Today, my schedule is full. I will be working from 6 in the morning until about 7 at night, checking and responding to emails, evaluating the work that has been completed on a number of projects, and attending several meetings, both online and in person. With a schedule like that, you have to make every moment count. I only make moves that count. That’s important. It’s also important to keep making moves though. You could sit around all day waiting for a move that counts to come your way and end up never doing anything at all. Make moves that count, but also, MAKE MOVES.
I read somewhere that being loud is more important than being right. According to a study, loud and opinionated people are “taken more seriously even when they are wrong.” I guess that explains why people take me seriously. LOL
A stranger greeted me on the train today. That hasn’t happened since my old TV news anchor days. “Oh my gosh,” she gasped as I sat down in the seat next to her. “You’re Denise Keniston! I’ve been following you on YouTube! I can’t believe I’m meeting you here in real life!” she gushed. I smiled. “Nice to meet you, um…” “Oh, yes!” she exclaimed. “I’m Gayle. Nice to meet you too!” “Out of curiosity, Gayle, which of my videos is your favorite?” “The rainboots one!” she laughed. We chatted amicably for the rest of the trip and I got off the train feeling a little overwhelmed but mostly excited. It’s such a cool thing to know that the things I am creating are having a positive effect on people’s lives.
Every person you interact with, every project you take on, every ‘to do’ list you have ever made in your life required a certain amount of your energy. Once you start thinking about your energy as a valued form of currency, then you will start thinking about what you spend it on.
I looked up from an email I was composing to someone on my team today to catch someone staring at me on the train. I smiled, and the woman, obviously uncomfortable at the idea of being caught, spluttered, “I’m sorry, I was just admiring your coat.” “Thank you,” I replied graciously.
One of my favorite creative outlets is fashion. I am my own stylist for all of my photos and videos, and it is something I’m truly passionate about.
Dressing for success is more than just making your outsides pretty. It shows you are willing to invest in yourself, because looking nice is an investment of time and money. People stare all the time, make sure the impression you are offering them is the one you want them to have.
Every action you take should be purposeful. There should be an end result that you have in mind. From the moment you get out of bed in the morning, to the moment you drift off to sleep at night, make moves that count. Don’t waste your energy on something that isn’t going to propel you forward.
"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life." Don’t stop standing up for what is right. It might be what is right for you, or it might be what is right for someone close to you. Stand up. Make enemies. Make friends.
“Every time I see you lately, you glow,” my neighbor commented to me this morning. “What’s your secret?” “I love what I do,” I responded with a smile. When you have a project in front of you that you are excited about, it shows in everything you do. You can’t even walk down the street without emanating confidence. People see you and think, that’s a woman who is doing something big, something important. And I am.
We hit a major milestone today, one of those signs that the snowball effect has really begun. I had to stop and take a breath for a second. This is really happening. I’ve been planning a lot of things for weeks now, and it’s so unbelievable to see everything falling into place.
Many people prefer the negative perspective by default. This is influenced by the things around us–negative people, bad experiences. These all contribute to the way we deal with life. Changing your negative perspective towards things can make all the difference.
“Wow, those gloves look amazing!” a woman sitting across from me on the train gushed as I went into work this morning. I love to add a small splash of color to my outfits in the winter, to keep the drab blacks and browns from bringing me down, and these red gloves are one of my favorite winter accessories. “Thank you,” I replied graciously. “They really make me feel very elegant.” “You look very elegant, and so put together. Where did you get them?” We continued to talk about fashion and clothes until we got to my stop. “It was nice talking to you, really.” “Nice talking to you too!” she waved.