Dear Why Team member,
I hope this weeks message finds you well and steeped in gratitude.
Last week’s message was one about gratitude. And since it is the month of such an important celebration, Thanksgiving, I am writing to encourage you to be a gratitude filled path-maker for others to follow.
Why do so many of us look for a path, rather than make one?
Could it be that all or most of what we seek resides within us?
I'm reminded of the story of the man who searched the world over for diamonds that were in his own backyard.
As we approach the beginning of the end-of-the-year holidays, consider the power that resides within you to make a new path, if need be, and be prepared to ‘hit the ground running’ in the New Year.
By definition, leaders go first. Awake each morning with a grateful and creative mindset, not a mindset of being lost and overwhelmed in a big world, overwhelmed by end of year deadlines but rather a mindset of knowing you have gifts beyond comprehension to create from the inside out. Choosing one's own attitude, alone, can lift your spirits and the spirits of others; through collaboration create new ways of thinking.
Consider your own outlook on life; the windshield is so much larger than the rear view mirror, why do so many choose the smaller view?
Invest less time fearfully analyzing the past in an effort to predict and protect yourself from the unknown future. Notice I chose “fearfully analyzing”, surely an occasional, attentive look in the rear view mirror could protect us in the future but the focus has to be on the windshield.
Get excited about life and all that it has in store for you! Live, have fun, and learn! Count it all as Joy - for within the coal is found the diamond. Wake up each new day and see it as a rebirth, because that is what it is, a reawakening of your consciousness. Each new day has endless possibilities often best progressed with a spirit of love and a creative mindset.
When we Why Team members say "Make it a great day!", rather than "Have a great day", we are reminding ourselves and others that we can create what we want, that life does not happen to us, we happen to life. Thomas Edison said, "If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves".
So the question for you is simply, “Are you going to make it a great day?".
If not, why not?
Is self-pity really comforting in the long run?
No matter how difficult your circumstance, you have the power to choose how you think about it. We either create our limits or we create our limitless possibilities. Consider no longer using the word failure, but rather see it all as gifts of insight, feedback to expand the window through which you view the world. Is there not experimentation in creation? Wilber & Orville Wright would have never taken flight if the countless feedback of what didn't fly was seen as failure rather than feedback. Thomas Edison, in his own words, said he discovered 10,000 ways not to build a light bulb. Are you determined to shine brighter and fly higher in the New Year? Man first achieved controlled flight on December 17th, 1903 and just 66 years later walked on the moon.
Are you shooting for the moon?
Again, if not, why not?
Especially this month, consider embracing more thankfully each New Day – creating, experimenting, trying new approaches, knowing that you can shift and change as circumstances necessitate. You can make today great - so get after it! Make the days great and you'll make the weeks, months, and the year great; your best ever!
Keep your Why before you, it will guide you and more effectively answer your "what's" and "how's."
Don't choose a Why to prove that you're enough, choose a Why from the knowing that you ARE enough, more than enough, for a time such as this - to serve and be served as you become all-the-more through concerted effort. Be on purpose to make a difference in the lives of others. Gifts received are enlarged when given to others. And know that your gifts flower best when you put yourself to the test. Create a better world for others and watch your world improve. Collaborate with like-minded people, reaping greater possibilities together. When your alarm awakes, embrace your day like it is your last. Make each day count; be thankful for every day you are given and no doubt those days will add up to the best year of your life.
Make it great!