I HAVE THE GIFT TO GAB. SHUT UP ALREADY…

TGIM!

Team, God gave me a great gift.  At times I can be witty, funny, and I can speak well in front of large crowds!  Motivating even, so I am told.  I love to hear myself talk.  All that random knowledge I read about I get to share with people.  It’s awesome!

STUPID ME.

IN THE SILENCE IS ALL THE VALUE IN THE WORLD!  SHUT UP!

PLEASE READ THE BELOW…

http://blog.franciscanmedia.org/mother-teresa-on-the-power-of-silence

My favorite quote from this…:

“….When you look at people, they must be able to see God in your eyes. The fullness of the heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we need ..”

I am quieter now than in my 20s (don’t laugh it’s true) and quieter now than in my 30s… and hopefully as my wisdom grows, my silence will too.  It will have to be intentional, and I may never be as good at silence as many of you already are… but I will try!

Peace and Grace,

Joel

 

MICROSCOPE AND TELESCOPES

From Jon Gordon newsletter April 18, 2016

Follow Jon.  Buy his books.  He’s golden.

Telescope and Microscope:

See the Big Picture and Zoom Focus Today

Almost every writer, speaker, and performance coach shares the importance of having a vision for your future. A vision is supposed to be energizing and exciting.

But the other day it hit me that sometimes a vision doesn’t energize you. Sometimes it depresses you because it seems impossible to achieve and so far away.

In these moments, it’s important to remember that just because you have a vision doesn’t mean it’s meant to happen now. Your vision is meant to show you what’s possible for your future.

Don’t let it frustrate you. Let it fill you with possibility and passion. If you see it, you can create it. If you have a vision, know that you also have the power to make happen.

The key is to just keep moving forward with grit and optimism towards your vision one step at a time.

To help you do this you’ll want to go through life with a telescope and a microscope.

You need both.

The telescope allows you to see the big picture.

The microscope helps you zoom-focus on what you need to do today to realize the big picture in the telescope.

If you just had a telescope and no microscope, you would have vision without execution which leads to nothing.

If you had a microscope without a telescope you would likely lose site of the big picture and get frustrated by all the challenges of today.

Together the telescope and microscope provide you with the right combination of inspiration and action to create your future.

The journey isn’t easy but with a telescope and microscope you’ll see where you are going, remember why you are going there and know what steps you need to take today.

-Jon

you’re ok. i’m ok.

TGI— TUESDAY!

Team,

I got this gem from Cardinal Dolan:

“The world says “I’m OK, you’re OK”. Advent reminds us that the world, and our lives, are a mess. We need something – *someone* – to make us whole. We need our Savior! Our lives are like the empty manger awaiting the birth of Christ!”

How true this is!  We are not OK.  Not even close.  We have issues…at work, at home… but we look the other way and say “I’m OK.”  God will and can help you.  Just stop to ask.  Stop to say, “I surrender…”

Same for our team here at Drexel.  Never be defensive.  Never blame others.  Never have an excuse.  It’s ok to say HELP ME.  HELP ME.  HELP ME.   That will make you vunerable and everyone else around you stronger so you yourself can be stronger.

WE WILL MAKE MISTAKES… LET’S OWN UP TO THEM,  PAUSE, FIND SOLUTIONS AND LONG TERM ANSWERS TO THEM! 

WE ARE BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS WE WILL BE TOMORROW!

I’m not ok… but I’m working on it!

THANK YOU FOR ALL HELPING ME!

GOD BLESS!

— JOEL

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p.s. Lastly I was asked today from a friend and industry leader:

Joel, give me FIVE THINGS an Executive Leader MUST do EACH WEEK to energize their org like this! Give me FIVE…. NOW … FAST…. From your GUT!

My answer:

love

serve

care

pray

laugh

AMOR FATI

TGIM!

AMOR FATI

I stumbled on this term.  And now am somewhat obsessed with it.  A term I’ve been trying to live for years.  To the point my life claims I have “no empathy” because she rarely if ever sees me stress or worried in troubled times.  It means to LOVE YOUR FATE in Latin.  Or essentially, no matter what “trust the process.”    In fact she even just told me that this weekend, “you have no empathy,” and I suppose she is quite right.  I struggle with that, and have to do better.  Just because I try (and I’m not perfect on it) in a AMOR FATI mindset, doesn’t mean others don’t need my love, support, and encouragement, and sometimes to mourn with them…however I always go back to AMOR FATI.

Fail Forward.

Fall 7, Rise 8!

Here’s a fantastic article explaining it more.

The Unfathomable Power of Amor Fati

— – Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

TODAY WORK FOR OTHERS!

TGIM!

Pictured: Jeremy Zimmerman and his son Gavin at the dockspiders game we attended on Friday.

Team, I was reading a book by Matt Kelly titled “Resisting Happiness”  and I stumbled on something he suggested maybe we can all try…and just try it for ONE DAY.

Or make it your daily ritual, but I think we can at least all try it for one day.

What is it we should try?   To work for one day…  for a specific cause, or person… even beyond Supplying happiness.

To summarize that part of  his book, I’ll use his example:

If someone says, “Hey the local playground could really use two trees planted and we will give you $500 an hour to plant them.”  You say sure, but you are very busy.  That Saturday you show up late, do crappy work, trees at an angle, not buried well, you don’t even believe they will live when you leave the playground, in fact you KNOW they won’t live… you planted them so badly, but you get $1000 as payment… OR

That same persons asks you, asks your fee, and you say for the kids you will donate your time.  It takes you all morning that Saturday and then you nuture them for the next year…and you KNOW they are growing great roots, a real source of pride for you right?

In which case are you HAPPIER?

The latter one is universally chosen, therefore proving the human condition does not work ONLY for the $$$$.

We work for the JOY OF IT.  THE LABOR OF IT.

WE WORK FOR A PASSION.

So one day this week, WORK FOR GOD.  Or work for that person you know who is in an old age home that can no longer work.  Or work for your kids.  Or work for that loved one that passed away and can’t work any more.  It’s an act of prayer.  Work can be prayer.   Put those initials on a post it note, or clipboard, or hand tool, someway that ALL DAY you are not working for you… you are working for them.  Every detail, every focus, every smile given is for them.  I imagine you will go home that night feeling AWESOME… I also bet your work that day will be pretty awesome too as well as your feelings at work that day…

I haven’t decided who that person or mission for that day will be.  I’m gonna think about it, but I am pretty excited to choose.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

 

 

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