Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (Day 250)
Relaxing Music for the week: Unity: Liquid Mind (9:50) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzPpaH1V66Y
Question: What kind of adventure would you never want to undertake?
Answer: Wow, another milestone…it’s day 250 of the year – and I’ve only missed one day. And that includes weekends! Never, ever, ever did I think I would keep up with this, especially with travel stuff going on. Discipline is one of my stronger suits, as you probably guessed from my workout obsession.
So, that’s a really easy question to answer, because I know there are a few adventures that I have ZERO interest in undertaking. Here’s a list:
- Jumping out of a plane.
- Doing ANYTHING in, below, or above water.
- Going to most places outside of the U.S.
- Trying new foods, especially from different cultures.
I’ll start with that, although there are a lot more things I could easily add. I believe COVID really helped emphasized the things I don’t want to do. Yes, I’m a big believer in stepping outside my comfort zone – and I do that by attending things I don’t normally attend, reading things I don’t normally read, and going to events that I don’t really have much of an interest attending. But the list above are things that you don’t even need to ask, since they are things I have NO interest in doing. And trust me, peer pressure doesn’t work with me – if it’s not a “hell yes” for me, then I won’t do it.
As you know, I am constantly learning something new and/or interesting, whether it’s reading a book or article, watching videos, or attending presentations/webinars. This morning, I was intrigued by the title of this article:
- Here’s the No. 1 reason why employees quit their jobs – https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/here-s-no-1-reason-why-employees-quit-their-jobs-ncna1020031
Don’t you think that would be an interesting article to read? The reason? Lack of appreciation. Here’s another article that supports the first one:
- Employee Recognition: Low Cost, High Impact – https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236441/employee-recognition-low-cost-high-impact.aspx
Interestingly enough, it’s the reason why I am in such a quandary at UNCG – a complete lack of appreciation for Life Design Catalyst work – and it’s been that way for years. I’ve had to go outside of the institution to get positive feedback about the work, because NO ONE in a leadership position has shared ANY appreciation for this work since Dean Celia Hooper left UNCG. I honestly feel like I’m on an island by myself right now; if it wasn’t for my colleague Megan, who knows what I’d be doing right now. Anyway, it’s my hope that anyone reading this is getting some appreciation for their efforts at work…or, if you’re a leader, that you’re sharing appreciation for the efforts of those under you. It matters, even more than money.