“The way we feel can be triggered by outside events.”
That’s how today’s email from Seth Godin begins.
At times like this, we don’t need reminding of this.
Except maybe we do.
Sure, our feelings are being triggered by lots of things outside our control – the disease, the latest medical research and government policies – but we also need to remember that we get a choice into what other “outside events” we pay attention to.
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“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn
- What are you watching?
- What are you reading?
- Who are you talking to?
Be deliberate in your choices. I can’t remember where I heard it, but someone smarter than me recently said, “The way we feel can be triggered by outside events.”
For me, this means deliberately choosing news sources, the people I follow on social media and cutting about 80% of the email newsletters I’m subscribed to.
Here are some of the ones that did make the cut:
- Seth Godin (duh!)
- Cal Newport
- Ryan Holiday
- Matt LeBlanc’s “Colonic Irrigation techniques of the Indian Mystics – a journey through the sages”
- The Daily Stoic
- The Daily Dad
All the above writers make me feel a little bit more empowered, a little bit more in control.
(Please do share your faves too! As my old PE teacher used to say, “I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours…”)
Spending time with these people, even in my inbox, makes me feel more optimistic and hopeful.
There’s a chance for YOU to do this for YOUR people. You don’t have to be a “leader”, “guru” or have 8 gazillion likes on that photo of you provocatively leaning against a 1989 Vauxhall Chevette.
You just need to be someone who inspires others, lifts them up and makes their lives better in some way.
Be someone who can move the needle in the right direction. Every little bit counts.
Make a video, go LIVE!, write something or share your favourite meme…
(No, not THAT one)
Just be a needle mover.
Oh, and if you fancy the “write something” part, but hate the thought of sitting down and staring desperately at the flashing cursor of death, let me know. I’ll be glad to help you out. 🙂