Richard Simmons was on NPR Morning Edition yesterday morning and hearing his voice brought a smile to my face and my mood lifted immediately. I find it amazing that hearing a certain person's voice can have such a profound impact on how I started my day. I came into the office in a great mood and was joking and laughing with people.
Simmons has great energy and such a passion for helping people be their best. He said something that I think epitomizes his philosophy. One that we should all adopt, in my humble opinion. He was talking about the people that came to his workout and said, "...these people did close to 500- 600 leg lifts this morning, but most of all it did something for their self esteem."
I think Richard has it right. What can we do every day that lifts our self esteem? Maybe even more important, what can we do every day to lift up others' self esteem? If we all feel great about ourselves, every one of us, we all benefit.
My friend recently shared a story with me about a mean thing another girl said to her daughter. It makes me sad that kids are learning - from us, the adults - that it's OK to make others feel badly about themselves. To put others down. Why not make someone else feel great?
I'm reminded of a question I heard a yoga teacher say they ask themselves whenever they are not sure how to react to a situation. They ask "What would love do?" Said another way, how would you lovingly respond or act in a specific situation. Unfortunately, I think some approach situations, maybe without even thinking of it - with a negative disposition or worse, "What would hate do?"
What if all of us brought Richard Simmons's positive energy to the workplace? Imagine how great it would feel to come in every day. We'd have fun and we'd get a lot done!
It would be even more fun if we could pop in an old school Richard Simmons aerobics video and sweat to the oldies together but not sure that would fly in all work cultures. A girl can dream, right?