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THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 53 Your footy team loses, the traffic is heavy and you are late for work, it’s a shame, it’s a nuisance, it’s not a tragedy. That would be natural disasters, losing a loved one. Change your self talk, the language you use, and be aware of your thoughts. Zig Ziglar once said: “The worst think about a Pity Party is nobody brings any gifts.” I was unhappy, I didn’t let anyone in. I was so determined to be independent that I shut people out. It was not until I was in my 20s that I realised I had to take personal responsibility for my situation, and for my future It is frustrating to be around people who blame everything and everyone else around them for what is wrong in their life. The Excuseologists, those suffering from Blame-itis. When someone asks “How are you?” stop and think before you answer. Pause. Think. Answer. Smile. We did an exercise around the room, when Stacey asked “How are you?” and we had to come up with a more meaningful, upbeat response than “Fine thanks.” Here are some of the wonderful, imaginative, (uncensored) responses. HOW ARE YOU? “Brilliant, thanks.” “Blessed.” “I am very busy and important.” “I am glad to be here.’ “I am delighted with my life, and everyone in it. And you?” “This side of the daisies.” Much better now you are here.” “Still Smiling.” “Looking forward to the rest of the day.” “Magnetic.” “Happy.” “Orgasmic!” “Multi-orgasmic.” (There always one...) Change Change can be a source of unrest. It can come from a place of good intention, it can be uncomfortable. No one decides to make changes just to annoy someone else. Think of ways you can encourage people to come up with ideas for change. Make a decision, have an inten- tion, get the ball rolling. How can you create a buzz around you? How you respond to change sets the tone for those around you. You are the Boss! Trust me, when you arrive at work, people try to read your energy because it impacts on them. So if you have feral kids, a fight with your partner, a hassle in the traffic, wipe your feet at the front door and wipe away the problems. Come to your people with a freshness and don’t let your personal negativity affect your business. It changed my life. When I realised that my experience in life was dependent on how I thought, acted and interacted. It is your choice to be resilient or to cave and have a pity party. Inevergottobeavet,it wasn’t physically possible. For two years I went job to job, looking for a challenge, a way to make a difference. I got involved with the Young Libs in Western Sydney, I wanted to challenge perceptions. I ran for local government, and I ran for the State seat of Campbelltown in 2007, with no financial backing. I didn’t get elected, and I was going to have another crack. But I fell in love, with an Adelaide man. He flew to Sydney every second weekend. One day I realised, it was all or nothing time. I moved to Hahndorf to be with him. And that had it’s challenges. Think about your life. Now think about giving up everything that makes it work for you. I had a full, over-flowing life, and when I moved all I had was my partner. The question I had to ask myself came down to this, and it is the same question you need to ask yourself: Am I committed, or am I just ‘Interested’. It was challenging, hard to get a job. I became a receptionist, which was a huge step backwards for me. Being a newbie in a small country town it was very hard to break into local politics. So many people would ask me ‘How did you become so positive and energetic?” I went to the Soloman Islands mentoring people with disabilities. True, by the end of it Speaking of resilience. Janet Hill (Werner Linen Services, Berri) was a welcome addition to the conference, although it must have been difficult for her at times, having lost her husband Paul Hill, a former President of TRLA SA and all round good bloke. Seen here with Tara Clark (GreenEarth Australasia) and Steve Grigoriadis (Alsco).
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