For your Monday motivation today, I wanted to talk about a podcast episode I listened to recently – What They Did to That Wall by Rob Bell. If you haven’t listened to Rob’s podcast, The Robcast, I highly recommend it. In this episode, he’s talking about something that happened in his neighborhood. A wall was painted beautifully, it was defaced, and then someone scrubbed away the paint to make it whole again.
What stopped me in my tracks though was when he said, “What you look for, you will find.” He asks about who you thought “they” was referring to in the title of his podcast. Did you think it was the people who originally painted it? The people who defaced it? Or the people who fixed it? It could be any of those, but it depends on your perspective. Are you looking for the positive or are you focused on the negative? To be honest, I was thinking the “they” was negative. It was a wake up call that maybe I was more focused on the negative. Then he asked this question:
“Is there anything you’ve been participating in that’s creating a world you don’t want to live in?”
That’s a powerful question and it spoke to me because I’ve been struggling with this at work. I’m in a new role that requires coordinating across a lot of different groups who don’t really seem to be moving in the same direction. The example I’ve seen on how to be successful in this environment is to be more aggressive and argue in order to get your point across. I see it in meetings every single week. I had resigned myself to the fact that this was what was required of me in my job. I’d have to push out of my comfort zone and be aggressive and argumentative if I wanted to be successful. But what if I resisted? What if I set a new example that didn’t require arguing to get the job done? What if I could still get my point across without doing that? I plan to find out.
It’s easy to get caught up in negativity, but what if we challenged that and chose to see the positive?