It was a powerful exercise for me to share the Seven Personal Pillars that have served as a foundation for me over the course of my life. These fundamental, deep beliefs have supported my sense of meaning, purpose and connection. Please find these sessions in our archives.
The opportunity to review and reaffirm these pillars reflects another practice that has proven to be very important to me: a determination to be very intentional about my day, my week, and my life.
I laughed recently when I came across this quote from Zig Ziglar:
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
I love this quote, because it is so true. I believe that a life well lived begins every single day, with a reaffirmation of what’s most important and a decision to make every day count. We wake up every day with a task list of some sort, and that’s good. But it’s the spirit with which we approach those tasks and the mindset that frames our day that makes all the difference. That’s why I advocate prayer, meditation, motivational exercises, readings, accountability and of course, mentorship.
We all need help in rising above and moving beyond old habits and old hurts that get in the way of becoming the person that we were meant to be.
Is this the day that you are going to finally forgive someone who has wronged you? Encourage a friend or co-worker who is struggling? Take the time to listen to someone who needs to be heard. Start a project you’ve been avoiding? Complete a project that’s been lingering? Learn a new skill? Approach all of your commitments with grace and compassion?
I am a firm believer in hard work. I have worked very hard in my life and among my greatest inspirations were my parents and many others who understood the value of really hard work. I At the same time, I believe that our days can be about so much more than getting things done.
Every one of us in has the same 24 hours in a day. We’re awake for somewhere between 16 and 18 of those hours, and every one of them is an opportunity.
As you look forward to the day ahead, my prayer for you is that you embrace this day for the blessing that it is, and realize what a wonderful blessing you are.