Never Shrink Yourself

Happy Sunday: Here is a great post from our internal guest blogger, Jackie! Jackie is our Special Projects Marketing Director here at HFG.

“Don’t shrink who you are to make someone else feel comfortable” … A phrase I’ve heard over and over in the course of my life. And boy, is it vital to truly understand this concept.

So many times, in life we are put in challenging positions that take us out of our comfort zone. We have to work with people who may seem more talented or qualified to do a job than us. And on the contrary we have to work with people that may see us as the more talented or qualified individual. In any scenario, do not downplay what you can bring to the table!

Have you ever been in a situation with someone that seems more comfortable when you’re silent or disengaged? Pay attention to those people and recognize that is the exact action of someone that feels threaten by you… and that’s not your problem. It can seem easier to shrink down your abilities when you’re in a room full of people that are not on the same level as you. You want to seem personable and friendly. You want to blend in with the crowd and you don’t want anyone to perceive you as braggadocios. But you don’t have to act high and mighty to showcase your skills. It’s never necessary to make yourself small, so someone else can feel big. You’d be doing yourself and the people around you a disservice by not fully walking in your passion and capabilities.

Everything you do you should be giving 101% no matter who is in the room. If you’re good at something be proud of that and let it inspire other people to step their game up. You will not serve anyone by diminishing yourself.

Dhall Here: I hope you enjoyed the read! Have a great Sunday!

Dhall

 

People Who Think Like This Fire Me Up!

Imagine this… you are the best player in your college sport. Now imagine you make it all the way to the Final Four. Then imagine you lose, but you’re still projected to be the number 1 pick according to every expert in the sport’s industry. So, your next logical step would be to pursue going pro because that is what you are expected to do.

Now, when given a chance to go get the money, the fame, the publicity, you say, “I’m returning to college for my senior season because I have unfinished business.”

I don’t know about you, but that gives me goosebumps. Big ones!!!

I love people with passion and purpose. I especially love it when people with passion and purpose don’t do what everyone else thinks they should do. They don’t do what MOST people would do… the perceived “easier choice.”  And I REALLY love when people know the money will still be there, but their priority is to FINISH the “unfinished business”.

This girl has a mission, a purpose that’s way greater than money. Her mindset will take her places.

I don’t know why, but that fires me up. It’s inspiring!!

Click here to read the article. Have a great Sunday!!

Dhall

Today’s Thought: Opportunity

At UWM we like to call things that are challenging or need improvement an “opportunity”. Again, this may sound like semantics, but it is so much bigger than that. My emergency dentist appointment this morning? I couldn’t get in as early as I wanted, so I had some down time. My mom is in town from Ohio and she was with me, so we decided to go to Panera and get coffee to kill time before I could go to the dentist. I can’t remember the last time I got to go for coffee with my mom. I felt so grateful for this opportunity. We got to unwind for a minute and just chat. This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t need to go see the dentist, and if my appointment wasn’t delayed.

I was really practicing my not complaining, and at the end of the day I got to check in with my husband and even though it was a seemingly rough day, I didn’t feel depleted. I had energy left to talk and check in.

Challenging things that come our way truly are an opportunity. It’s a chance for us to get better. If not for that challenge or obstacle, when else would we have that unique opportunity for joy and growth? One of my favorite quotes of all time is from the movie Evan Almighty. In the scene the wife is going through a hard time with her husband and she is venting to her waiter about it (who is God). And the waiter said to her “If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous?”

We have so many goals and aspirations and so many things that we want out of life, and we think challenges that come up are obstacles in our way, but they are the exact opposite. They are opportunities to work that muscle we are building, whatever it may be. So today I challenge you to look at every obstacle and challenge as an opportunity to make your stronger and reach your goals.

Happy Sunday: I hope you enjoyed reading our final post from our guest blogger, Danielle DeAngelis. Danielle is a team member at United Wholesale Mortgage, and over the last month, she has been sharing outstanding post on Chatter in The Hall.

 

I wanted to personally say thank you to Danielle for contributing such amazing entries!

 

Today’s Thought: Failure

Happy Sunday: I hope you enjoy reading another extraordinary post from our guest blogger, Danielle DeAngelis. Danielle is a team member at United Wholesale Mortgage and has been sharing her “complaint- free challenge” journey with us on Chatter in The Hall. She has some great words of encouragement about pushing past failure… keep reading!

Today’s Thought: Failure

Let’s talk about juggling. If you were interested in taking up juggling as a hobby and you bought yourself a starter kit, you might notice that the kit comes with juggling bean bags, not juggling balls, and there is a reason for this. The reason is, if you are going to take up juggling, you better prepare to drop the bags from time to time! No one takes up juggling and is automatically an expert at it. It takes practice, resilience, and the willingness to fail, and then try again. We have a bad tendency to quit things that we are not automatically good at. We take up exercise and quit shortly after. We take on a new daily ritual like yoga or meditation or packing a lunch, and we quickly give up. The problem is not failing, the problem is giving up. In fact, failure is our best teacher because it teaches us the ways that we could do better next time. But we can’t utilize this gift unless we try again¸ and continue to try and try and try until we are finally a natural at the thing we are trying to accomplish.

Likewise, you may feel like you are not good at this complaint-free thing. Maybe you haven’t made it a single day without complaining. Maybe you were like me and you forgot your bracelet when you left for work this morning. Maybe you are doing really well with not complaining, but when you get around a certain family member, friend or co-worker you just CAN’T resist, and you dive right into a complaining competition. Whatever way you might feel like you are “failing”, acknowledge it, learn from it, and then navigate a way to overcome it. Try again.

DHall Here: Danielle challenged her team to go 21 business days without complaining, which I think is awesome! After seeing some of the remarkable stuff she was sending out to her team, I knew I had to share with you!

Come back next week for another awesome post!

DHall