I received this advice at a time when I was considering moving into a role different than my previous. They stated “If you’re comfortable, something is wrong.” It seemed odd at first but after some time absorbing those words, it became less foreboding. At the core, it’s how you do what you do.Read More »
Mistakes Will Be Made
It is inevitable you will make a mistake. And another, and another. The consequences will range from miniscule to nuclear meltdown. You can anticipate where mistakes may happen, account for them in a timeline, but the specifics such as where, when, and how are shrouded in mystery. Agonizing over a situation that is a guaranteed unknown leads to anxiety – an anticipatory emotion with it’s own dangerous side effects. The positive? The sooner we accept mistakes will happen, the sooner we can prepare for what comes next. How to react.Read More »
Gratitude. As cliché as this word can be, especially around holidays, very few practice it regularly. Yet, taking time to reflect on what’s going well allows us to be in the present and combats the negativity so prevalent in our news and social media. However, expressing gratitude can feel awkward and uncomfortable in the workplace.Read More »
What’s It About
These posts are going to be quick reads aimed towards equipping all of us to own the upcoming week. Consider them a challenge. This blog and my daily mantra centers around “Showing Up” and the “We” in the site name is no coincidence. It is neither “I can” nor “You can” but WE Can Show Up as leaders, co-workers, spouses, friends, parents – together, with combined experiences and through emotional transparency. That said…
Show Up Sunday – Positive Intent
Assume positive intent. These three words can be an enormous mind shift. I alluded to this in a prior post about anger being such a powerful emotion without calling out specifically. In any situation, if you truly believe positive intent, it’s almost impossible to have negative thoughts. Beyond that, it gives opportunities to build deeper connections through trust. How’d you feel if you were on the receiving end of this after you’ve made a mistake?
“I know this looks bad but I know you didn’t mean it. I’d like to understand how you approached this and see where we differed.“
Assuming positive intent shifts us from blame to understanding.
How often can you assume positive intent this week?
It’s amazing how educators and coaches can have such an impact on us even if at the time we don’t realize it. When I think back to my schooling, I’m often brought to my middle school days when I ran track & field.
Which I was abysmal at.