Whose Life Have You Made Better Today?

Whose life have you made better today?

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Who have you encouraged?

Who have you listened to?

Who have you served?

Who have you praised?

Who have you inspired?

Who have you challenged?

Who have you said please or thank you to?

Too often we spend our day focused only on our own needs and tasks and miss out on chances to impact the people we interact with everyday. Be intentional to make a positive difference in all your encounters each day.

Whose life have you made better today?

It’s Better When Everyone Owns the Solution

It’s Better When Everyone Owns the Solution.

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If the solution is only your idea then you also get to be the person to explain it to everyone, answer all questions, and monitor and enforce its implementation.  If the solution is owned by everyone then explanations and enforcement is handled collectively.

People tend to only own the solutions they have contributed to in development and implementation.

Involve people in decisions that impact them to increase ownership.

Learning to Honor Commitments: A Hidden Benefit of Collaboration

Losing weight is really quite simple: eat less, eat healthy, and move more.  Nearly all of us know that without reading any articles or exploring fitness memberships. However, according to the Center for Disease Control, we find ourselves in the midst of at least a 23 year rise in the increase of obesity and diabetes.

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It is very difficult for most of us to solve our fitness problems alone.  That difficulty has led to the rise of an over 28 billion dollar health and fitness industry in the United states that continues to grow annually. One selling point of the industry is group accountability and providing a venue to make and then honor commitments.  Running clubs, crossfit boxes, weight loss centers, Personal Trainers, and fitness gyms all leverage personal accountability and honoring commitment to help us reach our fitness goals.

Many other behaviors also help us to honor our commitments: writing the commitment down; sharing it with others; taking small action steps; and, constantly revisiting our commitment.

An accountable group that honors their commitments to each other is the basis for any successful collaboration.

Providing students and staff with many opportunities to collaborate together creates a fertile ground for experiencing group accountability and learning the importance of honoring personal commitments.

 

Some sites I enjoyed reading while writing this post:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=we_are_meant_to_move

https://www.statista.com/topics/1141/health-and-fitness-clubs/

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/slides/maps_diabetesobesity_trends.pdf

https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-trends/market-research-reports/arts-entertainment-recreation/gym-health-fitness-clubs.html

http://coreu.com/how-to-honor-your-commitments/

 

The Joy of Shared Creation

There are many sources of joy in your life. Remind yourself often of the things that bring you joy.

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Relationships, belonging, achievements, overcoming hardship, learning new things, recognitions, sacrifices, and creating new things are many of the sources of joy.

There is also joy in sharing in the creation of new things, new solutions, and new ideas. Creating allows us to express ourselves, pursue our passions, and leverage our personal talents.  Collaborating allows us to create together and bond with others through that collaborative experience.

Want to help your team learn how to collaborate effectively? Then give them some meaningful task or an important shared goal to accomplish and let them get to work.

Some sites I enjoyed reading while writing this post:

https://blog.uncollege.org/the-joy-of-making-things

http://www.theemotionmachine.com/3-sources-of-happiness-that-arent-tied-to-people-or-stuff/

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-sources-of-joy