Transition is tough, but you can positively face change. The Morning Thing 7/19/17

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The Morning Thing focused on an interesting topic topic today – transition.
It is difficult to handle change, at the workplace and at home. Change is inevitable, but most of us are very fearful of any type of change in our lives and in our routines.
We fear change at work for a variety of reasons. These fears are often associated with fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of criticism and fear of the unknown.
We shared some tips for positively handling change.

is Managing Director for WM Consulting. She wrote an insightful article for http://www.linkedin.com with 10 tips for dealing with change in your-workplace. These tips could also be adapted to your home and personal life.
Click HERE to see the complete article.

10 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work

  1. Acknowledge the change. The most important thing to do when change is happening in the workplace is to acknowledge it. Recognising and accepting change is one of the first steps towards managing it.
  2. Face your fears. When you fear change take some time out for yourself. Writing down these fears in an objective form can stop you dwelling on them. Go through each fear and write down what you would do if that fear came to pass. Knowing you have a back up plan can really help to defuse the emotional anxiety.
  3. Confront your feelings and seek support. Face your feelings about fear and the transition you are going through, especially when the change is imposed and beyond your control. Change could mean that you have to cope with a loss of co-workers, team, and a project that you really care about. You don’t have to act as a victim, even when you are not in control. The best thing to do is to accept your feelings and then reach out to close colleagues, partner, loved ones and talk to them about what you are feeling.
  4. Stop the fearful thoughts and replace them with something positive. Fear can come from creating negative thoughts and scenarios in your head about what the future holds. How you are describing the change to yourself? What you see to be the negative aspects of the change? What impact it has on you and your life? The moment you become fearful and have negative thoughts, stop them in their tracks and turn them into something positive. Ask yourself questions. In the past when I handled change really well what did I do? How did I handle it? What actions did I take that really worked for me? How did I deal with the change in my communication with others? How did I manage my mental health? Which personal attributes did I use to turn things into positive? Was I patient? Rational? etc.
  5. Be flexible and embracing of change. Instead of hiding from your fear and creating defenses to keep it away from you, be open and flexible to taking on new challenges and tasks. Chansky says to approach change with an open attitude of learning. “Even if you don’t like something new in the system, if you are flexible, people will want to work with you, and there is a greater chance of change. If you “rage against the machine, so to speak, no one is going to rush to have your back.”
  6. Be part of the change. Adopt an attitude of anticipation and excitement. Welcome change as an opportunity. Get involved in new committees and work teams. Be an influencer and driver of change. That way you will feel empowered and less fearful. See the positive in the way forward.
  7. Communication, communication and more communication. Communication is always important and especially when you face change. Part of the fear of change is the unknown. If the organization is not communicating change effectively, make it your business to be proactive in finding out more about what the change involves. Don’t sit back. Talk to your boss, your boss’s boss and your co-workers to get their understanding. Don’t make these sessions negative. Instead ask constructive questions to find out meaningful information to help you understand better. Be aware that sometimes when talking to co-works news can be distorted and can be mixed with rumor.
  8. Reduce Stress and anxiety. In times of stress caused by change we may feel tired and un-energized. This is the time we need to focus on being strong, fit, healthy and resilient. To be resilient you need to be clam and in control so that you are able to make good, clear and rational decisions. Focus on your exercise and nutrition, breath deeply and smile. This doesn’t have to be extensive; 20-30 minutes of meditation; yoga or even walking to clear your head is sufficient.
  9. Have a sense of meaning. Take time to take stock of how valuable you are to the organisation. Acknowledge your successes and the valuable skills and attributes you offer the organisation. This is perhaps the time to make your self more valuable. Research tells us that valuable employees typically get through changes unscathed, or even better than before.
  10. Continue to do your work and see the big picture. It is easy during times of reorganisation to sit back and see what will happen tomorrow. It is easy to have that attitude as in some cases the work you are doing might change. However, remember that till you have a new direction you need to focus on achieving your designated goals and tasks. Remember that a great positive attitude should impress a future boss.

The bottom line is, change is inevitable for all organisations today, so you’ll need to overcome your fear of it.

Change can be frightening and disruptive. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.

Author Bio – Ban Weston

Ban is the Managing Director of wm Consulting founded in 2005 and is qualified in organizational psychology. Ban’s expertise and knowledge covers Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, Cultural Transformation, Capability & Talent Development and Executive Coaching. Ban works closely with CEOs, Executive Teams, Middle Managers and Team Leaders to accelerate leadership development and team effectiveness.

 

 

The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide – The Morning Thing 7/18/17

We found it! The Ulitimate Stain Removal Guide! www.thekrazycouponlady.com shares 28 surprising tricks to remove pretty much any stain.

Click HERE to see the complete list.

Here are some of our favorites:

Get rid of soap scum and hard water stains with cooking spray.

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Orange peels will also get rid of water stains.

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Remove a permanent marker stain from nearly any surface with regular toothpaste.

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Citrus Kool-Aid will help scrub away toilet-bowl stains.

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Wipe away deodorant stains with a new or used dryer sheet.

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Use toothpaste to remove coffee and tea stains from mugs.

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The Morning Thing salutes the stain fighters!
Let us know if you have found a trick that works at your house.
Email your tips to wnzr@mvnu.edu

The Ultimate Camping List – The Morning Thing 7/14/17

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We have found the Ultimate Family Camping System for families. This step-by-step guide will make your camping experience SO much easier.

Misty writes for www.simplefamilypreparedness.com
She says that having separate bins is the key to pack for your camping trip.
Click HERE to see the complete article and to download Misty’s Camping Lists.

Misty created four master camping packing lists for her family camping trips. (You can download/customize/print each one HERE!)  Each camping checklist (except the last one) is attached to a tub where she puts those supplies:

  1. Camp Kitchen Tub
  2. Family Tent Tub
  3. Camp Supplies Tub
  4. Last Minute Camping Checklist

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Deodorant and Smoothies?

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That sounds like an appetizing combination I’m sure, but don’t worry we are not making a smoothie out of something you put into your arm pit.  Today we shared some crazy ways you can use deodorant that are not just putting it under your arms.  There tips in her about where else you can apply it and other ways you can use deodorant to your advantage.  If you would like to check out the full list of tips click HERE.

We also shared some pre-made smoothie recipes, stuff you can just freeze in a bag to make into a smoothie later.  Check out the info graphic below for tips on how to make a delicious morning treat!

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Meet the Team: Ryan’s Barbershop Little League Baseball

 

IMG_1131.JPGFor this morning’s Meet the Team feature we talked with Coach Seth Mills of the Barbershop Little League Baseball team. He talked about the kids on the team and going 18-0 this season. Seth also explains his favorite memory from the season and what he hopes the players learn from their time on the team.

Listen to our full conversation with Seth, HERE!

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WNZR Celebrates Christmas in July!

christmas_on_the_beachThis morning we celebrated Christmas in July by playing our favorite Christmas music from 6 to 9am. Christmas in July is Knox County’s annual summer food drive to benefit Interchurch Social Services. All food and monetary donations collected on Saturday will go directly to the families in Knox County. Joy Harris of Interchurch Social Services explained why this event is so important to our community and what you can do to get involved tomorrow! Listen HERE to the full conversation!

Collection Sites:

Centerburg Service Area, 9:00 am – Noon:

  • Centerburg Post Office
  • Dollar General
  • Hometown Market

Centerburg Service Area 9:00am – 2:00 pm

  • Centerburg Interchurch Office

Danville/East Knox Service Area, 9:00 am – Noon, Cash Donations Only:

  • First Knox National Bank, Danville
  • Killbuck Savings Bank, Danville

Danville/East Knox Service Area, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm:

  • Danville Interchurch
  • Hometown Market
  • Dollar General, Howard
  • Lonsinger Pharmacy

Mount Vernon Service Area, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm:

  • Mount Vernon – Farmer’s Market, Public Square: cash only, 9:00 am – Noon
  • Kroger
  • Lanning’s Foods
  • Mount Vernon Interchurch
  • Baker’s IGA
  • Pakmail
  • Walmart
  • Gambier – Village Market

For more information about the the needs and the new event in Fredericktown, click HERE!

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We also talked with Dee Alerding and Becky Glass of Main Street Mount Vernon. They talked about all things July First Friday. For more information on the activities downtown and the road closings, click HERE!

The rain location for the band is the CA & C Depot at 501 South Main Street. WNZR will be downtown, rain or shine! So, stop by and register to win our “Clean Up, Dress Up, Freshen Up” prize basket!

  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • Two $15.00 gift certificates for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye. (Valued at $30)
  • Six Scentsy Bars from Melissa Dexter, Independent Scentsy Consultant. (Valued at $25)
  • Plus WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue” t-shirt, jar opener, keychain, hand fan, cup, Frisbees, chip clips, guitar flyswatter and   more! The prize package is valued at over $175!

For more information, visit our website HERE!

Sonfest 2017: Lineup, history, activities and more!

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WNZR is excited to announce the lineup for Sonfest 2017!

This year, headlining the event is Plumb! You know her from songs like One Drop, Need You Now and Exhale.  Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.

 

The complete list for the main stage at Sonfest 2017:

  • Plumb
  • Jonny Diaz
  • JJ Weeks Band
  • Anthem Lights
  • Sarah Reeves
  • Bonray

Taking the second stage for the event are:

  • Ex-Nihilo
  • Safekept
  • The Lasting Hope
  • Damac
  • The Ruins

You will not want to miss this year’s event on September 23, 2017 on the campus of MVNU. Tickets will be on sale next week at mvnu.edu/sonfest. The first band will take the stage at 1pm. Assistant Director of Admissions Rob Stanley and Director of Artist Recruitment and Publicity for Sonfest gave us all the details about Sonfest 2017.

Listen to our full conversation about this year’s event HERE.