Gracious Me: Don’t Wait To Live

“Let’s dream!” I told Northwest Community Credit Union’s Management Team, at the Personal Branding program I presented for them last week. “If the sky was the limit, how would you want to grow your department?” And dream they did: from creating ideas for new marketing campaigns to developing systems for better communication… their list was long. Next, I challenged them to narrow the list down to areas that didn’t require an additional line item to the budget–music to the accounting manager’s ears—rather, areas that could be accomplished with people skills. For example: internal communication, ways to improve customer relations, follow-up etc. So often we put off progress because we think it’s related to money. But so much progress can be made by investing in how we support our staff internally and how we care for our clients. What the managers realized is that by investing in “skills,” we can accomplish dreams without ever spending a dime. We don’t have to wait until the next fiscal year to invest in our people skills. Our number one asset isn’t what we have, but who we are. It’s this way with our personal lives, is it not? So often we say, “I’ll do that when I have more money” or “when I have more time.” But what about the life we live between then and now? Why not enjoy take every opportunity to enjoy every season of life. Today, I write this from our new temporary living space. A wonderful townhouse on a lake. As much as I love the space, I really don’t know how long we will be here. It could be six months, it could be a couple of years. At first I found myself putting off the idea of getting settled because it wasn’t our “forever space” but then I realized…I’m putting off something that could be really special. I’m not about to let this temporary space hold me back from living…from making it home…from making memories with my family and living in a beautiful and organized space. All things I have control over and can make without it being my “forever” space. Take a moment this weekend to find ways to be Gracious to yourself and live the life you’ve always wanted… wanting to relax more? It doesn’t require a trip around the world. You want to be healthier? It doesn’t require a personal trainer… there are so many ways that we can live our life. Is there something you’ve been waiting for? We’d love to hear. Gracious Me, gracious lifestyle column by etiquette Expert Mindy Lockard

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