Last night, my wife and I ventured out to dinner at a reputable deli near our house. Upon the delivery of my salad, one quick look at the cheese and I knew there was something wrong. The waitress was caught off guard when I looked at her and said, “this cheese is moldy” and asked for a fresh serving. Minutes later she returning declaring, “the cheese is okay” of which I assured her, it wasn’t.
All I was asking for was something fresh.
Today, you and I are both heading, full-force, back into reality. If you’re not careful, you’ll reach for the motivation that you had weeks ago when you left for vacation, rather than looking for something fresh. Your attitude this morning may be the first indicator of your freshness. If it stinks, perhaps you’re relying upon moldy motivations? Is that you? Here are three things you can do to freshen up:
1. Put your head down and smile. Go ahead and try it. It may be awkward, but I guarantee you won’t be to not smile, or at least smirk, when you’re done.
2. Do a favor for a coworker, without being asked. Look around and find a need, then meet it. The satisfaction of helping to meet someone elses need is guaranteed to bring you an internal smile.
3. Go back to day one. On day one, expectations, challenges and the possibilities were fully in focus. It was at this time that nothing could stop you. Go there again. You are unstoppable.
The fresh stuff isn’t that far from you. All you need to do is reach for it.