A. Who are the right people? Positive people.
Research, has found that positive social connection is the greatest predictor of long-term happiness. Welcoming a positive new influencer into your world can be one of the most important choices for happiness you make.
Get around people with goals and plans, people who are going somewhere with their lives and have high aspirations. Get around eagles. As Zig Ziglar says, “You can’t scratch with the turkeys if you want to fly with the eagles.”
And get away from negative people. Get away from toxic people who complain and whine and moan all the time. Who needs them? Life is too short.
B. Ask for feedback from the right people. Those who provide honest feedback.
Not the “Do these pants make me look fat?” type feedback. Soliciting advice and criticism from others creates accountability.
For this to work, you will need to convince the mentor, friend, colleague or significant other to whom you’re appealing that you want to know what he/she really thinks. The evaluator needs to know that he won’t suffer any blow-back if he is totally honest. Feedback is key to overcoming blind spots and achieving better results.
Determine which of the feedback could help you get to the goal you want to achieve. Which of the feedback helps fill out the picture you saw in your drawing? The image you want to achieve?
Excerpted from David Jordan’s article, Five Things You Can Do to Breathe New Life Into Your Program. Printed with permission from Pro-Motion Music LLC. David Jordan, media artist, and his wife Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist are the creators and performers of the live organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes.