Recently at one of our Alumni Reinforcement Sessions, an alumna sitting at my table started sharing a story about receiving a motivating quote from a fortune cookie. She told our table that she went out to lunch with a few team members and everyone took a fortune cookie at the end of the meal. They went around the table sharing their fortunes expecting statements that would not relate to them. However, her fortune was related to having the courage to lead others toward great change. She was in the middle of leading a large project in her organization. This “fortune” motivated her to stay committed to the project and provided an unlikely source of inspiration when the team needed to overcome obstacles.
Good thoughts can come in small packages; a fortune cookie, a daily quote, and/or a thank you note from a colleague or client. Look around your workspace; what positive thoughts have you posted? In my workspace you will see:
- A magnet with the quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” by Neale Donald Walsch. This symbolizes my journey in the University of Wisconsin, Certified Professional Coach program.
- A bookmark from The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University with the quote “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” by Pierre Teilard de Chardin. I currently serve as a mentor in the Cook Leadership Academy at The Hauenstein Center and the students in this program energize me. They are our hope for the future.
- A button with “I will succeed!”
- Handwritten notes from clients and my kids.
As leaders in our organizations, we need to find ways to stay energized and encourage others. With the start of a new year and a new decade, take the opportunity to share a positive thought with someone on your team. Say thank you when someone provides you with information, take a few minutes to write a note of appreciation, or share a quote at the start of your next meeting.
Good Thoughts Can Come in Small Packages.
Lead to the Max!SM