Happy New Year!
A time to reflect, reset, revitalize and relaunch. No doubt, my PIVOT strategy for 2017 catapulted me in a whole new direction and there is no end in sight. For every wind of change, I am extremely grateful.
So, what’s next? 2018 is all about continuing the momentum. Running the marathon, not the sprint. Stretching to new heights, setting new boundaries and finding unique ways to win. All in the spirit of ENDURANCE.
Or even better described through the book of James:
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1: 2-3)
It’s definitely not rocket science, but ENDURANCE will take effort, learning, dedication and curiosity. Don’t you think? Tell me, what’s your 2018 all about?
It’s so true, and often extremely effective, to reflect on how we RECEIVE a daily dose of inspiration. Doing so gives us motivation, drive and ammunition to get things done with a positive impact. To switch things up, I’m going to reverse engineer this concept and share a few ideas on how we should strive to DELIVER a daily dose of inspiration.
- Offer praise and recognition for efforts and a job well done
- Say thank you – there can never be never enough gratitude
- Smile – it really can keep others guessing, and asking ‘What gives?’
- Be a STAR – Someone They’ll Always Remember – stand out in a crowd
- Go beyond yourself – give back to the community
- Listen intently, with a desire to encourage, take action or assist
- Show off – not with an intent to brag, but rather to excite and spark interest
- Be a student in life – learn something new every day and share this knowledge
- Look people in the eye – be serious, authentic, transparent
- Send hand-written notes – it’s a lost art in today’s digital world
Sometimes the little things go such a long way in making a difference. If you simply take time to ‘stop and smell the roses’, it can have a meaningful effect on those around you. So, what’s holding you back?
Sitting here reflecting on a year gone by and remembering I have a ‘jar of thanks’ to look forward to on New Year’s Day. So glad I started putting things to be thankful for in a mason jar this time last year!
In what spare time I have, I truly enjoy reading for spiritual, personal and professional development. I simply cannot read enough and almost wish I didn’t have to sleep so I could fill my brain with more and more.
I’m taking a moment now to capture what’s at the top of my list – number one, so I can remember and keep track, but number two to share with others who are looking for a dose of something new in 2015.
Expect To Win – Carla Harris
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
What Would A Wise Woman Do? – Laura Steward Atchison
Actionable Book Summaries – 652 of them
Thrive – Ariana Huffington
Get Off Your ‘But’ – Sean Stephenson
Kill The Company – Lisa Bodell
Take a minute to share what’s on your list! Happy holidays one and all.
Think about this. You hit the Starbuck’s drive thru window on a dreary, rainy cold day on the way into work. You can’t find your gift card, you are fresh out of cash and are now contemplating doing the drive thru bolt. All you want is a java jolt. Oh well, there’s always Visa. But at the window, the barista reports that the VW bug that was right in front of you left a $20 bill for a $6 latte and said use the balance to pay it forward for the car behind me. Some stranger just made your day.
In today’s crazy, frantic, hustle-bustle society, sometimes even stopping or slowing down to hold the door for someone can be viewed as going out of your way. That’s nonsense, but very true. Maybe it’s an atta-boy email. An unexpected hug. A hand written thank you note. Flashing your brights so the semi-truck in front of you knows that it is ok to move back over into your lane.
Little things mean a lot. Try a random act of kindness once a day…it keeps the optimism in play!