This is only a semi-rhetorical question that was posed to me this morning by a colleague, a high-performing, positive-projecting woman who impresses me on a daily basis- “Are things EVER going to get better around here?!” Many of us have probably asked this, perhaps self-pitifully, hoping for an answered prayer of relief. Or perhaps in frustation, fearing that relief is a pipe-dream.
Well, things ALREADY HAVE gotten better around here. What’s your assessment? Are you better off now than you were a year ago? If so, tell us why. What steps did you take to improve your situation? And if your lot in life has sunk downward, what happened? Is it insurmountable? Have you sincerely asked for help, with a willingness to listen?
The game-changers for me arrived in a pair:
1) I realized we move in a universe of abundance, not scarcity, and I now reaffirm this perspective daily. When I discovered that the energy of love and generosity is boundless, that I need not live in the fear that I might lack resources, I gained the confidence that I am never going to go without sustenance. We don’t have to interact in zero-sum transactions. Abundance generates a synergy; 1 + 1 = more than 2!
2) It finally dawned on me- I don’t have to pursuade someone to change their mind. I do not need to convert someone’s point of view. The old-school underlying sales tenets of playing on the fear-greed-ego of one’s sales prospect are not compassionate, and are not sustainable.
Do you have a vision? An idea to progress amoung your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers? Then run that banner up the staff and lead the parade. Look around…you have followers. Your positivity starts a chain reaction of similarly positive thoughts, events and outcomes. You become a catalyst, a spark that ignite people’s resources that create extraordinary results.
I believe THIS is the way for things to get better around here. Give it a try.