Get Rid of 5 Monsters Now

monster_houseTrick or treat? Personally I’m tired of doing tricks and am ready for treats. Whether it’s a treat from someone to me, or one I give myself, with Halloween on the calendar it’s time to get rid of 5 monsters now.

Have you ever heard, “When you seek the truth, ask a wise woman?” No that is not me who I’m speaking about, but instead, it’s on the cover of my box of Wisdom of the Crone cards. It’s a gift one of my family members gave to me a few years ago.

Once in a while I lift a card from this deck of 54 cards in addition to any other personal process that day, to help me recharge my energy. Today, was one of those “help me I’m drowning”, I’m in overwhelm, kind of days. Overwhelm is a feeling, that’s it. Most of the time I bring it on or cause it myself.

This Crone deck card is one I’ve read before, and I get it on an intellectual basis: acceptance.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Acceptance.

But maybe because of recent happenings in kind of a haunting way, the words of guidance were, well, haunting.

Here’s how I will get rid of 5 monsters now:

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6 Tips From Public Speaking To Blogging With Joel Osteen’s Model

writing_what_you_speakMany writers are introverts. We take in life fully, reflect about experiences and some of us then write or blog about those findings.

You may or may not know Joel Osteen. He’s labeled everything from mega-church pastor to Christian evangelist on the periphery. When my mom used to stay with me she loved listening to Joel every Sunday morning. I would catch a word here or there but did not ever listen to a full message. Whatever he and his wife Victoria are, whatever you think of him, their church has the largest congregation of about 45,000 people, in the USA. It’s got to be worth paying attention with that kind of real life following.

Osteen recently launched a satellite radio station. My husband and I do a fair amount of traveling via car and years ago we subscribed to satellite radio. Maybe you subscribe? Now being able to tune in from my car why not listen and see what mom found so inspiring?

After hearing a couple of his messages, I began to think, could we learn as writers?

Here are 6 tips from public speaking to blogging with Joel Osteen’s model.

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Brainstorming: Bane Of Most Introverts But Writers Block Tool For Bloggers

“Pass,” is usually my first reply when the first question or problem is posed in a brainstorming session. As an introvert corporate trainer giving workshops about this process, and using it during them, right from the beginning I would make saying “pass” acceptable for everyone.

Maybe you don’t know? Introverts prefer a little time to think things over. That’s why typical brainstorming – fast-paced and heaving breathing – don’t generally work for us getting our best ideas heard upfront.

But what if you want to get some expertise advice for your next blog post because you’re feeling in writer’s block prison? Now there is a brainstorm tool for the introvert who wants to either get ideas, or contribute to helping someone else, on more introverted terms.

Brainstorming: bane of most introverts but writers block tool for bloggers.

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3 Introvert Lessons from National Energy Month and Federal Income Tax

In 1913, on October 3, Federal Income Tax was made law in the USA. At that time it was just 1% to 7% of a person’s income. The song, “Carry me back” comes to mind as a way to avoid my stomach upset.

October also is National Energy Awareness Month in the USA. We’re asked to act in ways showing our awareness of how energy affects our prosperity, security and environment.

Is there any good that can come from the concurrence of these events? There are:

3 Introvert Lessons from National Energy Month and Federal Income Tax

Paying taxes is an energy drainer for me. How about you? I am not asking anything political nor wanting to know the benefits of taxes. This is simply asking do they have any affect on your energy?

introvert_energySometimes I can drive my husband crazy if I want to add something to our life to make wiser use of energy. One year I replaced our nightlights with the kind that come up pretty much at sundown. This year it was our landscape lights. The outdoor light maintenance company sold me on the idea of using LED’s instead of replacing he burned out bulbs with the same kind that usually last only a year. If you regularly add new ways into your life that contribute to wiser use of energy, raise your hand?

While taxes and energy might seem far apart in similarity, it might help to imagine that if you tax your “personal” energy every day where does that leave you as an introvert? Or, if you are an extrovert on the go?

What can you do (or not do) to go from possibly feeling out of control to in control, being regularly taxed physically, mentally, emotionally and bringing your true nature into more of your life?

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What if Introverts Didn’t Have to Compete with Extroverts?

Just recently I was reading the Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) blog post, From Blue Ocean Strategy to Blue Ocean Leadership, when it occurred to me:

What if introverts have to compete with extroverts?

Of course maybe it’s just a feeling that we have to compete. Either way, if it’s a feeling or if it’s true, I think the BOS can help us hone our advantage.

Are you familiar with Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS)?

My discovery of it came out of a failed partnership in a tee shirt company a few years back. Learning about the BOS concept was one of my business takeaways although in working with five other partners we did not adhere to the concepts, which possibly contributed to our demise.red_ocean_surfaceTM

W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne present the concept in a 2005 book of the same title. It’s a metaphor that contrasts the wide openness of a blue ocean (unknown and untapped markets) with an overpopulated red ocean (traditional and crowded competitive markets.)

What’s relevant about it for the more introverted of us? Maybe we could use it in part, for our organizational leaders or colleagues we work to look at our abilities and energy to contribute to greater performance?

Let’s have a little fun and apply part of the BOS strategy to a workshop like exercise.

We’ll start with we (introverts and extroverts alike) are all considering be partners in a new blogging platform.

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