Respond to Positive Events

How you respond to positive events is just as important as how you respond to challenging events.

We experience many positive events in our lives each and every day. These positive events require an Above the Line response from us. Positive E’s still require us to press pause, get our minds right, and step up.

Think about it . . . when someone else makes a difference, when someone else creates a positive experience for us, what does it say about us if we don’t press pause and take the time to enjoy the experience. If we simply respond to positive events on autopilot we are living below the line. If we are resistant giving thanks, if we are impulsive with greed and a desire for more, we are Below the Line.

We must be grateful for the blessing we receive each and every day. We must be intentional in sharing our thanks and purposeful in creating an environment where we savor positive events. Our work is too difficult to not enjoy and celebrate our victories. The outcome of living a life Above the Line is a culture and environment that continues to build, grow, and improve.

As we break for the holidays I want to say “thank you” to each of you for being in my life. Working with you is the greatest professional joy of my career; I am truly inspired by you. You make me want to continue to get better each and every day.

I have a challenge for you. As you reflect over break – as you find yourself in a moment of self-talk and purposeful thinking about 2015, as you hear others make resolutions for 2016, and as you make personal resolutions – take some time to think about all of the positive events that have taken place already this year. Get your mind right about the positive direction we are heading; savor the victories. Yes, we will continue to embrace the productive discomfort that is inherent in living our passion for growth. We will also take the time to relish the joy we all find in our work, to be grateful for our leadership family, and to learn together as we continue to live each day Above the Line.

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