It was one of those exhausting weeks – cross country travel, 14+ hour work days directly onsite with a client, and almost no sleep. I was staggering into Thursday when I saw this video. We need these gifts to remind us that we all have reasons to always walk in gratitude.
PS – Be sure to have tissues ready when you click that link.
What We’re Reading
Every now and then I’ll take a few days away from reading books and catch up on some long form content. I’ve been in one of these spells, but this book came across my Amazon feed and I’m both bewildered by how I missed it for two years and really excited by its premise. I’m always searching for new resources to share with my clients and community about the power – and promise – of failure, and Permission to Screw Up, by Kristen Hadeed, looks very promising.
It’s a short read, but it perfectly captures how small tweaks to our lives can provide massive benefits. In My Life Without Sugar, Olivia Judson explains how she wanted to see what a month without sugar would feel like, but the impact of those first few weeks were so profound that it’s now been three years.
While we’re on the subject of diet, here’s an article from NPR that outlines some recent research highlighting how a diet focused on unrefined foods can significantly lower symptoms for depression and anxiety. (Changing Your Diet Can Tamp Down Depression and Boost Your Mood)
One Idea We’re Obsessed With
That every single one of us has incredible power and influence over each other. You can embrace an attitude and the commitment to create smiles, or you can instead tear down those you come into contact with.
When you create smiles they’re exponentially impactful. That individual whose day you made a bit brighter will treat the next person they come into contact with that much better, and so on.
It doesn’t require money or gifts, just kind words, a smile of your own, and some acknowledgement for their unique story.
Quote We Can’t Let Go Of
For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.
– Lev Grossman
What We’ve Worked On
On Tuesday we published a piece focused on your relationship with email. We look into the purpose for email and how you’re choosing to utilize it. I also explain the “Get Up or Pick Up” strategy I use with clients to help them understand when it’s better to opt for a more direct form of communication than email can offer.
Over the last six months I’ve written a number of articles around finding your purpose and what that means. On Thursday I pulled a handful of them together into an outline you can use to use for a more comprehensive approach to defining your life’s direction.
We’re putting the final touches on a new productivity resource that will be free to the community, and we’re hoping to have it released as early as Monday. Excited to bring it to you guys! A new purpose-based resource will be right behind it.