Focus on Your Slice - Leadership SHIFT Tip

When my daughters were young, we would go to Whole Foods on Saturday to pick up the groceries for the week. When we had time, which was usually the case, we found some lunch and a piece of chocolate cake for them to split for dessert. 

When we first started this tradition, it was not uncommon to have a kerfuffle about which piece of cake was bigger. They spent so much energy trying to determine if their sister got the bigger slice, they lost sight of the deliciousness in front of them. It was frustrating until my wife came up with a brilliant idea, one would cut and other would choose which slice they wanted. 

Last week I was having a little kerfuffle of my own as I found myself comparing views, likes, followers, and celebrity memoir publicity. It put me in a funky headspace. Luckily, I had a friend who asked me if I wanted advice or just a smack in the head. I took the smack.  

I was reminded that there will always be someone faster, smarter, or attractive and there are plenty of folks that will have more influence, money, or "success." That's life. 

All comparison gives you is a big slice of frustration. And no matter how much chocolate and sugar you add, it's difficult to make frustration taste sweet.  

So instead of envying someone else's slice, focus on what you have in front of you - the opportunity to become your best, change a life, and live in happiness. All things that taste pretty sweet. 

Have Fun Storming the Castle!

p.s., I invite you to listen to my interview with Diane Jenks on the Outspoken Cyclist.

 

That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars
And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.
- Dr. Seuss from The Sneetches

 

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