Do you usually have hope?
Sometimes circumstances can hide hope under a cloak of doubt and fear, yet it’s always there if you look for it. There are hopeful stories everywhere – even in the midst of challenge, tragedy, and sadness.
The next time you need a little hope, ask for it when you self-reflect, pray, or meditate. Then listen. Your answer will likely show up in the voice of a friend, family member, colleague, or stranger.
People spend more time connected to their work than ever before – in terms of both time and sense of self-worth. Yet you are not what you do, but how you do it.
Look at your current situation. How can do your work in ways that you will make you feel proud of yourself and add value to your colleagues, yourself, and your organization? Begin right now.
Are you an analytical type? Can you crunch the numbers with the best of them?
That’s a terrific skill, but it’s only part of the equation.
Since you will never have perfect and complete data, jumping off and acting without incomplete information is an essential skill.
So today, do your homework and act. It’s an unbeatable combination.
Have a great day,
I’ll share a little secret with you: I really need encouragement – in challenging times and even when life is running smoothly. Maybe it’s human nature.
For me, I know that the best way to feel encouraged is to share encouragement with another person. It boosts all of those wonderful brain chemicals that make us feel empowered and connected. Even more, encouragement can be another person’s lifeline – and when you encourage one person, you start a positive ripple or virtuous circle.
What could be better than that. You boost another person, he passes it on, and you are elevated in the process.
Have a great day and encourage someone!
I am a big believer in gratitude. If a person can’t find things to feel grateful for, life often becomes an endless slog. I understand that.
While feeling gratitude is essential, it’s incomplete. Feeling gratitude impacts you alone, while expressing gratitude impacts both you and the other person. It takes compassion, courage, and care to share appreciation and the impact is far reaching – in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.
So express gratitude sincerely, specifically, and concretely – and often!!!
Many people talk about the power of big data and while this is true, it only tells one side of the story. Small data, or looking at an individual, can help you create value immediately. When you focus on appreciating, acknowledging, and/or improving the life of the person in front of you – you can have an impact right now. What’s more, the positive influence you have on that one individual can ripple out in ways you can even foresee. So what are you waiting for? Act now.
Enjoy your day,
I was with a group of friends recently. There was a lot of complaining about the state of the world, how big the problems are, and the impossible nature change. As I was about to get sucked into this vortex of negativity, I made myself pause and say a few things. “Guys,” I said. “Could we go down a different track? My mentor says this again and again, ‘Who is right in front of you? Help that person!’ This might not seem like a big deal, it is. Start with one and go from there.”
While there might have been some eye rolls, I felt better – and it was a reminder to me that when I feel I can’t make a difference, it’s just not true. See the person in front of you and smile and wave, say thank you, or go out for coffee and listen more than you speak.
Enjoy the day,
When people want to increase their success, they immediately drive to take concrete action: network more, sell, sell, sell, or even build a plan with lots of details. While these things have their place, without one important element they can leave you frustrated, exhausted, and disappointed. If left unchecked, those negative feelings can grow into doubt, resentment, and even grudges.
Yet, there is a solution. It costs little to nothing, it’s accessible to everyone, and the impact is instantaneous. That’s gratitude.
Today find the value in each person, situation, and experience. Start with the “easy” ones and work up to the more challenging circumstances. Your brain for support and reward your feeling and expressing gratitude.
Have a wonderful day,
I see this in myself and others. When faced with a challenge, there are two primary options: one is to escape the situation and the other is to grab it and use the situation to accelerate your growth, courage, and advancement.
While I can’t say why any individual chooses one over the other – with me it’s clear. Fear makes me want to run in the other direction of the obstacle.
Yet, when I pause and actually look at the specifics of my circumstances, I can see the value of jumping in and make challenge the source of my success. Then I run toward it with a little trepidation – but mostly energy, excitement and positive anticipation.
Enjoy your day,
One of the most difficult thing that you do is be authentic. It takes tremendous courage – and you can’t fake it, at least not for very long.
So do yourself a favor, be more of yourself – at least a bit each day. You will advance more quickly and those of us around you will reap the rewards of knowing the real you.