15
JAN
2015

Who Needs You to Listen to Them Today?

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Listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give another person. There are not many moments that make us feel more valued than when we know someone is listening to our point of view. Listening is also essential to your success as a trusted advisor. We all know we need to listen better but it’s very hard to do. Fortunately, we have many opportunities to practice. The next time a co-worker, client, family member or friend starts speaking to you, just take a deep breath and be quiet until they finish their thought. Before sharing your point of view, summarize your understanding of what they just said and then ask if your summary was correct. Try it. I think you and the person speaking to you will enjoy the process. Who needs you to listen to them today? What can you do to make...
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01
JAN
2015

Make It a Good Year!

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I know it is customary to wish others a Happy New Year, but I hope you make 2015 a Good Year. The dictionary defines ‘good’ as morally excellent; virtuous, righteous; honorable or worthy; in good standing. When we consciously choose to do something good for someone, the positive impact radiates to all facets of our health and well-being. The results and rewards for you and the other person are energizing and long term. Being happy is nice, but it’s temporary, and the focus is often on what you get versus what you give. We all want to be happy and we want our family and friends to experience happiness. However, happiness is hard to find sometimes; and when we try too hard to experience it, we end up feeling unfulfilled. So instead of making a long list of New...
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15
DEC
2014

Do More Than Survive the Holidays

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Stay Positive and Thrive…the Holiday Season can be a very stressful time. For many people, the Holidays are not so Happy. Don’t let the Holidays get you down. Make a commitment this year to help yourself and your family stay positive and thrive during the Holidays. No matter what, accentuate the positive and encourage your family and friends to do the same thing. Let’s Get Better. Together! Bill Durkin  
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27
NOV
2014

It’s Time to Give Thanks Every Thursday

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The fourth Thursday of November is traditionally spent giving thanks while sharing food, football and fine conversation with our family and friends. In my opinion, it’s unfortunate that the feelings of gratitude that represent Thanksgiving are replaced so fast with the unhealthy emotions associated with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weeks of extreme consumerism that mark the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. If you feel the same way, I encourage you to start a new holiday tradition. Make a commitment to turn the 5th day of every week into Thank You Thursday. All you need to do is slow down long enough to connect with someone and say thank you. Turn your Thursdays into a day where you make gratitude your top priority. Invite small groups of people you...
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