Do you ever get in a mental
state where you forget how thankful you could be? Life had been a bit stressful
for me. I decided to pack my bags and drive to San Antonio for the weekend. I stopped at a
fabulous designer discount mall on the way.
I walked into one of the
designer shops, Prada, to buy a wallet. As I was chatting with the clerk, I
mentioned I was deciding between their wallet and two other designer wallets.
He looked at me and said, “Nice problem to have.”
I stopped in my tracks and
started smiling from ear-to-ear. Those four words brought me back to a state of
Life a bit stressful? I
get to go shopping. I get to drive to a great city for a getaway. I’ve got
great health. I love my work. And the list goes on.
Wow. It made me think of
people who are having health issues. People who have lost loved ones. I thought
of people who do not have a roof over their head or food to eat. I bet they
would trade their stress for mine any day.
“Nice problem to have” is
my reality check every time I see my new wallet. Gratitude is a great attitude!
“Pretend that every single person you meet has a
sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will
you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”Mary
Kay Ash, Mary Kay Inc.
Regardless of your title
and industry, you are in the people business. I agree with Mary Kay, everybody wants to feel important. Don’t
you? I certainly do.
How do you currently make people feel important
in your presence? Is it by smiling and knowing their name? Is it by exhibiting
common courtesy which does not appear to be common today?
Do you hold the door open
for others? Or are you so busy you unintentionally let the door slam in their
face? Intentionally or unintentionally has the same impact on how people feel.
What one simple behavior
can you begin today to make someone feel important?
Endings are just new beginnings. Enjoy the new chapter. Create a
fabulous and fulfilling story of adventure.
If I had not shattered my head on the glass ceiling at Exxon that
ended a skyrocketing career, I would not have attended Harvard. If I had not
graduated from Harvard, I would not have entered the field of organizational
development and coaching for a great start-up. If the company had now been
bought out by Aetna I would not have started my own business. While I must
admit, I did not readily embrace the endings; each and every ending launched me
to living a greater life.
Are there any endings you are resisting? Consider letting go and enjoy
Stop all forms of grumbling and complaining which stifles energy,
creativity, spirit and thriving.
I am grateful I have a computer. I am grateful I get to serve. I am
grateful I have fingers that type. I am grateful I have eyes that can see. I am
grateful I know how to read and write. I am grateful I get listen to great
music as I type. I am grateful I have a desk and chair.