I know it sounds a little over-the-top, but I’m going to say it anyway. Human connection is the secret sauce that makes EVERYTHING sweeter. Everything that truly matters, anyway.
At least, that’s what decades of research has shown and that’s what my own experience shows. A life well-lived is a life focused on people. A business well-run is a business focused on people. A team well-coached is a team focused on people. A campaign well-managed is a campaign focused on people. On and on it goes.
The problem is, we often forget that. We get distracted by shiny objects and new technology. By bottom-lines and P&L reports. By hyper-litigation and political correctness. Somewhere along the way, it stopped being about people.
This week, I chose to draw a line in the sand and put my focus back where it belongs. (And I’m going to need my phone’s help…)
The image you see above is the back of a receipt. Nothing fancy. It was a gift my girls picked out for my wife’s birthday. (Happy birthday, honey!) It was just the first piece of paper I could put my hands on.
Then, I hand wrote the words “Human Connection” and snapped a photo with my phone.
That image is now my phone’s lock screen.
Yup, I pulled down the picture of my kids for this. 🙁
EVERY time I look at my phone, which is dozens if not HUNDREDS of times per day, I am reminded about human connection. I ask myself, “Is what you’re about to do going to build human connection or tear it down?”
If my phone isn’t helping me build connection, then it needs to be put away. If my phone is taking me away from the people who are right in front of me, then it needs to be put away.
Simple, right? It took me about two minutes, but now I’m being reminded about an incredibly important message at the exact moment when I need the reminder.
Can you do this?
What are you going to write on your lock screen? COMMENT BELOW!