We are all aware that New Year’s Resolutions are not very helpful, at least for the long run.
Instead, for the last few years I have been choosing one word as a focal point for my personal growth for the year. Then I realized that setting a time frame is a bit restrictive as well, so have actually changed my word as the year went along.
I still like to choose a word to start the new year. Though the timeline is artificial, I find benefit in taking stock of the past year(s) and pondering my goals for growth for the upcoming year-ish.
Last Monday I was reminded of a method for personal growth that I love.
Do one thing that scares you, every day.
“There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein
Perfect words as we head into this season of miracles. Just once a day I pledge to see a “non-miracle” as a miracle? Non-miracles include traffic, grumpy colleagues or relatives, too full, too busy, too…whatever.
For me, a way to find the miracle is to take a couple of deep breaths. This helps me to relax in the miracle of my body–where my heart is beating and food digesting even though I am cranky, frustrated, hurried or harried. I also love getting outside to see a tree, or the sun on the clouds. Or the miracle of mirrored balls and candy canes, children (or adults) laughing.
In other words… the miracle of life. As crazy as life can get, there is always a miracle to be found. Go for it!
I gave myself a B-minus. Last week I talked about knowing the core purpose for our businesses, and gave some simple examples of an ice cream store and barber shop.
That prompted me to review the purpose of my business, and ask whether I am expressing it well. I think am doing a pretty good job, but one basic thing needs improving.
As I think about my year ahead, the concept of saying NO keeps coming back to me. I have a propensity to want to do lots of things, pretty much everything that comes my way!
I thought it was just me, but over the years I have discovered it’s a natural tendency for the majority of humans.
I vividly remember a colleague telling me that was the best management idea I had shared with him. That was almost 20 years ago, and I am still practicing. Warren Buffet helped me take this concept to the next level,
Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday. Just as many of you do, I hold it dear because it’s about my favorite things: family, food, cooking, pumpkin, and stuffing. I also love Thanksgiving because it’s a time when we focus on an important aspect of a life well lived: expressing gratitude.
When we say “Happy Thanksgiving” this time of year what we really mean is “Happy Thanksgiving Day.”
In the first post of this series, I made the comment, “We human beings are almost always so busy protecting ourselves that even when we do or say something to another (whether nice or mischievous) is usually based in our own needs and the other person is just a catalyst for our own feelings and process.”
This is such an important part of not taking things personally I want to dedicate a whole post to it. When I first heard this many years ago, I did not completely agree, I could see situations where it applied, but not all of life.
No, this is not me.
I vividly remember when I realized that I have a hard time being funny. A colleague and I were presenting to our sales team about the latest details of an application programming interface–not your typical humorous topic.
Fred had them rolling in the aisles with his witty comments. Feeling like I needed to follow suit, I also tried to be funny. Not one of my lines got even a smirk. I am pretty sure the audience felt empathy for me, but all I felt was embarrassed and frustrated.
I am so frustrated! In a recent meeting to plan a program on marketing for entrepreneurs, the team kept talking about the foundational tenet for marketing and sales as:
- The problem the prospect is experiencing
- How our product and/or service solves that problem
- The best language and methods to communicate that solution
This is an okay way to start to the customer engagement conversation. However, it ignores two-thirds of the potential customers.