Monthly Meditations: September 2019 Issue

Monthly Meditations is a series that I started in order to catalogue my thoughts on various subjects. I write and share these with somewhat of a consistent schedule on LinkedIn. I decided that it would be a good idea to put all of these thoughts in one place. That way, you don’t have to consume more information on social media (hats off to you), and you can catch up in one sitting over a nice cup of coffee. I try to encourage engagement and discussions on these topics, so feel free to comment on LinkedIn, in these monthly entries, or reach out to me personally. Enjoy!

You are a part of a creative lineage. Inspiration comes from everywhere around you.

Don’t forget that the most successful people on this planet all learned from others. And those before them as well. It does not make logical sense to try to break out from scratch with absolutely no starting block.

Start by absorbing everything you can from one mentor you admire most. Once your grasp of their concepts begin to become second nature, find the three people that influenced your original chosen mentor.

Continue this pattern for as long as you can. Imagine yourself climbing the tree, so that you can then branch out on your own.

See yourself as a part of a creative lineage.

Don’t make excuses for not working.

Right now you have the ability to make something with the time, space, and materials that you currently possess. Delaying your start, and awaiting the “perfect” time is a fool’s errand.

Do what you can, with what you have, right now. Don’t wait.

Focus on building better processes, and the outcomes will start to take care of themselves.

Hone your craft. Build your skills. Improve your systems. Get help. Start now. Don’t stop.

As Seth Godin says, “Art isn’t art until it has been shipped.”

In the book ‘Influence,’ the authors bring up the concept of opinion leaders - a term originally coined by Dr. Everett Rogers.

Opinion leaders are those defined by a few key characteristics. They are: socially connected, socially respected, open to new ideas, and tend to be smarter than average. Rogers found that these people represent a small portion of a specific population, only about 13.5%.

Getting your entire team on board with a particular innovation starts with the opinion leaders buying in first. The rest of the team adopts the newly proposed behaviours only after the opinion leaders does so.

You don’t need to influence everyone. Once these opinion leaders latch onto an innovation, it can spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the organization.

Your aim is to find your wellness champions (opinion leaders), and get their buy in. From here, you want to give them the platform they require in order to build their own mini wellness cultures.

In order to get the most out of your wellness champions, you must build trust with them. That means that you will have to spend a disproportionate time with them, in which you listen and engage intently.

Your wellness champions will give you insights and feedback that you need to help get your initiative moving forward.

Your team wants to feel like they have wellness accessibility and accountability for them. Not feel like they are required to do another program forced on them.

True healthcare starts with self care. So we need to create an environment of opt-in self care.

This requires understanding expectations from launching a wellness initiative, and knowing the crucial variables that need to be measured.

If we are not assessing, we are just guessing. It’s not enough for us to ask more questions. It’s about asking the right questions.

“Are my employees healthy?” means well, but it is very vague to track.

“Are my employees engaging in physical activity at work?” is easier to analyze, and directly gets you to the answer you really want when asking if your employees are healthy.

By empathizing with what your team really needs, you can align your initiative much more accurately. Then you can create systems and processes based on reality, not on what you think it is.

Thank you for reading my article. I hope you found it helpful or at least thought-provoking. If this post did help you, consider sharing it with someone you think it would help too.