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Written by: Vickie Bevenour
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Coach Vickie Bevenour
Results Newsletter December 2004
In my daily routine I pass by a delightful little white church about once a week. They have a sign board outside that contains a weekly message. About six months ago I went by in my normal commute and there were three words on the board. Those words have stayed with me and I have decided that the Holidays were the perfect time to share them with you.
The words were: “Treat Others Well”
How can three words be so powerful? What do they mean to you? What would they mean to your manager, your employee, your customer, your supplier? What does “treating others well” look like in your life? Last week, I decided to put these words into action. For the first three days I simply used “polite” words with everyone that I encountered. The simple act of saying please, thank you, excuse me and smiling when I said it made a world of difference. After three days, even my husband commented, “Boy, you sure are in a good mood!”
The results were so positive that I could not stop there. For the next three days I made it a rule to say one nice sentence to everyone that I met and to really mean it. The idea for this came from a golf clinic that I attended. The instructor told us to say three good things about every golf shot that we hit in a round, even if it was a terrible shot. At first, it was hard to find three good things, then it became a laughable exercise and then it became almost natural. I would suggest the same type of exercise with every person that you encounter. Try to find one positive thing to say to everyone with whom you have a chance to speak; be as specific as you can.
Some examples might be:
- “Sam for the last three years your smiling face has greeted me every morning – thank you.”
- “Maria your ability to synthesize complex solutions down to simple explanations is so valuable”
- “Jose your report was so well presented and easily understood.”
- “Katrina I am so glad that you are on my team. Your ability to bring us all together is terrific.”
Take the challenge, try this for three days and feel how much positive energy you can create by simply “treating others well.”
Congratulations, you are well on your way to deriving results from within.
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