It is the start of an exciting New Year.   This year, 2016 offers an opportunity to reach for new goals, fulfill your dreams and focus on a new beginning. This can be extraordinary!

Extraordinary, according to Mariam Dictionary is; going beyond what is usual or customary, exceptional to a very market extent, exceeding, exceptional, phenomenal, rare, uncommon, and outside of the box. There are of course, more definition for this word, but we will just focus on these for now.

Each of us embodies the meaning of this word, but some have lost their way. There is a song which the lyrics states “We’re just ordinary people, we don’t know which way to go” I believe we can know the way to go when we tap into the spirit within us, understand who we are and how great we can become- not only economically but socially as well.

Don’t allow immaterial or insignificant things in life take up space that distracts you from your goal. Work hard to make a difference and become the inspiring leader that you are.

Attitude is everything – A positive attitude is important, but this should include an attitude of caring, an attitude of gratitude, an attitude of resilience, and an attitude of success.  This type of attitude of starts in the mind, and may require a new mind set.

Stanford professor Carol Dewek,PhD, in her book titled Growth Mindset, states, “ In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities”

When you develop a growth mind set you understand that you can be as successful as you want to be when you are dedicated to what you wish to achieve.  You will develop the spirit of sharing and giving back, passion to continue to succeed, and the attitude to live your dream.  This is exceptional- This is phenomenal- This is Extraordinary


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