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“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.” ~Barbara Pletcher
I remember many years ago talking to my then much younger son Jacob as he was having to deal with a difficult situation and needing to consider some courageous choices. We spoke of adversity and challenges and how adversity can make us bitter or better. The difference being the choice of how we perceive, receive and respond to them. Do we choose to be discouraged or determined?
He recently reiterated that discussion, saying “Dad do you remember that talk we had? Well, thanks Dad, I have reflected on it again and again.” ( I was like what? He was listening?!”)
Can any of us empathize with this statement and illustration? “The greatest thing that ever happened to me was the worst thing that every happened to me.” Because we determined as it was happening that it would never happen to us again. Nor would we allow it to happen to anyone else…it can be these worst things that set us on the path to do every noble and noteworthy thing from that point forward in our lives. But if we allow discouragement to creep in and take root our lives may simply become a tragic repetition of the very dysfunction and adversity that we despised.
Sometimes it is the worst supervisors that inspire in us a determination to be “nothing like them” or a toxic co-worker whose miserable nature inspires in us a desire to be “extra” pleasant. Let us be determined not discourage. Let us choose to become better and not bitter.
And let us determine as leaders to do our very best to teach others to do the same. Even if it may appear they are not listening.
Have you ever heard, “Don’t just be yourself, be your best self.” I have, and while I haven’t always appreciated the phrase… I do now. I want to be my best and I think most healthy people do. But being “Our Best selves” isn’t going to happen by accident… it’s going to take some intention and some resolve.
First start with why do we want to be our best. And what it means to you to be your best.
For me being my best – isn’t about people saying “Oh, he’s the best.” – It is about being able to be, serve and give my best to my family, my friends, my faith, and others. (Others are the friends I haven’t met yet…sometimes known as strangers).
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: “To rise above the little things.” — John Burroughs
Thank you John Burroughs. I resolve to re-resolve to rise above the little things. When I am caught up in and distracted by “little things” I am most often not remembering the bigger picture. And what is the bigger picture? The bigger picture for me is to be available, to be prepared, and to be responsive to the needs of the people around me. To be my best!
Be prepared to be “the one” person for another person. Make this day – one of your BEST DAYS
And to help you on your way… this classic Geico Hump Day Commercial
WHY Are you DETERMINED to be yourself?