It is National Boss’s Day! Join the celebration with The Morning Thing 10/17/16

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NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY  is a day when employees across the United States show appreciation and thankfulness to their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. National Boss’s Day usually falls on the 16th of October, but if 10/16 falls on a weekend, this day is celebrated on the closest working day.

HOW TO OBSERVE – Show your boss some appreciation and use #BossDay to post on social media.

HISTORY – National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a holiday that began in 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’s Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce.  She selected October 16 because it was her father’s birthday and at the time, he was also her employer! It was four years later, in 1962, that Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’s day. In 1979, Hallmark Cards introduced Boss’s Day cards to their inventory. There are over 1,200 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

We also want to salute working Moms today. We know that it is difficult to find balance between the responsibilities at the office and the responsibilities at home. Kara Gorski is a blogger that shares a list of 19 simple rules to succeed as a working mother that will transform you day and your career. She shares famous quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt for each of these rules. Click HERE for the complete article.

19 Rules To Succeed As A Working Mother … thank you Eleanor Roosevelt.

Rule #1: Be confident. Don’t let your colleagues make you feel inferior. Prepare yourself well enough to wear your confidence boldly. As Eleanor said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Rule #2: You won’t be able to control all the things – how other people act, decisions by colleagues and bosses. Mistakes will be made. What you can control instead is how you react to those things. So, show up with a calm and reasoned demeanor and do your absolute best. As Eleanor said, “You have to accept whatever reason comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.”

Rule #3: Your perspective is your lens. If something isn’t working for you, don’t sit around and complain about it to others in your office and at home. Change how you are looking at the issue and the attitude you are approaching it with, and the issue will be solved. As Eleanor said, “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.

Rule #4: The only opinion that really matters is your own. Don’t spend a lot of time swirling around the water cooler or on the phone with other work-from-home moms bouncing around whether or not you should do something. You don’t need permission from people who you don’t need permission from. The one single person you absolutely need permission from is you. As Eleanor said, “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to tell you yes.”

Rule #5: Get a plan. If you don’t know where you want to go at the office and in life with your people, what’s the point in going? Wishing for things to happen is wasteful. Instead, make it happen by knowing what your goals are and having a path to achieve them. As Eleanor said, “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Rule #6: You are strong. You will feel beat down. You will feel tired. You will not want to tuck your children in at night because you eyelids are closing. But, you are strong enough to choose with intention the life you want and then live it. As Eleanor said,“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” She also said, “With each new day comes new strength.”

Rule #7: Start. So many times, we are overwhelmed by the options and by simple uncertainty to the point of not being able to do anything. For years, I wanted to start a blog because I love to write and connect with women. Then one day I just started. And, here we are. Just start, the rest is easy. As Eleanor said, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

Rule #8: Oh yes, you can. Got, it? Yes, you can. As Eleanor said, “Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’”

Rule #9: Be yourself. The greatest advantage you have in life is to just be you. Clients, bosses and colleagues will fall in love…with you. Your unique perspective and approach is your differentiator. So just be yourself. As Eleanor said, “You not only have a right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

Rule #10: Trust yourself first. Know yourself. Spend time with yourself. Once you have that friendship down, all others will come naturally and be the highlight of your life. As Eleanor said, “Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

Rule #11: Live your core values. Figure out what your core values are and work through life measuring your personal success against those.  As Eleanor said, “Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.”

Rule #12: Grow by embracing your fears. Oh, embracing our fears. So. Incredibly. Hard. But, the absolute only way you will ever become fearless. Know what shakes you and then find an opportunity to walk right through. Because, on the other side, you will find your true self. As Eleanor said, “I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.

Rule #13: Delegate. Girlfriend, you are willing to do way to much yourself. Figure out what you can give away and to whom. If you aren’t sure how, use my CALM strategy (click here for the CALM). As Eleanor said, “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.”

Rule #14: Lead with ideas not with gossip. Y’all, I grew up in a small town where all we did was gossip. I love to gossip. It serves no one. Skip it and figure out ideas and solutions to discuss, instead. As Eleanor said, “You wouldn’t worry so much of what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” And also, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

Rule #15: Go with your gut. You know that funny feeling you get sometimes that turns your tummy. Listen to it and don’t let your head argue with it. As Eleanor said, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

Rule #16: Weigh best options. Do not act impulsively. Ponder dutifully and with pause, because every decision made at work and home ends up being your entire life. As Eleanor said, “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”

Rule #17: Be wise. I ended up getting a lot of degrees in college, even a Ph.D. And, while I gained a lot of knowledge, the wisdom I gained simply from experiences and friends along the way have served me far greater in life. Be wise, not just smart. As Eleanor said, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”

Rule #18: Push the limits. That’s how we grow. If someone tells you no, perhaps there is a way around that no, so long as it serves your core values and your integrity. Go ahead, dip your toe in that water.  As Eleanor said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” 

Rule #19: Make happiness a priority. Your decisions and actions should be ones that bring you joy in life, otherwise what’s the point of living it? Your happiness should be embedded in every choice and move you make, from the little to the big. Happiness will be your constant companion if you make it a simple priority. As Eleanor said,“Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.”

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