FLASHPOINTS: Stop, Drop…and Reflect?

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When on fire, we know to stop, drop, and roll. In life, we must stop, drop, and reflect.

Reflection could be the most underrated resource in our lives, businesses, and projects. It may not take much time to “take five” to quiet our minds and unwind after a stressful day or interaction or to ask our clients and stakeholders how things are going, but it does take effort. It’s easy to postpone this critical task, instead focusing on the urgent matters that vie for our attention. Regular reflection and introspection, however, provides the opportunity to fine-tune our thoughts, communications, relationships, products and services, which leads to increased confidence that our efforts are bringing value to those we love and serve. The only thing worse than being misunderstood or missing the mark is not even knowing it. What project or area of your life requires additional reflection and introspection?

Stop Pouting. Take Action. Be Happy.

Do you have prickly, grouchy people in your life?  Are you, perhaps, one of them?  Do you enjoy having these folks in your life or on your team?  OK, how about those bright, sunshiny people?  Don’t you find it’s so much easier to be around people who are upbeat and happy?  Happy people make the workplace more productive, and they bring more joy to the home.  Time seems to fly by more quickly when you’re around them.  Most have come to accept that happiness and a positive attitude is better for our mental and physical health.

Hey, we get it…it’s not always easy to choose happiness.  Sometimes it just feels good not to work so hard, and to wallow in bitterness, self-pity and resentment for a bit.  But don’t hang out there too long…it’s feels so much better on the lighter side.

 Stop pouting. Take action. Be happy.