Tuesday, 9 August 2016

You get what you give

I received the most wonderful reminder from the Universe the other day. It was a simple one, not too complicated, and yet profoundly beautiful:

Life is short, and what you get out of it is typically 
exactly equal to what you put into it.

There is an old saying that “what goes around, comes around”, but I suspect that not many people actually understand the significance of that statement. It’s simple though: what you put into life (all of the efforts and the actions and the interactions) completely determines what you are going to get out of it. If you are consistently sending positive vibes out into the Universe through positive actions and words, then that is what will come back to you. Send out negative ones... well, the correlation is obvious!

But sometimes, the task of trying to maintain a state of constant positivity can be a daunting one. It is simply not realistic for someone to expect to be happy 100% of the time. I think that the fact that human beings are capable of such a vast range of emotions is a sign that we should be experiencing as many of them as possible throughout our lives. Bliss, joy, agony, excitement, wonder, ecstasy, fury, passion, love... all of these (and more) are different expressions of the same human experience.

We are all alike in our differences, yet we all have different stories.

Here are some tips to remember when it comes to getting the most out of your life:

  • It’s really all about being present
    • Stay in the moment. Breathe. Sometimes you might be amazed with how effective this one simple action can be for solving most of life’s problems
  • Grab every experience with vigor 
    • Life has so many wondrous and amazing opportunities for us to grow and truly live. Don’t let yourself miss one single one more!
  • Reach out
    • Give back to your community, your church or your neighbourhood. Volunteering is a fantastic way to have new and exciting experiences 
  • Be a friend
    • There are literally dozens of opportunities that Life provides us with every single day that give us a chance to grow as people. One of the best ones is having the ability to be there for people when they need us most
    • Sometimes, just being there to listen can be the most helpful thing you can do for someone
  • Discover who you are truly meant to be
    • Then become that person! Remember those dreams you had as a kid? You had them for a reason
  • Enjoy every moment! 
    • You live for only a certain number of years... are you making the most of your time?

Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to become who we really are... but the journey and the effort are always worth it!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


When you’ve been downsized, outsourced, laid off, or fired; it can be a challenge to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get right back in the game with your self esteem intact. However, returning to the marketplace is a step worth taking as soon as you have your attitude intact.

Research indicates you have less than 11 seconds to make a good first impression...whether it's on paper, over the phone, or in person. Before you apply for a job by filling out an application, or responding to an advertisement, or showing up for an interview, take a few seconds to shape up your self-esteem.

Regardless of what you are feeling when you begin, the following process takes only seconds; can be done in private or in public; and best of all, it works 100% of the time! You already breathe, probably without thinking about it. When you are tense, anxious, or stressed, your breathing responds to your emotions. Rather than the full complete breaths appreciated by your body, when threatened with failure, your respiration shortens, tightens, and increases your tension.

There is good stress that energizes and motivates you. Anticipation of a celebration, an award, or a trip provides excitement. Employment searches usually involve the other kind of stress...the palm sweating, shoulder tightening, and mouth drying nasty nerves.

Instant Inspiration...
Use this tool the next time you want to relax. The following three steps improve your outlook, confidence, and chances of getting the employment you seek:
1. draw a deep breath...by expanding your belly
2. purse your lips and exhale the breath slowly
3. finish with a smile...a broad, wide smile

If step three challenges, remember the last time you laughed-out-loud. You will smile when you recall that experience.

Thinking happy thoughts always brings a smile.

Self esteem begins within and expands with a simple expression, a smile. If you express joy on the outside, you will experience happiness on the inside.

Always apply for a position when you feel it within, and to feel it within, express it outside.

By oxygenating your brain, you become smarter, happier, healthier and more confident every time. So, do this mini-refresher before any and every stress situation for a successful outcome.

Tune into WHY.FM...Why Hire You?

To get the job, do your homework, and become the person you would want to hire for that position. Analyze the company, know everything you can about their target market, their place among the competition, their goals and time line to achieve them. Next, look at your assets, experience, qualifications and then join their team in your mind.

Ask yourself what you, and only you, can do for the company?
Keep asking yourself that question until you answer it with enthusiasm. Usually your answer will address the company’s core values and your alignment with them. For instance, if customer service is an element of the business, emphasize your belief in exceeding customer expectations.

Be proactive---tell them why you are the best person for the job.

To Be a Triple AAA Employment Candidate:

As of this moment, stop seeking validation from others about your employability, job worthiness, or skills and abilities.

You become a Triple AAA candidate for employment as soon as you:

Accept yourself,
Acknowledge your achievements, and
Announce your Assets with pride---
you've earned them, so be proud!

You are not your job, your profession, your career---you are a worthy human being who seeks employment to make your contribution to the world. Attitude is everything when applying for a job.

Attitude isn’t everything---it’s the ONLY thing.

If you care enough to prepare for the interview, care enough about your self to believe you are the right person for the job and are applying at the right time. BELIEVE IT!

Achieve the attitude to enhance your chances of employment through visualizing the “best” outcome for the interview. Notice, I didn’t say an offer of a job, I said the best outcome for you. Perhaps this isn’t the perfect job for you at this time, perhaps there is a better job for you at the next interview, or the next, or the next. Visualize a positive experience, a good presentation, a favorable impression on the interviewer, because every employment event contributes to your confidence, your technique, and your potential for getting the best offer from the best company for you.

Once you are aware of the job you want; before applying, interviewing, or calling on it, take the time for an attitude check. It’s not about that particular position, it’s about attracting the position right for you---if this one is the one, then you’ll get an offer of employment.

If you don’t receive an appropriate offer, it is not about you, rather it’s not the right position for you right now. There will be another, better opportunity...if your attitude is optimistic, hopeful, and “attractive”... you will attract the right offer for the right job at the right time.

By Marlene George,
  Business & Wellness Consultant, Counselor, and Coach.

Contact: Marlene George
Email: mgeorge@marlenegeorge.com
Phone: 905-796-0101

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!

Since the dawn of humankind, mothers have played an incredibly important role in our lives. Our mom is one of the first people that we learn to trust. We are intimately familiar with her heartbeat after spending months cradled right next to it. Her voice is what calms our fears and soothes us back to sleep at night. Moms care for us and love us in a way that no one else can match. Mothers are ultimately the source of our lives.

With all that our moms have done for us, it can seem difficult to think up ways that we can say thank you around Mother’s Day. Our moms would do anything and everything for us... is there anything that would be worthy to say thanks for such a thing?

It’s actually quite simple. Give your mom some of your time this Mother’s Day. Arrange to have a surprise visit. Bring the whole family! Take the time to cook and then enjoy a meal as a team. Share laughs and stories.

Sometimes, the most valuable gift that you can give someone is your time, but that especially applies to mothers. Let her know that you love her back. Share some quality time with the whole family this Mother’s Day, and see what a difference it can make in her life.

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Written by Veronika for Motivational Moments

Monday, 21 March 2016

Changing with the seasons

Spring has sprung! It’s barely the middle of March, and already things have started warming up outside. With this change of the seasons hitting us, it may be time to do a bit of spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning your life is a bit more difficult than just scrubbing down the shelves and windows in your home. When applied to your life, the theory of “cleaning it out” can be significant (how much are you willing to change?) and at times, quite terrifying. But it’s easier than you think!

Spring cleaning your life can be as simple as getting rid of unwanted clutter, so start small. Try things like decluttering your mind of negative emotions or thoughts, improving your diet so that you’re living healthier, or getting rid of the physical clutter in your space. Bring more positivity into your life through things like using positive affirmations, treating yourself more kindly, or volunteering in your community. Basically, all you are doing is removing the negative things, and replacing them with better, more positive-feeling things

If you really want to go all in with this project, try things like assessing your relationships to remove the ones that no longer serve your life currently. And if you want to start afresh with a clean slate and a clear mind this new season, one of the best things you can do is to get your finances in order. Make a plan to save money. You can do it.

The time for change is now.

Written by Veronika for Motivational Moments

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

March is a Special Month

March is a very special month because it brings so many things. Most people look forward to the change in weather, the snow starts to melt and the sun starts peaking through the clouds a little more frequently but the most important thing is it brings new beginnings. Some of you will face pain, suffering, hard choices but you can’t let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There’s an old saying – that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I don’t believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things, your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that will keep you whole, those are the things to hold onto when you’re broken. So this year make the most of it, hold on to all the good and let go of the bad. Never forget that this spring, this year is your time to shine and make the most of every situation.

Written by Elizabeth for Motivational Moments

Monday, 1 February 2016

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about loving a spouse or a significant other but the love one has between them and another person. Whether it be a mother and son, father and daughter or two friends.

“I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. “I love you” means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.

Love Is one of those things we all need, it’s a necessity to survive, just like air is to us. So when you are given something so precious, hold on to it and cherish it.

Written by Elizabeth for Motivational Moments

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

“Fall” Into Greatness

Have you noticed? The seasons have definitely been changing again. The leaves are turning a hundred different shades of reds, oranges and yellows. The days are getting crisper and cooler. The air is definitely starting to feel distinctly more autumn-like. Before we know it, Christmas will be here!

Although this changing of the seasons happens four times each year, I wonder how many people see this time of transition as a time when they have the opportunity (as individuals) to re-vamp and change themselves?

It’s easier than you might think to achieve lasting change. Change is an ongoing process, and it is always something that you are going to have to work at. But the fact of the matter is that, in the end, it will always be worth it.

Goal achievement is not as difficult to accomplish as many people seem to think. There are a few simple steps that need to be followed to achieve this, but if you follow through with them, you WILL achieve your goals!

So I know many people who wanted to know the exact formula to use to succeed in achieving their goals surrounding bettering themselves. Well, here you go! Follow these steps to achieve a better-functioning life:

1. It all starts with doing an honest assessment of where your weakest areas are in life: look for things that make you a little uncomfortable… things that seem to have rougher edges… things that you think you might like to change. I’m going to state something radical here – these areas of weakness can become the areas from which you will eventually draw the greatest strength. You just need to learn how to better channel your energies and efforts

  • What are your current goals? What are you working on in life? If you aren’t quite sure, then this is a step that you need for sure!
2.  After you have identified the parts of your life that you know you need to work on a little, make a game plan: set some pretty serious goals for yourself to achieve these goals. Then set deadlines. Stretch the timeframe out over the next month or two, but make sure you set a deadline by which you want to have these goals accomplished
  • This is often a tough step for people, because many usually don’t want to face the truths of these areas that they see as weakness. These are not bad weak areas! They are simply areas that you can improve in.

3) Get it down on paper: write down the list of your goals and deadlines. Make sure that those dates also make it onto your calendar where you can see them often. Then look at them. Memorize them. Commit them to heart so that it will be easier to achieve them on time
  • Making sure that you can see your list of goals often is important, so don’t skip this step! Seeing your goals helps make them more real and tangible
4) Set out in search of your dreams: now go out and chase those dreams! Start taking steps in the direction that you know will eventually lead you to the achievement of those goals. Areas that you know you are weaker in or that make you a little afraid need the most attention. Push yourself hard to achieve those goals!
Whether you seize this opportunity and work on tweaking the small details of your personality or if you let it pass you by altogether, I would be willing to bet that even you can think of one or two things that you know you would like to work on. Maybe we all need to be doing an assessment on where the areas are in our lives that need fine tuning, and then making an honest effort to go do it.
Achieving your goals is easier than most people seem to think. All it really takes is clear vision, a little bit of courage, and a whole lot of drive. You CAN reach those dreams! You WILL reach those goals! Have a little faith and you just might surprise yourself.