MVP: We can choose to rewrite our present condition.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in San Francisco. As explained yesterday, I made a conscious choice to focus on positives and I was successful in that.
I consistently exhort us to remember we control how we show up for others. I am very good at showing up as my best self for others. However, I was surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed my visit home.
Once I decided I wanted something different from my visits home, it was simple to identify how I needed to change. But simple things can be hard to execute. I don’t have a formula, but I consistently repeated affirmations to myself:
We can rewrite our moments.
There is a lot in this world that sucks right now, but when we focus on what we do not control we cede the power to capitalize on what we do control.
I don’t want this to be “rah-rah” or wreak of toxic positivity, but here is a universal truth:
There is beauty and opportunity all around us and we can choose to focus on it, to celebrate it, and to leverage it to help others.
This is not hyperbole.
That said, we also need to recognize that the negatives are greater for some than for others and the beauties may be smaller and harder to find. That’s not an excuse for us as leaders to do less; it’s a call on us to do more.
Today’s intention: Examine a situation you need to rewrite and consider how to bring your best self.