Changing our focus to What’s Going Well and rejecting negativity isn’t just about making us happier (though that’s a nice side-effect, too!). When we practice it regularly, it extends far beyond day-to-day joy and becomes a part of who we are. Eventually, we don’t have to work to practice it anymore. It comes to us naturally.
Being a leader requires emotional energy. There are lots of demands on your time and energy. I was recently leading a seminar with a group of upcoming leaders and I was asked, "How can I stay positive in such a demanding world as a leader with the complexity of all my roles?" I responded that it’s up to you to fill your punch bowl. Every day I think about what activities I will engage in that will fill my punch bowl.
The reason babies like to be picked up is the same reason you and I like to be inspired – it changes our perspective. Psychologists suggest that the average person has over 60,000 thoughts in a day, and unfortunately 75% of them are negative.
In life, as with in Bamboo Farming, there are no guarantees. If your harvest is less than you desired for the year, appreciate what success you did have, recognize those who contributed to it, and learn from the lessons provided in the experience.
Here are 10 surefire ways to make sure your bamboo dries up.
The theme of TEDxPortland this year was “What If?”. There were many fabulous and engaging speakers, but the one that had my full attention was former NBA star Brian Grant.
A few weeks ago, I pulled out of my garage to a sight that made my heart sink. Vandals had cut down two swings that were attached to an old walnut tree by my neighbors’ house.