Humble Appreciation

Single tree by a lake

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this quote by Wayne Dyer:

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.”

Although I don’t usually dwell too much on these types of quotes, on Friday night whilst attending a concert of quite a famous artist I was drawn to think about how we need to be humble in our appreciation of all that which is around us and the contribution we are making to others.

During this concert, just before the artist played her most famous song she described how humble she felt every time someone told her of the impact this song had on them. With this humility she described being deeply appreciative of all that she’d had the opportunity to achieve in her life and how appreciative she was of being able to make a difference to the lives of those who listened to her music.

As leaders, in our busy day to day life where we are rushing to and from work and to and from meetings, it’s hard to find the time just to sit and appreciate all that you’ve got and all that’s around you. It’s also easy to forget the contribution we are making to the people we lead as they look to us for certainty, direction and often, for affirmation. By taking a minute in amongst the busy moments to just be conscious of both our surroundings and our impact on others, we can gain a more grounded perspective on what is really important and what is just noise.

After all, no matter who we are or what we do, we are each human beings trying to achieve greater success and fulfilment in our lives, and in doing so, we each have a responsibility to try to help those around us to achieve the same.

Something to consider…

Think of a time when you recognised and felt proud of the contribution you made to someone on your team – what contribution did you make? how did this help them? how did this help you?

Something to try…

Try to take even just 60 seconds today to pause and think about all that is around you and the contribution you are making to the people you lead.

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