The Gift of Giving
Last week, I wrote about the “Recipe to Overcome Overwhelm.” If you missed that blog, you can see it here: https://www.hensonconsultinggroup.com/recipe-to-overcome-overwhelm/. I realized after finishing that there is another way that we can overcome our own overwhelm and perhaps help others overcome theirs.
I’ve touched on this before, but it bears repeating again: When we give the gift of appreciation to those around us, it creates a positive effect for all. As the giver, we start to feel better about ourselves. We’re able to look around and put into perspective what’s really going on in our own lives by seeing how fortunate we really are.
Many of us fall into the trap of looking for only what could have gone better with a project or how someone could be a better performer. It’s helpful to remember that what we focus on grows. For instance, if we’re feeling angry and we continually replay the situation that we’re angry about in our minds, we only get angrier. It takes a change of heart and mind to release ourselves from the prison of our own negative thinking.
As author Elizabeth Gilbert says, “We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” The key is to focus on finding the peace and we do that by looking for the good.
Yet, even when we do shift our perspective and focus on the positive, we must go further than just mentally acknowledging the good work that our teammates (or family members) do. It’s important to speak it aloud. That way they too may have a shift in perspective about how they’re viewing their own circumstances. We all have the habit of bashing ourselves for our mistakes. When we appreciate someone about the way they solved a problem or prevented a disaster from happening––or even how they treat another teammate––they are uplifted.
Surrounding ourselves with positive, creative people is a great way to keep overwhelm from hijacking our lives, our projects, and our team. So again, I invite you to:
- Focus on what’s going well.
- Appreciate someone close to you.
- Acknowledge yourself for all that you do well.
The results you see will be impressive. Feel free to send me a response with your discoveries.
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