Point to Ponder

My friend Kelly Falardeau is just finishing her second book,  "Self Esteem doesn't Come in a Bottle"  She kindly included this contribution in her amazing project:

Dear Kelly:

How do you 'really' see yourself? How do you value 'You'? How do you determine your own worth?

Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person's overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth. (Wikipedia)

Like many of you, I struggled with these issues for many years, from my childhood well into my adult life. Still do for very short times. There were times I wondered if I would ever amount to anything or accomplish anything of value. Then somewhere along the way things changed in how I valued myself and how I saw 'ME'.

Somewhere along the way I stopped worrying about what others thought and minimized how I compared to others or even to that 'ideal' picture of myself. I have worked diligently to close the gaps between my visualization of myself and where I really am at any given time.

I realize, I have room for improvement and strive to do so. I am learning to stop and savour the wins (even small ones) along the way. I am learning to graciously accept and evaluate the opinions and observations of others, whether positive or constructive. I am learning to allow myself to make a mistake or two along the way and to leverage those mistakes into greater accomplishments.

Here are a few quick ideas to help you create and maintain a healthy self esteem:

1.    Celebrate your achievements or wins, however small. Create a scrapbook (print or online) or a wall of fame where you display them. Then, revisit them from time to time. I did this with my hallway in my country place by providing a place for the plaques, awards, and designations earned. When I am assailed by self-doubt I look at them and re-affirm I have accomplished some amazing things and I can do it again.

2.   Create a warm fuzzy file where you store the nice things, the compliments, and the positive reinforcement people have given you. As a writer and speaker I get notes and emails from people who appreciate what I have done. I put them in my warm fuzzy file and re-read them when needed.

3.   What do you do to feed your self esteem? In addition to the above, what books (like this one) what tapes, CDs, or DVDs do you view? If you feed your self esteem, you will grow stronger. Please remember to give yourself lots of love and positive self talk to help build a healthier self-image.

Self-esteem is a build-it-yourself project. I am blessed to have a wife who loves me, a career that challenges me, friends and colleagues who enjoy me, and audiences and readers who appreciate what I say. As I see it...

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey


PS: Bob pictured above with Kelly and her first book. It should be out next month.

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Theodore Roosevelt said: "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men (or women) to do what he wants done and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it."

This just might be your biggest leadership challenge. (It has been mine on occasion!) Part of your larger role as a leader is equipping those you lead to succeed. This means giving them opportunities to fail or succeed without your 'constant' supervision. So make sure you pick good people, give them good direction and instruction and then, give them room to find their own unique way of handing it. You just might learn something new and they will often amaze you.
As many of you know, I have agreed to be the President of the CAPS Edmonton Chapter in 2012. This will be a good reminder to me as I guide my fellow leaders in serving our chapter and our colleagues.

Thanksgiving is coming... good time to reconnect with clients, colleagues, family.
What are you thankful for?
I'm thankful for each of you, my clients and colleagues. I am most thankful for the wonderful woman who shares my life and makes it richer.
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Last Minute News
Just back from Toronto, Ontario where I attended our annual CAPS Leadership Summit with Presidents and President-elects (like me) from our 10 chapters who met with our CAPS National Board to keep up to date with what is happening and what needs to happen.
Great group of leaders. Definitely worth the trip and the time.
I'm currently working on CAPS activities as well as client materials.  Going to be a busy rest of September. At our place in Egremont, lots to do for fall including spreading gravel and re-organizing the garage so we can park in there this winter. I am also going to be in Calgary next week for Shawne Duperon's Media Mastery Boot Camp for two days... it will be fantastic.
Tuesday evening on return from Toronto my friend Linda Maul hosted a gathering of the current and new CAPS Edmonton boards. What an emotionally charged and connection based meeting. We have effectively doubled the size of our board for 2012 which should allow us to divide the workloads more equitably and allow our creativity to flow. We have some challenges to share ahead, but I am confident that with these great people on our team we will be successful.
My amazing friend Toni Newman will be speaking at our CAPS Edmonton meeting on Sat. October 1st. She and her team created the best CAPS National conference in our history last year in Montreal. This is a value added program for anyone who is interested in being a better speaker and building a better business. Visit the CAPS Edmonton website for information and to register. If you register on line you will save $10.
We are creating social media for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter. 

Thanks for reading

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Sept. 2011

                 What's New!
New book projects in the works.
Bob will have an article featured in the Sept. Issue of RECHARGE.
CAPS EDM to launch PRO-Track 2012 Profit from Speaking series.

We have added this new Mid-month Musings for 2011. Often Bob has ideas or motivational thoughts that just can't wait. So we decided to add a shorter message mid month.
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Bob is a long time leader and professional charter member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a member of NSA-Arizona, as well as a charter member of the Global Speakers Federation
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Bob is the co-founder and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director (2000-2002).
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