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Challenging Times Reveal Character

We’re living in different times right now, and they are very challenging. But challenging times are when character is revealed. So how do you decide the right kind of actions to take during a time like this to really make an impact for your clientele, your career and also your organization?

Number one, start with the spirit of help. Make sure that everyone knows that you are game on, all in, stepping in to make a difference in everyone’s lives every day. And that doesn’t just mean reactionary things, it means proactive things. It also means that you’ve never had more of a need within your organization to have compassionate listening skills to find out what’s needed and wanted by your clientele and also from your team members.

These are not the times to sit and wait for someone to tell you what to do. These are the times instead, to take the right actions in the right order and to find out how resourceful you can be.

Lastly, make sure that you’re choosing joy. Yes, there’s a lot to contemplate that’s not good. There’s a lot of problems that are about to hit and a lot of it can be rather ugly. But here’s the reality. We’ve been through world wars, we’ve been through other recessions, we’ve been through the Great Depression. Life goes on and it’ll get good again. The one thing that we can choose is our attitude, so choose joy, and spread it around your organization and to your clients as well.

Now is a time when you’re really needed to bring your highest and best self to work every day.

Gratitude for What IS

Are you grateful for what is?

I’m grateful for the air around me. I’ve been to China, and I couldn’t see across the street in the middle of the day due to smog! I’m grateful for the trees and the beauty that they bring, and the blue sky and the beauty that it brings. The friends that I have in life, and the opportunities that I have.

Being grateful is one of the ways that we bring sanity into our lives. Sure, my life is just like yours—there’s a million things I could complain about. There are many things going wrong, there are people with challenges, friends who have health issues, friends who have died of cancer, and so on. I could spend my energy being consumed about that. But, although I do have concerns, I choose not to be consumed. Instead, I choose to have an attitude of gratitude.

What if you looked around today and you were grateful for your feet and grateful for your hands? And grateful that your heart is pumping, and grateful that you can take in that next breath of air? Because the reality is, every one of those is a gift, and when we live in a state of acceptance of the gifts that we have and gratitude for them, we have a better outlook about life. When we live from a place where we give gratitude for what is, we create better things because our spirit is one of joy, and with joy, we attract even better circumstances.  

Discipline or Regret?

Jim Rohn was famous for a quote about pain, essentially saying that there are two types of pain: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The good news is you get to choose.

We can choose to eat healthy and as a result have good health. Or we can choose to make sure that we get exercise so we feel better. Or we can discipline ourselves to do the hard work or learn how to do our jobs better.

If we don’t do those things, we get a different pain—the pain of regret. The one where we don’t have our health, when we’re not performing at work. So, we always have the choice—choose wisely.

Bring Your Higher Self

We’re all angels on the good days, aren’t we? Sure, it’s easy to be nice when everything’s working perfectly. People are patting you on the back. You’re ahead of your work. You’re feeling on top of your game.

But, what about those times when things aren’t working so well? That’s when we must choose to bring in our higher selves—especially when we feel least justified in having to do that.

Sometimes we feel like getting even or hurting another because we’ve been hurt. That’s when we’re called to rise above it all and choose to bring our highest and best selves.

Choose wisely whenever something isn’t going well. Take a deep breath and ask yourself: “What would my highest self do in this situation?” I promise you—you’ll never regret those actions.

Speak with Good Purpose

At every moment we have a choice to speak with good purpose. In every moment, we can use “advancing language” to ask for what  we want, as opposed to “whining” about what we don’t want.  In every moment, we can speak kindly about another, or make a suggestion to another, as opposed to speaking behind their backs or complaining.

So, choose always to speak with good purpose.