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Interesting Connection With Politics, Being Human, and Organizing Habits

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, thoughts of gratitude, family, friends, food, and love are usually the focus. While there has been some “turkey talk,” more of the conversations are politics-filled, especially because of the recent election. We are passionate human beings with varying perspectives and values. Our emotions are running high. While we wouldn’t necessarily view organizing habits and politics together, I had a conversation during a client organizing session, which made me think about the connection.

My client was telling me how much she valued working with me and then mentioned an excerpt from a recent White House Press Conference, which related to her thoughts. At the press conference, President Obama was referring to the President-Elect and talking about the importance of recognizing aspects of your temperament that will or will not serve you well as President. He said that recognizing and correcting for deficits are essential to being successful in that role.

Obama used the following example to express this idea and said, 

“…I know myself well enough to know I can’t keep track of paper. I am not well organized in that way. And so pretty quickly, after I’m getting stacks of briefing books coming in every night, I say to myself, I’ve got to figure out a system because I have bad filing, sorting and organizing habits. And I’ve got to find some people who can help me keep track of this stuff. That seems trivial, but actually it ends up being a pretty big piece of business.”

We all have strengths and challenges. Even the President needs help staying organized. Positive outcomes happen when we’re able to work from our strengths and enlist the right support for our challenges.

Uncertainty exists, especially in this tumultuous political climate. However, you can choose to embrace change with the things you have within your control. Are their habits that no longer serve you? Do you see an opening for change? What support do you need to move forward? If it’s organizing help that you desire, I’m just a phone call away. Reach out. Let me help you change your corner of the world.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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I think one of the hardest things to do is to take a hard or close look at yourself and identify your own strengths. So often we focus on our weaknesses. If we turn it around and ask ourselves 'which strengths do I have to help me compensate for this weakness?' we would be so much better off. Thanks for this post, Linda. I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- I agree that it's hard to identify our strengths. Too often we are focused on what we don't do well or what we're lacking. But working from a place of strength is a beautiful thing to experience and witness. Books like Tom Rath's Strengthfinder 2.0 is one way to identify your top strengths. There are other assesments available too, but that's one good place to start. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

The hardest part is recognizing where your clutter issues are, very smart man President Obama.

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

When something isn't going well, put a system in place! It is a strength to acknowledge where our weaknesses lie, because then we are more likely to seek appropriate support. Even in job interviews, where I've heard it suggested to say you can do anything, I prefer the opposite. I like to highlight what I do well, and be honest about where I may need further education or instruction. The last thing I would want is to walk in and fail on day one because I misrepresented myself and ended up in a situation I couldn't handle.

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Jill- Hardest part is recognizing and then doing something about it. Agree with you about Obama being smart.

@Seana- I guess there's embellishing and then there's "misrepresenting." Being honest about what we can and cannot handle makes a lot of sense. There are times when we want to stretch, but that shouldn't be at our client's expense. In the job setting, some places of work offer on the job training. But whatever the situation is, working from our strengths is a satisfying approach.

November 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Interesting connection!

November 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

I love this quote from President Obama. We know how important organizing is!

November 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Hazel- Glad you thought so too.

@Ellen- SO important. Love how he used it as an example and was able to share one of his known challenges that he enlists for.

November 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Self awareness is so important but sadly it's often lacking. I love the quote from Obama and that he shared his own example of an area he needed help in. Such humility and self awareness.

November 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHilda Rodgers

@Hilda- Wonderful words, "humility and self awareness" to describe Obama. We all struggle. Reaching out for help in the areas we need it most can make all the difference.

November 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Recognizing our weaknesses and finding people who can provide direction or fill the gaps for us is key to success in all areas of life!

November 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Most definitely. I know you are one of the resources that others reach out to when they need help...and in turn you help them to experience greater success.

November 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thanks, Linda! I'm happy that I'm able to do that.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- It's a beautiful thing...aligning what you do best with helping others to be there best. Bravo!

November 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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