Monday Morning Motivation - Verbal Generosity!

Monday Morning Motivation!

Good Monday all! This is my second blog post and I am slowly getting the hang of it. I have decided, for right now at least, and for the sake of balance and juggling my life, to create my posts on Mondays so that we can all have a little inspiration to get our weeks off on a positive note.

Ever since I can remember, I have had a routine of starting my day off by reading scriptures, praying and being silent. It is my way to launch the day purposefully. I have learned that if I get up and just hit the ground running, I am all over the place by the middle of the day. When I am all over the place, I am more busy than productive. There were times I would find myself walking around the house in circles, talking out loud to myself while looking for my glasses that were sitting on top of my forehead, buried in my hair. A few times, when preparing to leave the house to pick my oldest son up from nursery school, I just stood in the middle of the floor, wondering where in the world my car keys were. Of course they were in my hand.

I discovered over the years that I need focus, fun and discipline, with a little dash of unexpected spontaneous-ness thrown in (yes, I just made that word up). This blend keeps me balanced and on my toes! Can you say tightrope? It also keeps my environment peaceful because I don’t have time to fit foolishness or drama into my schedule. Like most people, when I have peace, I am more creative and productive.  

As a life coach and mentor, I create adventurous, thought provoking and tailored exercises for those that I work with. So, I thought it would be interesting to try a “Focus and Spontaneous” exercise with my Monday Morning Motivators (I just made that up too). It can be our thing that we attempt to accomplish each day for the entire week until we connect again next week. No pressure…your choice. If you’d like to give it a try, send me a message on the contact tab or let me know on Twitter.

Here is the exercise. For the rest of the week, find one person to be verbally generous to each day. Notice I didn’t use the word “kind.” Kindness is a word that can be easily excused or justified away during the course of our daily routines. Someone could say, “I was kind today. I said thank you and have a nice day to the mail carrier when she dropped off my mail.” That was kind, but you are supposed to do things like that anyway. In my opinion, kindness and generosity are not the same things.

Generosity requires one to take kindness a step further. Generosity says, after you are kind to the mail carrier, go a step further and ask her, “How are you today?” and actually wait and listen for her response. You get the idea? To whom and how you are verbally generous is up to you. Let me know how you’re doing throughout the week and we will reconnect next Monday.

Have a fantastic week…on purpose!

Angela

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