Feb 13 – Find the Innate Goodness in Others

Living in other's innate goodness is a gift to yourself.

Living in others' innate goodness is a gift to yourself.

Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) Tip of the Day

February 13 – Look for the innate goodness in others and live there. It’s so much nicer than the alternative.


Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

Take a minute to think about how you would prefer other people to interact with you? How do you like it when people find fault with your best intentions, harangue you about the infinite things you haven’t done, or give you the “stink eye” of judgement for not conforming with their ideas of perfection? Doesn’t feel very good, does it. Yet when we think about this idea of living in others’ innate goodness, the term “Polly Anna” comes to mind. That is where you see the world through the lens of everything that is good and right with the world. I ask you – what is wrong with that? Isn’t that how you would yourself prefer to be viewed by others, as well? Why is that, in order to have a “balanced” perspective, we need to even give notice to another’s foibles? In reality, it is our “foibles” that create our strengths.

When you focus on developing your strengths, you get stronger in the areas where you can do the most good in the world. When you focus on your weaknesses, while you might improve a little, you won’t get nearly as far as you would be building up what is unique and great about you. And this is the same with what you focus on with others. While the idea of living in another’s innate goodness may sound like a magnanimous gesture of humanity, it is in fact is a gift you give to yourself. When you help others develop and use their strengths, you are allowing them to interact with you in a way that does, in fact, create the most value for you.

If it is not your current habit to find and focus on another’s innate goodness, make an effort to do this for the next 21 days. You’ll be amazed how many other things shift into a much more favorable light in your world. After you’ve practiced this consistently for 21 days, it will become your natural habit.

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