Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Principles That Help You Win

I decided to post some good news along with some principles that have helped me win. I want to inspire you to continue to win too. I belong to an art group on Facebook. We artists want to be the best at what we do and have posted good news for the group to see. It has been inspiring to read what artists are doing all over the world. I decided to post my good news for you. Allow me to inspire you.

I am most grateful to share that in January I...

--- unveiled 3 new paintings (see video link below)

--- learned new digital imaging techniques

--- began study of the GMAT exam for design/business school

--- contacted 7 new potential clients from a referral

--- developed new painting project for a state grant

--- started dancing and reading scripture to jumpstart my day

--- started piano lessons(something I’ve wanted since I was 11)

I will now share my winning principles. I have found that these truths have helped me win again and again.

Principle #1 - Be open to opportunity
The unveiling of 3 new paintings happened because last spring Allen Jongsma and Pastor Dave of Living Springs Community Church contacted me and subsequently met with me to discuss their ideas for new artwork. This was my biggest endeavor at that time and boy was I nervous. But I felt good vibes after several meetings and wholeheartedly embraced the work. Melanie Jongsma, a gifted writer and Allen’s daughter, sent this video of the unveiling to me. It is linked below. This all happened because I was open to opportunity.

Principle #2 -- Reach out for help
I’ve wanted to attend IIT School of Design for a long time. Last year I decided to seek to combine this desire with a business degree from the IIT Stuart School of Business. IIT has a dual degree program. Besides gaining admission, there is one other thing that stands in my way - the GMAT exam. In January, I reached out for help. After my inquiry, Mr. Krishna Erramilli of the Stuart School of Business, took time and talked to me about the program and a strategy to gain admittance including taking the dreaded GMAT exam. I am most grateful for his time. In addition, my brothers Robert and Edwin have helped me tremendously with my math skills. I am studying now and plan to take my GMAT test in April.

(Update-GMAT was not taken, but opportunity is still knocking. I'm letting it in. I'm having a good time focusing on being great at who I am right now; wife, mommy and artist.)

So now it is your turn. What positive principles have you learned so far this year? Do you have any good news to share?

As promised, here is the link to the video of the unveiling:

I welcome your comments.