Category: Greater Good

Recognize the Good Around You

Recognize the Good Around You

I declared 2020 to be my year of clarity. What’s coming into focus is I haven’t been good at recognizing my own contributions to my profession and to people beyond my spheres of influence. Fortunately, there are people out there who have done exactly that. They have picked up on something I’ve contributed or some work I’ve done and given me a moment of recognition. And I’m grateful I’ve caught their attention!

Someone noticed me. Now what?

I didn’t know I’d have any influence beyond the borders of the US, but technology has made that possible. However, last month, MSN Asia picked up one of my tips in a piece about sustaining a happy marriage: https://www.msn.com/en-xl/asia/life-arts/the-50-best-marriage-tips-of-all-time/ss-BBZ0qmU.

And earlier this month, Brandon from Life Coach Path interviewed me. He’s facilitating a series of conversations to help coaches in training understand what it’s really like to enter the profession of coaching. I’m honored to be among some distinguished folk in my profession. Find my interview at http://www.nationalcoachacademy.com/coach-interview-series-brad-ward.

Notice what people are doing around you!

I’m taking away from the experience of being noticed that it’s important to recognize others. I don’t have to be someone’s manager to offer a compliment or tell someone I appreciate their work. And if they feel as rewarded as I do by simply being recognized, it’s a worthwhile endeavor.

I’ve seen how unexpected recognition or gratitude can change someone’s day for the better. So I’m challenging myself and you to make that a practice at least once a week. Rather than looking at my phone while I’m waiting in line, I can look around me for people going out of their way to do something kind or thoughtful. But it takes more than noticing, it takes recognizing the effort to the person doing it or to the person I’m there to see.

Imagine what the world would be like if a few people made the effort to notice and recognize the work of others. If you’re picturing a place you’d like to live, join me in watching for and calling out the unnoticed good you see around you. Even if you don’t return to that place, you’ll leave behind a positive experience for someone. And who wouldn’t want to do that?

Bradley K. Ward, PCC is a leadership and transformational coach at The Mission Coach, LLC in Palm Springs, CA. Contact Brad to find out how coaching can help you do what you do, better!

Preserving Nature and Human Dignity

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

Jimmy Carter

Earlier this month, Jimmy Carter celebrated his 95th birthday. I was a child when he served as 39th President of the United States, so I don’t remember much about his term in office. What I’ve since learned is how much wisdom he imparts and what an excellent example of service to country he offers us, even at his advanced age. What I didn’t realize until I found this quote is how insightful he is about the survival of our natural world and our role in preserving it.

Failure to notice nature

I think I frequently failed to notice the beauty of nature when I lived in a big city. It’s easy to do when you’re surrounded by tall buildings, endless concrete, and people rushing to their next scheduled appointment. Maybe it’s happened to you, too.

But since we moved to Palm Springs, I intentionally stand in awe of Mt. San Jacinto to the west every morning and evening when it’s time to walk the dogs. I make a point of looking up to the mountain to take in the beauty and grandeur of what nature has offered us. And I stop to think how grateful I am that San Jacinto is the protector of the valley I call home.

Imagine the consequences

But what if you never honor the wealth of nature around you? What if you fail to appreciate its beauty, vastness, or seemingly impossible stillness? Would you miss nature if it disappeared from view tomorrow?

What if you spend more than 8 hours each day sitting at your desk, not making time to look out the nearest window to take in the sky? What if your weekends are filled with errands and chores that render your free time void of any appreciation of the world around you? Would you miss nature if it disappeared from view tomorrow?

For a moment, imagine the impact of not teaching your children to honor the gifts of nature around them; the impact of teaching your children hatred and war. What kind of world would we hand the next generation?

The dignity of humans

Now substitute people for nature – what is the impact of failing to teach your children to notice and honor what people offer each other? What is the impact of promoting the idea that others are not important?

I hear people say they don’t want to live in a world where they pay for the mistakes of others. I can understand the sentiment, but the truth is we already live in a world where we pay for the mistakes of others. Likewise, we benefit from the successes of others – although perhaps not always in monetary terms.

Here’s an example of how we benefit from the successes of other people. Not too long ago, Elon Musk opened for all the technology behind his electric vehicles that was previously patented. He did so to make it easier for vehicle manufacturers around the world to make cars that do not burn hydrocarbons. His innovation can now benefit us all.

Jimmy Carter’s prescient observations about nature are staggering to consider. And if you consider that people are an offering of nature, how much more staggering is the impact of failing to heed his words?

Bradley K. Ward, ACC is a leadership and transformational coach at The Mission Coach, LLC in Palm Springs, CA. Contact Brad to learn how coaching can help you do what you do, better!

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