“To keep a warm heart in winter is a real victory.”
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We are currently in the grips of winter here in Michigan, and today’s quote reminded me of a story a friend shared at a holiday luncheon.
As a little girl, she would often wait outside in the cold for the school bus. To keep her warm, her mom would bake small potatoes in aluminum foil and slip them in her pockets to hold through her mittens, making her wait a bit more comfortable. Once in her seat, she had the extra benefit of a tasty snack to eat on her way to school.
To this day, she attributes this heartwarming story from childhood for her current fondness for hash brown potatoes for breakfast.
What heartwarming strategies can you employ to show your love and care for others this winter, and all year long? If you happen to have one of your own heartwarming stories, please hit reply and send it my way!
“Who needs me on my ‘A Game’ the most right now?”
—Brendon Burchard, High Performance Author
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Brendon Burchard is a best-selling author and one of the world’s leading High Performance coaches. His latest book, High Performance Habits, was one of Amazon’s top three best business and leadership books of 2017.
Today’s quote hits home for me personally and professionally. Throughout my life I’ve observed that most everyone desires and is committed to contributing to others. This focus seems to be universally required to live a full and meaningful life.
Where are you currently operating well below your “A” game and fullest potential?
Who specifically in your world needs you at your very best?
What specific efforts are required to make this level of contribution?
“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.”
—attributed to Doug Floyd
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Do you enjoy music? Perhaps you play an instrument or two. Other than trying my hand at the drums in grade school, I realized quite quickly that I was more satisfied listening to it rather than playing it.
Recently, I was watching a Netflix program called “Explained” on the subject of music. I was amazed to learn just how much I did not know about its workings. Beyond the notes were additional concepts of which I knew little, including pitch, timbre, melody, and rhythm. Combining them all in the appropriate amounts can have us tapping our toes, caught up in its harmonious magic.
Consider your professional and personal communities. Where and how does variety and diversity of thought and capabilities provide for greater levels of harmonious achievement and success?
“Their opinion of your potential has nothing to do with your opportunity to prevail.”
—Brendon Burchard, High Performance Author
“What others think about you is none of your business” is a thought to consider, particularly when being judged harshly.
Consider your parents, teachers, bosses, and friends, and see how many of them sapped you versus zapped you over the years.
Unfortunately, many of these usually well-intended folks leave a negative wake and plant bitter seeds that can dramatically impact our self-worth and confidence.
Who are the negative, unsupportive, and even toxic people in your world that could be avoided?
Where and in what ways can and will you find the determination, grit, and tenacity to prevail in your most important priorities?
Consider working with a coach, mentor, or friend to support your efforts.
“A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.”
—Bear Grylls, British Adventurer
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If you were to look up the phrase “rugged individual or adventurer” on the internet, you would likely see a photo and description of Bear Grylls.
He served in the British army, trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, climbing, and parachuting. He is also noted for his numerous expeditions, including:
- Climbing Mount Everest
- Circumnavigating the United Kingdom on a jet ski
- Crossing the North Atlantic in a rigid inflatable boat
- Climbing remote and “unclimb-able” peaks in Antarctica
Although much personal attention has created his celebrity status, he points out most vividly, with today’s quote, that in virtually all cases, his successes involved and were dependent on the support and guidance of others.
Where in your personal or professional life have you been going it alone to achieve what you desire? Where and on what matters it is time to more fully embrace and yes, request the assistance of others in your various communities?
Check out Grylls’ Wikipedia page, and note how many of his accomplishments include many other people backing his efforts.
“A simple ‘Hello’ could lead to a million things.”
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I see a very kind woman most mornings at my health club. Her name is Pat, and her primary job is to swipe each person’s membership card as they enter the facility.
I know her husband’s name is John, and that she, like me, has a passion for books and reading. Perhaps what is most notable is that she welcomes each person with an authentic ‘Hello!” and a pleasant glance, which in turn generates a reciprocal greeting and kind words from almost everyone.
On days Pat is not at the front desk, the greeting ritual is far less likely, with the front desk person and most of the patrons going through an almost robotic entrance.
Where could a few more Hellos, Good Mornings, Pleases, and genuine Thank You’s lead to millions of wonderful things to brighten the day? How can you be more like Pat in your personal and professional communities?
“The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.”
—Toni Collette, Australian actress and musician
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If you were to rate yourself on your ability to create and sustain relationships, how would you score?
Take a look at your most closely held and cherished relationships and see what values and beliefs connect you to those people. The better you truly know and live these core values the better you can choose and navigate in your personal and professional communities.
This inner wisdom can help you better lead yourself and others who resonate with similar energies.
Consider reading the book Soul Experience – The 4th Level of Identity, by Al Killeen, to help you get to know yourself better.
“Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart.”
—Charles Dickens, 19th Century English writer & social critic
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The alchemy of relationships, particularly close, caring relationships, is very special. Things like trust, respect, cooperation, and love aren’t so easily captured and kept in good repair.
One way to keep and enhance these heartfelt relationships thriving is to place considerable value and time in open and authentic dialogue, in which each party wishes to forward the relationship and the other individual.
When disagreement and conflict occur it is not the time to withdraw and slip into silence. This form of silence can be a death blow to a previously heart-warming relationship.
What current personal or professional relationship is most in need of open dialogue to keep and expand the open-heart feelings that may be slipping away?
“If you blame it on someone else, don’t expect it to get better.”
Blaming and making others wrong is like a black hole in the world of relationships. Nothing good ever comes out of it.
Unfortunately, we each view the world through our own perceptual filters. On many occasions, our views do not agree or align with others. This is not bad in itself, except that we often go a step further to prove our point or to undermine those who think and do otherwise.
How and in what ways can you reduce or eliminate playing the blame game, personally or professionally, to improve your life?