An associate recently shared a simple life experience. It has significant implications. Please analyze his account.
Yesterday morning at work, I was feeling pretty flat. I went down to the gym a little early, thinking a quick workout would help me face the rest of the day. A colleague walked in and said a cheery hello. I responded, and I could hear the lack of enthusiasm in my voice. In my mind I was thinking, “I just need to finish my work out and get out of here.”
But the gratitude entry I wrote yesterday about listening to others came to mind, and that made me more open to what my colleague might say. We ended up having a really great conversation as we both did our workouts, and I shared with her a concern I had about my work. She said a couple of things that helped me unlock concerns I had about a meeting I had to attend later. Near the end of our conversation, I discovered my colleague had recently started keeping a gratitude journal, and she was effusive about its effects. I shared with her how important it has been to me to keep a gratitude journal as well.
With a renewed sense of peace, I said, “This has been a great conversation. I’m glad you walked in when you did. I have to go to a meeting now. I was dreading it, but I’m not anymore. Thank you.” The meeting and the rest of my workday went well.
- Given his initial feeling what caused a great conversation to emerge?
- How did what he wrote the previous day influence his new day?
- How did the conversation alter his future?
- How can we use this passage to create a more positive organization?