It’s Time for the 6th Secret of a Can Do Life

Remember, life comes in cycles.  It’s quite simple and quite timely, this 6th secret: Remember, life comes in cycles. Just when we are SO READY for winter to be over and SPRING to get here.

spring-clip-art-spring-flower-clipartSpring is COMING! There are little signs around us.  It’s March. Spring training games started in Florida and Arizona this week. Daylight savings time starts this Sunday. While it is sure to snow a couple more times in many places across the US, it is a bit easier to take because Spring is COMING!

One of life’s great blessings is that our life comes in cycles. Daily. Monthly. Seasonal. Repeated, yet always changing.

How is Life Comes in Cycles a Secret of a Can Do Life? At the core of my Can Do life is a commitment I make every day (sometimes more than once a day!) to live my life with a positive attitude, grounded in gratitude and based in reality. The great thing about life coming in cycles is that no matter how yesterday went for me, I get to start each day new with this commitment.

shutterstock_77844214Life cycles give us two opportunities – one is to start over!  Not in the Scarlett O’Hara procrastinating way of “I’ll think about that tomorrow!” But in the ability to recommit with new energy to how we live our life and work toward our goals. The sunrise brings new light and new energy.

As does spring. For spring, we have rituals, like spring cleaning to brighten and light up our environment. For some of us, it is a re-commitment to exercise after the winter hibernation filled with comfort food and loose fitting sweat pants! Some people go away for Spring Break to play in the sun. In the Christian and Jewish faith traditions, we celebrate Easter and Passover, both of which are filled with symbols of new life, freedom, promise and hope.

valentine-clipartcom-free-valentine-clip-artLife coming in cycles also gives us the opportunity to remember moments, such as anniversaries and birthdays. To remember and to learn important lessons from the past for our future. Then, to recommit. For me, February 14th is much more than Valentine’s Day. It marks my anniversary of remission from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.  It reminds me of how precious my health is and how privileged I am to have it restored!  I try to keep that in mind every day, but I celebrate my health and my new life in a special way on Valentine’s Day!  And I use that day to commit again to working on my goal of keeping myself healthy.

As spring awakens the earth after the long, cold, grey winter months, I invite you to join me in recommitting on a new level to a whole and healthy life – YOUR Can Do Life.

Imagine hoTodayw much happier, more productive and stronger our families, neighborhoods, workplaces and communities would be if everyone made a commitment starting today to live his or her life with a positive attitude, grounded in gratitude and based in reality.

I hope that this spring, you Imagine, then Discover What You Can Do!

P.S. One way you can do this is to participate in the new Live YOUR Can Do Life online workshop.  Registration starts on March 6th and the workshop launches on Friday the 13th. The multi-media program is open online for two weeks. Learn more by clicking here.




New York Times, Meet The Can Do Workplace

I have been devoting big, no huge, chunks of my time over the last six weeks researching and writing my new book, The Can Do Workplace. I have thoroughly enjoyed my dozen-plus interviews with Can Do minded folks from around the shutterstock_94875910world. The outline is almost “there,” and the introduction and chapter three are both final drafts. Writing a book is a marathon, not just a race and I am still quite far from the magic moment of loading the manuscript onto its first stop, the Kindle e-bookstore shelf. My plan is to hit the PUBLISH button the week of Thanksgiving.

Recently I have been feeling a bit itchy because I really miss the feeling of accomplishment that comes from meeting concrete goals and getting some immediate gratification. Then last night I had an idea shutterstock_72101557to help scratch the itch!  I decided to begin to offer “sneak peeks” of the book’s contents on my social media platforms. First thing this morning I made a couple of notes, and then tucked them away planning to return to them after I finished the projects that were due today for my paying clients. (FYI: both deadline-driven documents were delivered before I started working on this blog!)

This afternoon, just after my favorite client from Atlanta called to postpone our meeting, a friend of mine posted an Opinion piece on Facebook, titled Why You Hate Work from the May 30th edition of the New York Times, and it moved me into action. The authors do an excellent job of describing the challenges and problems I have been New York Times Logoidentifying about workplace culture in the book, and of articulating and supporting why I believe that building and sustaining Can Do Workplaces is a pressing need that is critical to our economic future.

…just 30 percent of employees in America feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. Around the world, across 142 countries, the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13 percent. For most of us, in short, work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and in some obvious ways, it’s getting worse.

Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night.

(The research shows that) employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: 1) physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; 2) emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; 3) mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and 4) spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work. The more effectively leaders and organizations support employees in meeting these core needs, the more likely the employees are to experience engagement, loyalty, job satisfaction and positive energy at work, and the lower their perceived levels of stress.

These issues seem, as my undergrad statistics professor used to say, “intuitively obvious.” So, you might ask: why do I need to write the book when the NYT and Gallup have done such a great job defining the problem and articulating the solution?   Enter the Can Do Model of Change & Growth, with strategies that help motivate and move people to go from CAN and get them to DO.  The challenge is not in defining the problem, it is in designing and implementing ways to move organizations, filled with people who are highly resistant, to make significant changes in how they organize and conduct business.  That’s where the book’s outline that I (well, almost) finished this weekend comes to life.

Change & Growth happens in that tricky and remarkable space between CAN & DO!

Stay Tuned!