Power of Positivity

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Saturday!! Let’s give it up for the HOTTTTT temps! I wish I could escape back to last weekend in Pittsburgh, to embrace some pleasant temps. The weather was great, although it was a little warm. I will be sharing some tidbits soon on some of the places I visited while there.

The Power of Positivity requires the ability to separate the positive from the negative. When you focus on positive thinking and living, you create a stress free environment. Now, don’t get me wrong some circumstances are unforeseen, but those that you have the power over, you must protect your peace of mind. There are ways to redirect and approach unpleasant situations in a positive way.

Having a positive outlook on life, doesn’t happen by accident. It takes conscious effort on your part to maintain a positive living. Just because you may experience a negative situation, doesn’t mean you have to remain that way. We allow situations to control our thinking and disrupt our day, by the way we respond. If you are a negative person, you will attract negative people and things into your life. Surrounding yourself with positivity, results in positive circumstances and outcomes.

Do you spend time appreciating and welcoming positivity, joy, and happiness or are you always feeling stressful? Sometimes, we can think a negative situation into existence. We focus on the wrong things; clouding our judgement and thoughts. We overthink about past mishaps, instead of focusing on the future. We can’t change the past, but we can focus on a positive, bright future ahead.

For me, I routinely speak positive affirmations over my life daily. From a bible verse or simple quote, it allows for a conscious effort to welcome positivity. Pep talks work. They motivate, uplift, and inspire you to thinking positive thoughts.

Here are a few tips to living a positive life:

• Stress Less. Stress affects our health, thinking, behavior, and attitude. Be mindful of the negative thoughts and actions you entertain.

• Encourage Yourself. Give yourself permission to think and be happy. Learn to encourage yourself when embracing opportunities and challenges. Always be a friend to you, first.

• Check Your Circle. Make sure those in your life are positive and supportive people that you can depend on. Those you surround yourself with  should uplift and push you to living a happy, fulfilling life.

Positivity is truly a self-proclaimed position. If you want positivity in your life, welcome it. Protect your heart, space and energy; for much of your daily actions flows from it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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When One Door Closes…

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy July! We have six months remaining in 2019. I can’t believe it! A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a very relaxing…much needed…vacation to Great Wolf Lodge in Ohio! I may share some tidbits from that experience in a future blog post, but hopefully, you will take some time this holiday weekend to enjoy some rest and relaxation. It’s necessary that we rejuvenate and refuel our minds.

We all are familiar with the saying, “When one door closes, another door opens.” Do you believe that? I truly do, but we often spend so much time focused on why the door closed.  An ending can bring about a lot of mixed emotions and feelings, but we have to stay hopeful for the future. Sometimes, bitter endings are truly blessings in disguise. We have to keep the faith, take a few deep breaths and be patient. Doors may close, but there are new doors of opportunity on the other side. I can truly relate!

I’ve learned that doors of opportunity in life doesn’t always appear in the way we hope or believe. They may seem boring, frightening or beyond our grasp of imagination. Sometimes, we have to trust that we are walking through the right door or path that God placed before us. Every closed door is just a new beginning. Every little thing we do has a purpose. Every wrong turn and stumble is meant to be a teachable lesson.

This picture below represents the many doors of distinct opportunities waiting for us. Each door is unique and different. I took this picture at an event I attended on last month. I was reminded that I have endured some closed doors along this journey (and will possibly endure more), but there were opened doors of opportunity presented.

In life, there are some things we can’t control, but we can apply a positive attitude. Life lessons and experiences are great teachers. Not every plan works out. We all have endured or will endure losses, setbacks and failures. What we have to do is gather the courage to face our fears with prayer, hope and faith.

I can remember when I was preparing to release my book. I almost didn’t release it…or even write it because of fear, the possibility of not receiving support and negative thoughts that we allow to hinder us. I was in a dark place after my brother was murdered, but writing and journaling became therapeutic. I’ve always wanted to write a book to inspire and encourage others, but was fearful on sooooo many levels. That book, SMILE: Success Starts With You, was the doorway that led me to many opportunities to inspire and empower youth and adults. My small business increased on many levels and today, books are still being sold. You can purchase a signed copy, via my website at sherillrdavis.com

That awful tragedy resulted in my testimony of faith and call to action to LIVE life. I have my share of difficult days, but each day (good or bad) is another opportunity to make it count. There are sooo many inspiring dreams and aspirations buried in the grave. Pursue your passions and activate your purpose. We have to step out on faith and allow God to lead the way.

Here are a few positive tips when faced with a closed door:

1. Don’t focus on the past. Look ahead to the future. Expect new opportunities.

2. Have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude makes your view of life seem full of opportunities and possibilities. Surround yourself with positive people.

3. Remain hopeful. No matter what you are struggling with in your life, embrace a sense of gratitude. Be grateful for every experience.

4. Take chances. Making a big life change or trying something new can be scary. Do it afraid.

5.  Be Grateful.  Be Grateful. Be Grateful.

Keep these helpful tips in your back pocket. Have courage and keep the faith.

Happy 4th of July!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

 

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Man Monday Motivation

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Man Monday! To all the fathers, I hope you had a wonderful day on yesterday! We are in the middle of June with six months remaining in 2019. Can you believe that? I’ve been sharing monthly blog posts for men since January and surprised at how well it’s been received. THANK YOU!

I’ve touched on several topics and requesting your feedback on specific topics you are interested in. What key areas interest you? I did receive some positive feedback on journaling topics for men and was very shocked, since women are generally the journaling gurus. Let’s change that perspective! I am hosting my second Journaling 101 course and would love for you to attend…right from your home or office. It will be held on June 25th at 6:30PM. Send me a Contact Form via my website: sherillrdavis.com and will send you details.

It’s the start of a new week. What are you believing for this week? What key areas or projects are you needing a little motivation in? Maybe you just need to start NOW! Don’t wait another day or another month. The first step is to actually get started. Don’t procrastinate. Make it happen!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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Conquering Fear

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Thursday! Let’s talk about Fear. Before you can begin to overcome fear, you have to identify and understand what thoughts generate your fear. Understanding your fear is critical to overcoming it. Failure has a way of making us feel helpless or defeated. It causes us to be stressed and full of anxiety. When we fail, we learn. Taking responsibility is about growth. Failure allows for you to redefine your priorities in life. You soon realize what matters most.

The most successful people in life experienced numerous setbacks. Failure is a stepping stone that we all must cross. Think back over a time that you experienced failure. How did you feel? Hopefully, there were some key points that allowed for you to make some adjustments. Was it a teachable moment?

Whenever you feel fear creeping in, immediately begin to reflect on positive things.  Change your perspective on fear to being grateful. Don’t focus so much on the negative, but look to options to create a positive perspective. Truth be told, fear allows for you to be stretched and strengthened in the process.

Journaling is a way for you to write out your fears and track those triggers closely. When you take action and face those fears, you are positioning yourself towards overcoming obstacles that are keeping you in bondage. I will be hosting my second session – Journaling 101 on June 25th. You can join in right from your home. No travel required.  I am excited to bring some fresh, new ideas to past material discussed. If you are seeking to heal from hurt and pain, preparing for goals and dreams to become a reality, or a way to reflect and embrace memories, this session is for YOU!

Life is designed for us to grow. Once you completely understand what failure is and why we must experience it, you will open your mind and heart to experience the journey to growth and success.

Your intuition is your absolute God-Given guide and it is never wrong.  So many times during my fear of the unknown, I trusted my intuition. Whatever situation you are dealing with that may involve fear, embrace it and take action. Step out of your comfort zone. Maximize your potential.

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Journaling Ideas for Men

Hello, Smiling Faces!

I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging for men and received a couple of messages regarding journaling topics that men can relate to. Of course women journal more often, but thought to share a few tips below for “Man Monday Motivation” and yes, women you can utilize them as well.

Journaling is a record of ideas, thoughts or reflections similar to keeping a diary, but not using the “girly” terminology.  Journaling helped me when I tragically lost my brother several years ago and became part of my weekly routine regimen. Journaling can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your overall wellness in clearing the mental clutter in your mind. Journaling helps us figure out who we are through experiences, what we need and what we want. It can also help us make better decisions. Just like any habit, journaling can take awhile to get accustomed to.

Sometimes I don’t journal every week, but often find myself writing down a quote or two to reflect upon. I often like to journal a few times during the work week and one day on those quiet weekend mornings.  If journaling is new to you, try dedicating fifteen minutes a couple of times a week and see how you can grow from there.

Here are a few journaling prompts:

1. What are you most grateful for?

2. Are you working on a specific project? Capture those thoughts. Write down your intentions.

3. What are your strengths/weaknesses and how can you grow to be strengthened in those areas?

4. Just write. Clear the clutter in your mind.

5. What phase in life are you in right now? What’s your vision for your life?

Journaling is setting aside a little quiet time to sit down and think about your life, including the most difficult times. It’s not perfect. Just get started. Please share your thoughts with me. All the best!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

 

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How Are You Writing Your Life Story?

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy May! Happy Hump Day! Hope you are having a great week thus far. Whew! It’s been a busy…productive last couple of months for me.  From work travel, to family functions and just balancing life. I was reflecting earlier in the week, reminiscing about the surprise birthday getaway for my mother. She turned “65” on last month and I took her to Chicago to see Hamilton. She was sooooo exited and full of joy! I recently heard from the poll experts, that more people are visiting Chicago than New York to see it.  Of course, I had to introduce her to several “Windy City” sights and good eating, although she visited over a decade ago. Let’s just say the Skydeck experience was a bit much for her, yet she conquered it! (Smile)

Soooo let’s get back to my experience seeing Hamilton! It’s a must see! Definitely worth seeing. I heard the original cast will be retiring in July. I won’t spoil all the fun with details, but I left feeling more empowered to continuing making strides and leaving a legacy footprint behind.

Each day we are writing our own story with every encounter with family/friends, partnerships, networking, career opportunities, business endeavors, political positions and our daily spiritual walk. Your legacy will be left behind for others to share and talk about. What story are you writing? Hamilton’s story is being shared in the form of a musical, lived out from “poverty to power” in American History. There were many moments where Hamilton didn’t let anything stop him from “getting his shot” at opportunities and a few shocking surprises as well. Be mindful of the shots you encounter and accept.  Okkkk…I will not spoil the fun! To my Memphians, it’s coming in July! Tickets go on sale May 2nd. Go See It!

We are quickly approaching the halfway mark in the year. Can you believe it? With a few positive twists and unexpected turns lately, I still have a few goals left to master for 2019. One thing for certain, we can make all the plans, but God’s agenda will prevail.

How are you letting your light shine? We often think that we may not have what it takes to inspire, empower or encourage others, but truth be told, we all have an obstacle we overcame or a hurdle we crossed. Letting your light shine means letting all that is good within you come forth, embracing what is to come. Where are you spending your time and energy? There is so much negativity around us on a daily basis that when good enters our environment, it brings light to the darkness. Be sensitive to the needs of others. Find ways to be a blessing to those around you and beyond. A small act of kindness goes a long way.

It’s not easy to let your light shine if you feel a need to fit in everywhere you go. In some environments, simply smiling and speaking to people in a kind way will cause you to seem odd. SMILE anyway! Choose to be more concerned with being a vessel of truth and love on a daily basis than fitting in with the world’s standards.

No matter what your purpose in life, there is an underlying mission: Living your life in such a way that people say to themselves, “There’s something different about that person and I want to know how to experience some of that peace, joy, and love in my own life.” (Positive plug from Valorie Burton) Well, it’s been through disappointments, good/bad times, unexpected tragedies and opportunities that led me to LIVING life each day. Life is sooo short. I mean… really short. Move past failures, failed endeavors and approach each day with gratitude! To live your life to your fullest potential, you must use your gifts and talents with a passion and serve others. Your faith and purpose is a part of who you are. When you free yourself to be who you are, you also free others to be who they truly are.

Let your light shine!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

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Happy Easter

Hello, Smiling Faces!

Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! I am soooo glad about it! He Is Risen! Let this day signify in our daily lives as a day of forgiveness, grace, mercy, love and purpose.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our promise that the life we live is not in vain. Our lives have purpose. Spread your light abundantly.

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

Always SMILE…

Sherill

 

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