Dear Society Member,
American writer Joseph Campbell once said, “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”
It’s officially 2018. With the new year, spring semester, and thoughts about what the future may hold, it’s not uncommon for uncertainty to chip away at the excitement. Oftentimes life can be uncomfortable, but that’s not necessarily a bad place to be. It’s all about perspective.
Having perspective is the difference between accepting or resisting the new challenges life throws at us. Failing to maintain perspective often causes us to overreact to situations that rarely merit the stress we experience from them. In actuality, it’s almost never the situation itself that causes stress, but rather our thoughts and reactions to them. The next time you find yourself in one of these situations and need help maintaining or finding perspective try doing the following…
Step 1. Remember that situations are temporary, so keep a positive attitude.
“Someone is in profound pain, and a few months from now, they’ll be thriving like never before. They just can’t see it from where they’re at.” - Danielle LaPorte
Don’t get caught up in the worst-case scenario. The key to great leadership is being able to rise above the situation and be positive.
Step 2. Ask yourself the following questions:
What are the lessons? There are typically a few good lessons in every challenge faced. Take a step back and look at what those lessons are and make note of them for the future.
What’s the bigger picture? How important is this difficulty in the overall scheme of things? What will this matter five years from now, even one year from now? Don’t devote precious energy to circumstances which do not carry life or death consequences.
Widening your perspective and stepping back will enable you to improve your attitude and mindset, reduce tension and stress, and develop deeper self-awareness.
I wish you all positive thoughts as you launch into the new year and semester.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for Mental Calibration: 5 Steps to Focus Better and Maintain Perspective.
Five years after moving from the nation’s capital to Greenville, Amira Ali has been selected as North Carolina’s recipient of The National Society of Leadership and Success’s (NSLS) Society State of Mind Award.
A native Egyptian, Ali earned a bachelor’s degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies in her home country before coming to the United States 15 years ago. She moved to Greenville from Washington, D.C., in 2012 and has become an active member of the community.
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By Nancy Fulda
Life is frantic. It’s easy to get caught up in a flurry of email, errands, hobbies and arguments… so much so that you collapse into an exhausted heap on your bed at the end of the day. Wrung out, worn out, you stare toward the ceiling as your thoughts spiral in guilty cycles. There’s so much you didn’t get done.
It’s a common pattern, but it’s not one you have to stay trapped in...
On Saturday, December 9th, the Casper College chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success held its Fall 2017 Induction Ceremony on campus in Casper, WY. The chapter honored 39 new inductees and two award recipients,“Excellence in Teaching” winner Dr. Evin Rodkey (pictured far left) and “Excellence in Service to Students” winner Danielle Gallegos (pictured far right).
The Kishwaukee College chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success held an Induction Ceremony December 1st, on campus honoring 28 new members.
The chapter also recognized faculty and staff members at Kishwaukee College for their support of the student experience on campus. Receiving a Plaque of Recognition were "Excellence in Teaching" – Todd West, assistant professor of English; "Excellence in Service to Students" – Scott Kawall, director of Student Involvement; and Pernevlon Ellis, assistant professor of sociology.
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