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Uber Wisdom

Are you ready for a new construction season with all of its challenges, long hours and opportunities? William James said "It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome." I recently had an encounter with an Uber driver that reminded me of the importance of a positive attitude ...

UBER WISDOM By Sydne Jacques

​​I have a contract with the city of San Francisco to perform Partnering Workshops. Every time I work there I use the Uber app to get my rides around the city. The last time I was there was on a Monday. I finished my workshop, packed up my supplies and requested the Uber ride. As soon as I got in, my driver turned to greet me and handed me a bottle of water. He introduced himself and then said, “Happy Friday!”

I appreciated his friendly greeting and the bottle of water, but did he know today was Monday?

We drove for a few minutes and I finally couldn’t resist any longer. I leaned forward and quietly said, “Um, excuse me, did you know that today is Monday?”

He said that he did. I then asked why he wished me a “Happy Friday.” He smiled and said, “This is what I know. Everyone is always happier on Friday. You feel good, you have things to look forward to, and people are just happier when it is Friday. So I decided that every day is Friday in my car. I want everyone to be happy, so in here, where I’m in control—every day is Friday.”

When we arrived at my hotel, I thanked him for the ride and asked if I could take a picture with him. I love learning new things, and that day I learned a lesson that will stick with me for a very long time. We have our company staff meeting every Monday, and now we end our meetings wishing each other a “Happy Friday!” It brings great energy and it’s a great way to start the week.

When someone enters your space - your office, your car, your home - what kind of atmosphere do you provide? Is it a “Happy Friday” kind of place? Next Monday, what if you bring a “Happy Friday” attitude to work with you? How would that affect you and those around you?

Triggering Change By Sydne Jacques

A few years ago I learned about the power of using triggers. A trigger is simply a tool that helps us remember to do something that we have decided ahead of time is important to us.

When I first started my business, I hired a business coach to help me establish my business plan. The most important thing that he taught me was, “If you want to be successful in your business you must learn to be 100% present.”

With all of today’s distractions, how often are we really 100% present? It has been something that I have really tried to work on. Every time I pull into my driveway, I look at the door of my house and it triggers my wish to be 100% present with my family when I walk through the door. I turn the ringer off my phone, put my phone in my purse and when I walk through the door I want to be 100% present with the most important people in my life.

The process is simple; here are the steps:

1) Think of something that you already do every day (walk through the front door, open the fridge, etc.). Call it “A.”

2) Think of something that you want to do or be better at doing consistently, and call it “B.”

3) Connect in your mind that every time you experience “A,” you will choose to do “B.”

I have used triggers over and over to help me with areas of my life. One is that every time I brush my teeth, I do lunges. I can do 60 lunges in the 2 minutes it takes to brush my teeth.

So take time now and figure out your “A” and your “B” and get those triggers in place. Why not work on being more present, more grateful, or sharing the spirit of the “Happy Friday” Uber driver?

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