How off balanced is your life?

Here's an activity that everybody should complete to find out

Have you ever been in a presentation where the presenter uses graphs or charts to drive home a point? Have you noticed how effective it is at helping you visualize the results of something? Well, the Wheel of Life assessment helps you do that with your life.

It takes the major elements of your life (as defined by you) and shows you what they look like when you put them together.

The takeaway from this assessment is to see where your life is out of balance, which areas you’re unsatisfied with, and help you define what you need to do to bring your life into balance.

The way others have administered the Wheel of Life assessment is to give you a piece of paper and have you draw where you feel you are in each category.

I teamed up with a plugin coder and develop a more automated way to complete this assessment. The process is easier and faster. It all can be done through my website and your results will appear instantly on the screen and also will be sent to you via email so you have them to look back on.

Here’s how it works:

1) Define your categories

The Perks of Being Grateful

3 benefits that will convince you to be more grateful

‘Thank You’ are some of the first words we are taught as children. Growing up, most of us were taught to say thank you as a common courtesy for when somebody gives us something, does a favor for us or helps us in some way. Others learn to give thanks for daily blessings like saying grace before dinner and thanking God before bedtime. Gratefulness, however, isn’t just a matter of speaking words, it comes with an attitude towards life and the things we possess.

Here are some of the benefits of being grateful-

The Results of My 2015 Reader Survey And What I Learned From You

Last month I launched my 2015 Reader Survey. This was the first time I decided to create a reader survey for my blog and I am so glad I did it.

Let me just start of by saying THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey.

This survey has helped me create a “reader profile” (it’s really the demographics of “most” of my readers). Now, by all means, this profile is not every reader but just how a typical reader might identify. Here are the results of the survey:

Please Take My 2015 Reader Survey

Help Me To Better Help You

I want to make my blog even better and more relevant to you, my reader. To better serve you I need to know a little more about you.  So I’ve created my 2015 Readers Survey.  It is 10 questions long and takes less than 5 minutes.

I know your time is valuable and there are a lot of things vying for it. That is why this survey is short and to the point. I put this survey together to help me help you.

The survey is completely anonymous and the results will help to create blog posts and content FOR YOU.

Sure, I’m happy to help. Take me to the survey.

Thanks for your help in advance. It means the world to me.

My Top 5 Posts in 2014

Like many people at the end of every year I take time to review and reflect upon the year. I do this with each area of my life including my blog.

My Blogs Year in Review

This year my blog saw continued growth. The total number of new posts between 2013 and 2014 nearly doubled. The number of page views more than double growing by 148%. I believe there is a direct correlation between the two. So for 2015 expect even more blog posts.

Here are my top 5 most popular posts in 2014:

Trust: 10 Quotes To Inspire You To Build More

Trust is one of the most important commodities that we have. You can’t see it but it is there. Trust aids in building quality relationships and teams. The more trust there is between people or employees and organizations more can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

Merriam-Webster define trust as the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.”

Photo Credit: Steve Corey via Compfight cc; Modified by Chris Mullen

Here are some of my favorite quotes on trust to inspire you to continue to build trust with others.

Close Your Eyes and Visualize

This is a guest post by Amy Collinsworth who works at Boston University as the Student Outreach Manager for the Center for Career Development and the Educational Resource Center. She holds a bachelor of arts in marketing from Rockford University and a master of science in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee. Amy’s professional background includes working in MBA career management and undergraduate student leadership development. You can connect with her at @AmyCollinsworth

“Today we will drive to the parking lot at your school, and by using the tool we learned about in the Tony Robbins recording*, you will make the basketball into the basket on your first shot!” dad said. I was not sure what to expect as we drove to the parking lot at Thompson Elementary that breezy spring afternoon, but I was certain my petite 4-foot-tall frame and poor hand-eye coordination would be my down-fall in making the basket. I got out of the car and walked to the hoop, carefully positioning myself a few feet in front of the hoop on the center of the faded white spray painted line.

I took a deep breath and closed my eyes.

Closed Eyes

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13 Months to Train a Resident Assistant

Currently, I am attending the 2012 Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO) Annual Conference in Billings, Montana. My personal belief is if you are going to take the time to attend a conference, you should also take the time submit a program session proposal. Well, I did just that and am presenting a few program sessions at the conference.

Recognition on a Shoestring Budget

Currently, I am attending the 2012 Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO) Annual Conference in Billings, Montana. My personal belief is if you are going to take the time to attend a conference, you should also take the time submit a program session proposal. Well, I did just that and am presenting a few program sessions at the conference.

With that being said I am going to use my blog to post a recap a my program sessions with helpful materials. Here is one of the other sessions I presented: 13 Months to Train a Resident Assistant.

Thank You’s
One session, Recognition on a Shoestring Budget, I co-presented with Ebonie Carter from Sante Fe University. This presentation would not be possible without her and I thank her for her time as we met weekly for a couple of months to develop this program. It was a pleasure working with her. Also, Ebonie and I need to thank Jen O’Brien from Arizona State University – Tempe for helping with the initial submission of this program.

Helpful Documents

Recognition on a Shoestring Budget Presentation, Recognition on a Shoestring Budget PowerPoint, Recognition on a Shoestring Budget Toolkit, Building Your Toolkit, Employee Recognition Survey, Recognition Meter Activity, Awards and Recognition Staff Survey, Awards and Recognition Student Staff Survey

Keep the conversation going and leave a comment about how you recognize others.

Welcome to my Blog

Why start this blog?

I have been trying to find a way to communicate to others outside of conference presentations, emails and meetings. I want to engage and dialogue with people I wouldn’t normally meet or interact with. I believe we all have a lot to learn. I know I can learn something from everyone. I want my blog to be a platform of information that I can use and so can others to improve who they are.