Be a Tigger

You may notice I changed up my blog appearance a bit–new theme and new header.  Like?  Don’t like?  Let me know!

Last Thursday, my company had our monthly meeting.  The Culture Club revealed the Mission and Values statement that they’ve been working on for about 3 years at our last meeting, and one of the partners came up with this notion of being a “Tigger” versus being an Eeyore.  Tigger is happy, energetic, always game for adventure.  His enthusiasm is infections.  He’s confident and fun to be around.  Whereas, Eeyore, is, well, not.

Anyway, on Thursday they revealed the new engagement initiative, which is that every month, a company “Tigger” will be nominated for embodying the spirit of Tigger, and living the Mission and Values statement.  Well, guess what, kids?  I WAS THE FIRST EVER TIGGER!!

Now I get to hold onto this little guy until someone else is picked.

Photo Jun 19, 9 42 48 AM

I have to say, I’m super psyched about this initiative.  First of all, I get to be the keeper of a stuffed Tigger for the next month or so.  He’s soft and adorable.  He sits on my desk, and every time I see him, I smile.  I’m planning to take him to San Francisco with me next month and take pictures with him, a la Flat Stanley.  Secondly, I’m so pleased that my ridiculous, sunshiney self has been recognized.  In my own life, I strive to be pleasant and enthusiastic towards everyone I meet.  Some may say that makes me a kiss-ass, or a sucker, but it’s true.

I think the philosophy of being a “Tigger” is a really valuable one.  Maintaining a pleasant demeanor generally helps you get along better with everyone you meet.  It makes people feel happy and welcomed, and puts people at ease.  When I walk into a business and the receptionist doesn’t look up, or smile, or greet me, I’m instantly put off–it makes me feel uncomfortable, or wonder why I’m bothering to do business with a company that obviously doesn’t care about me.  This is exceptionally motivating to do the exact opposite in my own job.  I sit at the front desk of a financial planning firm that handles hundreds of millions of dollars, so I do my damnedest to make sure that every one of our clients feels special, welcomed, and wanted.

This philosophy also applies in running.  I know without question that if I go into a run with a positive mind-set, I’m more successful.  I don’t feel as tired.  I can go longer distances.  I enjoy myself more.  Whereas if I start out all gloom and doom, “Oh I’m so tired, I’ll never finish 10 miles,” it doesn’t go well at all, and I’m defeated before I even start.  It’s amazing how much of running is mental!

I’m not saying that I’m in a great mood all the time.  I’m not saying that I’m super excited to be at work every minute of every day.  That’s unrealistic and unreasonable.  There are definitely days when my inner monologue goes something like I hate everyone.  I’ll punch you in the face if you look at me one more time.  PUNCHES FOR EVERYONE!!  And I’m also not advocating letting people walk all over you in the interest of “being nice” and “getting along.”  I’m just saying that I try my best to have a smile on my face when I can, and even if it’s a fake smile in the moment, making someone else smile can make my smile more genuine.

So I encourage all of you to find your inner Tigger.  I guarantee that it will help, in running and in life!

Are you a Tigger, or an Eeyore?

19 thoughts on “Be a Tigger

  1. prairieprincessrunners says:

    Both? Lately more Eeyore than Tigger–if only because I’m exhausted and sick of all my work travel. LOL. I need a vacation from airplanes and airports. 😉 Congrats on such a bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun award! 🙂

  2. dgobs says:

    I’m digging the new blog look! It’s got a more personalized, brighter, more Tigger-ish feel 🙂

    Congrats on being the first-ever Tigger! That’s such a cool idea. I can definitely be more of an Eeyore (I don’t think I’m made for city life and being crammed on subways) and my inner monologue sounds a lot like your occasional “punches for everyone!” one. But I definitely enjoy myself more and find that my days go a lot easier when I aim for the Tigger mentality. I need to work on that more!

    • DarlinRae says:

      It’s hard, but my mom was a great example of that mentality growing up, so it’s more naturally ingrained in me, I guess 🙂

      And I TOTALLY feel you on not being made for city life–that’s one of the main reasons that Ben and I left Watertown and came back to VT. Hopefully someday you can get out of the city too!

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    A) love the blog look–so much more appropriate for a Tigger! T I DOUBLE GUH EEERRRR
    b) I have a bit o’ the ‘ger and a bit o’ the ‘yore in me. When i am tired, I am the biggest party pooper EVER. But when I am pumped about something, watch out! Alex is nearly always the Tigger, sometimes it makes me want to slap him 😉

  4. prettylittlerunner says:

    omg I love this.. congrats on being the first tigger at your company…. I would like to think there are times in my life that I’m more of a tigger for instance at work, running and of course my children… and then some days I’m def an eeyore… I’m trying very hard to be more of a tigger though… i love this philosophy….

    ps… I love the new blog look…

  5. runsaltrun says:

    I am most definitely NOT an Eeyore. I try to be a Tigger as much as I can. Even on the hard days. I just don’t ever want to be a Piglet. Piglet annoys the crap out of me. 🙂

    I love the new blog look! It’s very bright and easy to read. 🙂

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