Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“The results in your life are the results of the choices that you've made about what to think, in every little encounter of your life.”
You might notice a recurrent theme from me over the past three weeks. That’s because it keeps popping up square in my face. Not only did Wes Hopper keep reminding me this past week about this theme, but my sister posted today’s marvelous video on her Facebook at just the right time for me. So, I just had to share it with you.
You see, I was just a little stressed. I was in the midst of changing jobs, Leah and I found out a few weeks ago that she is pregnant, and the doctor wanted one more ultrasound before we would be in the lull between two jobs and insurance coverage.
So, we drove forty-five minutes across town through traffic on a very hot day in Houston to get to the imaging center not of our choice because it was the only one that could schedule us on short notice.
When we got there, the receptionist was less than friendly, our appointment time was screwed-up, and I lost it for just a bit. I didn’t get terribly rude or ugly, but terrible for me, anyway. I usually pride myself on being ‘Mr. Positive-Happy-Blessed-Man.’ So, you can understand my disappointment in myself.
Later, when I got home, I saw today’s video (thanks again, Rebecca!) and a few days later, read our opening quote.
They reminded me that it takes continual work to be a new person, to transform your life, to manifest your dreams, and to grow into the person you want to be. In order to get what you want, you must think new, positive thoughts and change your state of being – who you are.
But it’s not necessarily in the big moments when we are put to the test – but in the mundane, petty, frustrating ones – like standing in line at WalMart wondering why they don’t have enough cashiers when they know it’s rush hour or when dealing with heat, traffic, and screwed-up appointments.
What are some of the mundane, petty, frustrating moments for you in your personal life or as a leader?
Today’s video, part of a commencement address by David Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005, is a great reminder for me and I hope you get value from it, too.
Your future results – what you want – are determined in large part by what you choose to think, feel, and do now. In every now – even the crappy ones.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Strive to choose love, integrity, empathy, and peace in every little encounter.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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