Gratitude empowers the leader and everyone around them and makes us better. It helps us give people the benefit of good intentions realizing they want to succeed, and they want to be valued.
Criticality is an important leadership trait and a tremendous strength when applied properly. When we can be candid and challenge others without pushing too hard, it is a strength that grows us and others towards our full potential.
It’s 5:45 a.m., the coffee pot is beginning to brew and I can smell that wonderful aroma in the kitchen. Oliver, our Yorkie, is staring at me to let me know he would love his good morning treat as I reach over and open the dishwasher and set my favorite coffee cup by the coffee pot. Turning back, I place the glasses and cups in the middle cabinet. Bowls, one pot, one baking sheet and the big stuff are quickly put away. Easing back over to the dishwasher, I grab all of the silverware and sort it into the individual bins.
This is extremely powerful when you do it as a team. You can see people emotionally change their mindset from “can’t” to “can.” From “have to” to “get to.” I’m sharing this story and this picture that impacted me so much to remind us that even on our worst days or weeks, there’s a window of opportunity in front of us if we look for it.
developing the discipline to read 15 minutes a day on one specific subject provides you enough knowledge over three years to be an expert when compared to others knowledge of the subject matter.
We each have our boat built with our core values to help us navigate the storms of life, the temptations, the bad habits and to secure the opportunities to live a life of significance — a life where we make a difference for others. Our choices can keep us safe, secure and enjoying our life journey, or they can keep us in the cold water.