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Work Your Package™ – Outstanding!

Work Your Package™ – Outstanding!

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Welcome to Work Your Package™ Wednesday!

Work Your Package™ doesn’t just apply to your outward appearance. It’s how you manage your life and everything in it…home, work, health, family  and relationships. It’s how you navigate turbulence when things don’t go as planned. It’s how you pay it forward when you have overcome an obstacle.  Regardless of what you think you may be lacking, you already have what you need to be extraordinary. There’s only one you and only you can deliver the gift you were put on this earth to give to others. Stop thinking you aren’t enough or too much. Get up, get moving and Work Your Package™.

Outstanding— When you recognize your talent, you can attain outstanding  results if you refuse to quit.

My mind has been on finishing my book lately. As a matter of fact, I write every chance I get. I carry a notebook with me to capture scenes or dialog between the characters or details about a location that I want to research. As of last night, my book is 145 pages and has 37,335 words. Did I mention I started writing this book eight years ago? I can hear you asking, “Why is it taking you so long to write the book?” Well, I was afraid to share it. Quite frankly I didn’t think anyone would like it. I took a huge leap of faith to let my husband and two very dear friends read a draft and was giddy with joy when they said they not only thought the book was good, they wanted to read more chapters.  According to The Write One blog, I have the qualities of a good writer: patience, attention to detail, good listener/observer, avid reader and a vivid imagination.  I’m lacking on the patience (with myself), but everything else is pretty accurate.  I continue to write because I recognize that while writing for myself is nice and therapeutic, sharing that talent is what I should be doing.  Whether my book ends up on the best sellers list or a free download from Google, I will have shared a piece of myself with world.  My desire to finish the book does not allow me to say, ‘Forget it, I’m not writing this book anymore.’

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do to be outstanding.


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Work Your Package™ – Unique!

Work Your Package™ – Unique!

Work Your Package logo_v9Welcome to Work Your Package™ Wednesday!

Before I get into this week’s post, I will share with you that last week, the days, hours and minutes totally got away from me. I was preparing to coordinate a formal wedding with 200 guests. In my role of wedding coordinator, it was my responsibility to set up the reception venue, be at the church before the bridal party arrived, do last-minute preparations at the reception venue before the guests arrived and clean up after the reception was over. And while the mother of the bride is a coordinator as well, she trusted me to put all of the pieces together to create the dream wedding she had envisioned for her daughter for the last two years. To say I felt honored would be an understatement. Enough about me, let’s get to the word of the week…UNIQUE!!!

Unique—From the top of your head to the sole of your feet there is  absolutely no one like you.

There is no one on this earth equipped to deliver the gift that you have the responsibility of giving to the world. Many people may have the same talent but no one has the same gift. Think about the times you’ve heard, “How did you come up with that?” or “I would have never thought to do it that way?” People aren’t blowing smoke when they ask those questions. They really don’t know how you did what you did and they will never be able to duplicate it. Your gifts are as unique as your fingerprints and the number of hairs on your head. Embrace your uniqueness and make it part of your personal brand. What do you hear people saying about you the most? It’s probably the one or few things that make you truly unique. When you begin to doubt yourself, remember there is someone looking at you and your unique gift and they think you are just amazing. However, there will be some people you encounter that will try their absolute best to make you believe that your gift is insignificant. When that happens, remember this:

EMBRACE BEING UNIQUE EVEN IF IT MAKES OTHERS UNCOMFORTABLE. 


Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.

Work Your Package™ – You!

Work Your Package™ – You!

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You are more than enough! Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others when you can spend it on loving yourself.

It is very easy to get caught in the constant cycle of taking care of everyone else but yourself. You may be called the best wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend on the face of the earth but at the end of the day, are you doubting if you did all that you could do? The worse thing you could ever do is compare yourself to someone else’s supposed happiness, health, wealth, family dynamic or career. I say “supposed” because the truth is, you don’t know what they face very day and they may be looking at you wishing they had your life. Don’t waste your time wishing you had more when you already have more than enough. I’m not telling you to not aspire to be better, I’m saying, be a better version of YOU not a sorry looking copy of someone else. We are far from perfect and we have so much more to learn. If we can accept the facts of who we are and work within those parameters…loving ourselves would so much easier.

 


 

Adapted from “Work Your Package—A Guide to Being the Total Package” by Ayanna Castro
Website: www.ayannacastro.com | Twitter: @WorkYourPackage | Facebook: Work Your Package
Copyright © 2014 Ayanna Castro. All Rights Reserved.