The moment of discovery is nothing compared to the discovery of the moment
Read that twice.
The moment of discovery feels great; that ‘aha’ flash is an adrenalin-fuelled fix.
But when’s the next one?
The next sale? A project completed? She said ‘yes’? Or another big moment? You could be waiting for days, weeks, months or even years.
How about flipping it?
Discovering the Moment can happen every day.
But (and this is the big but) you have to find it. And it takes a little effort. Not much but it’s still an action.
Looking for the good in people.
Telling your partner – every day – how much you love them.
Looking up and smiling when someone enters the room.
Appreciating the beauty of where you are – right now.
Go on, have a look around – you’ll find something beautiful.
Where else can you discover the moment? Leave a comment below and I’ll send a copy of my book Flip It how to get the best out of everything to the person who shares my favourite idea.
Last year, I was honoured to speak at the Business Excellence Forum. It’s a two-day event featuring incredible speakers, a fun awards evening and some amazing networking.
This year, I am delighted to announce that I’ve been asked to host this prestigious event.
That means I get the opportunity to speak not once for 90 minutes but 12 times, linking, sharing and helping the audience to get the most from the event.
The list of speakers is brilliant: Sir Clive Woodward, James Clear (Atomic Habits) and Jo Fairly (Founder of Green & Blacks) lead the pack, with several others from the world of music, sales and sport.
You can find out more here and secure your place with a 20% discount just because you’re on my list. Use the code MichaelHeppell
I’m super excited about this event and really hope to see you there.
Thanks Michael for your ‘encouragement to discover the moment’. A ‘moment’ of inspiration this morning when I made myself take a step out of the morning madness in the workplace, which made me appreciate what an amazingly talented team I work in!
Listen.. not to the distractions or hubbub all around but to the vitality of life that is driving it
Look for the positive in every seemingly negative. It is there if you look for it, may not see it straight away, but it will be there.
Love the idea of creating moments – a belated new year’s resolution now!
– Take a 10 minute walk – down the street, in your place of work, around the shops, wherever you are and see what you can learn from someone or something
When you achieved something today, that yesterday seemed impossible
I monitor our Trustpilot results and when we get 5 star reviews i find out who personally contributed and send them thank you notes. Look for the good in people and you get more of it
Consistently saying ‘Thank You’ no matter how small the gesture.
It could just be a “thank you for all your efforts today” at the end of the day.
It could be to someone who holds a door for you.
It might be that someone acknowledged a frustration you had.
No matter what, a thank you goes a long way after all they didn’t have to, they chose to.
They gave you a moment and by saying ‘Thank You’ you gave them one back.
Marvel at the miracle, despite the chaos and distractions around, of the sun coming up every morning. Always there, always making a positive difference and never being thanked !
If you can appreciate even the smallest thing in life, imagine how you can feel about anything else! Mind blowing.
Thank you for this email Michael, it is how I try to live my life daily, but to have someone remind you, helps to cement it into your culture!
In a shop this am the man in front of me had no bag and quite a lot of shopping, food on trays etc which would have been impossible for him to carry to his car. Also it wouldn’t have fitted into carrier bags. I had emptied my trolley and offered him it, also smiling. That small kindness resulted in him showing gratitude and made me feel good. So find opportunities to show kindness to strangers.
That look on a child’s face when they realise their own potential. 🙂
Take those few minutes every day to read with your children, or play a game or just talk….they grow up before we know and then we regret missing those magic moments
Stopping to enjoy the aroma of your tea/coffee/food before you mindlessly take a swig or bite.
Great words to think and dwell on, going to start discovering my moment
Taking a minute to look at what you have achieved in your life instead of what you still need to or haven’t. You will probably surprise yourself!
Pause and be present in every moment to discover your moments!
The moment after school when my children see me and break into a run. Big Hugs
Smile and give your best to every person you meet and leave a bit of sparkle behind, because you might be the only person who’s given them a smile today.
It’s that moment each day when I step away just for a second or two to think about just how lucky I am. I have my wife and my children, I have a home, a car and a good job. A lot of those things can be hard to come by and can take years to achieve. I am very thankful and grateful for what I have and reading your email today has reminded me that I still enjoy discovering that moment everyday.
You’ve already stated it … looking up as someone approaches, and smiling … Not only do you see the beauty around the person approaching as well as the person themselves – but they suddenly feel beauty as well, because someone has smiled at them. This must be done every day without fail … so that it becomes automatic …
When you can’t sleep and it’s 4am, instead of being upset that you can’t sleep, listen to the birds singing and remember how lucky you are to have woken up at all and to be able to hear the precious sounds of nature.
I teach teenagers, when a child isn’t meeting my expectations (often deliberately!) I imagine them as a baby – at that point they were curious about the world around them, they had infinite possibilities ahead of them, they didn’t know anything about trying or not trying and had no learned patterns of behaviour, poor or otherwise. That person is still inside and my job is to reach them.