I was speaking with noted NPR radio host, Ben Merens, of Wisconsin Public Radio. He referenced an experience of the previous day – “noticing the signs.” He read a random license plate and it seemed, at the time, like a message just for him.
This is an experience common to my days. Sometimes even road signs seem well-timed, in terms of my train of thought or position or attitude. Does that ever happen to you? On the way to work this morning, I laughed out loud at my attitude. I observed, in my mind, that I was acting a little like my dog when she’s bent on barking. A car pulled in front of me and their bumper sticker read,
WAG MORE. BARK LESS.
Yes. That’s the joy of a perfectly placed message. Watch for signs. They are everywhere if you are willing to see them.
My friends at The Leadership and Personal Development Center of
WalkTheTalk.com generously shared this information from:
180 Ways To Spread Contagious Enthusiasm: The “How To” Book for Everyone.
This advice is oriented toward business
settings but the concepts translate just as well in to your personal and home
life. Enthusiasm is a key element
of my most enjoyable moments and days.
In fact: it’s my focus word for this week: all I have to do is glance up from my work arc (that’s what
I call the area of my desk where I do all my writing) and there is
the reminder: Enthusiastic! And the picture is backed up by another
important quality (Gratitude featured on my Bold Inspirations interactive art
block from Demdaco).
Want to build contagious enthusiasm
with your team and throughout your organization? Here are a few of my
favorite tips and techniques for your consideration:
Start every meeting with 3 minutes of “Good News.”
Ask people in the room to share any good thing that has happened to them, to
their family, in their community, or in the world.
Have a bulletin board where you post pictures of
employees’ families, weddings, graduations, vacations, new grandchildren, and
Sponsor community service projects with employee
participation – clean up litter, help feed the homeless, build houses with
Habitat for Humanity, hold educational fairs for the community.
“grapevine” meetings (informal meetings with an open agenda giving all
employees a chance to set rumors straight) at least
once a month to enhance communication and get worries and concerns out in
I am letting you glance up at the shelves to the immediate right of my working desk. This is the desk where I spend the bulk of my professional day. Each day begins with a similar practice.
I choose my focus via a set of cards that reflect my fundamental philosophies:
a pink set of “angel” cards that my dear friend, Kelly Rae B., made for me over a decade ago;
a set of quality cards that a circle of friends made, along with me, for a birthday celebration some years ago;
sweet angel cards that are widely available;
a set of affirmation cards beautifully designed by Christine Mason Miller (aka swirly girl) which I received as a gift earlier this year;
a quote drawn from a hand formed mug (yay Tracy) that has been very meaningful to me.
The cards are intentionally selected at a single point in time, but they are drawn arbitrarily.
The bright pink and orange holder I call a altarium. That was the prototype for a series of five that I made with my creative friend, Julie Piggot and that series is available on our ETSY shop if you would like to have one of those for your own morning/focus practice (http://www.etsy.com/listing/63616037/intention-focus-altarium) or just search altarium!
It is a consistent grace in my day, when I feel tension rising or sense that I may be losing my perspective, that I am able to glance up and have the presence of so many faithful friends, my own self included, to draw me back to the basics of my own beliefs.
Could something like this work for you?