It's the busiest time of the year! On top of the year-end demands at work, you have family to see, gifts to buy, and events to attend. As you think about the rest of your year, you may be excited for this season, overwhelmed by your to-do list, or even disappointed with how your year has gone. Wherever you are in that spectrum, these two words will completely change your perspective.
In basketball, players don't work hard for three quarters so they can take it easy in the final quarter. Any player or loyal fan knows there is a lot of game left to play in that fourth quarter. Most of us hope to spend the final quarter of our life in retirement. But too often we spend the first three quarters of life working hard in the hopes that one day, we can relax and enjoy life.
It is easy to get caught up in our to-do list as we work hard to achieve the goals we have set. But have you ever stopped to evaluate how you are spending your time? Are you chasing the things that matter the most? As you reflect on how you spend your day, your week, your year, and ultimately, your life, what impact are you making on those in your life?
If you have ever been to Disney, you have seen how their 'Cast Members' go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. Their guest experience is proof that there is a difference between providing service and being a true service professional. Whether you are in customer service or not, there is much to learn from Disney's example.
We are not surprised that the seeds a farmer plants will determine what grows, but how often do we think about the seeds we are planting in our own life? Today's actions and investments will produce a harvest for the future. The future you want is determined by the decisions you make today.
We all have our favorite teams we love to cheer on. The recent World Cup proved how enthusiastic and even fanatic we can be when it comes to supporting our team. As fans, we feel the weight of every triumph and failure as if it were our own.
Expectations can be toxic. They build up our emotions which leads us to feel frustrated and disappointed when circumstance or people let us down. Expectations rarely, if ever, have a positive impact on your life. The reality is, expectations are a passive approach to hoping something happens on its own.
Have you ever waited for something with excitement and anticipation that didn't happen? Maybe you were passed over for the promotion, the raise didn't come through, your friends or family let you down. As you think about your response to these unmet expectations, I challenge you to ask your self, 'Are my expectations toxic?' Toxic expectations can be detrimental to your goals, career, and relationships. Check out the video above to learn how to identify toxic expectations.
Regardless of the industry you work in or the type of team you lead, you will never be successful if you are trying to do it on your own. You may often hear leaders compared to eagles who are always found soaring alone. The problem with this analogy is that great leaders don't fly solo. Leaders worth following are found right in the middle of the action, surrounded by others. Great leaders know, we are better together.