The Little Engine that Could is an American fairy tale that became widely known in the 1930s. Through an online poll of teachers, The National Education Association rated it as one of the Top 100 books for children, because of its key message of the importance of optimism and hard work.
The story’s signature phrase, I Think I Can is a key memory I have from childhood on the importance of self belief and self determination. My wife Wendy and I did our best to instill this concept in both our children.
Where and with whom would a bunch more “I can” and “I know you can” statements support greater achievement and life satisfaction in your personal and professional communities?
Work on Caller ID technology began in the late 1960s, and eventually came to most of us between 1984 and 1989.
In 1995, call waiting technology arrived, to help us screen incoming calls when talking to someone else.
In a world that seems to always be trying to reach us, these boundary-setting technologies have helped a bit.
As many of us increase our self-awareness and mindfulness practices, no other outside influence compares to the almost constant voices in our heads. Many people experience considerable tugging and pulling in directions they would prefer not to go.
Where would gaining additional mastery of noticing your inner voice provide you with the greater peace of mind you desire?
“When your feet start to hurt, place yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
—Demi Lovato, American Singer-Songwriter
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I recently finished reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling. The book’s subtitle really grabbed my interest: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World – and Why Things are Better than You Think.
Through the latest socioeconomic data he challenges the reader to find themselves along the continuum of low, middle, and high income countries. What Lovato’s quote suggests is a day walking in the shoes of others when our lives seem so difficult.
The wonderful news is that compared to 20 or 50 years ago, we are phenomenally better off today.
Where could putting yourself in other people’s shoes help you be far more satisfied and appreciative of your life?
“Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love you.”
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Did you know that in 2016 cell phone usage around the world was estimated at 62.9%? This number is expected to grow to almost 70% by 2019, when more than five billion people will be using them.
The numerous companies fighting for their share of this market all claim the best signals, widest coverage, and fastest speeds to attract more customers.
How often have you found yourself in a dead zone, with dropped calls and few or no bars on your screen? When that happens, most of us simply change our position, driving a bit further until we get back into signal range.
Instead of trying to connect with others by changing yourself, how could you boost your own authentic and powerful signal to attract the people who will love you?
“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.
Over the last year or two you may have noticed a higher percentage of Quotable Coach posts related to self-awareness and general mindfulness.
The inner worlds of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are fundamental to what occurs or potentially can occur in our outer worlds.
Observing your outer personal and professional communities can also clue you in to what those around you are thinking and feeling. It’s much like having super powers of x-ray vision and the ability to read minds.
How can you become far more masterful at navigating and exploring your own and others inner worlds as a first step to manifesting your most desirable outer realities?
“You can’t grow yourself unless you know yourself.”
—John Maxwell, American Author on Leadership
Last year was my Big “60.” I read Daniel Pink’s new book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing recently. Pink points to certain dates, times, and even years in which people tend to embark on the more tectonic shifts in their lives.
My journey and exploration includes books, blogs, podcasts, and a year-long practice of daily meditation. With over 100 hours of quiet reflection, I am seeing more and more opportunities for growth in the hopeful years ahead.
What activities and efforts can and will you engage in today and in the years ahead to better “know yourself to grow yourself”?
“I had six honest serving men: (They taught me all I knew) Their names were Where and What and When and Why and How and Who.”
—Rudyard Kipling, 20th Century English Journalist & Poet
Begin a conversation with any of the Six Honest Serving Men from Kipling’s quote and you’re off to a great start in learning something new. You may even develop or nurture a new or existing relationship.
Powerful open-ended questions beginning with one of the Six Honest Serving Men open doors to new knowledge. They also demonstrate a genuine interest in others, which we all relish.
For today, I suggest you direct these probing and door-opening words toward yourself, to see what new worlds of discovery lie within.
Ask and answer some of your most important and pressing questions of the day. Then consider asking “What Else?” to see what you can learn by probing deeper than your surface answers.