I had the chance to hear Neil Pasricha speak at the YMCA General Assembly a few weeks ago. He is the author to one of the most popular blogs called 1000 Awesome Things and has over 60,000,000 hits and won best blog 2 years in a row. I feature devotions and leadership topics on this website, so I wanted to feature Neil to give you some awesome ideas to use with your participants or teams. There is much more to Neil than just a cool blog, check out some of the other things he is doing.
He as wrote a book called The Book of Awesome, and is an international bestselling high five for humanity and a big celebration of life’s little moments. There is even The Book of Even More Awesome, The Happiness Equation, and even a Journal with no words, just paper that is outselling all of his books called Journal Of Awesome. He even will tell you how CRAZY that is for a book with no words, just bounded paper is outselling all of his books. He has started a podcast called 3 Books With Neil Pasricha. I will add these to the Leadership Tools section.
I heard him speak on a few topics, but the picture featured on this post is something that really stuck out to me as something tangible to do when I came home from the conference. I can honestly share with you that I have failed horribly so far at achieving his outcome for happiness. I was challenged to do one of these things for 20 days for 20 minutes. They are not hard, it just takes discipline, and teaching your mind/body to slow down. With all the white noise in our life, this will help us focus.
- Brisk Nature Walks (20 Mins). Exercise, no checking your phone, music, just walk outside. If you need your phone for safety, take it, just easier when you don’t have the temptation.
- 20 Minute Replay – Write in a journal about only the good things that happened. Focus on the positive.
- 20 Pages of Fiction – Lets you be somewhere else. Escape!
Sounds easy right! Well I haven’t been able to do this yet. Think about how often we zone out on our phones. We can do this for 20 minutes! My challenge to you as well.
My favorite quote from the whole conference was from Neil’s Dad…”Let’s never forget how lucky we are, let’s not forget how good we have it.” Perspective is huge and when it comes to finding happiness, think about this.
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