When my clients, individuals and organizations, want to improve in any area, I often take them through exercises designed to open their eyes to the ways in which they’re already doing what they say is needed. With that awareness, the focus shifts from “all the ways we’re falling short of the mark” to “we know how to do this. With greater frequency and consistency, how can we do what we already know how to do?”

As you target areas for change – for your organization or yourself – instead of traveling down the track of all you’re doing wrong, adopt a more constructive approach. Look for examples of situations wherein what you want to create aligns with what already exists. Highlight evidence that demonstrates present-day-capacity to be and do exactly what’s desired. Then, the work becomes to more frequently be and do more of what works. Fan sparks into a glowing flame.

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