Our last blog post explored the biology of leadership and the positive chemical by-products of selfless acts. In the next few weeks we will be looking at the way different members of our team decided to do Just One Little Thing to help others or change themselves. We will also look into the long term effects on their work and home lives.
We have decided to call it Just One Little Thing, JOLT, because, we had to jolt ourselves out of our comfort zones to get started, or we started comfortable and then received the jolt.
Why should we do Just One Little Thing?
There are many reports listing Christmas as the most depressing time of the year. It is certainly stressful. We have spent a lot of money and then have to face a rather lean January with a list of New Year Resolutions that are usually things we dislike about ourselves. Lose weight, get fit, be more organized, stop smoking/drinking/swearing. We’ve all made them and broken them in the first week in January. Lists are daunting, and unless they are grocery shopping lists, or achievable to-do lists, they are not worth the paper they are written on. They are also abstract ideas: destinations – with no gps coordinates. We think it is better to choose Just One Little Thing. You may want to run a marathon to raise money for a cause, mow the lawn for an elderly neighbour, or spread the word on a conservation issue. Whatever it is, make it clear and achievable and then do it. The good chemistry will start flowing.
We would love to hear about your JOLT and where it has taken you or your company.