Without fail as I drop my kids off of at school and travel by the many crossing guards helping our children get safely to school, there is one that stands out in particular.
I would like to honor her by sharing the 7 Life Lessons I take away every day as I am inspired to wave back at her with the same level of enthusiasm she waves with to me. She’s awesome.
Here are the 7 Life Lessons that I have learned from our crossing guard:
1. Bring positive energy to this world. You never know the impact you are having on those around you. Her endless enthusiasm and waves to the many vehicles and people is inspiring and you begin to unconsciously wave back with the same level of smile and enthusiasm! Never underestimate the influence you have on others – good or bad.
2. Care. Care about your job, care about the people you serve, and care for the people you come across. That love and energy will be reciprocated more often than not.
3. Be prepared. We have had one crazy and harsh winter this year in Minnesota, yet who is still out there every school day bringing positive energy and caring for others? She is! Be prepared in life for any and all circumstances, so when things do happen, you are able to take on the challenge(s without using excuses or reasons of why you weren’t successful.
4. Own your job/role in life. There is no question who is in charge of that crosswalk area my friends. She owns it by fully being present, caring, and taking charge of every movement in that area. The pride she shows while doing her job is contagious. Do your job to the best of your ability – every single day.
5. We all matter. Every person in this world has the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life – what will you do with this opportunity gifted to you every day?
6. Always do your best work. There is always someone watching and learning from you. Before you do a presentation, before you submit a proposal, before you interact with your team – ask yourself, “Is this my best work?” If not, why not? Everything you do represents you my friends – what is your level of work saying about you?
7. Stay focused. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted – set your priorities for the day and then Just Get It Done. You have a role to play and are being paid to do it – so please do the honorable thing and execute it while bringing a positive attitude and energy to the workplace.
Do me a favor – the next time you see a crossing guard – give them a big smile and wave and see what happens. Thanks!