“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

Positive Quote: “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

This quote has me thinking about various people I have come across during the course of my career.

 

From the manager who called the team in to tell us about a new process, yet was not open to ideas that could have improved it to make it more beneficial to others, increasing the value of the service…. to the person who thinks they are communicating, yet don’t stop to let the other person get out the words they are trying to say, all while jumping in assuming they know where the conversation is going…. to the people that are on a set path because they were told to do it this way and don’t really know the whys behind it……. in these three examples, it reinforces that true progress is not possible without communication, flexibility, understanding, and a willingness to accept that we don’t know what we don’t know.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

Positive Quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

 

Freedom of choice can be both liberating and overwhelming. Choose to focus on the liberation aspect. To choose my attitude and how I react to others is a freedom. It is one that if handled well, can lead to increased confidence, self-control, and self-awareness.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

Do you do nothing and expect your goals to be achieved?

Positive Quote: “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and the goal of a good intention was never reached through its opposite, laziness.” – Miguel De Cervantes

 

There are many reasons I like this quote. One of which is that it reinforces that a person has to be actively engaged in their own life and pursuit of whatever they aspire to. To expect things to happen and be achieved with no engagement or action on your part is unrealistic.

 

I also think that one should reevaluate their actions and efforts to ensure they are seeing the results they want and expect to see. It is as harmful to keep doing what doesn’t work as it is to do nothing.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler

Positive Quote: “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” – Samuel Butler

 

I like this quote as it reinforces for me that who I think I am may not be who others see me as. In order for others to see me as I see myself, my actions and those things I deliver, participate in, drive, or am engaged in are reflective of who I am.

 

It does make me wonder how my self-portrait compares to what others see.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla

 

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” ― Anthony Robbins

Positive Quote: “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” ― Anthony Robbins

 

This quote has me smiling. I look back for myself and agree that living through the past was frustrating at times and seemed larger than life as I was living it. Yet, today, I know it helped make me into who I am.

 

I am actually thinking more of my teenage 19 year old daughter. I wonder if the trials and tribulations of being independent and ‘adulting’ (as she calls it) will be something she looks back on and knows it helped form her as well. As a parent I can hope that I taught her enough to be able to solve many of the problems of life; from having maintenance issues in her first apartment to using a laundromat for her laundry to grocery shopping on a tight budget. Balancing life can be difficult and takes energy. I can’t always swoop in and make things better.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

Mistakes can be good

Positive Quote: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw

 

This quote has me pondering the meaning of ‘nothing’. Is it the truest definition or something different?

 

When I read this quote I read it with the thought that ‘nothing’ is if I don’t push myself past my comfort zone, past what I know I am able to do, with what is routine.

 

There are many days, weeks, months where there is a routine. Yet, fitting in different things to stretch myself add so much value ad deepens my personal understanding.

 

For example:

Reading a book from a different genre or author

Visiting a historic site you are not familiar with

Attending an event a different culture or religion

Trying a new type of food

Watching an international film

 

There are so many different things that are small, yet can leave a lasting effect.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

Do you Look instead of Seeing?

Positive Quote: “Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

 

I like this quote. Do you know what it is like to look but not see? It happens to us all. Maybe we are driving home the same as we have done a thousand times before and we don’t notice the ‘fill in the blank’ at the side of the road. Maybe it is the item we ‘lost’ that we can’t seem to find. It could even be the fleeting emotions on someone’s face or in their tone of voice when we are speaking to them.

 

It begs the question, do we really see what is in front of us? Or are we so focused on our own agenda, our own goals and purposes that we fail to take into consideration things outside ourselves.

 

To me, this speaks to perception. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard, said, or read that perception is reality. It could be ours or someone else’s reality. Yet, reality nonetheless.

 

I know that there are many things I don’t ‘see’. I can work to open my eyes more, to be more conscious of my interactions, or lack thereof, and to seek feedback from others.

 

There are some techniques I try to use to help me widen my view.

  • Follow up with “what I hear you saying is ….”
  • Asking “tell me what you heard and what takeaways you have”
  • Sending concise meeting minutes and asking for corrections
  • Following up on emails, voice mails, etc…
  • Using the ‘right’ communication venue for the topic
  • After key meetings, asking someone I trust in attendance what their thoughts are on how it went
  • Asking if there are items that need to be discussed or covered that were not
  • Ask for input, again and again and again

 

Granted, not each one works in every situation. I have to know when and where it is appropriate. However, I know I have to keep my eyes open so I can see instead of just look.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla