You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. I call my granddaughter and hairstylist, Danielle, My Sunshine because she epitomizes this little tune. When I sing that little ditty my mood lifts. When I play music in my head, pound it out on a drum, or listen or clap or dance to it, I am changed.
Every stressful situation — a longer meeting than you expected, the colleague letting you down on deliverables — can start to feel like a pressure situation when, in fact, it is a mild inconvenience that has no impact on the success of your day. Unmanaged, pressure will sabotage our best intentions.
Most leadership courses include the topic of change. Leadership expert and author of Growing the Distance, Jim Clemmer, offers a workshop called Leading @ the Speed of Change in which he explores how people react when on the change train. He suggests some people thrive on change, others put up with it and some end up whining. Give up the whimper and go beyond survival.
We live in an addiction-prone culture filled with many invitations to become addicted. Magazine and television advertisements are full of promises of a quick fix (they say cure) from many physical, mental or emotional discomforts. I am not denying the need for medications for real pain, clinical depression or other mental health disorders. The problem with the advertisements we are inundated with today is that they are all about a quick fix for an everyday headache that could be remedied by some deep breathing, or a quick fix for feeling low that could be remedied by tears of loss. We are also bombarded with quick fixes for happiness from a fast weight loss program to the elation of looking a certain way or owning a certain item.