Done is Better Than Perfect

Aug 26, 2016 by

    There’s a saying you may have heard that affects people in all walks of life, and that saying is: What does it really mean though, and how does it affect your life? In most societies, the relentless pursuit of perfection is a normal part of everyday life. Whether you have a job or you’re in a business where you work for yourself, this pursuit can stop you dead in your tracks. This is because if you constantly insist on perfection, it’s rare that anything will actually get done! Daily productivity is important no matter who you are, or what you do. A stay at home mother needs to be just as productive as the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation, just at different tasks. Yet, insisting on perfection in every task renders each...

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Why Do Classes Cost So Much?

Aug 24, 2016 by

        Being Grandma to these guys  . . .       I am often shocked by the prices that are charged for kids’ classes and activities. It’s often $20-$25 per hour! Speech Crafters Club is generally about half this amount (because I am blessed), but I still have to cover such expenses as room rentals, equipment (like our club projector and document camera), supplies, member handbooks, forms, ribbons, staffing (mostly my kids), videotaping, CRM, database entry, website management, billing, etc. People love to bash capitalists these days, but running a business isn’t cheap! The software just to send out these emails costs me $167/month!         Money is money…..   But, let’s face it. Money is money and choices have to be made where you allocate it. Fact is,...

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Public Speaking Skills for Kids- BREAKING NEWS!!!!...

Aug 23, 2016 by

  Fear   Did you know that the biggest fear most school age children have is being called on by the teacher?  Not because they aren’t prepared as some may not be, but more often because the idea of speaking in front of a group of people paralyzes them.  Who hasn’t been there?  The teacher calls your name, you stand and when you try to speak…nothing comes to mind.  Confident public speaking is a crucial skill that is often overlooked and under-developed in a child’s formative years, yet it can make a huge impact on how well your child sees his potential as well as how they develop and succeed in school. A child who can effectively communicate orally with peers or an audience is likely to be viewed in a more positive light by...

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5 Easy Ways to Embrace Imperfection...

Aug 16, 2016 by

  Embracing imperfection isn’t as hard as it sounds. In fact, when you do learn to embrace and celebrate your imperfections, it can have a profound ripple effect that affects all aspects of your life! Here are 5 tips to get you started.       Smell the roses…     1. Accept that nothing in this world that has natural origins, as we humans do, is perfect, or is ever going to be perfect. Knowing this should allow you to slow down and smell the roses! And just because you know nothing is perfect doesn’t mean you have to stop trying your best. It simply means that you can stop worrying about being imperfect, because everybody is!     You are perfect for your gift…   2. Begin to see your imperfections as...

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Teaching Acceptance of Imperfection to Kids...

Aug 11, 2016 by

  Our kids look up to us   Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a law-enforcement officer, or some other type of authority figure, little kids look up to you and admire you. Because of that, you have the rare opportunity to help these children in their search to figure out who they are. This comes with a lot of responsibility, but also a lot of pride and satisfaction. We live in a world of striving too hard for perfection, and trying to obtain the unobtainable, whether it’s riches, material possessions, or beauty. To look at any fashion magazine is to see this unrealistic ideal in action. This affects our children on a visceral level, and so we, as the people they look up to, need to do all we can to make...

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Loving Your Imperfect Body

Aug 9, 2016 by

      Big Business   In our society today, body image has become not only big business, but a big issue as well. Clothing, beauty products, anti-aging products, fitness products and services…we like to look good! And that’s a great thing, when it’s healthy confidence we’re after. All too often, though, our own body image becomes skewed, and we find we’re not comfortable in our own skin. This is when unhealthy – and even harmful – habits can crop up and become a problem.           Unhappy Self Image     Did you know that studies have shown that children as young as five years old have expressed unhappiness with how their bodies look? Half of all little girls, and one-third of little boys, between the ages of six and...

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Big Thinking – An Essential Success Tool...

Aug 8, 2016 by

  What is big thinking?     When it comes to big thinking, it is important that you clearly understand exactly what big thinking is and what it entails. If you think about it, you can’t successfully put any process into place if you don’t understand that process first. So let’s take a look at what thinking big involves. As you can tell from the name, thinking big is a mental process. Thinking big is about recognizing that you can accomplish whatever you want, no matter how big the dream, if you believe in yourself and are willing to put in the work that will allow you to make that dream a reality. Yet, despite being a mental process, thinking big isn’t restricted only to thought. It is also about taking action on your positive...

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