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The Classic Pamela Positive: Celebrate the Beauty of Balance!

We’re all here to help each other, and part of that is supporting balance.   And one of the ways we can do this is to encourage your team to share their goals outside of work.   In so doing, this will help your organization’s mission, too.

It’s important to have outside lives and interests.  You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself.  Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person.

Why do we try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals? We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me :)).  Balance helps keep people energized and refreshed. They maintain strong critical thinking skills and positive energy. Your team also feels they can be transparent about what their goals are.

As CEO, I love to hear about the other interests.  How can we help further them? One person wants to be a writer. Another wants to go into aerospace. If I know this, perhaps someday I can help them. I can watch out for a person or introduction that might be beneficial.  Or even in a small way, I can find a helpful article in my daily journey of reading.

So first, we’re all here to help each other; that’s the first, right motive.  Yet it will amaze you how much it energizes your organization, and propels your vision forward.  You commit to the entire person, and they will also trust and commit to you, giving their all when they are working.  Most importantly, it honors the other person holistically, just as you would want to be honored.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “What’s Important to You Is Important to Me”

Pamela’s Favorite…Pamela Positive

“What’s Important To You Is Important To Me”

This is one of my favorite statements.  It helps me understand and sincerely care about others.  When we truly listen to our family, friends, partners, team mates, improv players, then we can really hear…what’s important.

Sometimes it might be a clean kitchen.  For others, it might be taking the dog for a walk or getting the car cleaned.  Or it might be that you showed up at your daughter’s gymnastics recital. And sometimes, sitting down and listening to your boyfriend, while not multitasking and cleaning the dishes at the same time, may be the biggest sign of attention. It can even be as small as keeping your desk clean at work because you know it inspires your manager.

The point is, we all fall into habits.  These habits are what are most comfortable, and convenient, for us.  They are our priorities. But they are not necessarily important to others.  Instead, we need to take a look at what motivates others.

So even if we can live with a messy desk, if we know the manager is inspired to see an ordered workspace, then we can try to rise to that new standard.  If it bothers our companion that we’re doing something else while he’s talking about a serious issue, then we need to stop and sit down, and give our undivided attention.  If it makes a difference to our mom that we check the stove one more time before we leave the kitchen, then we make her feel cared for, and can do it again.

These are the small and important ways that we can let someone know they are important to us.

It’s the Substance of what builds or breaks down any relationship.

Many of us have felt that overwhelmingly warm feeling when someone does something for us… It specifically hits our hearts.  “Ah…how grateful I am that they took out the recycling!  I love an ordered home…”  It’s something that puts you at  peace.  And that positive energy allows you to give more.

“What’s Important to You is Important to Me.”

What a beautiful way to live…

The Classic Pamela Positive: Celebrate the Beauty of Balance!

We’re all here to help each other, and part of that is supporting balance.   And one of the ways we can do this is encourage your team to share their goals outside of work.   In so doing, this will help your organization’s mission, too.

I hope I believe in balance. And part of that is identifying and knowing your team members’ goals outside of work.

It’s important to have outside lives and interests.  You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself.  Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person.

Why do we try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals? We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me :)).  Balance helps keep people energized and refreshed. They maintain strong critical thinking skills and positive energy. Your team also feels they can be transparent about what their goals are.

As CEO, I love to hear about the other interests.  How can we help further them?  One person wants to be a writer. Another wants to go into aerospace. If I know this, perhaps someday I can help them. I can watch out for a person or introduction that might be beneficial.  Or even in a small way, I can find a helpful article in my daily journey of reading.

So first, we’re all here to help each other; that’s the first, right motive.  Yet it will amaze you how much it energizes your organization, and propels your vision forward.  You commit to the entire person, and they will also trust and commit to you, giving their all when they are working.  Most importantly, it honors the other person holistically, just as you would want to be honored.

“Spend All You Have for Loveliness” – Sara Teasdale

“Spend all you have for loveliness.  Buy it and never count the cost.”

– From “Barter” by Sara Teasdale

What Teasdale is pointing at is the fact that whatever brings about love in our lives is what we should focus on.  For me, this doesn’t mean a purchase.  It means that we do believe life has extreme value and we should cherish it.  Let’s spend all we have—our time, our energy, our positive thoughts, towards that which we love.

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) was an American poet.  She had poor health much of her life, and did not begin school until age 14.  She published her first poem in 1907, and went on to publish four more volumes of poetry.  Her collection, Love Songs, won the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.  Her poem, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” inspired a famous short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury.

Bio Source: Wikipedia

Pamela’s Favorite…Pamela Positive: “What’s Important to You Is Important to Me”

Pamela’s Favorite…Pamela Positive

“What’s Important To You Is Important To Me”

This is one of my favorite statements.  It helps me understand and sincerely care about others.  When we truly listen to our family, friends, partners, team mates, improv players, then we can really hear…what’s important.

Sometimes it might be a clean kitchen.  For others, it might be taking the dog for a walk or getting the car cleaned.  Or it might be that you showed up at your daughter’s gymnastics recital. And sometimes, sitting down and listening to your boyfriend, while not multitasking and cleaning the dishes at the same time, may be the biggest sign of attention. It can even be as small as keeping your desk clean at work because you know it inspires your manager.

The point is, we all fall into habits.  These habits are what are most comfortable, and convenient, for us.  They are our priorities. But they are not necessarily important to others.  Instead, we need to take a look at what motivates others.

So even if we can live with a messy desk, if we know the manager is inspired to see an ordered workspace, then we can try to rise to that new standard.  If it bothers our companion that we’re doing something else while he’s talking about a serious issue, then we need to stop and sit down, and give our undivided attention.  If it makes a difference to our mom that we check the stove one more time before we leave the kitchen, then we make her feel cared for, and can do it again.

These are the small and important ways that we can let someone know they are important to us.

It’s the Substance of what builds or breaks down any relationship.

Many of us have felt that overwhelmingly warm feeling when someone does something for us… It specifically hits our hearts.  “Ah…how grateful I am that they took out the recycling!  I love an ordered home…”  It’s something that puts you at  peace.  And that positive energy allows you to give more.

“What’s Important to You is Important to Me.”

What a beautiful way to live…