Inspired by the book I’m currently reading, Edward M. Hallowell, MD Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People, I’m devoting this Sunday to the “Shine.”

Dr. Hallowell’s intended audience is mainly managers in the business world.  Since managing myself is my greatest challenge there are some ideas in his book that I can apply to myself.   Shine is the end result of the “cycle of excellence.”

Cycle of Excellence

(Each steps builds on the other.  They all work together to create the last step, shine.)

1.) Select

2.) Connect

3.) Play

4.) Grapple and Grow

5.) Shine

Hallowell defines shine as, “. . . what happens as employees work hard and advance.  As they gain recognition, which affirms what they have done is valuable, they experience one of the greatest feelings a person can have (Hallowell, 38).”

Sign me up!  I want to shine.

Some times my soul wears a dull matte finish.  No happy beaming there.

How can I reflect the good in others back to them if I’m not shining?

On this January Sunday, as you look out on a winter world, ask yourself what shining means to you.  Then, go after it.  It’s a perfect task for a day devoted to the sun.

I am the person behind the words printed here. I write because my heart will not allow me the option of NOT writing. It has taken me half a life time to discover this basic truth, but now that I have, writing is as natural as breathing. This is where my breath takes the form of words.


I am reading

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
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