From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook March 1998:

Discovering Your Best... Living with Class

from 1997 UOA Conference Keynote Speech by Mary-Ellen Drummond; recorded by Di Bracken, Conference Planning Chair (now President UOA Canada); via Halton-Peel (ON) Counties

14 Positive Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in You

  1. Be enthusiastic about who you are and what you do
  2. Let your enthusiasm and respect for people, diversity, life, and UOA be contagious
  3. Discover and appreciate your own creativity, gifts, and abilities
  4. Be self-motivated to become the person you are capable of becoming... "We are the painters of our own self-portraits"
  5. Know that in order to change you have to be flexible
  6. Be a goal-setter...reach higher than you thought possible
  7. Learn...have an ongoing educational and self-development plan
  8. Develop outstanding communication skills at all levels of UOA
  9. Be friendlier by saying "Hello" first and then be a good listener
  10. Laugh more and share positive humor with others every day
  11. Show compassion and that you care about others by asking "What can I do for you?"
  12. Find a mentor for yourself and be a mentor to someone else
  13. Give recognition to others and give it generously each day
  14. Be a valuable resource and know that you do make a difference
  15. Always be known for giving more than others expect   (Note: #15 is not here by mistake)

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