For me, “That Feeling When…” always comes with a smile. It’s a combination of feeling comfortable, satisfied, optimistic, and like you’re among friends. It makes the world feel more positive. And that positivity is contagious!
So maybe life isn’t always that simple, we’ve seen that over the past 18 months. But even in challenging situations we can be optimistic in a practical way. I find it helpful to break challenges into smaller chunks, that way, you get moments of success as you work towards tackling a bigger goal. And you’re learning to be comfortable with imbalance rather than constantly striving for balance.
If you can be optimistic in the good times and the challenging ones, you’re really onto something contagious. With everyone working towards that same feeling, with the same levels of accountability and energy, it starts to feel like “That Feeling When…”
At Timberland we have a muse, called “The Adventurous Doer.” We foster an environment where the Adventurous Doer can thrive and bring their whole self. And “That Feeling When…” goes beyond just a welcoming culture, it’s about truly celebrating people’s differences and similarities and creating a place of mutual respect. There will always be people who think differently than you. But by starting from a place of listening, learning to see their point of view and helping them see yours, you begin to achieve understanding together.
So how does “That Feeling When…” shape the future? For me it’s about setting a high bar with a wide net. Keeping our goals sky high and optimistic, knowing we can achieve anything – but having support in place to catch us if we fall.
With the safety to try out new, diverse ways of thinking, acting, and working, we’ll continue to achieve our goals and continue to move the world forward. With a smile on our face.
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