A long-time friend aptly describes me as an astute seeker. What can I say? I’ve always been convinced there’s a better way and more to learn. So I chase down everything I can learn on a topic and roll it around in my brain to see what clicks and sticks. That mindset has served me well in business the last 25 years, and it’s also served me well in life.
As part of this lifelong research, I’ve discovered three principles that keep me pushing forward with positivity:
- Progress over perfection
- People over things
- Grace over good works
These principles keep me grounded and ensure that I recognize the wins, even the small ones, and those who contribute to it. Yes, my world is loud and a little loosey goosey at times. If I’m honest, it’s also more messy than not. But I just can’t see spending my time sweeping when my son wants to read a book with me or my daughter wants to talk about her day. A good book and podcast also come before cleaning.
I’m frequently fueling myself with positive inputs. Whether it’s participating in a mastermind, book club or small group, I actively engage in discussions that challenge me to consider alternate perspectives and try new things. It helps me to synthesize information as part of a discussion and test lines of thought. Because I am a type 2 on the Enneagram, my goal is provide you with a similar type of support.
The concept is simple: Original optimistic thinking creates the momentum needed to get more from your moments. I’ll be going deeper into this idea in the Write 31 Days challenge, which starts in October. For now, I’ll leave you with this thought: Whether you’re already doing something you love and just want to step it up, or you want to start something new, dialing up your strategy, storytelling and grace-giving will help you get you there.