Bring the Joy!

I heard a quote recently that I loved and it made me stop and think.  It goes like this:

“There are two types of people in the world.  One walks into the room and announces, “Here I am!”  The other walks into a room and says, “Oh, there you are!”

The truth of this made me take a good hard look at myself and ask, “Which one am I?”

So many of us are uncomfortable in social situations, but it has nothing to do with the people we are surrounded by, and everything to do with the thoughts in our own minds.

When we worry about the way that others perceive us, we focus on ourselves.
When we show up with love and genuine interest for others, the focus shifts
away from ourselves, and we are able to be authentic and engage in building relationships.

Consider how you want to show up.  What kind of energy do you want to bring? One of my mentors, Brendon Burchard, has a ritual he employs every time he crosses a doorway.  In his mind he repeats, “I am here to bring the joy.” With that mindset, he creates the intention,- and then his behaviors and communications with others are sincere and real, and not self-focused. 

He seeks opportunities to lift, to be curious and give full attention, in a way that brings joy to all he meets.

I love this idea.  Think I’ll give it a try!