After two weeks in stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne and at least another four weeks to go, things are starting to take their toll on many people. The curfews and total isolation, although necessary, have brought a sense of gloom across this ghost town of a city and many people are really struggling.
But in the middle of it all, there are still great stories and great achievements that bring a smile to our face. People are doing things that they have never done before and are discovering skills and talents that have been laying dormant.
So, I decided to change my approach and start ‘hunting for good.’ In other words, actually looking for positive and inspirational things that have and are happening all around me. Just as I was thinking about this approach a big one happened in my life.
On Thursday last week in the middle of it all, my son Michael and wife Hailey brought my eighth grandchild into the world – Hugo Fox Penny. What a funny and crazy world this beautiful boy has been born into. I am not sure what the future holds for him and his generation, but right now he has shed a ray of light on things, as we celebrate his birth.
I think the best gift we can give Hugo for his future is to teach him to see good in his life.
So many great things happen in our lives on a daily basis, even in lockdown. But do we have a mindset to look for them? Are we Hunters of Good or are we becoming engulfed in the game of blame that is happening around us right now.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t have our bad days, but when we focus on good, they don’t come along quite as often, or stay as long.
I am aware that people are going through really trying times and that a message of HOPE is miles away from how some people feel right now, but messages of HOPE are the only things that we can listen to that can actually help us to change our thinking and be grateful for what we have.
So, my challenge this week is to write down 4 positive things that have happened in your life recently and focus on them. Tell someone about them. Tell them how proud and excited and thankful you are for those things. Take control and start to change the narrative around your life and your situation. Because just like a virus, positivity is contagious.
You might also be surprised at how many wonderful things are actually happening in your life right now. Acknowledge them and they will reproduce.
So, I encourage you to become a Hunter of Good this week.
Have a great week.
Des Penny - Co-CEO
To be able to provide for all of the different time zones across Australia, especially Western Australia, Proteus has started to mix up some of our starting times to accommodate the whole of Australia. This will become even more necessary as day light saving approaches. Check out our range of Virtual programs
Due to a rush on bookings into our Virtual Emerging Leaders Multi-session Program commencing on 7th October, it is now ‘sold out’. The good news is that we have scheduled a new program commencing the day before. Here are the new program dates, 6, 13, 20 & 27th October. Book soon because this new program is already 50% full.
Congratulations to our Sales Coordinator, Ben Smith, for celebrating his fourth anniversary at Proteus. Thanks Ben, for everything you do, we would not be the same without you on the team.
Pete’s Quinoa And Lentil Salad With Haloumi, Asparagus & Mint - Peter Guiney (National Events Coordinator)
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Presenting With Confidence (3-hour Workshop) - 15th September
Having Conversations That Matter (3-hour Workshop) - 1st October
Making Decisions That Matter (3-hour Workshop) - 8th October
Creating A Positive Culture (3-hour Workshop) - 11th November
The Oceans Of Change (3-hour Workshop) - 19th November
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