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Destructive leadership rations energy. Productive leadership pumps energy into everyone freely.

To share so much, we first have to find and tap for ourselves a virtually unlimited source. And where will find such a source? It’s right here and it’s called appreciation.

 

In your corner,

Mike

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Use The Opposite of Lack

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Maintaining our focus on the lack of something–anything–prolongs the lack. We know this. We see how we get tangled up in our thoughts and feelings. Our situations get tangled as a result. And more stuff breaks.

But we resist getting untangled. Maybe we think we are supposed to live a life where the things we want going missing. Maybe we are used to the feeling of lack. But these are just thoughts themselves.

The opposite of lack is appreciation. We can use this. We cannot think of lack at the same time we are appreciating. Appreciating something frees our minds. We then deal so much better with situations that everything seems to fix itself. And we make room to welcome what we want.

Whenever we see ourselves focusing on lack, we can turn our head toward something that we appreciate. Start with anything, even something seemingly insignificant: a sight, a sensation, a memory, a gesture, an object, a person. Appreciate the qualities you notice. Then pick something slightly more significant to appreciate. Repeat as long as you feel lack.

And then quietly anticipate situations working out easily while you appreciate the process.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: To double the fun, good leader that you are, teach this to someone else.

 

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Can This Be a Plan?

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They say that the happiest people on the planet are always saying, “Thank you.” Sometimes they say it out loud to others. Most of the time, it’s a quiet thing. They seem to appreciate everything.

I don’t think that they think that everything is rosy. Nor do they ignore or tolerate the bad stuff. Perhaps they have found a way to look past the sand pails of bad stuff–the stuff that we tend fixate on–to the oceans¬†of good beyond. Or maybe they have learned that even the bad stuff fits into the picture just so.

Whatever their trick, they can’t seem to stop appreciating. It’s like they are in quiet, sincere love with everything.

Can we take a page from their playbook? If we do, will it help us to be better leaders, influencers, and sales people?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Yup, yup.

 

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Focus on the Good Stuff

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In the Effectiveness Habit #2: Feel good. Then Act. we see how useful it is to take some time and feel better about your situation before acting. In addition to tools like

listing things that you appreciate also does wonders. Make a list on paper or electronically of anything and everything that you appreciate. You can focus on things that you appreciate about the situation you are in or list things you appreciate in general. Appreciation focuses your thinking on the good stuff.

Give it a try.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: If needed, 10 Bonus Points for every “appreciation” about yourself! Whoooooohoooo!