Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Fairfax County Government Vendor Forum in Fairfax, VA (for those of you who are Twitter users, you can check out #fairfaxcountybiz). It was a fantastic event, which they call a “Reverse Vendor Fair” because many of the County’s agencies set up booth so vendors can visit them to network and find out what business needs are on the horizon. The atmosphere was open, collaborative, well-organized, and the tempo — if you will — was just right. Panel discussions were designed to help small businesses market and sell to the local county government. Clearly, their system is open and intentional.

This morning I woke up thinking about how I might describe this experience to someone. In a nutshell, the word that keeps coming to mind is entrepreneurial.

As I pondered that a bit more, I was reminded that being an entrepreneur is really all about mindset. It’s saying yes and not letting anything get in the way of trying new things and not saying, “no, I/we can’t or don’t do that…”

So today, as you go about your day, contemplate all the ways in which you are entrepreneurial, as it really has nothing to do with who you work for. Rather, it’s about how you think and how you translate those thoughts into action in your day to day life. Get the Facts. Be the Change. Achieve Results.

Witness, Don’t Judge

As we finish the work week, take a few minutes to reflect on how you’ve done so far with being the change you wish to see in the world. Not later. Now. Close your eyes and think about how you have been in your interactions with others so far this week. Let go of judging yourself. Stop that mental chatter that tells you all kinds of stories, and just observe. Be a witness to yourself, not a judge. What shift(s) occurred, if any? How will you know change is happening? What result(s) do you seek? How are you getting in your own way? Breathe deeply, and then let go a little so you can grow into who you really are.

And most importantly, have mercy on yourself.


It’s All About Relationships…

Whether standing in line to purchase something at a store, attempting to communicate with others, or getting things done at work, the outcomes we experience reflect the quality of our interactions with others. So, next time things don’t seem to go the way you want, ask yourself: was I kind? courteous? patient? understanding? compassionate? Am I being the change I wish to see in the world? What would it take to bring your best self; your most fair and tolerant self; your most kind and courteous self; your most compassionate self to each and every interaction?

Try it, and watch what happens.