Viktor Frank chose joy in the most difficult of circumstances.
While a prisoner in Auschwitz where over one million people died he wrote:
A mantra I use to choose a response to stimuli rather than react to what happens is ‘Start With The Heart’.
The more I put this mantra into practice the more joyful my life is, the better choices I make, and the less I concern myself with what other people do or don’t do.
Every choice you make is a gift. You get to choose your intentions, feelings, thoughts, behaviours, everything.
My friend and colleague W. Mitchell put it this way:
1) Examine with your team your last 5 major decisions and answer the following questions:
Do you follow a process that means your decisions are transparent meaning people can see how you made the decisions even when they don’t agree with them?
2) Look back over the last week as an individual reviewing the every day choices you’ve made.
How aligned were you with your essence? How many times did you feel unable to sing your song? And how often did you sing it? What lessons are here for you to take on board and sing your song more often?
3) Explore this blog post with your team mates and decide what your one word will be as a team and as individuals for the next year.