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The Power of the Little Things

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So as many of you know, I am obsessed with spinning. Most importantly, spinning at SoulCycle. I embarked on a challenge to complete 15 classes in 30 days. Between my schedule, exhaustion, and just life, it was a lofty goal for me, but I tried for it anyway. Saturday was my 10th class. The staff of SoulCycle South Beach left me a card at my spinning bike. It was a note of encouragement to keep pushing to my 15 class goal, to show appreciation for my efforts and my loyalty for coming to the studio as a local resident (we get many tourists due to being in South Beach).

I don’t know whether it was stress, or some other driving factor, but the card made me quite emotional. It was such a little thing — a small gesture, a token appreciation, a word of encouragement.

Often people over look at the little things and how important it can be for someone. For you it’s something small; but for someone it could be something huge that they need it right now.

In my new journey in leadership, I’ve had some growing pains. Being a social justice warrior part time is one thing; but when it’s your whole existence, it can take a toll on your soul. Additionally, you have to make sure that you’re growing in leadership. Since people look to you as a leader, you feel the pressure to make sure you are doing it right — that you’re really motivating your team and looking at the big picture.

In that spirit, I took a day off from work to fly out of state to see someone I greatly respect. I walked away from our lunch with two critical points; to always live in my truth, and to always focus on what is right.

Living your truth means not only telling the truth, but acknowledging when something is hurting you — when someone is hurting you. Being vocal is critical so that your own mental state can be preserved. Many times we hold in resentment, we hold in things that are wrong, or we accept certain treatment because we think we’re supposed to. That is not living in your truth, and creates a level of stress that is detrimental to you professionally as well as to your health. Stress truly kills.

Also, the key is to focus on always doing what’s right. You may not always get it right, but if your motivation is to do what is right, what is good for the organization and what is good for your fellow person, then you are on the right track.

This journey has been a serious learning curve for me. It is really teaching me the value of the little things: receiving hug from a friend, giving hugs to my father, a beautiful sunny day, an enthusiastic puppy, a really great song that comes on in the car, or an unexpected note cheering you on.

It’s the little things that help us deal when life comes at you fast.

Feeling Anxious? 10 Ways To Deal With An Overwhelming News Cycle | Global Grind

As I reflect on the events over the last few weeks affecting us here in the United States, it is easy to be overwhelmed. The release of the police shooting video from Chicago;  the shooting of peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors in Minneapolis by alleged white supremacists; the protests around the nation at colleges and universities addressing racial inequalities; and the madness that is the “Trail to the Chief”, also known as the presidential campaign for 2016. While we are beginning the holiday season, which can be stressful enough in and of itself, the negativity that is real life affects us all. In light of this, I encourage you to read the suggestions as set forth by this author. It was intended for the Paris attacks, but the advice is applicable in any troubling news cycle.  Sometimes it is good to detach and go to our own little “bubble” to protect our sanity; we are then better able to act when needed to address injustice. All Warriors get tired!

 

Last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris gripped everyone around the globe, and with good reason. Lives were lost in an unwarranted, vicious cycle of events, that targeted innocent people going

Source: Feeling Anxious? 10 Ways To Deal With An Overwhelming News Cycle | Global Grind