/Leadership Legacy
in hearing Regina speak? Here are some upcoming programs that
are open to the public:
2005, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Power of I Conference,
Topic: Inflate Your Success, Bloomington, MN.
for information on how to register.
Regina Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA in
finance/management and an MBA in management/ marketing. An advocate of lifelong
learning, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Development
at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Her focus: leadership and issues
facing women in business. Regina has over fourteen years in the financial
services industry where she has a broad range of leadership experience in
product, sales, and marketing.
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