It blows in like a storm. And suddenly - or was it gradually? - you’re out of control again. The world does its own thing, makes its own decisions, it doesn’t consult you or even think about how you feel, and then it’s done. You’re powerless.
There are lessons all around you, if you look. Every experience and interaction has something to teach you. Keep an open and curious mind and you never know what you’ll find out.
When giving feedback, focus more on what’s right than what’s wrong unless you can be very specific about next steps and corrective action. It’s easy to find someone to tell you what you’re doing wrong. There’s always something wrong and people aren’t shy about saying what it is. What’s rare is learning what you should be doing more of.
Take matters into your own hands whenever possible. If you care about something, it’s a solid bet that few other people will care about it as much as you do.
You’ll find the strength in the moment. That’s the only place that strength can be. You might be running a marathon, but a marathon is just a series of steps. You don’t need to do the whole race at once. You just need to take each step, one after the other.
Success is the result of good judgement. Good judgement is the result of experience.
What is your role going to be?
Marginal improvement is better than no improvement at all. It’s something to celebrate! Things are getting better. You’re getting better. Way to go. You’re doing it!
A little while ago, I sat on the porch, eight feet from my mother. She looked into the distance and said “You know, this quarantine, I think it’s good for people. People are staying home, learning new hobbies, they’re cooking more. I think it’s been good.”
Today is a good day to stick with it, no matter what.