On this early morning (4:51 am) of September 11, I woke up with this on my mind.
Tony Jeary first introduced me to an idea, a concept that changes lives. This idea helps people become better. Goals become focused. Behaviors take on new meaning. This is not only practical – it is doable.
More of. Less of.
Think about a goal you have:
- Monthly sales goal
- Weight loss
Now that you’ve got that one goal in mind, ask yourself, “What can I do more of to move me closer to my goal?” Then ask, “What do I need to do less of that is hindering me from achieving my goal?” Now go do it!
It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? We already know what we need to do more of to hit sales goals (more calls, more follow-ups/follow-throughs). We already know what we need more of to become healthier (drink more water, exercise, eat more veggies). And you can list what you need to do less of to develop yourself into becoming the better version of where you are today (i.e. less TV?). And you have a lot of experience already to know what you need more of and less of to make your relationships thrive.
Let’s broaden this thought out. My country…our world…needs more of something, and it all needs less of something.
What I woke up to was this: more love. This is not new. This is not radical. This is and has been the answer forever. And we all know how to do more love.
- Smile – let your spirit brighten someone else’s day.
- Laugh – it’s healing.
- Care – do something for your elderly neighbor. Buy someone’s meal at a restaurant (without them knowing it was you). Volunteer.
What do you think would happen in our world if everyone did one random act of kindness today? Just one. More love. That’s what would happen.
So, why don’t we? Perhaps we are so wrapped up in ourselves that we become blind to others. Maybe we are so inwardly focused on our own fears, worries, anxieties that we cannot see how others struggle. Perhaps we need less focus on ourselves and more attention on those around us.
Today I challenge myself – and you – to do more of something that moves you towards love in your part of the world.
- Smile more.
- Tell someone you appreciate them. Literally, tell them and be specific.
- Be helpful.
- Compliment more.
- Find the good in someone else.
- Say “thank you” often.
- Email/Call someone you have not been in contact with. Tell them you have been thinking about them.
- Do a random act of kindness.
In my country, today is a somber day. We remember a day filled with hate, destruction, and murder. But we also remember more about our heroes who gave their lives so others lived. We remember a city that rebuilt itself as our nation rebuilt its hope. We remember buildings filled with people who loved others, helped others, and inspired others in the face of unspeakable horror. We remember.
And today, we do more. We love…more. And one by one, person by person, this love changes our nation and our world.