Tony Robbins always has something worth listening to. This video clip is worth watching twice. Interesting research on post traumatic stress and post traumatic growth. Key tip: create daily rituals of gratitude, action, and giving.
If you’ve followed my “Living with Enthusiasm Self-Coaching Guidebook and Program” you know that keeping a daily “Joy Journal” of at least one good thing (preferably three) that happened in your day and how you helped it to happen can quickly pull you out of the worst mood and in the long term turn stress into success. The key is choosing to do the work even when you don’t want to and even when you think it won’t work.
The very act of showing up for yourself and giving to yourself as you would to a friend in need can often be the very thing that turns the tide of negative thinking into inspired action. It has been for me and people I work with. I wish the same for you.
One of the great experiences of my career has been helping the City of Chula Vista celebrate their 100th birthday in 2011 and implement a Centennial Year of Service community-wide. As the Centennial Manager, I had the privilege of working with the local community group Chula Vista 100 Board of Directors, Mayor Cheryl Cox, City of Chula Vista staff, volunteers, residents, and businesses to create a year of events and projects culminating in the publication of an award-winning book “Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress,” a community concert and DVD showcasing more than 300 local professionals and students in the performance arts, and a 100th birthday party free to the community at the Olympic Training Center that drew 25,000 people.
Looking back on this community-wide project a year later, here are two of the most powerful things I’ve learned:
1) I am still in awe of what amazing things can happen when people come together for a greater purpose and are willing to do whatever it takes to create a place that all people can call “Home.” Motivating and inspiring a city to celebrate how far people have traveled, not just physically or time-wise to get somewhere, but emotionally, socially, and spiritually is daunting. Everyone has a story to tell and it’s not always positive. Everyone want to be heard, and it’s not always easy to listen. But always, there is the potential for growth and change and homecoming. For me, Chula Vista went from being a city South of San Diego in my mind, to the most vibrant, alive, creative group of family and friends in my heart who continues to challenge me to stretch, grow, and love more deeply into the person I want to be for myself and others.
2) Teaching our children about their city’s history, reaching out to them in classrooms, and bringing them to local City Council meetings is critical to building future community leaders who are as compassionate as they are strong and understand what it takes to run a city, especially when there are so many different perspectives and ways of doing things. I will be forever grateful to Mayor Cheryl Cox and Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan for their leadership, insight, encouragement and the mountains they move/d in the City to make it a great place for everyone to call Home.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead sum up this experience so well: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
“Success is not to be pursued;
it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
~ Jim Rohn ~
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This headline really got my attention this morning: Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?
While I’m not a fan of negative labeling, I’ve learned that most people are more apt to first pay attention to the problems in their lives and then how to solve them and wait for inspiration to arrive. If that’s you, stop waiting. What often happens is that we get stuck in retelling the problem instead of taking inspired action and creating an inspiring result.
For as long as I’ve been researching, speaking, consulting and coaching on how to stay inspired and enthusiastic through challenge and change, one of the most common “Yeah, but” responses I hear from people is that the idea of living an inspired life is a luxury to experience after you’ve slogged through the hard stuff rather than a necessity that will ease you through the hard times – and in some situations even prevent unnecessary hard times that we’ve self-created. What side of the fence is your mind leaning on? Continue reading →