Just Another Day
As I was leaving the gym the other day, I overheard a conversation that went like this:
“Good morning Sherry”
“Just another day, huh?”
“Yep, just another day”
For a split second, I was tempted to judge that woman. Then, in the next second, I realized I’d fallen into the same monotonous rhythm, same stuff, different day. It’s an easy rhythm to fall into. There are work demands to meet, dinners to make, kids to take care of and homes to manage. Every day, in many ways, a replication of the one before it.
The thing is, this pattern is boring and discouraging and as leaders, slipping into this rhythm comes at an even higher cost. According to Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, who conducted several studies on nonverbal communication, only 7% of any message is conveyed through words, while 38% comes through vocal elements, and 55% through nonverbal elements (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc). That means that no matter how motivating your words are, if you’re not inspired, you are definitely not inspiring! Motivating others aside, the “same stuff different day rhythm” is an exhausting way to live.
A few days after overhearing the conversation at the gym, I was doing a yoga practice with my favorite teacher and she said, “Life is about momentum, it’s supposed to be fun!”
I thought about that statement for the next several hours.
Am I moving toward something that really matters to me?
Am I having fun doing it?
January is, of course, the time of year many of us make resolutions, new commitments to be the person, parent, spouse and leader we want to be. This January please don’t set any resolutions, which, according to Forbes, only 8% of you will actually accomplish. Instead, consider the question my yoga teacher posed,
Are you moving toward something that really matters to you?