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Lessons From Music to Achieve Harmony at Work

Living a life in harmony is critical to overall well-being. In honor of World Music Day, which took place on June 21, I shared three steps in which music can bring balance and harmony to teams reuniting at the workplace.

To run an effective workplace, companies need teams that work in harmony. With disharmony and discord, productivity stalls, and progress is hampered. That can cripple growth for the entire organization.

Lessons from music, however, can instantly remind workers about the value of harmonious efforts.

As I write in my book, All the Right Reasons, in music, harmony happens when notes blend in a way that is pleasing to the ear. When notes are out of harmony, their dissonant sounds are hard to listen to. Think of the last time you heard someone sing out of key or heard a jumble of incongruent notes. It’s horrible.

You’ve heard me say before that music is medicine for my soul. It’s such a powerful and important part of my life. It is for many others, as well. World Music Day, which got its start in Paris in 1982, celebrates music’s power to bring people together, transcend borders, and break barriers.

3 Steps to Harmony

With three simple steps, music can lift moods and unify teams.

  1. First, if you’re feeling down, play a song that brings happy memories, which may be something from high school or college.
  2. Next, sing your favorite songs out loud no matter who’s listening.
  3. Finally, get with your team to sing a song together.

There’s nothing like live music to lift spirits, and when you are part of making music, it can boost your positive temperament even more. When you’re doing that with team members, I’ve seen it help people find common ground and form instant bonds.

Achieving Harmony Takes Work

Harmony in music doesn’t happen without hours of practice and each individual musician’s commitment to getting the music right. The same commitment is required in the workplace.

Whether someone plays in a band, sings in a choir, or performs in an orchestra, nothing is quite as exhilarating as achieving perfect harmony with fellow musicians.

A life in harmony means a consistent and honest arrangement of your values and a solid commitment to living those values day in and day out.

Throughout the pandemic, most workers have been operating remotely. So coming back into an office setting might be a bit clumsy at first. Working toward harmony, which means understanding others, sharing your positivity, and making a difference for the better, will be one of the quickest paths to restoring productivity levels teams achieved before the pandemic.

 

A version of the above article was distributed as a news release on World Music Day 2021 with the headline World Music Day Calls for Harmony. All proceeds from All the Right Reasons are directed to feed two million meals to hungry children. Available on Amazon, the book provides 40 meals for every single purchase.

The Leap of Faith Principle: Take the First Step

Sometimes when we are faced with difficult tasks or overwhelming obstacles, all that’s required for us to navigate the path toward success is to take the first step. That’s the Leap of Faith Principle, which is Principle No. 4 in my book All the Right Reasons.

All the Right Reasons Book CoverTo help illustrate the principle, I lean on a story from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (apologies for the incorrect Indiana Jones film reference in the video below).

In one particular scene, Indiana needs to get from one side of a massive ravine to the other in his quest to find the Holy Grail. The only problem? It’s far too wide to jump across, and there doesn’t seem to be a bridge.

Indiana fears he will fall to his death if he steps blindly into thin air. But his father is dying and he has run out of time. Professor Henry Jones, Indiana’s father, urges his son to take a leap of faith.

“You must believe, boy. You must believe,” he says.

Ultimately, Indy takes a leap of faith and makes it to the other side.

Take a Leap of Faith

Many times in life, that’s what it takes. We just have to take the first step.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

So often, we’re not willing to take that first step because we’re not sure what’s going to happen. The only thing that will help us do that is to have faith.

The Leap of Faith Principle, to me, is this: You act with faith when you take a courageous step into the unknown.

As I write in my book, faith is not a sure knowledge. It is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. We have faith when we believe we can find a way and then move into the dark.

Faith is hope put into action.

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When we embark on a journey, start a project, begin a new relationship, or form a business, we aren’t guaranteed our efforts will prove successful. Like Indiana Jones, we are often taking steps into the unknown. We act, not because we know, but because we hope we can succeed. We believe we can find a way.

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The Cardboard Keyboard Principle: Choose to Use Positive Self-Talk

The Cardboard Keyboard Principle. In the video below, I relay a harrowing story about a young woman in Rwanda. A civil war had erupted, devastating her small village and leaving many fighting for their lives.

All the Right Reasons Book CoverImmaculee Ilibagiza hid in a bathroom as killers lurked outside the window. For days, this woman feared for her life. Yet, her thoughts were hopeful and uplifting. She imagined her life once she was rescued — working at the United Nations.

Immaculee read books and taught herself English, all while violence raged just outside her door. She drew a replica of a computer keyboard on a piece of cardboard and spent hours learning how to type.

Immaculee survived by keeping hope in her heart and telling herself she would be okay. She prepared for her future.

It would have been easy — and understandable — for Immaculee’s thoughts to turn dark. For her to consider the situation hopeless and to give up. She could have let negative self-talk overwhelm her spirit.

But she didn’t. She used her inner voice to think positively about her seemingly dire situation. And it helped her escape. It allowed her to ultimately realize the life she visualized herself living.

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The Power of Self-Talk

Managing self-talk is a significant personal difficulty for me. I constantly struggle to eliminate the negative voice in my mind.

At my first Grand Ole Opry performance with Collin Raye.

Many have heard me tell the story, which is also included in my book, All the Right Reasons, of standing off stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I’m about to perform with country music superstar Collin Raye—a phenomenal opportunity on one of music’s biggest stages—and my inner voice is filling my mind with doubt.

What are you doing? You’re not a professional musician. You don’t deserve to be here. What if you make a mistake and ruin the whole show?

Fortunately, I’ve developed strategies and techniques to quiet the negativity and amplify the positive self-talk.

I’ve worked hard to learn the music. I’ve trained and practiced for years for this opportunity. It’s going to be an awesome show!

As individuals, we tend to be harder on ourselves than anyone else is. But the good news is positive self-talk is even more powerful than negative self-talk. Learning how to channel and elevate the voice in your head can change your life.

I encourage each of you to take note of the chatter happening inside your head. With practice, we can consciously choose positive self-talk (and limit negative self-talk) to help make our lives better.

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Kevin Guest: 3 Keys to a Fresh Start in 2021

I’d like to share the following article that went out to news organizations in late 2020.

Getting a Fresh Start in 2021

Making a fresh start toward success in 2021 requires three key decisions to forge forward no matter the past. The following strategies are based on principles in All the Right Reasons, a bestselling book by Kevin Guest.

“Few people dispute that 2020 has been one of the most difficult years in history,” Guest said. “But 2021 can become one of the best, especially when we apply solid principles that can move us forward.”

First Key: Learn From the Past

The Butch O'Hare Principle - Butch O'Hare - All the Right Reasons“The first principle is to learn from the past and move forward,” said Guest, who’s also chairman and CEO of USANA Health Sciences. “It’s something I was inspired to do from the life of World War II fighter pilot Butch O’Hare.”

O’Hare became the Navy’s first Ace of WWII and the first Naval aviator to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Guest wrote in his bestselling book, All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony.

“Butch O’Hare, for whom the Chicago O’Hare Airport is named, was the son of Easy Eddie, the famed attorney for Al Capone in the 1920s and ’30s, who was notorious for racketeering, bootlegged alcohol, gambling rings and prostitution in the Windy City,” Guest wrote.

“But Easy Eddie wanted a better life for his son, and his son, Butch, looked to the future instead of dwelling on the past and made contributions that saved countless American lives in the war. Believing in fresh starts is the key, and there is no better time for us all to do that than Jan. 1, 2021.”

Second Key: Help Others Who Are in Need

The second principle is to help others who are in need.

“Losing yourself in the service of others is therapeutic beyond measure,” Guest said. “That’s something that will bring untold benefits because it helps the giver and the receiver, who may be a coworker, friend, or even a stranger. The rewards of simple acts of service are immeasurable and something we need as we enter a new year and detach from the pandemic.”

Third Key: Never Give Up

Guest’s third principle comes from his grandfather, who taught his grandson confidence, courage, and commitment.

Kevin Guest Speaking“My grandpa was a strong influence in my life in Montana,” Guest said. “He loved to make things happen, not only in business but in life. He was full of enthusiasm and optimism, a real dealmaker.

“His favorite mottos were on a plaque on his desk: ‘You Gotta Fake It Till You Make It’ and ‘Go, Baby, Go.’ Those sayings have stuck with me and taught me that you have to give it your all for as long as you can. You have to be committed and see things through to the end. That’s when the magic happens.”

Leading a billion-dollar company in 24 markets worldwide, Guest applies the principles globally and expects to see a 2021 work environment bring successes for all who apply lessons from the pandemic, help lift others higher and energize their talents to make a difference for the better.

“Persistently implementing these patterns into our personal work habits can carry us to higher levels of personal success — especially as we enter a new year of opportunities like no other time in our lives,” he said.

All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, written by Kevin Guest, is available on Amazon. All proceeds benefit The USANA Foundation, which works to feed hungry children. Each book purchase provides 40 meals. A version of the above article was distributed as a news release on Dec. 29, 2020.

Kevin Guest on the Inside Sources Show

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Inside Sources - Kevin Guest 2Kevin Guest appeared on the Inside Sources Show on Dec. 23, 2019. He spoke with Boyd Matheson on KSL Newsradio and discussed principles contained in his book, All the Right Reasons.

All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony is available on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the USANA True Health Foundation and its mission to feed hungry children. Each book purchase helps to provide 40 meals.

The Holland Principle: Find Opportunities to Serve, Then Act

This time of year is always special for me. It’s a time to reflect on what’s truly important in our lives, to give thanks and to express our gratitude. It’s also a time to serve others. I’ve been thinking recently about The Holland Principle, one of 12 principles included in All the Right Reasons.

All the Right Reasons | Kevin GuestEach of us has a great capacity to help others, to make someone’s life better. That, in a nutshell, is The Holland Principle.

Find opportunities to serve, then act.

When we serve others, we are ultimately working to improve ourselves. I speak a lot about the notion of “giving vs. getting.” Often, we’re so wrapped up in our own busy lives, that we forget the importance of helping others. If we can focus more on serving others, I think we’ll live a life of abundance.

Speaking of helping others, in less than two weeks we’ll be opening the doors on the brand new USANA Kids Eat food packing center. I wrote about the program in my e-newsletter last month (you’re welcome to subscribe).

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

As we put a bow on another year, I thank you for commitment to helping make the world a better place. I’m grateful for the many blessings in my life and I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2020.

Please consider contributing to the USANA Foundation. Its mission is to ensure that impoverished children and families reach their fullest potential by providing food and nutrition.

Help Us Provide 2 Million Meals to Hungry Children


When I published All the Right Reasons in August 2018, we set an ambitious goal. We sought to provide 1 million meals to hungry children.

As you know, all sales benefit the USANA Foundation. And each book sold represents 40 meals delivered to children in need.

USANA True Health Foundation: 40 Million MealsThanks to your generosity, we reached our goal earlier this year. But we’re not done.

With a little urging by Dr. Mehmet Oz, who challenged us to double our goal, we’re now heading toward 2 million meals.

That’s right. We’re hoping that by August 2020 we’ll hit our next milestone.

Goals are important to have, and milestones are nice to achieve. But the most important thing is that we are doing good in the world. Children are being fed as a result of this project.

I’m humbled to know that principles contained within All the Right Reasons are resonating with so many people. I’m grateful that the book is not only making a difference in the lives of those who read it, but also in the lives of children around the world.

Providing Meals

It’s a reflective time of year for me, as I’m sure it is for many of you. We look back on the past 12 months and make a plan for the future. It’s a time to count our blessings and express gratitude. We get together with friends and family and celebrate.

And we pause to think about the less fortunate. I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks for your support of the USANA Foundation. The organization began in 2012 and in its brief existence, it’s provided 40 million meals to hungry children around the world. That’s making a real difference. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kevin Guest Returns to The Jennifer Hammond Show

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Kevin Guest, author of All the Right Reasons and USANA CEO, is interviewed for The Jennifer Hammond Show on SiriusXM on Nov. 23, 2019. He previously appeared on the show on Dec. 1, 2018.

Kevin Guest on the Secrets of Success Show

 

Kevin Guest spoke with Bill Horan on the Secrets of Success show. He discussed the principles contained in his book, All the Right Reasons, as well as a story about his father that he hasn’t often shared publicly.

Here’s how you can listen:

You can listen live at 90.3 FM in Nassau County, New York, or online at www.NCCradio.org, or by searching for WHPC on the iHeartRadio app.

Update: Listen to the full interview below:

All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony is available on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the USANA True Health Foundation and its mission to feed hungry children. Each book purchase helps to provide 40 meals.

Kevin Guest & Dr. Oz on Fox-13’s The Place

Kevin Guest, the author of All the Right Reasons, visited with The Place on Fox-13 in Salt Lake City on Aug. 16, 2019. Dr. Mehmet Oz, in town to speak at USANA’s 2019 Global Convention, joined Kevin as well.

All the Right Reasons | Kevin Guest | The PlaceKevin appeared on The Place during USANA’s 2019 Global Convention. The event, which welcomed thousands of independent business owners from around the world, included keynotes from Gary Vaynerchuk and Dr. Mehmet Oz, among others.

“A year ago Kevin Guest came on and launched a book here on this program,” Dr. Oz says. “And the resulting sales have allowed him to feed over a million people.”

As part of the event, attendees packed 250,000 — a quarter-million — meals for children and families in Los Angeles. And they did it in just three days!

“I think it’s necessary for us to think about where we are, where we’re at and how we can improve ourselves,” Kevin says.

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Kevin Guest, author of All the Right Reasons, on the set of The Place. He joined Dr. Oz to talk about the principles discussed in All the Right Reasons. Photo Credit: Candid Communications

All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony is available on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the USANA True Health Foundation and its mission to feed hungry children. Each book purchase helps to provide 40 meals.