I love joy and how it impacts people. How about you?
Joy shows up as that ever-present quality of a calm and content life. This time of year brings more of it out which is wonderful. You notice it in the lighter moods, the smiles, the open acts of kindness. The great part is being joyful is a skill. It’s not an illusive quality some people have or not.
Joy is about who you choose to be and the mind you care to develop and hold.
You know that warm feeling that arises when someone shows you how much you matter. What if you consciously took time right now to consider ways of doing the same for your team? How would that shift your experience as you begin this new year?
Begin with any team that comes to mind. Relax and expand your view. Who are those those people that show up for you no matter what happens? Who do reach out to for support and guidance? Who are you responsible for leading? Who takes care of important things for you at home and at work?
What percentage of the time do worries occupy your mind?
Imagine your mind being a living room where you invite visitors in or out. When worry is constant in your life, it is like an uninvited, disturbing guest sitting in your living room distracting you all day long. Who do you really want to be there – worry or another guest? How long do you want worry to be in your house?
Why not make friends with worry and…
How often do you consider how to celebrate a business trip? Getting out of your normal routine provides countless opportunities to tap into your creativity and experience gratitude. Why not take something that seems heavy and turn it into an opportunity? For example, taking just 5 minutes to do something like exploring your hotel can lead to interesting discoveries, chance meetings, and new insights.
Many times, we run through our action-packed days, weeks, months, years and that heart-warming feeling of achievement alludes us. We wait for the big project to complete, the deal to be closed, the house to be remodeled – whatever it is – before we allow ourselves to experience it. Even crazier, we may still not celebrate our achievement when it comes. It makes me wonder if we are just out of practice.
A little win can be as practical as…