Lessons Learned: To Be Inspired

At work, I overheard a project manager say to a developer, “You’ve inspired me today.” I heard this a few weeks ago, and it’s still stuck with me. The project manager said the comment after the IT developer gave her hope on one of the troublesome projects she’s managing.

For me, the word inspire offers a different perspective than simply stating to encourage or to motivate. I think of inspire as getting a breath of fresh air, of new hope, and of thanks for changing my outlook. I believe the project manager meant it that way too. I wasn’t involved in the conversation but just hearing the comment had made my day. I loved the word choice because it stood out from the norm. I’ll have to remember to use the word as well when I truly want someone to know how they’ve made me feel. Here’s to being inspired…

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Beth M James

Novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.



Lessons Learned: Acceptance

Acceptance is important for good and bad situations – whether it’s indirect or not. By accepting whatever it is, you can then assess the situation and determine how to move forward. You would think that this is easy to do but for some it’s not. They’ll scramble, make up excuses, get angry, and maybe make bad choices.

For good situations, I know people who will immediately brush off the situation. Whether it’s a good event, an award, a compliment, or another person’s accomplishment. I had a situation about seven years ago when I won an award for Employee of the Year. I couldn’t believe that I had won the award. There were others who deserved the award. When I went up to accept the plaque, I thanked everyone. No speech. A few people were disappointed because I didn’t elaborate, but the director stated that I didn’t have to make a speech. Of course, in hindsight, I wish I would have said a few words. If I would’ve accepted that I had won, I would have been thinking about my speech as I walked up to the podium instead of wondering why me.

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For bad situations, accepting what happened will help keep your emotions in order. It means that you know you can’t change the event, which then helps you focus on what needs to happen next. For example, if you’re late for work due to traffic, there’s not much you can do when your idling along with the other cars. If you accept that your stuck, you can think of what needs to occur next (what second route you can take or turning up the tunes to enjoy the music) instead of being angry at the people in the car or cars in front you when they can’t do much either. You don’t need to make a bad situation worse.

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Beth M James

http://www.bethmjames.com     Novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.