The Best Thing to Happen This Year – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 72

Best Thing This Year

Going to school smile

I think I was specifically waiting for this day to share this topic.  Maybe there’s a little selfishness on my part, but, today was the best day so far.  Today, all 3 of my kids were in school.  I actually had a kid-free zone for a short time today, which is a prelude of what’s to come this fall.

Very excited

Isaac, my youngest, had an orientation today, where he got to experience school.  It was for 3 hours, and he has been looking forward to this day for quite some time.  I treated today like it was the first day of school in the fall.  Took pictures of all 3, and thankfully they were willing participants.  Elijah and Justus got on the bus, and I drove Isaac in.  Well, when we got there, he was MORE than ready for the day.  He was practically kicking me out the door.  He’s so ready for school.  

When I got home, it was unbelievably QUIET!!!  For the first time in a long time, there were no screaming kids, me having to yell at anyone or dealing with chaos.  You could hear a pin drop.  I’ve always been saying that once they’re all in school, I would have a mini party and go wild.  That didn’t happen today.  What I did notice was that while it was great to have the quiet, it’s not something that will be a routine once they’re all in school.  I definitely realized that I will keep myself busy with other Moms, working my business, and getting out and meeting people.

I went to pick up Isaac and looking at all the kids as they were leaving for recess, I got a little emotional.  My kids are growing up so fast.  I saw Isaac coming out with his group, and he looked like he fit in just fine.  I knew he’d be okay, but seeing that look of calm and relaxation gave me a great sense of relief.  His brothers came over to check on how he liked his day in school and even some of the other students came over to check on Isaac.  That really gave me a sense of security knowing there are other students looking out for my little guy.

Their version of
speak no evil, hear no
evil, see no evil

The best thing about today is that we were all ready for today.  No one was scared, no one got cold feet, no one got clingy.  It was an easy transition and I think it was so easy because my two other boys are excited about school (most of the time.)  I also realized just how blessed I am to have 3 boys who are always there for each other.  

We’re all going to be just fine.

10 Commandments of Leadership – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 50

10 Commandments of Leadership

I’m still on a high from Convention this week, and as I was going through my emails, I came across this email that caught my eye.  It was titled, “10 Commandments of Leadership” and as many of you know, “The 10 Commandments” is one of my favorite movies.  I was intrigued to see what was in store, and boy was I glad to open this email.

Here’s what was in the email:

In my office, on the wall next to my desk hangs the 10 Commandments of Leadership. I not only see them, but read them every single day!
 For all of you who are called to lead, they are a great reminder of what we should do:
  1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered (including me). Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the littlest people with the littlest ideas. Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.
  10. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the best you have anyway.
I recommend that you print these out and read them every day and see what an impact they can have on you and your leadership!
To your success,
Chris Widener

This was EXACTLY what I needed to see today to really solidify what must be done in my life every single day.  There are many out there who are unethical, greedy, willing to stomp you to the ground and will just not support you along your journey.  It’s easy to react or take it to heart, but when you know you’re going along the right path and doing things where in the end, you can sleep at night with a clear conscience, that’s all that matters.

I plan to copy these commandments, make them visible and look to and read them every single day as is suggested by Chris Widener.  I would even take it a step further and read each one aloud.  To me, that gives it more life and validity.

To all my fellow leaders out there who may be misunderstood or sometimes on your own, keep pressing forward, stay the course, and the right people will learn from your example.

Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge Graduate

On January 1, I started yet another challenge.  Chalene Johnson, fitness guru, put a challenge forth to her followers and fans.  We give her 30 days and she will provide us with the tools, skills, support and knowledge to become more organized and to reach our goals quicker.  I have to admit, I was very skeptical.  Not necessarily of the challenge, but whether or not I would stick with it.  I can’t say why I would think that, seeing I completed the Power 90 Boot Camp and loved every minute of it.

In any case, here is my story with the 30 Day Challenge.

First off, I completed the entire challenge.  A whole 30 days of diligent hard work, developing new habits, recognizing areas that need improvement and having a written out plan for my future and my success.  It was scary, exciting, invigorating, uplifting, amazing and most certainly life changing for me.  I let go of my inhibitions, was willing to learn and used the techniques in my every day life and business.  The results have been phenomenal.  In 30 days, I accomplished a few of my small goals, I defined my Push Goals, learned the importance and necessity of creating a To Do list EVERY DAY and prioritizing my life.

During the challenge, I learned to let go of my fears and share with others my goals.  That literally opened the doors to opportunities I never would have thought possible.  I added members to my team, reached new levels of accomplishment in my business, found support in old and new friends and what I believe to be a new found respect from my peers.

I learned that you should NEVER stop learning, ask questions, ask for help, seek the support of others who believe in you and always keep pushing forward.  The only person responsible for my actions, or lack thereof, is me.  Because I took action and stuck with this challenge, I found myself more confident in myself.  I now believe that I can and WILL reach my Push Goal of Senior Director in my business by this August, get out of debt, and help to provide the life my family deserves.  

Throughout this challenge, the level of support was more than I ever could have imagined.  I’ve had several people contact me asking about the challenge and whether it’s something they can do.  Wow – what a great feeling.  I also gained some new friends – fellow 30 Day Challenge members who reached out to me and wanted to get to know me better.  

I can’t thank Chalene Johnson enough for this amazing challenge.  It has opened my eyes to the many possibilities and opportunities out there for me.  I’m not done, either.  Starting tomorrow, February 1st, I am redoing the challenge again.  Hey, like I said, you should never stop learning, and I’m sure by doing the challenge again, I will learn something new.  In addition to redoing this challenge, I’m also participating in another one.  A few of us are reading “Unstuff Your Life” by Andrew Mellen, in an effort to organize my home, office, and life.  Doing both at the same time should prove interesting and at the very least, exciting.

If you’d like to learn more about this challenge, or participate yourself, go to  Register with your name and e-mail and see how this challenge can change your life.

Until next time, take care and be well.