Divisiveness Starts From Within

I hear again and again: that the world is divisive. Some people believe that this serious discord is caused by our institutions and if only they would change, the world would be better. At some level, those individuals are right – and it’s far from the whole story.

Organizations are made up of people, so what if each of us looks at any “disunity” inside our own heart? I have seen when the change emanates from within, the environment changes for the better.

Do it as an experiment.


How Confidence Wins Over Doubt

Well, let’s first talk about when confidence gets eroded. Whenever you begin to compare yourself to others, it’s really easy for your confidence to go down. Why wouldn’t it?!? There is invariably going to be at least one person who is more capable than you, me, and most others.

So, instead, zero in on your strengths and think about one area of your life where you are already really good. Focus on that and make this comparison – where you are today versus where you were yesterday. Even if you took a tiny step forward, you can celebrate the progress which WILL boost your capacity, courage, and confidence.

Have a great day,

Is It Worth It?

Sometimes we put effort into building solid relationships and nothing seems to change. At those times, it’s easy to blame others and even question whether what you are doing is worth it.

Of course, honor how you are feeling and then move on. Take a look at yourself and where do you have the opportunity to improve how you approach other with respect, appreciation, and compassion.

In the end, the vast majority of the time – it IS worth it.


A Great Predictor of Success

I was chatting with an amazing individual today who had done extensive research on happiness.

In fact, he interviewed about 250 or so individuals (between the age of 60 and 106).

His conclusion is that while success doesn’t lead to happiness (and can lead to unhappiness if things get out of balance) AND happiness is a great predictor of success.


Honor Your Shortcomings

I know that many people believe that all of our focus should be on expanding our strengths. The exception may be to make sure that our weaknesses don’t derail us.

I would like to suggest a different approach. What if you actually honor your shortcomings  and show them respect? As some will say – whatever you resist persists. So instead of negating the negatives, acknowledge them first and then on to beef up your strengths.

Have a good day,