Are you planting seeds today that will turn into something in the near future? Our daughters came home this past weekend from college and they had their friends over Friday night for a bluegill fish fry at our place. It was really nice hanging out, talking about life, direction, and getting updates on how things are in their world. Sometimes I like to ask what is the biggest issue you are dealing with right now – which is a fun question because you get a glimpse at what’s important to them at this point in their lives.
We all know that we have different priorities and problems at different chapters of life. Helping the people we have a direct connection with and being able to be an influence to help them navigate life is a privilege for many of us. Sometimes as an outcome of that, you indirectly help others, too. I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s entreleadership podcast the next day. They were interviewing Todd Henry who shared tips for being brilliant and healthy in life and work.
He mentioned asking 3 questions to engage with your family, friends, and co-workers, they are:
- What are you working on now?
- How can I help you?
- What is inspiring you?
Seems pretty simple. But if you did those with your family, friends, and team, it may gain clarity for you and them, spark creativity and engagement on another level, or just build a deeper relationship. All good things from a few simple questions. The one quote that really stood out to me was:
“The seeds of tomorrow’s brilliance are planted in the soil of today’s activity.”
As I reflected on that statement and our fish fry from the day prior, it was fulfilling and affirming to know my wife and I are passionate about helping others get to the next better version of themselves. Planting seeds and working the soil of the next generation – as well as having a positive impact on the people we come in contact with – felt right.
- Reflect on what seeds you are planting.
- Think about activities you are doing this week and which ones will have a positive influence on someone else.
- Practice saying No to the activities that drain you or cause you to prioritize the wrong things.
- Say Yes to the right things.
Good Luck and have a positive impact on someone this week.