Yesterday's tip emphasized encouragement as form of edification. Did you do it? Oh come on...you couldn't find one person to compliment or encourage? Oh, you forgot? You were depressed because all the snow is going to disappear just in time for Christmas (around here)?
A general rule of thumb that you ought to follow is this: You are not a victim. There are always circumstances that you control, and in those areas, you are not a victim. Yes, stuff happens...to everyone. Some get it much worse and some have it easier, but there is alway an area in which you are not a victim.
Though I've not read it (I intend to soon), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a great example of what I'm talking about. The man suffered a severe stroke leaving him immobile except for blinking one eye. He wrote a book. He would have been justified in being victimized...but he chose what he could control and acted. He was not a victim.
So, are you a victim of your mood, your poor memory or your lack of motivation? You are not a victim. Identify the problem and take specific and routine measures to change. Easy? No, and if you're like me, you'll mess up every day...but you are not a victim.
Takeaway: You are not a victim (did you guess this one?)
Action Step: Go to Leadership Tip 1 and repeat.
Thursday, December 20, 2007