Friday, April 27, 2012

It's Time to Sharpen Your 1940 Census Indexing and Arbitrating Skills.

The 1940 Census indexing project is in full swing and it's time to sharpen your indexing and arbitrating skills.

There are many resources available to 1940 Census indexers and arbitrators. If you want to be part of history and help someone fond their history then take advantage of the many resources on the web.

The 1940 Census Project offers a great resource page. Stop by and check out all the resources available.

The 1940 Census Project is offers webinars to help you understand indexing and arbitration.

And last but not least the 1940 Census Project offers training videos.

Help make a difference and become an indexer or arbitrator. You can learn more at 1940

Disclaimer: “As part of ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

You can win prizes too by entering the weekly indexing contests on the 1940 Blog.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The World is Brown

Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival
This post is part of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participate has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living.  This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find  a list of links to the other carnival participates. Happy Earth Day!

The world is brown...
It's a sad fact that everyday we are turning our environment brown. Let's face it, our world is dying and we're not doing anything about it!

It's a brand new year and it should be a brand new world. In 2012 every person on this vast planet should do their part to "reduce, reuse, and recycle". I know I am!

My "change the world" initiative is to change the world from brown to green with the three r's. No, I don't intend to change the world with reading, writing and 'rithmatic but reduce, reuse and recycle!


The first step I can take is teaching my family and myself how to reduce. I need to face the fact head on that we are a family of wasters.

REDUCE: Remember every destruction  utilized causes erosion.

In order to have a plan to reduce what my family uses and wastes I came up with a simple solution. I had never really thought much about the destruction I was causing to the planet. I didn't realize every negative thing I was doing when I bought certain product packaging.

I had to reduce my family's wastefulness. It was my duty to turn my family into a green family who actually cared about the planet.

I began to utilize new product packaging. Just because a product is packaged in a smaller container doesn't mean I don't get the same results.

I looked for green packaging. Landfills are over capacity and my household was a contributing factor to the problem, not a solution.

Now instead of utilizing destructive purchasing behavior, my family now utilizes environmentally friendly products. We want to keep the Earth green and clean!

REUSE: Remember efficient use saves Earth.

 It's hard for me to remember to reuse. It's also something I need to get into the habit of doing on a daily basis. I've got to learn it's efficient to reuse what I already have and it saves Earth.

Instead of paper or plastic I now use a reusable grocery bag. It's not only economical, but it can be used many times and not harm the planet and take up unwanted space in a landfill.

Many products have multiple uses.  I hadn't thought about all the plastic jugs I threw away that could serve other purposes. I now use the jugs for bird feeders, plant containers and scooper's.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to reuses something lying around the house. My family now thinks twice before throwing anything away.

I want to be efficient not deficient with the products I buy. Tons of plastic, glass, aluminum and paper sit in landfills because someone like I used to be didn't reuse what they already had.

 Earth is only borrowed, I want to make sure it's here tomorrow!

RECYCLE: Remember Earth cannot yield continuous lost energy.

Through reducing and reusing my resources I learned to recycle. Recycling is one of the most important factors in saving Earth. Earth is overloaded with junk. Junk depletes energy.

I don't want myself or my family to be the cause of energy depletion. We created a recycling station. It's a family affair. The family that recycles together saves the planet together.

Our family uses colored coded bins. It's a great system for my grandson to learn about recycling. Recycling not only teaches him values, but how important our planet really is.

To make recycling more interesting I also have special bins I use to make a point about the condition of Earth. I have a brown bin and a green bin.

During the week everything recyclable goes into the brown bin. It overflows by the end of the week. I point out to my grandson this is how Earth is. It becomes so full of garbage and becomes overcrowded.

On recycling day it's his job to sort the glass, plastic, aluminum and paper into the different bins. When he gets through everything is neat and in its place. The brown bin is empty and the green bins are full . He knows green means money, but I taught him it also means when we take all the stuff we collected throughout the week from the brown bin the Earth is happy and now because we chose to recycle the Earth is now a green planet!


The plan to turn the earth green is simple and it starts with you and me. I want to live on a green planet. I want my grandson to continue to live on a green planet.

Save the Earth
that's my motto;
we're about to hit
Stop all the smog;
the drain is getting
Save the Earth
plant a tree;
so we will be
pollution free.
Clean up the mess;
so we can be our
Save the Earth
give it another chance;
it's time to
Protect our resources;
join forces.
Save the Earth
do it today;
don't delay.

Take the first step. Become proactive....
Create a green world!

Thank you for stopping by the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival! Please relax and take time to read these other great eco-living posts: Earth Day Blog Carnival - Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction
  • You are a Child of the Earth - Using the Earth as their classroom, Patti from Canadian Unschool teaches her 4 children their spiritual connection to the Earth and she accepts that loving the Earth can get really, really messy.
  • Cutting Out Paper - Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went from curiosity and concern to actually cutting out the use of paper towels in her household. She is proud to be "greener" as each Earth Day passes.
  • The World is Brown - Debra Ann Elliot of Words are Timeless believes in keeping the Earth green, but because so many people inhabit the Earth it is turning brown because people aren't doing their part by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
  • 7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth (Plus Some Environmental Books For Kids) - Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her favorite books that help children become more aware of the importance of respecting and caring for Mother Earth. In addition, she hosts a guest post outlining seven child and eco friendly activities to honor the earth.
  • 5 Ways We Teach Our Children To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Valarie at Momma In Progress shares a few tips for encouraging young children to care for the earth.
  • Little Changes - Big Results - Meegs at A New Day talks about how sometimes it’s the little decisions and changes that can lead us to find big results, and how she's baby-stepping her way to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation - aNonyMous at at Radical Ramblings hopes to inspire her daughter to live a green and sustainable lifestyle, in the same way she was inspired by her high-school science teacher, and talks about the changes her family are making towards this vision.
  • Eco-Friendly Cleansers: Safe For the Environment, Healthy For Every Body - Rebekah at Liberated Family writes about safe and natural alternatives to toxic, household cleaning products..
  • Lightening My Footprint with Cloth Nappies (Diapers) - Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares the biggest eco-choice she has made so far, and why she is so passionate about it.
  • Clutter Free for a Cause - At Living Peacefully with Children Mandy's penchant for decluttering and simple living cuts down on consumerism, taking less of a tole on the Earth.
  • Eco-Parenting: Homemade Bug Spray - Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares a homemade bug spray recipe that helps her family to enjoy the natural world while taking precautions against bug bites.
  • Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes...Just Not Too Quickly - Kelly at Becoming Crunchy talks about the discomfort of no longer being able to live in denial over how her choices affect the world around her.
  • Fostering Love of Earth - Justine at The Lone Home Ranger instills a love of nature in her daughters by embarking on their first backyard vegetable garden together.
  • Being in Nature - Carrie at Love Notes Mama knows that just being in nature is more than enough.
  • 5 Ways to Pass Down Environmental Values to Your Children - Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares how easy it can be to instill environmental values in your children.
  • Viva Portlandia - Amy at Anktangle writes about the place she lives and loves in: Portland. She describes the ways this green city makes it easy for her family to take care of our earth, and also the steps she's taking to further lessen her family's environmental impact.
  • Conspicuous Conservationism - Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction examines the phenomenon of eco-conscious behavior as a status symbol.
  • Time for Radical Sustainability - Terri at Child of the Nature Isle ponders how she can model a truly sustainable lifestyle for her children and raise them in a way their environmental consciousness is as natural as breathing!
A big thank you to all of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival participants!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Qualified

Are you qualified to succeed? 

Most of us think we have the qualities to succeed, but are we really qualified? Are you motivated? Are you goal-oriented? Are you a go-getter? What are your qualifications for success?

Is something to think about if you want to succeed. Good qualities lead to good qualifications. I want you to make a list of your success qualities. Where do you stand? What qualifications to you have to succeed. Don't let your negative or bad qualifications stop you from achieving success.

Are you qualified? Are you really to be all you can be? Bad qualities don't make you a failure. It makes lazy. Check you qualities for success and be qualified...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Permission

Permission...if you want to succeed you have to give yourself permission to do so.

Think about a time when you were younger and you would ask for permission to do something. Most times your parent's probably said no. If you were like me no became a staple in my life. As I got older I would tell myself no to the things I wanted most in life; success was one of them.

I didn't give myself permission to succeed, so I failed. I failed because I said no!

Say yes to success! Give yourself permission not to fail, but succeed.

It's O.K. to be successful. Permission granted...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for On the Right Track

How important is success to you? Most of us know the answer, but we can't get to success without getting on the right track.

You have to take charge of your success. You have to get on the right track and stay there. Success doesn't come easy. It can be a rocky road or a path of destruction. It's up to you!

Getting on the right track can include many things,but a few directionals will get you started.
  • Create goals: Having goals keeps you from going in circles.
  • Have a one-way direction: A one-way direction keeps you from getting lost.
  • Stay on course: If you stray off course you could wind up in failureville.
Getting on the right track will prevent you from taking the path to failure. Success is where you want to be and getting on the right track will take you there...

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    N is for Never

    Today's success post is brought to you by the letter N. My N word for today is never. You're probably thinking what does never have to do with success? No, I'm not going to tell you that you'll never have success because you will if you use never to your advantage.

    Two things on the road to success you must never do is:

    Never Give Up and Never Give In...

    Winston Churchill said it best: " Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'' 

    On the road to your success giver give up on your dream and never give in to something you don't believe in.

    Your dreams are important. Also as important are your convictions. What you want is who you are.

    Never doubt yourself.
    Never compromise your principles.
    Never become someone else.

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    The Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2012 is at the Halfway Point

    It's hard to believe the A-Z Challenge is already at the halfway point. Over 1700 bloggers signed up this year and I have to admit I've been lax in visiting all of them. Sadly, I've only stopped by those who have visited me. Shame on me. I promise to try and do better next year.

    If you have the time stop by and leave a comment on all the great blogs participating this year.

    M is for Mentoring

    M is for mentoring. Mentoring is a two way street on the road to success.

    If you want to be successful you have a have a great mentor. A great article on the subject is How to Find and Keep Your Ideal Mentor.

    If you want to be successful you have to be a great mentor. Being a mentor to someone who wants to succeed as much as you do can lead you down unexpected roads. It will open doors that can lead to your success. Remember we all start out the same, but the road you take determines where you go.

    A Tribute to My Grandfather

    Circa. 1917 and 1937
    What does the 1940 U.S. Census and my grandfather have in common?

    They both are rich in history and connect the past with the present.

    My grandfather Claude Benjamin David Gray was born 12 Sep 1892 in Russellville, Franklin County Alabama to David Thomas Crockett  Gray and Nora Bickerstaff. He was their only son. My grandfather came from humble beginnings, but he was a hard worker. He believed in working hard and earning an honest living. Claude Benjamin David Gray served his country in WWI. He believed in truth, justice and the American Way.

    He met and married Annie Louise Dickinson on May 30th, 1922. He was eleven years older than her, but their love endured until his death on March 15th, 1973. My grandparent's survived 50 years of hardship mixed with blessings. Together they had nine children; the youngest dying at two months.

    My grandfather worked hard to provide for his family. He work for Avondale Mills and continued to work until his health would no longer permit him too. He loved to work.

    I have fond memories of my granddaddy. When I was a little girl he worked as a security guard for the City Federal Building in Birmingham Alabama. He used to take me up to the top floor so I could look out over the city. Claude Gray wasn't perfect. He had his flaws. He wasn't a strict disciplinarian. My grandmother took the reins when it came to their children. I never heard him say a cuss word, but he loved to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer until the doctor put a stop to my granddaddy's favorite pastime. I can remember the sadness in his spirit after that. He continued to drink "apple beer". He thought he was fooling his family and we played along with him.

    I miss my granddaddy. I never got a chance to hear the stories of his life. I never got to know his family or their secrets. He died when I was twelve and I never got to tell him good-bye.
    My grandfather circa. 1971

    Don't let your past slip away from you. With the release of the 1940 U.S. Census you now have a chance to find your grandfather and know his history. You have a chance to know your history as well. To learn more about the 1940 U.S. Census check it out at the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project website.

    If you want to help others find their past you can become a 1940 Census Ambassador or an indexer.
    With all 50 states ready to index why not join in the fun and you could win great prizes too!

    Disclaimer: “As part of ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card."

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    L is for Listen and Learn

    Today's word is L for listen and learn. The graphic says it all when it comes to the L of success.

    You need to learn to listen and listen to learn...

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    K is for Keep

    Today's success word is keep. There is a keep phrase that will help you succeed.

    Keep your shoulder to the wheel, your ear to the ground, your eye on the ball, and your nose to the grindstone.

    Always remember to remain alert to all situations that come your way. Opportunities can be everywhere. Be watchful.  Always work hard and constantly. There is a time for relaxation, but remember the prize waiting for you is bigger than goofing off. Work hard and pay attention. Success doesn't come easy, but all your hard work will pave the way.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    J is for Journey

    When we think of success, most of us don't think of it as a journey. We go though life trying to find success only to find failure along the way. That's because in order to get to success you first must go on a journey.

    Success can take a long time to reach if you are not sure where you are going. You have to be on the right path.

    The journey begins with your goals. Once you figure out your goals, then you must find your career. Where do you want to go? What do you want to be?

    Take a journey and see where you find yourself. There are only two place: success or failure. The journey is up to you.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    I is for Initiative

    When I started working on today's post I wasn't sure which I word I would use to talk about success. There are many words that could be used as tools, but I want to talk about one of the most important I word: initiative.

    Success cannot be success without initiative. All you will get is failure. You want to succeed, but can't if you do nothing. You have to be like the "Little Engine that Could." You have to be like the ant who moved the rubber tree plant. You have to have initiative.

    If the Little Engine thought he couldn't he never would have. He had the initiative to try, even if he failed.

    The ant is tiny, but with initiative it moved a rubber tree plant. The ant could have failed, but he tried and succeeded.

    If you want to succeed you have to try. Have the initiative to try. You never know if you don't!

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    H is for Honest

    You're probably thinking how does honesty help you succeed?

    Being dishonest hinders your success.
    Being dishonest omits sincerity.
    Being dishonest never pays.
    Being dishonest eclipses success.
    Being dishonest supplies the tools for failure.
    Being dishonest turns your peers against you.
    Being dishonest yields failure.

    So, in your quest for success honesty is always the best policy!

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Please Forgive Them

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

    My body is racked with pain…. searing, piercing pain. The kind of pain only death can quell.

    I see the crowd looking upon my tattered and bruised body. I see the faces of the believers, of the sinners through my blood-drenched eyes.

    Some laugh, some cry. I want to scream, “WHY, WHY?”

    My body is dying, the crowd cheers as I am poked and prodded to see if I still breathe. “Am I not flesh? Am I not a man, like you?”
    “You cut me, I bleed. You nail me to a cross, I DIE!”

    I died for the sinner who did not believe I was the Messiah. I died for the believer who knew I WAS!

    My death did not come quickly. I died a slow, agonizing death.

    The crowd yells, “Jesus, Son of God, save yourself. Where is the miracle of your God?”

    I say aloud, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

    I am dead now, my head hangs down, but still I am prodded and pierced just to be sure. The Romans do not want the false prophet performing any miracles on their shift.

    I am taken off the Cross of Death… my family saddened, the believers mournful, the sinners rejoice. I am cleansed of the blood, wrapped in the clothing of the dead and taken to my burial place.

    I lie there three days heavily guarded, just to be sure no miracle will occur and I AM REALLY DEAD!

    My final resting place is not there, but in the arms of my Father, because I died for the sinner, so he may live.

    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    G is for Goals

    If you've been following  my daily A-Z Challenge posts, you know I've been blogging about success and the tools you need to succeed. Today's word is goals.

    How important are goals? Can you succeed without a goal?

    Only you can answer these questions. Only you know what you want and what your goals are.

    All throughout our life we set goals. We take baby steps on the way to the giant leap of success.

    Along the way I had many goals. I wanted to become a writer. I wanted to go to college. I wanted to succeed.  These goals were something to work toward, but I had to have a plan. I couldn't achieve any of my goals without a plan.

    If you know my writing style, I like to use a lot of acrostics to make my point clear. Today's post is no different when it comes to setting goals for success.

    Grab the bull by the horns.
    Organize your goals.
    Accept you can succeed 
    Lead to succeed.
    Set your mind to success.

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    F is for Focus

    Today's word is focus. You have to focus on your success.

    Have you ever noticed how some pictures are blurry and out of focus? Well, the same holds true with your success if you don't focus first.

    First, focus on your primary goal. Most of us have many small goals, but it's the "big" one that leads to success. If you focus on what you really want you will have success.

    Once you decide what your main goal is, focus on making the picture clear. You can't have success if the goal is blurry and out of focus.

    Concentrate on what is most important in obtaining your success. Small goals are OK, but a big goal equals giant steps. Focus on the big picture.

    Utilize your skills. Focus on what you know, what you have and what you can bring with you.

    Save time by being focused on what you want out of life. Remember the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

    Stay focused on the prize.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Earth Day is April 22nd 2012

    Earth Day is April 22nd. How are you going to celebrate?

    E is for Envision

    Do you want to succeed? Most of us do, but how?

    One of the most important things you must do is envision success.

    You have to see the opportunities and make them happen. You have to see your dreams become a reality. You have to seize your goals.


    The best way to envision your success is to not think in the future, but to realize in the present.


    You have to empower yourself in the now, knowing the victory will be instant and immediate. You must own the skills needed to succeed.

    Finding Your Relative in the 1940 U.S. Census Might be Easier than Finding a Needle in a Haystack

    It's here! The 1940 U S Census is finally here...
    With a few exceptions most of the kinks and bugs have been worked out. On April 2nd (the day of release) there was a website overload. I started indexing to help others easily find their relatives plus I want to find my relatives as well. At first I thought it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack(it still is somewhat that way).

    There are clues to help you along the way, so you aren't stuck looking for a needle in a haystack.

     Unified 1940 ED Finder  helps you obtain the Enumeration District for a 1940 Location in One Step.

    Official 1940 Census Website helps you get started.

    I used both of the resources to locate my mother and her family. My search for her was easier than I thought, because I knew where to look. I narrowed my mother down to two potential locations. I knew she lived in both Talladega County and Shelby County Alabama. I searched first in Talladega County. I didn't find her, but found her close childhood pal Jim Nabors(Gomer Pyle).

    I begin to think I was looking for that needle in a haystack. I stepped back and gathered the clues. I knew her sister died in 1939 and where she was buried, so I proceeded to look for the ED. This one was easy. I typed in state, county and city and the place where I knew my aunt was buried. Voilà! I found my needle in the census haystack. There was only one ED listed. I scoured the records on ED 59-3 and listed on page 7 were my grandparent's, mother, four aunts, my great grandmother, great uncle and two 2nd cousins. You talk about excitement. I couldn't contain my excitement. I wanted more! I had to find more needles in the haystack.

    I am still searching for my dad(with him I really am looking for a needle in a haystack).

    Wish me luck.....

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    D is for Don't Give Up

    Do you want to succeed? You have the drive and determination, but do you have the courage to go for it?

    If you really want to succeed then you can't give up! You'll hit road blocks, detours and potholes along the way, but it's your drive and determination that will keep you going.

    Successful people don't give up. They don't jump ship when it's sinking. THEY DON"T GIVE UP!

    Inside you is drive and determination, but also the dream. If you want to live your dream, then don't give up.

    Dreams are what motivates you to succeed.

    "Failure is for that person who thought they couldn't. Success is for the person who knew they could..."

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Shazam! Guess Who I Found in the 1940 U.S. Census

    Jim Nabors From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Now you're probably wondering why I would want to find Jim Nabors on the 1940 U.S. Census? Well, there's a story behind my curiosity.  You see my mother and aunts grew up in Sylacauga Alabama and my mother and my Aunt Louise were best bud's with him. I wanted to find him on the census in the hope's I would find my mother as well.

    James Thurston "Jim" Nabors (born June 12, 1930) is an American actor and singer. Nabors was born to Mavis and Fred Nabors in Sylacauga, Alabama, where he sang for his high school and church.

    I could tell you a few stories about what they did as kids, but I promised my mom and aunt I would never disparage Jim Nabors.

    What famous person is lurking in your family tree?

    Source citation: 1940 U.S. census, Tallegega County, Alabama, Syalcauga(City),Precinct 11,Ward 1, E.D.# 62-27, Enumerated April 4th,1940, Jimmy T. Nabors, age 9.
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    Now if I can only find my mom?

    C is for Communication/Communicate

    Today's word for the A-Z Challenge is communication.

    Great communication skills equal success! No doubt you must have great, not just good communication skills in order to succeed.

    The communication field is ever changing and you must keep up. If you falter, you fail! The days of tin can telephones are long gone. You have to communicate via cell phones and the internet. The communication skills you once had are obsolete. You have to go with the flow. I'll admit, I'm not one who likes change. I don't even like to communicate via any new fangled device, but I have to in order to succeed.

    I guess the best way to put it is through the word communicate.

    • Can you hear me now? 
    • Open the channels. 
    • Move in the right direction. 
    • Make yourself known.
    • Understand your audience.
    • Never leave your audience hanging. 
    • Incomplete thoughts lead to incompetent communication. 
    • Choose the right words.
    • Always know what you want to say.
    • Take charge.
    • Envision yourself speaking before you actually communicate your thoughts.

    Tick-tock: Don't Let History Slip Away

    1940's G.E.Vintage Ad found www
    It's finally here! After a long anticipated wait the 1940 Census is here. I completed my first baych yesterday.  What are you waiting for? Tick-tock, don't let history slip away.

    Today's your day to become part of history by indexing a 1940 Census batch in the indexing software.You could win a Kindle Fire just like I did when you sign up to become a 1940 Census Indexer and enter the contest this week.

    All you have to do to enter the main blog contest is to sign up for 1940 Census Project contests on the Games and Prizes page, then go into the indexing software and start indexing the 1940 Census.

    Don't let time slip away...don't delay,.make history come alive today!

    To enter this weeks contest click Weekly Contest – Week of April 2. You have a chance to complete your first 1940 Census batch in the indexing software and be entered to win an Amazon Kindle Fire!

    To learn more about the 1940 Census Project click here.

    Be sure to check the 1940 Census Project on FB, twitter and Google+

     “As part of ambassador program this blog post enters me into a drawing for a Yeti Microphone and two $50 Amazon gift cards.”

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    B is for Behavior

    My theme this month for the A-Z Challenge is centering around success. Today's letter is B. My b word for success is behavior. You're probably wondering what behavior has to do with success? Behavior is just as important as attitude when it comes to your success. You can't act like a fool and expect to succeed!

    In the game of success you have to be a wise owl:

    • Winning attitude: Your behavior has to show other's you are a winner. You must have that "can-do" attitude in order to succeed. A "cannot" attitude is the attitude of a person who wants to lose. A winning attitude=success
    • Integrity: What does integrity have to do with behavior? Your behavior is a reflection of you. If you are honest it shows. If you have integrity it shows through your behavior. Do you want to achieve success through dishonesty? Is your behavior that of a weasel or a wise owl?
    • Show respect/responsibility: Respect and responsibility are two peas in the pod of success. You have to respect yourself before you can respect others. Respect of all things around you can make or break you. It can lead to success or failure. You decide. Do you respect yourself enough to want to succeed? And what about responsibility? Are you are responsible person? Are you a goofy in the game of life? How bad to you want to succeed? What's it worth to you? An irresponsible behavior will take you nowhere in life. 
    • Encourage others: An encouraging behavior means a successful person. When you are encouraging to others it not only boosts their self-esteem, but it makes you feel good and when you feel good you tend to succeed in all you do. Be positive and uplifting to others. This behavior will take you down the road to success.

    "Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes." Author Unknown


    The theme for Christian Writers blog chain this month is joy. It's ironic for the topic to be joy when this month I don't have much to be joyful about. I don't have a job, my family is without transportation and the list could go on, but I wanted to find one thing this month that I could celebrate in joy.

    The one thing I can be joyful about is that Christ died for my sins, so I could live. He is my joy this month. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a day many celebrated by re-creating the entry of the Jesus in the Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. There is joy in that.

    There is joy in Good Friday. Yes, there is joy in the crucifixion of our Lord. He died for us. He made the ultimated sacrifice. We can celebrate with joy in our hearts, because we know on Easter Sunday He arose from the dead.

    Although, my joy may be faltering this month, I am still joyful in hope. Joy does exist. It's in your heart and soul. It's in Christ who dies on the cross for you.

    To read more great post click on the links to the right.

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    A is for Attitude

    Today is the first day of the A-Z Challenge 2012. My theme is focused on leadership. Today's word is attitude.  Attitude is everything! It makes you or breaks you. Your attitude decides whether you fail or succeed.

    One of the most important keys to great leadership is attitude. Great leadership is all about positive attitude. A great leader isn't a Negative Nellie/Ned. A great leader is a Positive Polly/Percy.

    Zig Ziglar is a great leader because of his great attitude. He is successful because of his can-do attitude.

    When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others. ~Zig Ziglar

    "Life can be lousy, but you don't have to have a lousy attitude about it." Debra Elliott

    If you want to be a great leader, you need to have the Be-attitudes:
    Be outstanding!
    Be positive!
    Be believable!
    Be motivating!
    Be yourself!

    Have the "Have a great day" attitude and you will be a great leader.

    The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. ~William James

    For more about leadership and attitude check out personal leadership development.

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