"Are you connecting with the world around you?"
Monday, June 01, 2009
From the SparkPeople "Healthy Reflections" email:
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals.
~ Marie Curie, Nobel winning chemist
Are you connecting with the world around you?
It's normal to be concerned about the effect you have on the world. You may look for opportunities to help others, but are often unsure where to start. Here's a good strategy: Make it your business to build people and help them improve themselves (and that includes yourself). You can have a much stronger effect on people this way than if you did hundreds of hours of secluded community service. Start by improving yourself and developing the strengths that can set an example for others. Then use your strengths to help others develop their own. You don't even have to wait! What are you already good at? Take that skill and put it to use for the good of your community, or teach it to someone else. For a better world, do less FOR other people, and do more WITH them.
*** My Reflection ***
Hmmm; it's an interesting approach that I can consider.
For now, because I am trying to learn to be a manager (and a more positive person), I have tried to express more gratitude / thanks towards those that provide feedback. If I hope to be an effective manager, I will need to know what people are thinking and how to improve. Through some great advice from a mentor, I'm learning to be thankful for feedback no matter how I felt when I received it. Already it has provided me with some stress relief and built relationships on my work team, so I think it's working!