November 19, 2009

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   Volume 6, Issue 11   November2009   ISSN 1556-3820

“If the only prayer you said in your life was 'thank you,' that would suffice.”

– Meister Eckhart

Note From Regina 


There’s something about November that naturally lends itself to gratitude.  Maybe it’s because I grew up here in the United States where we celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving in November.  Yet, most cultures have a day of giving thanks – whether or not that day falls in November – so perhaps it’s something else.

Maybe it’s because with the year beginning to wind down there’s a natural tendency to look back and reflect on the recent past.  Like our ancestors before us, we all have our own unique challenges that we have worked to overcome, and the opportunity to be thankful for both the lessons learned and the rewards reaped as a result of our labor.

If you’re like me, this past year has brought a multitude of challenges and with that a multitude of reasons to feel grateful.  I for one am grateful to have you as one of my loyal readers.  I hope you get as much out of reading my newsletter as I get from writing it. Speaking of which, I hope you will read this month’s feature article, Three Simple Ways to Create More Abundance in Your Work and Your Life.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what one thing that will save your sanity that you are willing to commit to this holiday season.

P.S.S. Want to simplify your holiday shopping? Check out the Resources in this month's newsletter for a book that would make a great gift for family, friends and customers!

   Feature Article

Three Simple Ways to Create More Abundance in Your Work and Your Life

When I was growing up our family didn’t have a lot of money.  My mother was a single mom challenged with raising four children, providing a stable home and medical care, all on a waitress’ salary with no employer benefits except a pay check.  As an adult, I know that my mom made many sacrifices so that we could have a better life.  Yet, she never complained and always found ways to help others out whom she felt were worse off then we were.  And not surprisingly, we always had a roof over our head, a full belly, a warm bed and clean clothes.

Have you ever heard the saying, "that which you put out to the world comes back to you times three?"  Without knowing it my mom embraced what I call a gratitude philosophy.  Not only was she grateful for what she had but she was always willing to share what she had with others.  As a result, she always had more and more to be grateful for because what she graciously gave to others always came back to her in spades.

As we approach the holiday season, I hope that you will take some time to reflect on all that you have to be grateful for.  Here are a few simple things you can do to embrace the abundance in your own life.

  1. Say thank you.  The first time I wrote a report on a computer, I lost the entire report because I didn’t save my work along the way.  As a result, I learned an invaluable lesson: save early, save often.  This lesson can apply when it comes to thanking the people in our lives – co-workers, spouses, customers, vendors, friends.  Say thank you early on and as often as possible.  If you’ve been lax in this area no worries.  Sit down, identify three people that have made a difference in your life this past year, and write them a heart felt thank you note.  I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised by the response.
  2. Develop an abundance mantra.  Hope Floats, starring Sandra Bullock and Gena Rowlands, is one of my favorite movies.  At the end of the movie, Bullock’s daughter says to her, “My cup runneth over.”  I love that line.  You could use this as your mantra but you can probably come up with a better one on your own.  Here’s one that I use: I have more than enough time to get all of my important things done.  And guess what?  I do.
  3. Create a gratitude ritual. A gratitude ritual could be something as simple as saying a prayer before every meal or before you go to bed. Or, you might take a few moments each day to reflect on the things you feel most grateful for that day. Even better, write them down in a notebook and keep it handy for those rough days when you need a boost. Or perhaps each day you might try to do or say something nice to one person that crosses your path that day – a compliment or a kind word can go a long way. Each night my husband and I share three things that we feel grateful for that day before we go to bed. For us, this is both simple and impactful. Pick something that works for you then do it.

As you move into the holiday season, I hope you will carve out your own philosophy of abundance. Then sit back and be amazed at what magically unfolds. More then you expected? I hope so.

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive and founder of Red Ladder, Inc. As CEO she helps organizations manage transitions, complete major projects, build strong teams and develop leadership talent. She is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, visit www.redladder.com or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2004-2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc. provides services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, Red Ladder’s CEO, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over twenty years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.

in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Three Simple Ways to Create More Abundance in Your Work and Your Life 
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

One thing that will save my sanity…

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

10/01/09 Red Ladder, Inc. acquired the rights to the Women at the Top™ study and blog. Learn more about the new direction of WATT™ or sign-up to receive the weekly blog. Click here to learn more about the 2009 WATT™ Study.

10/04/09 Red Ladder, Inc. received Financial Women International’s 2009 Partner in Success Award. Regina Barr accepted the award at FWI’s 87th Annual Conference held in Newport Beach, California.

Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs  ...

We are in the process of putting together our speaking schedule for 2010.  Stay tuned!

Preview a list of Regina’s five most requested programs.

Interested in having Regina speak or present a seminar or workshop at your next event? Contact us at: 651-453-1007 or .


Resources ...  

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life: Written by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, this book is a quick, but worthwhile read. The subtitle captures the essence of the book: positive strategies for Work and Life. The premise is that we all have an invisible bucket. The bucket is emptied or filled by what others say and do to us. In turn, we empty or fill the invisible buckets of others.

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids: Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer explain to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too, as told through the story of a little boy named Felix.


"Your presentation was straightforward and helpful. I would highly recommend your leadership seminar to all levels of management." 

– Carolyn L. Bradford,  
   Home National Bank


Copyright 2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
All rights reserved.

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