“You have to wait for the falling tide.”
—Arthur C. Brooks, faculty member of the Harvard Business School
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As a young boy, Arthur Brooks was fishing along the shore without success. After a while an elderly fisherman from the area came along, and noticed his frustration that nothing was biting.
Today’s quote was the wisdom offered, indicating that when the tide recedes is when all the plankton and bait fish gets stirred up, making the game fish crazy and willing to bite at everything.
How might this idea relate to your life?
Where do the tides in your personal and professional worlds seem to be headed out to sea?
How could this be a time where things are getting stirred up with new possibilities to catch a big one?
Where in your life are the falling tides offer you some new fertile opportunities?
How can you avoid the mistake of not having your line in the water?
“Good things come to those who wait — and work, and sacrifice, and maybe even suffer.”
—Arthur C. Brooks, American social scientist, musician, and columnist
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To what degree does today’s quote resonate with you? Consider taking a closer look into your experiences of waiting, working, sacrificing, and suffering.
How much good has come to you through these attributes? How have these aspects of life influenced your values and shaped your character?
To what extent did you recognize beforehand that much good was on the other side during these challenging times?
How, with this hindsight, can you view and experience current and future difficulties to glean the lessons and value they offer far sooner?
Where in your personal or professional worlds can you acknowledge and embrace that many of the best things in life are worth the squeeze?
“It’s better to bite your tongue than to eat your words.”
—Frank Sonnenberg, business expert and author
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An important aspect of the coaching process is to significantly increase the self awareness and mindfulness capacities of our clients. With this in mind, listening and paying attention to our inner voices and words before they are put out into the world seems to be wise counsel.
Consider just how much negativity, judgement, and criticism you hear throughout your days. How much do you find yourself contributing to this in your personal or professional communities?
Where would biting your tongue and taking an “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” approach prevent you from eating your words?
Try using the acronym W.A.I.T.: Why. Am. I. Talking. – as a technique to keep your negative inner voice on mute more often.
“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.”
-attributed to Patricia Clifford, Film Producer
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Do you sometimes feel life has passed you by?
Do you tell yourself you will have time – on the weekend, on the vacation, when you retire – to get to the things that matter?
Are you missing too many rainbows?
We cannot schedule the rainbows of our lives – we must seize precious moments as they occur.
How can you be more intentional and tuned into your world, so that you can find greater joy and fulfillment in life’s special moments?
“Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.”
– Leo Buscaglia, author and motivational speaker
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Anticipation, expectation and the promise of a better tomorrow are powerful forces that can mobilize us to call forth our most committed efforts.
On the other hand, consider happiness, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction. These emotions are primarily experienced in the moment and not in the future.
Far too many people lose sight of what is just in front of their noses because they are gazing off over the horizons of life.
Regardless of whether you are near-sighted, far-sighted or have perfect vision, how will you take the time to look all around today, to experience the fullest expression of each and every moment?