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Amy's Reflections

May 26, 2016

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Lou Holtz

All three of my youngest children have May birthdays. This year the kids got new bicycles for their birthdays, and it is interesting to see how they each approach challenges differently. Jacob mastered riding his bike several years ago and is a pro at it. Andrew said he would learn when he was 10 in true Andrew style. Within about five minutes of getting home with his new bike, he had it figured out and has been riding all over the neighborhood ever since. Maleigha is stuck in fear phase of bike riding where she is positive she is going to crash and fall. As soon as we start to let go, she will stop peddling and bail off the bike. 

As we look at all of the changes that we are faced with in healthcare and more specifically our daily jobs, take a moment and reflect on which approach you want to take to these new challenges. Do you take the “can do” approach and hop on and go for the ride or do you take the “fear” approach and resist as long as you can until you eventually have to figure it out. 

I can tell you for my kids that Andrew is definitely enjoying the benefits of his approach as he has new freedom in how he navigates the neighborhood. Maleigha, on the other hand, will get there eventually but will miss out on some of the opportunities between now and when she finally gets it. 

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. ~ John C. Maxwell

-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO


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