So much fish talk around our house; with new fish to care for and fishing on the forefront of my son’s mind lately, it’s probably no wonder that I’ve been reminded of a wonderful book I once read called Fish! by Stephen Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul & John Christensen. I highly recommend it!
Fish! is a powerful story about a dedicated woman who incorporates a philosophy of living in her new work environment which has, for years, been labeled a “toxic energy dump.” The woman learned the influential philosophy from the world famous organization, the Pike Place Fish Market. The Fish philosophy includes four life lessons that lead to more energy, enthusiasm, productivity and creativity.
Lesson #1: Choose your attitude. This lesson is about taking responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Whatever response you choose, decide if it is helping your team, or helping you be the person you want to be. Find ways to love what you do! “We may not be able to do exactly what we love at the present time, but any of us can choose to love what we do” (Fish!).
Lesson #2: Be present. I appreciate this in any interaction. When you are talking with someone and they make you feel that you are the most important thing for them to be focused on at that moment—what a feeling! Being emotionally present for people is a powerful message of respect (Fish!)
Lesson #3: Play. The spirit that drives the curious mind—it is a mind-set you can bring to everything you do (Fish!). Enthusiasm, creativity, having fun can be in any work environment.
Lesson #4: Make their day. Look for as many ways as you can to create great memories and when you do that, you make someone’s day! Engage your customers. I’ve commented before on Schutz Family Foods employees~ but really, they make me smile! They talk to me and include me in their conversations. It makes the experience fun! McCabe’s has some great people too! The other day, preparing for fishing excursions, a number of kind people helped me gather all the tools I needed. I left there with a big smile! They made my day!
A reminder that you can choose to make your day what you like:
“As you enter this place of work, please choose to make today a great day. Your colleagues, customers, team members and you yourself will be thankful. Find ways to play. We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves. Stay focused in order to be present when your customers and team members most need you. And should you feel your energy lapsing, try this surefire remedy: Find someone who needs a helping hand, a word of support, or a good ear and make their day!” (Fish!)
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