Business · Soul thoughts

“We need cheerleaders!”

I received this text message and loved it. I loved it. It was the added emphasis from a conversation the day before when my friend mentioned that we needed cheerleaders on our collaborative project.

Only a day before I had mentioned in another conversation that I deeply appreciate people who are supportive and encouraging. They don’t have to be on the exact journey, they don’t have to know what I know, they don’t have to be my teammate, co-worker, advisor or mentor. Just BEING who they are and cheering me on my journey is such a gift.

Which reminds me. Who needs you as a cheerleader? Do one of your kids need you to be an extra excitable cheerleader for them today? Spouse? Friends? Co-workers?

We have a shortage of cheerleaders in the world and it’s something we’re all capable of!

Business · Fitness · Soul thoughts

Crank up the intensity

All it takes is a decision if you want to crank up the intensity in any area of your life; health, relationships, job etc.

Saturday morning I decided to increase the intensity of my workouts. That’s it. Just a decision.

That decision came because I wasn’t happy with my workouts anymore. What aren’t you happy with anymore? What needs to be amped up?

Business · Character · Soul thoughts

Look at yourself first

If you see things happening around you that you don’t like, whether with your spouse, kids, co-workers or teammates, look first at self.

We impact the people around us. A lot.

If you don’t like the words your kids use or the attitude of your team members – look at your own words and attitudes. Usually, we’re displaying the exact behavior we despise in others.

I know you want to push off that last statement. Don’t. Brave the truth.

Business · Character · Soul thoughts

Who has your dream job?

Does someone have your dream job?

Who is it?

What strengths and characteristics do they exude?

How can you grow in those areas yourself, to increase the likelihood you’ll have that dream job?

What are you doing today to get that dream job?

Business · Soul thoughts · Time

Long car rides

I recently took a long road trip with my three-year-old – about 15 hours. While we broke it up into two days, by the last hour of each, I was solidly ready to be done driving/sitting.

I brought a couple stuffed animals, a few figurines, and a book on the trip for my daughter to fluff around with in the backseat. Not sure how I thought that would take up 15 hours, but it did. We talked and laughed and told stories and ate snacks and sang and somehow the minutes turned to hours and we arrived at our destinations.

Sometimes when we start off on a long journey, it’s hard to see how we’ll end up at that big dream/goal we’re headed for. Quite simply, it’s one minute, one hour, one day at a time. It’s one conversation, one story, a laugh, a snack and one song at a time. Don’t forget that. Be present and enjoy each moment. The journey IS the destination on most journeys.

Business · Soul thoughts

Level up.

You can always tell when people don’t have a lot going on in life by what gets them riled up.

“I’m so irritated! The bus driver was 8 minutes late to pick up the kids today and I was late for my yoga class.”

“Can you believe that the store was all out of strawberries? That was part of my dessert recipe for company tomorrow and now I have to figure out another dessert.”

Those are just a couple of examples for you. I could go on and on.

Let’s bring this closer to home.

What was the last thing you recall being annoyed or irritated about?

Gut check yourself. We can get pretty focused on our annoyances and not even realizes how pithy they are.

Level up.

Business · Character · Soul thoughts

That Goofy Ego

I went to a conference recently and on the way home I was going through a list of things I wanted to implement from the talking points.

I heard myself say, “that works for him, but I’m going to need to change it such and so and then I think that will work great for me.”

Ah!

It’s absolutely incredible how we can listen to someone with a decade of EXPERTISE on a matter – literally the best on the face of the earth – and walk away and decide we know better. I did it!

Thankfully, I caught myself and decided to do it his way first until there was conclusive evidence that it was terrible for my life, but seriously, it was that simple for me to override his decades of experience, wisdom, and research because of, well, probably my ego.

Be careful. We miss out on a lot because of that goofy ego of ours.