Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An Attitude of Invitation

I think it was JFK who said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but instead, ask what you can do for your country." It pretty much sums it up in terms of being open to solutions instead of problems, being proactive instead of apathetic, being accepting and embraceful instead of simply being tolerant.

I work for a corporate team-building company in Seattle and we specialize in technology powered team-building experiences. We use gadgets and gizmos like GPS units, Pocket computers, two-way radios, and digital cameras to create "Geo-Courses" for companies looking to have fun outside of the office. Our mission statement is "Helping teams play better."

Yes, play better...so what does that mean? To many, play is something that is completely separate from work, something you do on vacation or on the weekends with the family. At our company summit in December, Pete Winemiller from the Seattle SuperSonics came and spoke with our group-he was amazing...his big idea was to embrace an attitude of invitation. He spoke "Instead of doing 100 things 1% better, do one thing 100% better." Really go above and beyond not only in customer service with clients, but with yourself as well.

During his presentation, I was mentally teleported back to seventh grade. My science teacher at the time was always about the idea of "Good enough." He spoke over and over again to 13 year olds sitting bright eyed and a bit naive, to not be just good enough. By being "good enough" you begin to set low standards for yourselves and others-all in all you end up selling yourself short. And who wants that?

I just took some vacation time and have come back to my desk with a simple mind shift-be the best at what you are doing, whether it is cleaning the office kitchen microwave or dealing with a big client...so your best and stay present while doing it.

Through my first couple days back, I have noticed a huge difference in not only how I feel but how others feel when they interact with me.

Invite yourself to do one thing 100% better. Whether its communicating with your partner, cleaning your apartment, or being on time to work. Through the simple mind shift, we flow past the resistance barriers and start to welcome solutions and start to notice the great things that sit right in front of us.

This is flow.

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