We each have our own separate mantras to get through the day. I have both visual items and words of wisdom on my refrigerator. It really depends on what your activities are because we often don’t pay attention to how we are transformed every day of our lives. It happens because of the beauty we see; it happens because of the irritations that cross our paths – like another mosquito bite that causes an allergic reaction on your skin that lasts more than one week.
What I visually see is an unusual cactus plant that grows minimally. Sometimes little buds poke out from a leaf and don’t grow, No transformation even in the sunshine of morning light. It’s been three years of ownership and two transplants – so perhaps the transformation is years in the making. It becomes an exercise of patience – the little buds just stay where they are – so you keep waiting for nature to take its course.
A mantra that has been on my refrigerator for a few years.. It has a different interpretation of the word transformation. It is a reminder to keep the values of who you are close to as YOU Choose Who You Want to be Known As.
Biases, like diseases, have many causes; yet we throw the same cure at everything. Dr. David Rock
People seem to act on beliefs that do not seem wholesome. When a sale may be imminent and your intuition has been urging you to go the other way, take a moment and choose to be compliant. Speak up is the new mantra so we don’t find ourselves saying, “I wish I hadn’t done that.” I wish I had known what I know now.” “What was I thinking.”
Our first reaction is often, judgment, after learning unsettling facts. It’s very hard to sit back and wait for the truth to be known. We feel an emotion so strong that our anchored initial judgment will not allow us to hear, let alone listen, to facts that answer our questions. The anchored initial judgment will not allow the pain to be diffused easily. Humanity hurts and our level of patience and understanding seems to have reached a level close to exhaustion because the unsettling reality is so painful. When the Challenger Space Shuttle blew-up before our eyes on television, people said enough, take it off the media. http://www.history.com/topics/challenger-disaster. The deaths we have witnessed recently across the United States in the past few weeks is enabling many people to also say, enough. President Obama offers a number of strategies to keep us safe at our workplaces: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/06/address-nation-president. Tolerance is a basic American value, both at the workplace and our community.
We are living and working in a new era. Our responsibility lies within us to follow the advice of our Leaders to maintain the common good for all of us. Peace.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach