“Stop and take your time to notice things and make those things you notice matter.”— Cecelia Ahern

Recently I found myself going a bit too fast through my days. My expectations were growing beyond the hours I had in a day. Leading with speed doesn’t mean frenzied activity. I know that, but I was headed that way.

Then I received a couple of small gifts that brought me back to myself.

First, my daughter gifted me a coupon that said she would make me some lunch sandwiches on demand. She had noticed that I was putting in some long hours and knew that some consistent nourishment would help. Indeed it would. She makes fantastic sandwiches, and I was delighted. 

Second, I received a birthday wish from a gentleman from Brazil. In his message, he thanked me for a talk I gave 16 years ago that he said helped him. These two gifts helped me become aware of the many other gifts around me.

As leaders, we are almost certainly often aware of all the things we should be doing. Many of us do have too much to accomplish in any one day.

Yet we will create more lasting value if we slow our minds enough to be aware of the good things around us. This is especially true if we take the time to notice others who are helping us create this world.  

After I received that note from my Brazilian friend, I took the time to send messages to others. Take time to provide the gift of being noticed and appreciated. It helps us all to create the future we desire.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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