I’ve been recently intrigued by this principle of the Power of Going First.
Practice Going First. Say hello first, If you’re coming across somebody and make eye contact, smile first. Raise your hand and be the first to speak up in a meeting. I genuinely wish people would experiment with that in their life a little bit more: Be first, because – not at all times, but most times – it comes in your favor, people will surprise you. You’ll surprise yourself too.
People are kinder than they look, but you have to go first.
Here’s a challenge: The next time your in a meeting a question is raised, be the first to raise your hand. Or, the next time your out – be the first to smile at a stranger. Make the first move.