A few years ago, I began the habit of getting up earlier and writing in my journal, taking the time to be reflective, appreciative and grateful. I went over my goals each morning and my values. I devoted time to reading stories and quotations that inspired me. Finding, reading, and journaling about these pieces of inspiration soon became an integral part of my morning routine, and my ability to live my day more intentionally and with greater focus.
Why I started
I gradually felt compelled to share these positive and uplifting stories that I had discovered with others. I came to the realization that most of us begin our days reactively and negatively, with crisis-driven news sites and television programs, or a pile of emails regarding the things that happened overnight (which are never good). After seeing the positive effects of beginning my day with inspiring and engaging content and stories, I thought I might be able to create that same experience for others.
I decided to start by sending a weekly email to the 30 people on my team at Acceleration Partners. The email was originally called “Friday Inspiration,” and I sent it out each Friday morning to the whole company.
My goal was simply to encourage our team to be inspired to achieve more, help them remove their self-limiting beliefs, and motivate them to become better. My leadership style is to help people build their capacity and improve their performance in a way that benefits all aspects of their lives, rather than just focusing on their work responsibilities. As they improve in areas such as confidence, goal-setting, time management and self-awareness, they become better at everything they do and higher performing all around.
The positive impact I didn’t anticipate
I figured my Friday Inspiration emails would likely be skimmed and even ignored,...
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