Ten Gifts of Our Current Reality
“Everything happens to you for your greatest benefit.”
You might remember this as one of the ‘4 phrases for optimal performance’ I presented in last week’s blog post. With this phrase on my mind, I have noticed a number of gifts, over the past week. As challenges have come up, I have thought to myself, “this is a gift – what can I learn from this?” In doing this, many insights and joys have appeared that I probably wouldn’t have seen had life continued in the same old way I was experiencing it a month ago.
Here are ten gifts I have seen in our current reality:
The Gift of An Extra Hour
My regular routine includes driving to meetings around the greater Phoenix area most weekdays. With the stay-at-home approach, and government “stay-at-home” orders, I’m gaining an hour or more of non-drive time each day. This has opened up time for more focus on other work objectives during the day. Has your drive time been reduced?
The Gift of Food Prep
This week I found myself eating better. The produce section of the store seems to be one part not devastated by short stock. I could name a half-dozen great dishes we made this week. One that stands out is a kale salad. I use a chiffonade technique to prep the leaves and add a citrus, lemon juice, oil & pepper flake dressing. With a little grated parmesan and crumbled almond cracker, kale salad can be amazing!
The Gift of Walking
I’m taking half-hour walks most days. Here in Arizona the weather is really pleasant this time of year! It has been great to get out and enjoy the weather and good talks with my wife! Which brings me to the next gift …
The Gift of Seeing People
Since people are out with their families on walks, bike rides, or hanging out at the park, I am seeing LOTS of people. Even though we’re following social distancing practices, there’s something nice about seeing more people around the neighborhood. We’ve stopped for brief chats (6 feet away of course) and also experienced waving and exchanging of smiles. There’s a sense that even though we’re not all close together, we are all “in this together.”
The Gift of Binging TV Shows
Since we’re not going out for entertainment, we’re finding it at home. This week we enjoyed a Netflix TV show called Unorthodox. I think it was 5 episodes, but since it was Friday night, we watched them all… in one sitting. It was a compelling and suspenseful story!
The Gift of Talking with Businesses
So the gifts aren’t all about slowing down for things I don’t usually do … the gifts are about doing what I do differently. I have had some great video conferences with leaders of companies I’m helping to implement EOS. We’ve talked about unique challenges. We’ve focused and arrived at good solutions.
I’ve also had great calls with some companies I’ve never worked with before. Through a resource page on the local chamber of commerce website, I offered office hours and 1-on-1 sessions for any business leader who wants to talk and strategize on business issues. I will continue to offer these complimentary coaching sessions to help businesses find Calm, Clarity and Confidence.
The Gift of Learning / Books
With some of my EOS implementation sessions postponed, there has been more time to study. I’ve been in and out of too many books to list. Also, last week I watched several episodes of a leader summit on the topic of creating and running great meetings. One of the speakers in this summit was Elise Keith, CEO of Lucid Meetings. I really like the distinction she brings into the meeting vocabulary with her “taxonomy of business meetings.” The summit reinforced how much I love the Meeting Pulse and Level-10 Meeting Agenda we teach in EOS!
The Gift of Courtesy
Have you noticed more courtesy being extended to you? Are you extending it to others? I have noticed this in the grocery store and while I’m out and about driving. Drivers of cars and grocery carts have waved to me and paused to let me merge. I think being in this together is bringing a touch of unity to the communities we live in.
The Gift of Family Vision / Traction
A few weeks ago, my wife and I decided to get more specific about our family “Rocks”, or goals, for the next quarter. We didn’t do this in a marathon session. We just agreed to take 30 minutes after dinner over the course of the week to discuss goals in four areas: physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social. These rocks are now posted on a vision board we have in the hallway. The rocks are “SMART” and we have Family and Individual rocks.
Our second family Level-10 style meeting happened this week (which we agreed to hold on Sunday at the same time every week). We are now declaring whether we are “on track” or “off track” on our goals and holding each other accountable. We’re also having great issue solving sessions. First, we build our issues list – things we want to share, want to know, and problems / challenges and opportunities we see. Then we follow good IDS methodology – Identifying the root cause, Discussing the issue, and Solving. We create a To-Do List that we review in the next weekly meeting.
We are already seeing more traction toward the things we really want for our family!
The Gift of being More Present
Thinking about how the things I’m experiencing in my life are really “for my greatest benefit” has caused me to be more present! I’ll sum this one up with a quote for you to ponder:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”
— Kung Fu Panda
What are the gifts you are noticing in your current reality?
Be great today!
Coach, Facilitator, Speaker
Professional EOS Implementer