Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

New library class to encourage positive thinking

September 25, 2008

Positive daily affirmations and self-talk?

Even personal development coach and Basehor resident Leigh Farris admits it can sound cliched - something right out of a Stuart Smalley skit from "Saturday Night Live," but it's a concept that has been gaining popularity recently with books and programs such as "The Secret."

Thinking positively to achieve one's goals and attain success and happiness is what Farris teaches people through her business "Life:Simply Balanced: Creating a connection between mind, body, spirit and emotion." Her services will soon be offered as a series of four classes through the Basehor Community Library.

"The goal is to help people discover what holds them back from attaining success in their life and/or balance in their life," Farris said.

Most of Farris' experience comes from working as a director through Mary Kay Cosmetics for six years as well as training through Pinnacle Career Institute. She has conducted meetings and given motivational speeches to businesses, groups of students and individuals about self-talk, goal setting and ultimately reaching success.

Each class will build on one another starting with discovering one's own personality and learning about other personalities followed by creating new habits and building a bridge to new goals. The classes will consist of hands-on activities, motivational speaking and question-and-answer sessions.

"It's kind of teaching you how to put it all together," she said. "How to deal with what's happening to you and roll with the punches. Success is defined differently by everybody. I start out by teaching them to define their own success."

Assistant library director Jenne Laytham said she first thought a motivational training class might be good for library staff, but decided it would be something that could benefit everybody. The unconventional class is one that Laytham hopes will gain popularity.

"People are always juggling," she said. "There's a real need out there for people to do something like this. Whether it's business or personal, everyone will benefit from a class like this."

Classes will be 6:30- 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday in October and the fee for all four sessions is $20. For more information or to register, call the library at (913) 724-2828.

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