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Stuck at home because of social distancing? Here’s what you can do with that extra time. – Coshocton Tribune

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Emily Marrison, Columnist Published 10:16 a.m. ET March 22, 2020

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I used to have this thought: If only I had more time, Id _______ (fill in the blank with a variety of activities).

And I would think, My children are growing up so fast, I wish I had more time to spend with them.

Well, here it is as we practice social distancing. Whether we have kids at home or not, there are some great opportunities to get some things accomplished at home.

Routine is good. Kids are used to a routine at school and at daycare. Some of us are piecemealing together a childcare schedule right now that is going to be anything but consistent. So, if there are opportunities for continuity at any point during the day, then prioritize these.

In our house, bedtime is special. Id almost say more important now that my kids are approaching their teen years than when they were toddlers. I wouldnt have believed that 10 years ago, but I certainly do now. This is the time that I listen to my children without interruption more than any other point of the day. They crave this time. If you are not used to having this time with your kids, then this would be a great time to start.

Get kids in your kitchen. I love spending time in the kitchenand though it can require an extra pinch of patience, I enjoy teaching my kids to cook and to bake. My children and I made some kid-friendly recipes on Facebook Live this week and will continue to do this together weekly. Visit to learn more about this virtual program and get our recipes to use with your family.

When you dont have school-aged kids

Keep yourself motivated. Last week in our staff conference meeting, my colleague Jenny Strickler shared a great quote with us from Zig Ziglar. Apparently, someone once asked Zig how he stayed motivated and positive all the time. He explained that he didnt always, but he saw it as a choice: People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why I recommend it daily.

Get up early each morning. Some of our best work can be in the morning. Take a shower first thing to get ready for your day. Dont lounge around in your PJs.

As Mary Poppins would say, Well begun is half done. So, get started before you get sucked into something on a device. And speaking of devices, one of my biggest concerns for folks during all this social distancing is the temptation for overspending. Limit your time on shopping sitesand you wont be enticed to buy things you do not need.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish at home. You know there are lots of projects to do. Start by prioritizing all those things you said youd do later or when you had more time. This is a great opportunity to sort through boxes of photos and organize them. Or sort through online photos and organize them. Maybe this is the time to go through closets and determine what stays and what can be donated.

Start spring cleaning. Tackle a room every two or threedays and really clean. Remove the clutter, wipe down the walls, wash the windows, move all the furniture and sweep under it. The colder weather looks to be staying away for a while and cleaning out the garage is definitely on my list.

Today Ill leave you with this quote from Mother Teresa:Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Emily Marrison is an OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Educator and may be reached at 740-622-2265.

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Leadership in the face of FEAR – Guest columns – McKnight’s Long Term Care News

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It was 2009, and hospitals, skilled care settings and the community were on edge. My neighbor who was in his 50s had contracted H1N1 and died.

My own daughter was being hospitalized for the same infection. I was exhausted, panicked and at the end of my ability to cope.

My colleague reminded me that Zig Ziglar once said that F.E.A.R is really Fabricated Evidence that Appears Real. At the time, I was in no mood for the wisdom of Ziglar. I had an overflowing hospital, a community that seemed to have the virus literally everywhere and this viral spread had become personal.

Reflecting back on that moment in my life, there are clear lessons I learned that pertain to todays situation of COVID-19. My colleague, in his wisdom, was trying to get me to see that when fear takes over our ability as leaders, our minds go into overdrive and what is not truth, becomes truth.

Fabricated Evidence that Appears Real (F.E.A.R) #1

As a leader, you must have all of the answers.

This a falsehood of leadership, but becomes more pronounced in times of turbulence. It is perceived as the sentence embedded with invisible ink in a leadership job description.

The dynamics are such that the actions employees are being asked to take are fluid, changing to the situation on hand. Employees long for stability and look to you as their leader to be the stabilizer. You feel the tension to reassure and provide knowledge and insight.

Here is where the principles of servant leadership must be utilized. Think of President Lincoln. He did not have the answers, the situation he was facing was ever changing. He listened to his people. He stated the problems and listened to their ideas to address the challenges. He then utilized them to help develop plans. He trusted them to put the plans into action. He knew his job was to make sure that his people could do their jobs to the best of their abilities and the situation.

At the end of our emergency preparedness briefings, a statement was made by all present: Many Hands, One Team. Being grounded in the knowledge that everyone is part of a greater whole helps as the days get long.

You are a team working together. Working to care for each other and those who are trusting you to be that team.

Fabricated Evidence that Appears Real (F.E.A.R) #2

We can use our usual communications.

If there were ever a time to amp up communication, it is now. I learned to stick to a phrase that employees knew was a clear, concise message for them to tune into and listen.

I would say, Here is what we know today then I gave clear, concise communication on what was known and what they needed to know. I then stated, Here is how I need for you to use this information Once again clear, concise messaging.

This takes a change in thinking, communication prepping and listening for all involved. The same communication channels you are currently using, will not work. The people who are not at work, need to know the same information as those who are onsite. You need for them to report into work prepared for the current situation.

Recording the communication with a designated number for people to call in was one solution utilized. Typing the communication up and posting in a designated site for people to refer to was also done. Transparency is critical.

In the absence of information, F.E.A.R becomes a focal point within an organization and diverts attention and organizational energy.

Fabricated Evidence that Appears Real (F.E.A.R) #3

Times are too serious for moments of self-care, joy and balance.

In the beginning of the epidemic, everyone was energetic, volunteering for extra shifts and staying over to help out. As time went on, we wore out.

We all were so busy managing the issues, we failed to manage our own health and wellness. Studies have demonstrated over and over again, the need for resilience within the human spirit. Now is the time to give thoughtful design and actions on how to help your team and yourself have enduring resilience.

Beyond the worry of contraction of the virus, the sheer pace was grueling. We joked about how we didnt even know what normal looked like anymore. Yet, we longed for a moment of normalcy.

Think about creating moments of normalcy. Such simple actions as a room converted for staff to have more than breaks, they are designed for recess. Not only physical but mental ability to disconnect from the overwhelming pace and issues.

I have seen staff put coloring books, puzzles, headphones, music players, guided meditation videos and posters of beautiful photography of nature into their rooms. I have seen teams have a mandatory checkout where people spend time talking about the shift and staying connected to each others energy and capabilities. I have seen talented individuals lead singing, humming and musical moments that influenced a shot of energy to the team.

We are in uncharted waters as we work to address COVID-19. Knowledge from the past can inform the now and future. As a leader, utilizing the power of many, communicating clearly and having consciousness about creating opportunity for recovery of body, mind and spirit will help sustain ourselves and our teams.

Martie L. Moore, MAOM, RN, CPHQ, has been an executive healthcare leader for more than 20 years. She has served on advisory boards for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the American Nurses Association, and she currently serves on the Deans Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. She recently was honored by Saints Martins University with an honorary doctorate degree for her service and accomplishments in advancing healthcare.

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For many years, I have surrounded my office with inspirational thoughts and quotes. These help to remind me of my focus, my direction, and my goals. Quite a few have been on my desk prior to my work as a 4-H agent but I find them to be even more applicable as I work with positive youth development!

One of my favorites is The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. This quote from Zig Ziglar applies to much of the teaching that happens with 4-H. No one just shows up at the fair with a perfect angel food cake or woodworking project! Many hours of research, learning, and practice go into that entry for the fair and potential for a blue or purple ribbon. In the same manner, the skills that young 4-H members learn in parliamentary procedure or public presentations dont happen overnight but continued practice and stretching their goals result in youth who are accomplished presenters when they move to the next stage in their life.

Another of my favorites is an anonymous quote titled The Secret to Happiness. It states, Forget. Apologize. Admit errors. Avoid mistakes. Listen to advice. Keep your temper. Shoulder the blame. Make the best of things. Maintain high standards. Think first and act accordingly. Put the needs of others before your own. Forgive.

I appreciate how all of the others are tucked between Forget and Forgive. Many of these are attributes that we want 4-H members to develop and that all of us can be better at. When we apologize, admit errors, avoid making the same mistakes, and listen to advice we humbly acknowledge our learning process. Keeping our temper and shouldering our share of the blame certainly make for calmer discussion and smoother resolution. The 4-H motto is to make the best better and making the best of a situation is certainly a life skill that takes practice and resilience. Maintaining high standards is a very personal characteristic and we should be setting examples everyday for those around us. In 4-H we work on critical thinking and decision-making skills which means thinking first and acting accordingly. Community service, both as a club member and individually, is practiced daily in 4-H and this ties directly into putting the needs of others before our own.

These quotes have different meanings for me than they did eight or nine years ago but inspire me just as much today! Who inspires you? Who can you inspire?

Michelle Beran is the 4-H and Youth Development Agent for the Cottonwood District, Barton County office. For more information on this article or other 4-H Youth and Development related questions email Michelle at or call 620-793-1910.

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CAN YOU BELIEVE it is the beginning of a new decade? We are one month in, and it already seems to be moving faster than last year. Thats the way it is with time. It seems to move at an ever-increasing speed.

Im sure that many of you took on this new year with plans to make changes, improvements and commitments that are already behind schedule. For some, it may be the result of putting off the actions needed to begin the change. Usually, its due to waiting for the right motivation or circumstance to take action. Conventional wisdom says that action follows motivation. Once someone has the desire and motivation, then they take action. Unfortunately, thats not how it works. Those that dont understand this spend days, weeks, months, and even years failing to act. They wait on that perfect set of circumstances to motivate them into taking action to make the change they desire.

It is behavior that creates motivation. The most challenging part of beginning an exercise program is lacing up your shoes. If you have not established a routine in your life where you exercise regularly, youll find getting dressed and lacing up your shoes to be most challenging. Youll wait until you feel like exercising before you lace up your shoes. If you just make the decision, take action, lace up your shoes and take a 30-minute walk when you have no motivation, you will discover that after a short period of time, you become motivated. Motivationfollowstaking action.

Now think about the improvements or changes you want to make in your business. Maybe its a staffing change; maybe its reassigning responsibilities or using new technology. You will be tempted to wait until conditions are best suited for making these changes. Maybe the difficulty in going through this process is what is keeping you from taking action.

Well, let me help you with two steps to lace up your shoes:

1. Be sure you know what it is you want to do and why you want to do it. To think this through, take the time to write it down with a full description of why it will be an improvement for your business. Many times a friend or colleague tells us what they did and why they are glad they made the change. They can talk about how it made such a difference for them and their patients. However, that is not you or your business. If you are going to take on the difficulty of change, you need to know for sure that this is important to you and why it will benefit your patients.

2. Next, set a date to begin. Not to accomplish the entire task, just to start. Zig Ziglar, the motivational speaker, said, you dont have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great. There is power in starting.Break down the task into steps and set a schedule of achieving the steps. Dont worry about the potential consequences, you can work the issues out as you implement the change. Using my exercise analogy, you dont have to begin by working out for two hours, six days a week. Start with 30 minutes, three times a week. In the beginning, it is not about the amount accomplished, but only that you start doingsomething.

These simple actions will create the motivation and support to achieve even more. Once you begin this cycle of continual improvement through taking action, youll be amazed at what you can achieve.

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5 Actions to Take Today That Will Move You Toward Success – Beliefnet

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The key to being a success tomorrow is being successful with your right now time at hand. You must learn to make the most of your time while you are on the journey to reaching the desired goal or life that you have been dreaming about.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb

Your dream, your vision or your goals wont amount to anything if you dont learn to walk successfully in the time called "now". Having a vision enables you to see what will be and at the same time it should empower you to deal with what is.

Theres an alarming statistic that Sunday afternoons are the most depressing times in America because people have realized that the weekend is coming to a close and that Monday morning they will wake up, get dressed and drive to a job, school, or mundane routine that they have no passion for.

It's an acute condition that is characterized by anxiety about the week ahead and a sense of helplessness and depression. Like a machine on autopilot they will grudgingly perform their duties and tasks anxiously waiting for the day to end, just to go home, go to bed and wake up to do it all over again.

That creates a feeling of hopelessness that will trick you into believing that there is nothing that you can do that will change your situation or make it better. If you buy into that lie, then it will keep you from doing the things that you can begin to do right now that will bring about the change you are looking for.

If thats you, then be encouraged to keep the vision and dream for your life alive and focus on doing those Right Now action steps that will bring about a brighter tomorrow in the days ahead. You can complain and remain the same or do something that can actually bring about a change in your current situation and circumstance.

Here are five right now action steps that can move you closer to the life you are dreaming about.

Its good to have a healthy reality check every now and then so you can see where you are and where you need to go. Its like walking into a mall for the first time and you really dont know where everything is. You may have a particular store that you want to go to, however you have no idea where it is in the mall. Now, you dont just throw your hands up in the air and quit and walk out due to frustration. No, you do what most people would do. You walk up to the giant kiosk and you find the X and the words that say, you are here. Once you find out where you are, it becomes clear to see how to get from where you are to where you need to be.

Snap out of any bad or negative attitude that keeps you from taking advantage of your time wisely. If you are always in a complaining mood, you will never be in a doing mood. People that complain about their current situation, never have time to do anything that can improve it or change it for the better.

You reap what you sow. If you have big dreams that go far beyond your current job, then you should start being the best employee you can be right now and right where you are. Remember, productivity produces promotion. If you are always complaining then you will never gain the lessons that your current job can teach you that will serve as preparation for your future.

A good way to check and see if you are doing this right now action step is to ask yourself a question.

Would I hire me if I were the boss? If your answer is yes, then youre on the right track. If your answer is no, then you still got some work to do. Either way, keep moving forward.

You will never go wrong by helping others achieve their dreams and goals on life. Dont get so tunneled vision on you that you forget those around as well. It pays to help others. One day on your journey to reach your goal, you will need someones help in order to get to the next level. What goes around comes around.

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.-Zig Ziglar

Oftentimes people are so focused on what they dont have, that they cant clearly see what they do have. Or they compare their lives with the lives of other people who they have deemed to be more successful than them.

Its important that you learn to be thankful for what you already have. If you have a job that you dont like, then imagine your life right now without the paycheck that comes along with it. That should put things into a little bit of perspective for you. The point is, no matter what, you can always find something to be thankful for. You can find a silver lining that will keep you moving forward for time being while you continue to work on the right now action steps that will lead you to the life you really want.

There are many things you can begin to do right now that will forever change your life tomorrow. Quit sitting around complaining about what you dont like and start doing the things that will bring about great change in your life. Think of right now action steps as building blocks that you are using to build the life youve been dreaming about.

It will take time of course, as nothing great happens in one day. Whenever you find yourself getting a little overwhelmed then let that be a signal for you to take a small break and go out and help someone get closer to his or her dream.

Right now is absolutely the right time to start going after your dreams and your goals like never before. Dont waste anymore time complaining about anything, especially when it is in your power and ability to start bringing about a great change.

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Make friends who force you to level up.

Everyone needs friends. There isnt a single person in life anywhere, no matter what they say that doesnt need friends. Humans need human contact to be able to be happy and live normally. Even if youre an introvert or dont like physical contact or whatever, everyone still needs friends and people there to support you and talk you through your hard times. Friends are there to love you and support you protect you and help you with your struggles. Friends are there in your life to have your back and defend you no matter what. They are there to be loyal to you and never turn against you or leave you behind.

Friends are people that are hard to come by believing it or not. They are something that you have to be the type of person that you want to attract to be able to make the best friendships for yourself. It is interesting to see how everyone works differently.

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I have had a lot of different experiences with friendships. They are not always easy, and they do not always last. It is sad when you find yourself in a friendship where you are the person who is giving more and feeling drained and like your friend doesnt care as much and isnt willing to do as much work to keep it afloat. It is hard. Sometimes you have to be the one to admit when a friendship isnt working out. Real friends are there for you and are willing to make sacrifices to make sure that things are working out and getting better.

Friends are something that everyone needs. We all need someone who is on our side and will love us unconditionally in a platonic way. Romances are for different connections and relationship types. Its great having people in your life who are consistent and will be there for you no matter. Make sure you find those who are loyal.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell

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If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. Winnie the Pooh

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, What! You too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. Lewis

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. Washington Irving

Theres not a word yet for old friends whove just met. Jim Henson

A single rose can be my gardena single friend, my world. Leo Buscaglia

Dont make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to level yourself up. Thomas J. Watson

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie

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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are. Unknown

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. Oscar Wilde

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give em. Shel Silverstein

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. Arnold H. Glasgow

I dont need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. Plutarch

In everyones life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer

The real test of friendship is, can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? Eugene Kennedy

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when theyre not so good and sympathizes with your problems when theyre not so bad. Unknown

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Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. Its not something you learn in school. But if you havent learned the meaning of friendship, you really havent learned anything. Muhammad Ali

If ever there is tomorrow when were not togetherthere is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if were apartIll always be with you. Winnie the Pooh

Growing apart doesnt change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. Im glad for that. Ally Condie

Ones friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. George Santayana

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou are in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention. Clifton Fadiman

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Dont over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. Leo F. Buscaglia

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

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Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb

If you go looking for a friend, youre going to find theyre very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, youll find them everywhere. Zig Ziglar

You can always tell a real friend; when youve made a fool of yourself, he doesnt feel youve done a permanent job. Laurence J. Peter

Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great. Mark Twain

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. William Arthur Ward

No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow T. Wilson

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. Ed Cunningham

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friends success. Oscar Wilde

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. Elisabeth Foley

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Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something; theyre trying to find someone whos going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take. Anthony Robbins

Theres one sad truth in life Ive found while journeying east and west the only folks we really wound are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know, we please the fleeting guest, and deal full many a thoughtless blow to those who love us best. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. Oprah Winfrey

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. William Hazlitt

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling. Arthur Brisbane

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference. Emil Ludwig

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing. John Tillotson

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. Donald Miller

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz

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Hayley Small is a writer who focuses on pop culture, religion and relationship topics.

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The tale unleashed in this space this day is difficult to categorize. Some will say it is typical of fake news; others will insist that it best fits somewhere in the dizzy, digital world of social media.

This column reminds me of the line TVs long-running series, Hee Haw, tossed at viewers regularly: I hate to repeat gossip, but dont know what else to do with it.

Im turning a blind eye to names, places and situations, but the story is being shared gleefully by folks who still enjoy jokes. In this piece, I acknowledge that the account is wrapped in the blankets of what might have been. Ive been a member of this what if group since Hector was in puppyhood, half expecting one day to receive a statement asking me to pay past due membership dues if I expect to regain full reinstatement. Okay, so heres the story.


Shes a church-going, self-proclaimed, Bible-believing little old lady who has always attended church services whenever the doors been open. Well call her LOL for short. (She admits that shes several pounds north of little, but unquestionably qualifies for membership in the old category.) LOL frequently jokes that she qualified for senior citizen status when gasoline sold for 75 cents a gallon, and remembers when the Dead Sea was just sick.

She remains a full participant in Sunday school, frequently thrust into organizing socials, including annual Super Bowl get-togethers.

This year, she was still in charge of planning the event, but class members voted to meet in another home, particularly since LOLs husband of some 70 years had passed away several months earlier.


Hubby would have been pleased, she thought, since the class planned to honor his memory as members scarfed down Doritos and other TV foodstuff promoted during THE GAME. Fearing the half-time entertainment might get out of hand, she and other women folk retreated to the kitchen for a scripture memory contest. LOL wanted to make sure that she and other ladies were not subjected to whatever improper halftime programming that likely would include planned wardrobe malfunctions. The men were invited, too, but they failed to join them in retreating to the kitchen. Guys knew their plows would be cleaned in scripture competition, and they didnt want to miss a Super Bowl moment.

The ladies became scripturally engaged, finally returning to the den midway in the fourth quarter.

LOL barely noticed the excitement of the final minutes, intent on savoring her own big win in the scripture scuffle. She successfully recited Acts 2:38, all 34 words from the King James version, described by class members as the real Bible.


On her way home, she pondered Acts 2:38, and its emphasis on the importance of repentance. Little did she know how much the scripture would help her moments later.

Upon entering her den, she was face-to-face with a burglar who already had raided her jewelry box, its contents rattling around in a pillow case.What to do? With a mighty yell, she screamed, ACTS 2:38!

The holy rant seemed to disarm the looter. He fell to his knees, begging forgiveness and insisting to call the police himself.


Soon, the officers arrived. The burglar was handcuffed, ready to go to the hoosecow. (Before you ask, I did have to resort to the dictionary for spelling assistance, and to make sure the term means jail.)

As they departed, an officer asked the culprit why he surrendered so willingly. The heist could have worked if Id arrived earlier and if my hearing had been better, the burglar moaned. When she screamed Acts: 2:38, I thought she said she had an axe and two .38s. I knew I didnt have a chance against such weapons.

Master storyteller Zig Ziglar loved this yarn, including it in many speeches. Its said that he usually started laughing before he could get the punch line out.

Dr. Newbury is a former educator who writes weekly and commits speeches. Comments/speaking inquiries to: Phone: 817-447-3872. Web site: Twitter: @donnewbury. Facebook: don newbury.

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Zig Ziglar was once quoted as saying, You dont build a business you build people and then people build the business. Despite the ego that a lot of founders carry into their businesses, thats absolutely true.

When you put your people first by investing in them, youre able to increase employee satisfaction, morale, and productivity. In turn, that will drastically boost your bottom line, reduce turnover, and improve your brands reputation which may just help attract top talent in the future.

Simply put, its a win-win for both you and your people. But how do you know when its the right time to make an investment?

Employee engagement is less than desired.

According to Gallups State of the Global Workforce report, 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs, while 63% are not engaged and 24% are actively disengaged across 142 different countries. That doesnt exactly mean that engagement is an issue among your team. To know for certain, be on the lookout for signs of employee disengagement like absenteeism, a decline in work quality, a change in behavior, withdrawal, or a high turnover rate.

But any issue you notice begs another question: What investment should you make?

The most obvious choice is providing your teammates with professional development opportunities so they can excel in their current positions. Additionally, these new skills and insights can help them stay relevant in their field, as well as take on new projects. In fact, Bonusly's 2019 Engagement and Modern Workplace Report noted that 91% of Highly Engaged employees are satisfied with their professional development opportunities compared to only 28% of Actively Disengaged employees.

Other investments you may want to consider making to improve engagement could be coaching leadership, offering constructive feedback, recognizing employees contributions, and allowing for flexible work arrangements.

Change is on the horizon.

Change, as John Maxwell would say, is inevitable. This is definitely true if you want your business to edge out your competitors, adapt to changing consumer tastes, and thrive financially.

Change is most common when introducing a new product or service that requires your team to learn a new skill, venture into a new market, or meet new compliance requirements. Another instance is when your company has implemented a new strategy, changed an operation or process, or pivoted completely.

Again, what investment should you make?

Providing teammates with the proper training so theyre able to successfully adapt to the change is essential. If the change requires new tools or equipment, make sure your people have these items at their disposal. You should also invest in creating FAQ pages, Wikis, or instructional videos so your team can easily access them if they have questions. This saves you time while giving them the support they need.

But the best investment you can make here is transparency. Dont leave your people in the dark. Let them know whats going on and what they should expect moving forward.

Your team struggles with time management.

From personal experience across multiple companies, this is one of the most common struggles teams face. But its hardly discussed the assumption seems to be that knowledgeable people know how to be efficient. The truth is that we all have competing demands and when your teammates can manage their time more effectively, theyll be more productive, healthier, and happier.

The most common signs that a team member has a time management problem is that hes constantly missing deadlines, arriving late to work or meetings, seeming to never leave the office, and not living up to his full potential.

What investment should you make here?

Ive been a fan of personal time investment for years. That simply means prioritizing time with every one of your team members so you can ensure theyre working on the right goals, prioritizing their lists correctly, and not taking on more assignments than they can handle. Furthermore, you may want to evaluate just how effective your meetings are are you discussing the issues that plague their everyday work, or are you just discussing the big picture?

Most importantly, invest in your teammates health and well-being. After all, if theyre stressed and facing burnout, how can they possibly be focused and energetic at work? Contemplate offering generous PTO, employee wellness programs, and healthy snacks. Each of these things can boost productivity when people have hit a wall.

Employees have become too complacent.

Obviously, you want your people to be comfortable, but you dont want them to grow complacent. Its not only costly, but it also shows that your team no longer wants to learn, grow, or achieve greatness both personally and in the interests of your business.

What are the signs of an employee whos gotten too comfortable? The most glaring is a tendency to only do the bare minimum. He doesnt come in early, stay late, or go the extra mile. More red flags would be when an employee is no longer interested in new opportunities, isnt questioning or contributing to ideas, or has an automatic reply that sounds similar to Sorry, thats not possible.

In a tricky situation like this, what investment should you make?

You could again provide professional development opportunities and offer flexible work arrangements. This would also be a perfect time to schedule a one-on-one sit-down with the person to get to the root of the problem.

Another way to address this issue? Help him get out of his comfort zone. Assign him a new and challenging assignment. Empower him by having him take control of a project or meeting, like attending a conference and sharing the key takeaways with the rest of your people.

Theres a skill gap that needs to be filled.

Sometimes when a business is growing faster than expected, you need your existing team members to wear multiple hats until you have the resources to hire the right people for the job. Other times, your business may have changed direction, meaning your people have to learn a new skill if they want to remain a member of your team.

What investment should you make when skill sets need to pivot?

As always, you cant go wrong with professional development opportunities. This could include in-house training, online courses, mentoring programs, or having your people attend workshops and industry events. The key here is to acknowledge that youre asking them to make a big change and showing them that youll give them the resources they need to succeed.

Investing in your employees is the smartest business decision you can make. Often, it involves an actual financial commitment. But there are plenty of other times when investing in your team requires a time commitment on your end.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want to make sure your investment is sustainable. Invest in the people you want to grow your company with, and youll see the dividends in both your relationships and your business.

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If you find yourself dumbfounded and sitting in front of your garden, then this article might just be for you. It is undeniable we always get that idle, hopeless feeling whenever we face a problem that seems out of our control. And the worst part is, we often ignore help from others and even the remedies that pop into our minds.

As a set of approaches, here are a few things to consider when going through tough times.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will, says Zig Ziglar, an American author, and the harbinger of the Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award.

The first step to overcoming any difficulty is to avoid negativity around you. For you to overcome a problem or an issue, you would want to have an environment of positivity as negativity can only serve to compound difficulty.

Thinking too much about stressful events can have unwanted impact on your body. You lose your appetite, you dont get enough sleep, and your focus begins to deteriorate. You then feel like you cant go through the day because you are unable to do things you usually do due to a lack of energy.

If youre stressed about something, start by taking a nap. It lowers your blood pressure and relieves stress right after waking up. Beyond that, youll also get to relax your brain and think lighter after a good rest. Doing yoga can also exercise your mind and become an avenue for peace.

Eating the right kind of food and a daily exercise routine can distract you from thinking of otherwise prevalent problematic thoughts. With the right nutrients and efficient flow of oxygen in your body, you will be able to find better ways to cope with these difficulties.

Many of todays youth use alcohol and drugs for more than recreational purposes. Especially in the event of high levels of stress, they tend to use alcohol, drugs, or even both as a means to escape the reality of their situation.

High levels of stress may influence drinking frequency and quantity. This relationship between stress and drinking is even stronger when alternative coping mechanisms and social supports are lacking, says Dr. Steve Bressert, a clinician and a writer for Psych Central.

This situation isnt peculiar to youths alone. In an effort to relieve themselves of unbearable situations, many people turn to alcohol, and ultimately, drugs for an altered state of mind, commonly referred to as feeling high. While the high that alcohol and drugs give can usually last for a while, the physiological damage to the human body is an investment towards long-suffering, and even untimely death.

To make matters even worse, when you get back down to earth after the effects of the taken substances wear off, youll only discover that the problems you sought to escape are exactly where you left them and nothing has changed. Nothing but the problems your bout of substance abuse may have caused. Says Michael Dadashi, CEO of Infinite Recovery, a San Antonio drug rehab center.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy, says Dale Carnegie, an American writer focused on corporate training and developing interpersonal skills.

Make plans for a change of environment. If you dont have work to do on the weekends, plan for an exciting trip, its therapeutic. Go to places that you havent been to, preferably exciting locations outside your state or country. Engage with new people, different cultures, food, and everything else in between.

World-renowned scientist Albert Einstein said, A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Keep this in mind the next time youre feeling defeated after a series of failures. Youre not a loser, you were simply brave enough to try something new.

Take some time to try other simpler things youve never done before like painting, trekking, or learning a new instrument. These do not just keep you occupied, they also help exercise your brain and give you the mindset to forge ahead.

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Some studies estimate that 90% of all New Years Resolutions fail within the first two weeks of the New Year.

The message?

New Years Resolutions dont work.

You know what does?

Goal-setting. Rewarding yourself for achieving small (and big) goals. Creating a new desired habit to replace a habit youre trying to get rid of.

Ive personally interviewed over 5,000 influencers, including everyone from Jack Canfield to Les Brown to Lisa Nichols to Bob Proctor to JJ Virgin to the late Zig Ziglar. One thing I have discovered is that most influencers dont set resolutions. For a reason.

The takeaway?

So, dont set New Years Resolutions.

Instead, write your goals (including habits you want to create, things you want to resolve to start or stop), and decide on the rewards you will give yourself to carry you through until your new actions become a true habit.

Oh, and dont wait until New Years Day to start. Do it instead on any other day of the year. And dont wait until the first of the month or the first of the week.

Start now, or start 10 minutes from now.

This is why. When you start on the first day of the year, or week or month, you are building up way too much anticipation and pressure around this. You are making it a THING.

Its okay to start on Tuesday at 9:30am, or Saturday at 7pm. Just start. Thats the most important thing.

Also, its okay if you have a set-back. Its okay if you mess up while trying to eat healthy. Its okay if you miss an exercise day.

Its more important that you get back on the horse after falling than that you stay on the horse perfectly forever.

Hopefully youre seeing a trend here?

What Im saying is to do what has enjoyed more success. New Years Resolutions are typically failed from the start.

I mean, trying to eat healthy the day after partying until after midnight? Good luck.

What has a better track record? Well, anything else really.

But lets focus on what Ive shared here as this has a much better track record than New Years Resolutions.

1. Set (written) big and small goals.

2. Decide on the rewards you will give yourself when you achieve each goal. This is super important when you get near the stage where most people quit (before it becomes a true habit)

3. Push yourself past the point where it becomes a habit by delivering on the rewards you have decided upon. Little known fact, it isnt 21 days to create a habit its 66. Source: The One Thing. So make sure you have rewards in place to keep you moving forward for more than a couple of months, not just a few weeks.

4. Dont worry about starting at a certain time or on a certain day.

5. Be okay when you have a set back. The long game is way more important than the short game, but many people use the small mis-step as a reason to give up. Dont be most people.

6. Celebrate

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