Tuesday, October 30, 2018

What Happened to RESPECT?














The tone of The tone of the meeting had become hostile, with people interrupting, yelling and making snide comments, and I was appalled.  I’d just joined the Board of Directors for a non-profit agency, and was so shocked by the behavior of this group of professional adults, that I needed to think about it so I could understand what was going on.

The situation was one in which everyone had his or her own agenda, and nobody listened to what anyone else had to say.  As a result, it quickly deteriorated into an exchange that I would expect only from young children. It was both uncomfortable and unproductive, and I left feeling disgusted with the group.

I realized that what was being exhibited at this meeting was a total lack of respect.  The Board members were acting disrespectfully towards each other, themselves, and the organization they were there to help.

This realization led me to think about respect, and what exactly it is.
According to the dictionary, respect is:
  • Exhibiting courtesy and deference: an expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  • Showing courteous regard for people's feelings
  • Treating others with dignity
  • The condition of being honored or well regarded
  • Valuing one’s standing or position
  • An attitude of admiration or esteem
  • Regarding someone highly; thinking much of/valuing them
I realized that the positive relationships and interactions in my life were effective because the people involved treated each other with respect.  It’s what my parents used to refer to as exhibiting good manners (an old-fashion but still appropriate term). This means listening quietly and attentively, hearing what is said, responding calmly, and using a tone and demeanor that show regard and esteem for the people you’re interacting with.

This situation spurred me to look at my own behavior, and I was horrified to note that there are times when I treat others disrespectfully.  I wasn’t aware of it, but I began to see that when I feel tired, stressed, overwhelmed or ignored I lash out at the people around me.  As a result, my family and staff often bear the brunt of my disrespect.

I realized that it’s important for me to be aware of the way I treat others, and insure that all my actions convey a positive, respectful attitude towards the people involved.  This means everyone, from my children, spouse and friends, to my business colleagues, the clerk in the store, and fellow Board members.

I also realized that I should always treat myself with respect. I began to see that others are aware when I respect myself, and I’m more likely to receive respect in return.

As for the rest of the Board, I understand that I may not be able to change how they function.  However, if I monitor my own actions and model respectful behavior, I hope they will notice and respond in kind.

So, I’m wondering who do you treat respectfully or disrespectfully?  What types of situations spawn these behaviors and what is the outcome of these interactions?  It might be something to think about.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment?














These days it seems like everywhere I look, somebody is talking about attitude.

Attitude is defined as a way of thinking or feeling about something or someone, and we all have attitudes about just about everything.

The question is, is your attitude positive or negative?

This might not sound like a big question, but it’s hugely important, because your attitude often determines how you feel, which influences your behavior and affects the outcome.

For example, if you feel good about yourself you will act accordingly.  When you feel good about yourself (positive self-esteem), you feel strong, powerful, capable, competent, loveable, and valuable.  When you feel that way you will walk through life with your head high, surrounding yourself with positive people and situations.

The same is true for when you have a positive attitude about someone else, or a situation.  If a negative situation arises, you can still find the good in it, and move ahead with a positive, can-do attitude. You will choose to be positive about whatever is in front of you, and will feel and act accordingly.

However, if you have a negative attitude, you will find the bad and focus on what is not working or what makes you unhappy.  When you do this you will attract more negative situations and people into your life.

It really is up to you.

There is usually good and bad in everything, and you always have a choice about how you want to view it.  You get to choose your perspective, and then act on it.

So if things aren’t going well for you, you might want to ask yourself if you need an attitude adjustment.

It’s something to think about.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

How Do You Appreciate?













When people go out of their way to do something nice for you, how do you handle it?

Do you simply say “Thank You” and move on, or do you take a minute to tell them how much you really appreciate what they’ve done.

In my world I’m all about stepping up and supporting others in whatever way they want or need.  I do it because I care about people, and truthfully, it makes me feel good to give.

Often someone will say “Thank you”, which is lovely.  But occasionally someone will go further than that, and let me know how much whatever I did has impacted them.

Studies have shown that one of the main reasons people like or don’t like their jobs is how often their efforts are acknowledged and appreciated.  Appreciation and acknowledgment are more important to people than money, benefits, etc.  The most crucial thing is for people to feel they are part of the team, and that what they are doing is making a positive contribution to the group effort.

One way to give appreciation is to be specific.  Saying, “Good job” or “Thank you” is nice, but kind of hollow.  However, when you follow it up by identifying exactly what the person did, saying how it made you feel or how it helped you, and comment on the qualities they exhibited by doing it, people will really feel appreciated.

A good appreciation statement has several parts:
·        Be genuine and don’t expect anything in return
·        Be specific, use the person’s name, and identify exactly what s/he did
·        Make eye contact and use open body language
·        Recognize the person as well as the deed. Note their special character traits that allowed them to do this
·        Always be sincere

For example, if a coworker goes out the way to fill in for you when you’re out of the office, you can say, “Thanks for filling in”.  Or you can say, “It was great of you to step up and fill in while I was away.  You are always thoughtful like that, and it’s wonderful to know you have my back. Working with you is such a pleasure.”

Remember that showing sincere appreciation also applies in your personal life.  Being truly appreciative of your family and friends will strengthen your relationships and help everyone feel more connected.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fit Yourself Into Your Life













I have a friend who for years worked long hours, and in her “free time” she volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations.  She was always very busy, doing her job or giving to others.

A month ago she decided she’d had enough.  Things in her industry had changed and it was time for her to find a new challenge, so she resigned from her job and cut back on her volunteer activities.  She said this change was temporary.  Eventually she will get a new job and become active again.

However, she said that right now she needed to “take time to fit herself into her life.”

This phrase resonated with me.  For years my husband and I have been really busy people.  Between work, family and volunteering we didn’t have much extra time to spend together or stop and smell the roses.

Once we realized this, we made some changes.  We cut back on volunteering, didn’t let work run our lives, and made time to spend together, and also alone, to read, take walks, and pay attention to taking care of ourselves, each other, and our bodies.

So now that things have changed, we’re enjoying the slow down.  We hadn’t realized how busy we were, but now that things are calmer we’re really taking pleasure in having time to “fit ourselves into our lives”.

So this month I’m reflecting on the importance of taking time to relax, enjoy a mellow conversation with my favorite people, or take an evening walk.  It’s time for me to be in my life instead of just a part of it.  We’ve been doing this for a month and it’s wonderful to see how well I fit.

How about you?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What Happens When You Say "Yes"?













Several years ago I saw the Jim Carey movie, Yes Man.  The premise is that he’s a negative guy whose life is boring because he says no to everything.  He decides to begin saying yes all the time, so of course, hilarious situations result.

This movie inspired me to look at my life, and I realized that the basic premise is true.  When I say no to things, my life is quiet and dull.  I often let laziness, fear of the unknown, looking stupid, rejection or looking foolish, stop me from saying yes.  Then I feel stagnant and nothing happens in my life.  I’m so busy trying to stay “safe”, that I don’t make room for all of the good new things to come in.

I noticed that when I ignore my fears and objections, and am open to new experiences, wonderful, fun things happen.

I decided to begin saying yes to things unless there is a good reason to decline (laziness, fear of looking foolish or of the unknown are not good reasons.)

As a result, I’ve recently accepted several speaking engagements, taken on new volunteer commitments, met lots of fun and interesting people, and made new friends.

I’ve also had the opportunity to stretch my comfort zone, which makes me feel even stronger and more empowered.  Also, these experiences have helped me realize I can do things I didn’t know I could do, and as a result, I have grown.

So this month I’m reflecting on how much more fun and interesting life is when I’m open to new things, and I’m focusing on just saying yes to life.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Adaptability














Recently there have been a lot of changes in my life, and I realized that I’m resisting accepting and adapting to them.  I’m happy with the familiar and staying in my comfort zone, and don’t want things to change.  However, this resistance is just making everything more difficult.

While visiting my grandchildren recently we played a game where we looked at all the things that have changed since I was a child.  We talked about the amazing conveniences and technology they have now, that didn’t exist when I was young.  It was a fun and educational exercise for them, and a new awareness for me. I was astonished to realize how much things had changed, and how I had actually let go of the old, moved on to the new, and created a different comfort zone with these new things.  I became aware of how much change we all have to adapt to, every day!

So, this month I’m reflecting on the importance of being flexible and adaptable in my business and personal life.  When a new idea or technology comes along, my first inclination is to say, “No thanks, I don’t need that.  The old way works fine.”  However, that may not be completely true.  The old way may have worked fine in the past, but does it still, and will it in another year or two?

Will clinging to the old way make my life easier, or put me at a disadvantage?  In business my competitors will probably be using the new methods, which will help them serve their clients faster and more conveniently.  What will happen to me if I don’t keep up and can’t provide better service too?

In my personal life, doing things the way I have always done them might feel safe, but it will interfere with my enjoyment or interaction with my family and friends.  For example, if I choose to not learn how to operate my technology devices such as the video part of my phone (which I am sorely tempted to do because I HATE IT when an inanimate object gets the best of me!) I will lose the incredible joy I get from preserving special moments in the lives of my children and grandchildren.  Do I really want to do that, just because it’s a challenge to learn the new way?  Probably not!

Also, if I’ve noticed that when some people become negative or toxic, is it smart to keep them in my life just because they’ve been there for a while?  Again, probably not!

I know that even with positive changes, there is sometimes grief in letting go of what was as I incorporate the new.

I understand that in the process of letting go, or of changing, I might experience the stages of the grief process.  I’m prepared to deal with the shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and final acceptance, because it will eventually lead me to a happier place.

So I’ve decided to stop clinging to what feels familiar and safe.  Stop looking back at how ‘it’s always been’.  Instead I will look forward, adopt a positive attitude, believe I can do it, and embrace the changes life brings.

How about you? 

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How Do You Love?














Yesterday I broke a crystal vase that was important to me.  It was given to me by someone I love, and I was really upset with my clumsiness.

My husband, seeing my distress, was soothing and calm, and said, “Let me see what I can do with this.”  While I continued to rant at myself, he quietly took the pieces away, worked his magic and made it like new again.

When he brought it back to me his face was filled with sweetness, and it occurred to me that this repaired vase was a gift of love.

I began thinking about all the ways he shows me he loves me. Words are nice, but his actions speak volumes, and I’m so very blessed to have him in my life.

I then thought of a woman I know who complains that her husband and children don’t love her.  She says they never say it, and she feels that nobody cares.  However, when I look at her family I realize that there is a lot of love being given.  She just doesn’t recognize it so doesn’t know how to receive it.

When her husband goes to work at a job he doesn’t like, so that she can do what she wants, which is stay home and raise the children, that’s a gift of love.  When her adolescent son offers to pick up something at the store so she won’t have to pack up the smaller kids to go out, that is his way of telling her he loves her.

Love is all around us, but we’re often like my friend who expects it to come in a specific form.  When it doesn’t, we miss it and feel unloved.

After this experience I’m reflecting on the importance of  being aware of ALL the ways people show me love, and being happy and grateful to receive it in whatever form it’s given.


How about you?

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