20 Dec Amping Appreciation
Appreciation is shown to increase productivity.
In leadership positions, we hold the key to acknowledging one’s strengths and weaknesses through the lens of attention. That which we pay attention to grows.
I see this firsthand as an outrigger paddler. When my strength in technique is recognized and pointed out by the coach, I am able to resource that strength and come from that place to accomplish more. However, if my weak points are continually and only emphasized my attention goes there and my motivation takes a dive.
Of course critical examination and feedback on performance is crucial to identify the areas we need to improve for success. Yet once these areas for growth are identified, we need to pay close attention to feeding the thoughts/attention that support the development of the desired skills.
It’s just like a garden. Do we wish to water the weeds or the vegetables?
One Step Further
Let’s take it one step further…why not give this appreciation to ourselves?
There is a real palpable difference between insecure pumping of the ego and genuine appreciation. We may be afraid of being arrogant. That is not what I am talking about. Once we feel a natural recognition and appreciation of our own strengths and focus on the good with ourselves, then we are then more able to naturally have this focus towards others. The cycle of appreciation and productivity flourishes.
How do we do this?
Step 1: Acknowledge what WE’VE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED.
Often we are so focused on what we DON”T have, that we miss appreciating the progress WE HAVE MADE.
Exercise: Carve out 5 minutes to sit and to reflect on where you were three years ago and your goals at that time. Note where you are today in relation to these specific goals. It may be concrete projects or qualities you have developed within yourself. Take a breath and a moment to feel a deep appreciation for yourself and for your work or commitment it took to get you there.
So, give yourself a pat on the back today.
Note where you’ve come from and who you are today.
It may be the first step in moving our teams ahead.