Confucius wrote, “the wise should not hesitate to correct themselves.” Everyone makes mistakes. A wise person quickly corrects their mistakes.
If we want to grow our influence, our authenticity, our credibility, our leadership ability, then when we make a mistake, we must clearly say, “I was wrong”.
A mistake does not show weakness. It only reveals that we are human. Our character is exposed by the actions we take after we realize we made a mistake.
Therefore, when we are faced with another mistake, we should be proud that we are willing to learn, and make corrections.
Diligence is careful and persistent work or effort. It is such an elegant word. When striving for excellence or reaching for success. We should consider our diligence.
Synonyms for diligence include conscientiousness, assiduousness, assiduity, hard work, concentration, care, industriousness, rigor, meticulousness, and thoroughness. Don’t those words represent how you would want your effort to be described?
I want to keep that list of words in my wallet. When I get stuck I can pull it out and find inspiration in those words.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.” Success follows diligence!
When we think about generosity, usually our first thought is money. Our second thought is time. But there are many ways to be generous. Try one of these today.
1. Smile. A smile can brighten someone’s day. And it can lighten yours if it is returned. It is the simplest way to give.
2. Give assistance. If you are like me, you can be so busy you miss opportunities to extend a hand to someone else. Pause a moment to hold open a door, or if you are sweeping the sidewalk, sweep your neighbors also. When I was twelve and thirteen, I mowed yards to earn money. I remember instances when I mowed some for free, because I had the time and it was always appreciated. There are many ways to help that take very little time. We can raise our awareness of the needs that exist around us throughout our day.
3. Bring a positive attitude. Carrying a positive attitude with you throughout your day can positively impact everyone you meet.
4. Pay attention. When someone is talking with you, give them your attention. Too often we try to multitask. Stop looking at your phone and look at the person speaking. It makes a difference.
5. Provide a kind word. Encouragement feels good. Sometimes we just need to provide a kind word to change someone’s day.
We can be generous every day.
Have you ever noticed how the energy in a room can change when a person enters? A person carries their attitude wherever they go. It is inescapable, and it affects everyone it contacts. When you enter a room, you bring your attitude along. How often do you pause to assess your attitude? Being aware of your attitude, especially when you are under stress, can help you make adjusts when needed. What is the impact of an attitude?
1. Positive. You can lift the energy of the entire room. You can bring smiles to faces. You can create hope and happiness. You can display confidence.
2. Negative. You can destroy a team. You cause rumors to persist. You plant the seeds of despair and hopelessness. You cause others to leave or ignore you. You change the attitudes of others to negative.
3. Neutral. Neutral is better than negative, but you limit your impact. You wield no influence. What benefit are you to the team? Are you living your purpose to the best of your ability?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” It is true that we impact ourselves, and those around us when we take the time to choose and adjust our attitude.
Is it possible to always be positive? No. But we can get better at adjusting our attitude. We can get better at recognizing how our attitude affects others. We can get better at carrying our attitude.