Thinking of Others Fuels Your Success

Last week was challenging.  Filled with highs and lows. 

Highs from the different events and great groups of women I spoke to, to lows from feeling frustrated by the pace at which I am moving towards my goals.

I find it’s so easy to feel like you are in a rut. 

Feeling sorry for ourselves, frustrated, anxious, angry, etc…. The feelings that don’t add any value to help us get to where we want to go.

It’s not about pretending everything’s fine, or ignoring it, but I know that staying focused on my negative feelings isn’t helpful.

It’s choosing new perspectives that’s the key to getting out of my own way, so I can continue to move forward.

I was reminded of the gift of perspective last week when my eldest daughter and I attended CBC’s Sounds of the Season, their annual fundraiser in support of local food banks.  During our awesome early morning adventure, (we like to be there for the live taping of Metro Morning show with the dapper Matt Galloway), I heard two impactful statistics. 1)1/3 of the food bank’s clients are children and 2) that so many families have less than $6/day as disposable income.

That’s 1 bus ticket to and from for an adult, and their money is gone.

Wow. Humbling. 

My challenges and frustrations felt so trivial. 

This is where we have a choice.

To have something go in one ear and out the other, or to allow it to resonate.

To choose to ignore what’s going on around us in this world, in our communities, at work, in our families, or to acknowledge how fortunate we are.

So, how does thinking of others impact our success?

I’ve shared this before, but there’s a correlation between happiness and success.   Don’t just take it from me.  Shawn Achor, a Harvard professor and graduate describes it best in this TedTalk:  “The Happy Secret to Better Work.”

Here are 2 things you can start doing today to change your perspective and fuel your success.

1.    GRATITUDE: Being thankful is a wonderful daily practice.  Before going to bed think of three things you are grateful for. Be sure to think of something new each day. You can even write them down and add to your list each day.

If you can’t figure out what to be grateful for, visit a charity’s website and read about the communities they serve.  Be grateful that you are only reading about their services vs needing them.

2.   ACTION: Do something for others. Donate, volunteer, tell others about great organizations that you think they might like to support, give up your seat, open the door for others, etc…. It doesn’t have to be grand, just intentional.

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I have just started a ripple on this incredible community’s behalf.

This post is about expanding and choosing new perspectives and how this fuels us.

It seemed so fitting . Many of these kids have never even seen a wild animal.

I am thrilled for them!

Here’s your chance to keep the ripple going.

I encourage you to donate, even if it’s $20 to this or a charity of your choice.

We get more in return than what we’ve given. 

Use this positive returned energy to fuel your growth and further your actions….and ultimately your success.

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