GREAT Morning Everybody!
As my line of work is currently in the midst of it’s busy season, this week’s 3 golden nuggets are centered around situations, thoughts, and emotions we all experience during the busiest times of our lives!
- “Sometimes, going down the wrong path is what you need to find the right one.” – Unknown
I love this quote because it is so true for many of us! Personally, leaving the my previous Company at the beginning of 2018 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It lead me down the “wrong” path and provided crucial insight and information that I leveraged while realigning with a more suitable path. Additionally, I am grateful for all past failed relationships because they taught me key life lessons and lead me to the tremendously fulfilling one I am currently in. We grow more from failures than we do from successes! As Yousuf Karsh once said, Character is like a photograph, it develops in darkness.
- “We must value the process, not the outcome.” –Alan Stein Jr
America is too focused on the outcome. Many aspire to achieve, but see the road to achievement as overwhelming. Refer to the example of building a wall. Don’t worry about the finished product. Lay each brick as perfect as you can. The end product will take care of itself. Live in your effort and your attitude. These are the only two variables you can control. Once you master these, the rest will fall into place.
- “Feedback is inherently neutral.” – Unknown
At the end of a long project or business trip, many on the team are emotionally and physically drained. If feedback is given while in this suboptimal state, one’s decisions might be made off of emotion rather than facts. Because of this tendency, before I submit feedback to an employee or close friend, I (attempt to) detach, emotionally. The feedback I intend to give is unbiased and neutral. It is sterile. Not positive. Not negative. And my intention in giving feedback is to assist my counterpart in improving on the task(s) at hand. I picture myself as a mirror being held up, facing my counterpart’s performance. We must learn to be open and dissociate feelings from the feedback we receive and get from it only what we need!