Call it an adventure!
Though summer technically just started we have been in the dead heat of summer here in Arizona for awhile now. And with the challenging-near-death heat I have entered an adventurous phase of my life! Whether having steak tartare for the first time, whether embracing spontaneity instead of my well-planned schedule, or taking a fist-full of pellets to feed the slippery tongue of a giraffe, I'm in the present adventurous moment like never before!
As we emerge from our pandemic cocoon, why not embrace the new adventure ahead? I went to a movie theater for the first time in two years! I went to a mall and felt like I was in my own kind of Disneyland: the sparkle, the glitter, the colors and textures...and all the people!
This past weekend I found my husband and I, in 118 degrees, working on our new venture - Movement as Medicine - filming videos at our local Wildlife World Zoo. As the temperatures climbed, the animals were just as hot and lethargic as we were. But then, Barry put on his music and started to dance, and even the camels perked up their ears while they munched away eating all at once, the biggest carrot I've ever seen! But that's what's great about adventure - you never know what you are going to get. Being in the present moment keeps you awake!
I realized I needed to do a reset in my mind. I needed an adventurous mindset, more curious, more child-like. My shoulders relaxed, my eyes opened wider, and the sounds around me were deafening: so many birds! You simply must join me on this path, especially if you are still recovering from covid brain fog!
Come play with me! Here are three elements to enhance your adventurous experience:
- Remember your WHY. As I work behind the scenes building up Movement as Medicine, I constantly remind myself of WHY. Why am I working so hard, even in this heat, learning new ways of marketing and serving?? Seniors. Seniors deserve to feel good, especially after COVID kept them isolated for so long. Seniors need us, movement IS medicine, and there's no one better to get the body moving than Barry!
- Have a beginner's mind. Yes, we created a great business before, ever-so-grateful that the marketplace applauded our efforts. But, the world has changed since then. This is a very different adventure, every little and big decision is all so new! Cultivate this wide-eyed wonder! Watch the kids as they too came face to face with a giraffe for the first time. No fear, only giggles. This beginner's mind of wonder removes frustration that blocks the creativity just waiting to flood your way. Try it...you'll see.
- Think on your feet. Don't let perfection get in your way. In life and especially in business, perfectionism can ruin the magic of the moment. There were many moments at Wildlife World Zoo that we had to improvise to stay efficient and keep moving forward. We got the job done, we had such fun, AND it was a major success - that's all that matters. Perfect never is.
Let's get on with the adventure of living life! Whatever your next step forward, how can you explore, be curious, and be brave in the adventure ahead? Tell me, please! Consider me your very own personal cheerleader!
For inspiration and motivation, here are some fun pictures of our day of adventure at the Wildlife World Zoo!
The Ultimate Customer Experience Serves You Right!
Jack Ewert, Curator of Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
As an official Service Enthusiast, I have written three books and a dozen years of columns in the Phoenix Business Journal focusing on marketplace service experiences. Rarely do I rave.
But today, I must shout to the rooftops to sing praises for Jack Ewert:
- We were in awe of the immaculate grounds, the doting smiling caretakers, and the wide variety of birds and monkeys.
- We ohhh'd and ahhh'd over the baby white lions and black swans, we pet the goats and deer, and seeing the bengal tigers took our breath away!
- The culture and service excellence oozed from every team member: April in the Gift Shop took my first phone call. Carol in the Box Office took her time to tell us about the special spots we sure didn't want to miss. It felt like one big team effort!
- With hundreds of acres to walk, the heat got to us. We still didn't see the pygmy hippos or the albino alligator. We needed yet another day to choose the most photogenic spots, and then another day to actually film this video. Jack's generous spirit welcomed us each time.
Congratulations, Jack! Yours is the ultimate leadership success of every company! With more than 60 employees, you obviously communicated your vision to every person on your team, BRAVO! Companies hire me to create this major feat, and you, Jack, have achieved a win/win with staff, animal diversity, and ultimately immersed your customers of all ages into the Wildlife World Zoo adventurous experience!! Thank you!!!!
Please, if and when you have a customer service experience worthy of note, share it with me! You will be sending this business new customers...and I'll treat you to a consistently fabulous customer experience at Dutch Bros...my pleasure! Email us HERE.
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