Quick Question. What are your strengths??? You may have been told that there are always people who are better than you and there always will be. You heard it from your parents, teachers, and even friends. And it’s important to avoid the comparison trap along your success journey. As much as you and I may aspire to be the next Oprah or Bill Gates we may never become these business visionaries. But, what you probably don’t hear as often, is that you are better than a lot of people. Everyone has their strengths. And even though your strengths may not be as developed as some, they will be well above many others.
- List Your Strengths
People take what they are good at for granted. It’s just something you do; it’s almost as natural as breathing. You have been doing it for a long time, and you don’t even think about it. But, if you force yourself to list out your strengths, you will discover unknown aspects about yourself.
- Others Sometimes Know You Better Than You Know Yourself
You may help others without realizing it. Maybe you helped fix their computers or when they had trouble with their cars. Perhaps you helped a colleague organize a big event.
- Try Something You Haven’t Done in a Long Time
Think back to when you were in high school or college. What kinds of extracurricular activities were you involved with? For example, perhaps you were in the Audio/Visual Club. You knew how to work cameras at sporting events. You knew how to edit post-production to make the video clips come alive. This could be the start of a new skill, as you could apply this to YouTube videos, or your church media ministry, etc.
- Teach Others
You can’t teach something you don’t know. And even when you do know something, when you teach it, you will need to refine what you know so that you can convey it to others. Teaching will force you to dig deeper into the subjects you present.
Volunteering has the advantage of helping others out as well as helping you learn new skills. You may volunteer at a food bank and learn how to grow vegetables. This may not be something you would have learned without volunteering. Some people who have a difficult time finding a new job turn to volunteering as a way to gain exposure to new skills as well as make connections. The Rotary Club, Optimist International and Habitat for Humanity are just a few service organizations that welcome volunteers.
- Lead a Group
When you find a group whose members all share the same interest as you, put yourself in a leadership position. You will face new challenges that strengthen your skills in that interest. You can also put this leadership skill on your resume which can help you in looking for a new job. The group can also help you learn more about the interest. Check out groups at meetup.com
- Online Training
If there are skills you are not strong at, but would like to learn more about, consider taking some online training. There are plenty of resources available that offer great training on most subjects. You can find both free and paid resources. It’s a good idea to start out with free resources to help you determine if the skills are right for you. If so, you can branch out into paid resources.
|Ask two people you know well what they think you are good at. If possible, have them write it down. This will give you a form of validation if you ever refer to it in the future. You could choose one person from work and one who is a family member or friend.||Revisit a hobby you used to do as a kid. If you played sports, offer to coach on a team for either kids or adults. There are plenty of adult leagues who could use a hand in some capacity.||Commit to signing up and learning three online courses. Choose any subject you find of interest and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. As long as training exists, you can learn something new.|
- 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential: http://amzn.to/2rcof0U
- The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles: https://goo.gl/EJ1MHm
- StrengthsFinder 2.0: https://goo.gl/XgTZFr
- Now, Discover Your Strengths: https://goo.gl/Hf3c3m
- Living Your Strengths: https://goo.gl/Z4kJ2w
- Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance: https://goo.gl/HQtdq8
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Sunny Fridge, Ph.D.
John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker
Half a million young people will be served in April through The John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative. The series of events is being held worldwide Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017 in large cities and small villages. The JMT Global Youth Initiative is an international movement of hundreds of free community events. Topics range from leadership development and anti-bullying to self esteem and success. The mission is to help the youth in communities around the world thrive.
Locally, Sunny Fridge Consulting, LLC (www.sunnyfridge.com) will lead two events for Mississippi area youth and young adults ages 8-18. YouthMAX Imagine Y.O.U. will be hosted by the PEARSON Foundation at Sweet Rest Church in Pearl on Wednesday, April 26th from 6 – 8 p.m. A second event will be hosted Saturday, April 29th from 2-4 p.m. at The Church Triumphant Global in Jackson by TCTG Youth Ministry. Both events will feature an engaging presentation of inspiration, entertainment and fun by local artists and motivational speakers.
The events will include a special video teaching from Nick Vujicic, JMT Global Ambassador for the YouthMAX Plus program. Vujicic is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare congenital condition characterized by the absence of arms and legs. He has inspired millions with his humor and faith.
“Through the John Maxwell Team Global Youth Initiative, my team and I have the chance to influence tomorrow’s leaders today,” said Sunny Fridge, Ph.D., Certified John Maxwell Team Member and co-YouthMAX Facilitator. “Our young people face many challenges and struggles with confidence, bullying and fear of failure. We want to remind them they are valued and have what it takes to rise and shine as leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world.
“Leadership develops daily, not in a day.” – John Maxwell
With my mentor John Maxwell, I’ve learned that leadership develops daily, not in a day. Our goal is to spark an intentional and lifelong leadership interest in today’s youth.”
As certified members take to their communities to make a difference, events will be happening all around the world. Seating is limited. To reserve your free seat in Pearl go to https://youthmax-imagineyou-pearlms.eventbrite.com. To reserve your free seat in Jackson go to https://youthmax-imagineyou.eventbrite.com. If you would like to partner or be a sponsor for these events, call (601) 376-9522. Be sure to check youthmax.com for additional information about the events happening in Jackson and Pearl, Mississippi.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracey
Does the thought of attending a networking event intimidate you? What you need are some go-to phrases to help you step out of your comfort zone into your growth zone. Inc.com writer Bill Murphy says to think of the following phrases as a charisma cheat sheet:
oAmericans around the world gathered to watch the farewell address delivered Tuesday night by President Barack Obama. Words to live by… ‘Yes we can!’: Here is the full text of President Barack Obama’s farewell address
This was my favorite part of #ObamaFarewell – (kleenex moments):
“That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change – that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012 – and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.
You’re not the only ones. Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.
Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.
To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.
To my remarkable staff: For eight years – and for some of you, a whole lot more – I’ve drawn from your energy, and tried to reflect back what you displayed every day: heart, and character, and idealism. I’ve watched you grow up, get married, have kids, and start incredible new journeys of your own. Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you. The only thing that makes me prouder than all the good we’ve done is the thought of all the remarkable things you’ll achieve from here.
And to all of you out there – every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town and kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every American who lived and breathed the hard work of change – you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because yes, you changed the world.
That’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than I was when we started. Because I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans – especially so many young people out there – to believe you can make a difference; to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.
My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.
I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.
I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:
Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Yes We Can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”
No. Thank you Mr. President. God bless you! You’re a credit to your race… the human race.”
Sunny Fridge, Ph.D.
Recently, I had a minor but very scary incident while driving one morning on a road I’ve taken dozens of times. As I was turning right on Lakeland drive (from Airport Road), my PT Cruiser started skidding and I began losing control. When I hit the brakes, the car continued spinning and I held fast to the steering wheel trying to regain control. When the car finally stopped I was facing in the opposite direction of on-coming traffic. Praise God I was on the grassy median by that time. Although shaken up, I called 911 and a Flowood police officer came within minutes. He gave me directions to back up and get my car on the road again. It could have been worse, since I barely missed hitting a traffic sign and a pole and felt like the car was going to turn over. And no other car hit me! I’d already thanked God before my journey for safe traveling mercies, but it was a reminder how blessed I am every moment of the day! And yes, I know now that you shouldn’t panic, and never hit the brakes hard during a skid.
As you get a jumpstart on this new year, at one time or another along your journey you may feel like you’re losing control of your life. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for family, friends and blessings, but it can be a challenge finding the right words and the best way to say them. Toastmasters International, the global leader in communication and leadership skills development, offers tips on how to deliver a toast of gratitude this season. As William Arthur Ward famously said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Continue reading
Get ready to lift your leadership lid! Live2Lead simulcast is coming to Jackson, Mississippi on October 7th. Organizers describe it as a leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. The half-day event features New York Times best-selling author, coach and leadership expert John C. Maxwell. He will be joined by Liz Wiseman, president of the Wiseman Group, Dan Cathy, President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, and Simon Sinek, author, speaker and optimist. Continue reading
When it comes to success as a leader, your potential is determined by those closest to you. If you’re on Twitter, join me today on the #MaxChat show at 12noon eastern. I’ll be interviewed by the @JohnMaxwellTeam about the law of the inner circle. This law is from the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” the book by leadership expert and best selling author John Maxwell. A Twitter chat tool such as tchat.io makes taking part in the conversation easy. Simply log on to tchat.io and put in the hashtag #MaxChat. Then start chatting! Here’s a short tutorial on how to use TChat.io
Remember, you are what you tweet (a little bird told me) 🙂
Just when you’re getting used to your new iPhone, here comes the new iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 7! Today Apple is expected to make the big announcement in a few hours. I tried asking Siri to give me a hint, but all she said was, “Everything you need to know about Apple products is at Apple’s website.” Thanks a lot Siri!. Meanwhile, the new iPhone is rumored to be thinner and “touchier.” In case you’re thinking about upgrading or buying the new iPhone, here’s what you can expect…